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XTC: A Chat with Andy Partridge

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, cdnow.com, 2000

HAILING FROM unglamorous Swindon, 70 miles west of London, XTC were clever-clever new-wavers who quickly outgrew the late 70s punk scene and matured into purveyors ...

New Barbarians: Knebworth Festival, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 18 August 1979

ROCK AND ROLL having as it does sod all to do with music and a whole lot to do with sex and drugs (even to ...

Utopia: Todd Rundgren’s Utopia

Review by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, November 1974

1974 WAS A year that saw many artists grow up to the reality of a soft music market and a seemingly softer teenage head. While ...

Ted Nugent: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, 27 August 1977

WHY AMERICA is anxious to develop the Proton Beam Weapon, when they already have Megadecibel in the shape of Ted Nugent, is a question perhaps ...

Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Nightingales and Bombers

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, January 1976

HERE'S PROOF that Bruce Springsteen is 'the new Dylan': Manfred Mann has covered one of his songs Now Manfred's constructed a subplot to a career ...

Steve Hillage: Motivation Radio

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1978

EARTH CALLING Steve Hillage! Earth calling Steve Hillage! Gee, it's too late. Steve is lost in space. ...

Stereolab: Dots and Loops

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, 2 October 1997

PITY THE cerebral technicians of Stereolab, whose coolly subversive fusion of muzak and krautrock has for too long condemned them to the Critics’ Darling ghetto. ...

Badfinger: Ass (Apple)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 31 January 1974

THE ALBUM TITLE is the band's reference to themselves as unwitting followers of some enticing but unrealizable dream, That dream may have been Badfinger's expectations ...

Heart Pump Out New Beats

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, 9 May 2003

TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS after their debut, Ann and Nancy Wilson, always Heart's pulse, have finally assumed absolute control of the band. Now, with Nancy producing, they're ...

Max Tundra - Whizz-kid to watch

Profile and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2000

"WHEN I was growing up, I'd go through my mum's record collection –things like 10cc, Nik Kershaw – and make these mixes on a tape ...

Hall & Oates: Marigold Sky

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, January 1998

The rock'n'soul duo return with their first album for seven years ...

Badfinger: Magic Christian Music/No Dice/Straight Up

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2004

TAKING THEIR NAME from the working title for 'With A Little Help From My Friends', it's ironic that Badfinger's famous pals could also be a ...

The Nazz: Nazz: From Philadelphia

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, March 1998

Odds'n'sods collection from Todd Rundgren's power poppers ...

Bonnie Tyler

Book Excerpt by Dave Laing, Phil Hardy, The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music, 2001

b. Gaynor Hopkins, 8 June 1951, Skewen, Wales ...

Lewis Taylor: Lost and Found: Lewis Taylor's Pop-Rock Masterpiece

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2007

IF LOS ANGELES is the perfect place to fall in love with an album-as-road-soundtrack – as aural companion to the zen ebb and flow of ...

Meat Loaf: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 14 January 1978

Ingredients:Meat Loaf (around 250lbs) from Dallas, Texas; lead singer with Ted Nugent on platinum album Free For All; monster-singer Eddie with half a brain in ...

Björk, Todd Rundgren: Déjà Entendu: Björk

Comment by Marc Weingarten, slate.com, 14 September 2004

BJÖRK HAS A KNACK for making records that don't sound like anyone else's. With each new offering—from 1993's Debut, an album that roamed freely through ...

Pursuit of Happiness, The: The Pursuit Of Happiness: None Of Your Rubbish

Retrospective by Mat Snow, MOJO, September 2006

This month, retrieved from the void of obscurity: kidult-oriented Canadian pop glory. ...

The Raconteurs

Interview by Jenny Valentish, Inpress, May 2006

WE'RE AT ONE of those post-modern hotels you could only find in the most pretentious corner of London, with perplexing paintings and an oval lounge ...

Meat Loaf: Rock 'N' Roll In Gothic Panavision

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 1 April 1978

Meat Loaf are… "the best visionary, over-the-top hard rock band since Blue Oyster Cult," gasps Sandy Robertson ...


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