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Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Troggs, The Walker Brothers: The Walker Brothers, the Troggs, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Granada, East Ham, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 8 October 1966

They're Off! Walkers, Troggs, Dave Dee ...

The Monkees: The Monkees (RCA)

Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 21 January 1967

CATCHEE MONKEES — on their first great LP ...

The Monkees: Cow Palace, Daly City CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 23 January 1967

A Gleeful Time With the Monkees Spoofing, Chatter Thrill Youngsters ...

New York Dolls, The Osmonds: The Top of Pop: The Dolls Will Be Heard From

Column by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 3 September 1972

THREE HEROES. You pay your money and you take your choice. Which one is yours? ...

The Bay City Rollers: Split! Nobby and the Bay City Boys Roll Their Separate Ways

Report and Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc, 16 March 1974

Rosalind Russell delves for the truth behind the departure of Nobby Clark from the Bay City Rollers ...

The Bay City Rollers: Rollin' with the Rollers

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 19 October 1974

HELLO AND welcome to the BBC Television Centre at Shepherd's Bush. There's a lot of excitement... and chaos... here today, as always when they're making ...

The Bay City Rollers: Can the Rollers crack America?

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 6 December 1975

CHRIS CHARLESWORTH IN NEW YORK ANSWERS THE 64,000 DOLLAR QUESTION ...

The Bay City Rollers: Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 15 January 1977

Rollers: it's a riot ...

Donny Osmond, The Osmonds: In the busy world of Donny Osmond

Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 2 November 1977

"YOU'RE GOING to phone Donny Osmond?" A couple of my jazzfan friends stared in disbelief. It was as if I had announced that Duke Ellington ...

The Jacksons: Destiny (Epic)

Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 13 January 1979

EACH YEAR, when the popularity polls roll around, way down in the best vocalist section we can find Bowie, Dylan and even Cornwall whilst my ...

New Edition: Editions Of Youth

Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 16 April 1983

HERE'S SOMETHING that can't miss. Five young and cute boys (ages 14 and 15) who can sing and dance, including one outstanding lead singer whose ...

George Michael, Wham!: Wham!: The Beach Boys

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, 24 May 1984

A sun-soaked story of sea, sand, shorts, shuttlecocks and snogging. Yes, Wham! are back. Your travel guide in Miami: Neil Tennant. ...

New Edition

Report and Interview by David A. Keeps, Smash Hits, 4 April 1985

THESE BOYS ARE BUSY. TWO YEARS AGO THEY WERE NUMBER ONE WITH 'CANDY GIRL'. NOW THEY'RE BACK WITH 'MR TELEPHONE MAN' AND 'COOL IT NOW', ...

Bros: This Is What You Do To Get On The Cover Of Smash Hits...

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 10 February 1988

It's not just a queston of having a massive hit (e.g. Bros' 'When Will I Be Famous?') and then standing still for thirty seconds in ...

New Kids On The Block: It's the New Kids on the Block!

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 16 November 1989

IT'S THE Monday morning after their "triumphant" performance of 'You Got It (The Right Stuff)' at the Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party and New Kids ...

New Kids On The Block: Step by Step (CBS 466686 1)

Review by David Sinclair, The Times, 22 June 1990

CONCERNED PARENTS may be anxious to discover what exactly has precipitated the recent bouts of querulous mass hysteria among our nation's six to 12 year-olds. ...

New Kids On The Block: Step By Step (CBS)

Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, 30 June 1990

WHAT IS SO odious about New Kids On The Block? Why are they so uniquely dislikeable? Is it the disturbingly cynical way they blunted rap's ...

East 17, Sybil, Take That, Utah Saints, Worlds Apart: Take That, Utah Saints, Worlds Apart, Sybil, East 17: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 28 August 1993

"TAKE THAT are the best group in the whole world. So there!" ...

D:Ream, Take That: Take That, D:Ream: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Barbara Ellen, New Musical Express, 11 December 1993

PIN-UP... AND COMING ...

Take That: Nobody Else (RCA)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 5 May 1995

THE TEENY horrors' recent attempts to grow up have been partially successful; the newly-acquired dreadlocks are frightening rather than alluring, but their third album is ...

East 17: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 22 May 1995

Hormonesapoppin' as E17 storm the Sheffield Arena. No prisoners taken ...

Oasis, Robbie Williams: No sign of peace at the Oasis

Report by Caitlin Moran, The Times, 22 December 1995

Caitlin Moran says blood will prove thicker than water between the battling Gallaghers ...

Oasis, Take That: Take That: Sex pistols will fill pretty vacancy

Comment by Caitlin Moran, The Times, 8 March 1996

Think of Take That as a magic bus — another, bigger and brasher, will be along in a minute ...

Gary Barlow, Take That, Robbie Williams: Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams: New Labour v Militant

Report by Caitlin Moran, The Times, 12 July 1996

IT IS HARD to believe, but there are children young enough not to remember last year's Blur v Oasis wars. Children who will have to ...

Bobby Brown, New Edition: New Edition: Houston? We Have No Problem

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, 7 September 1996

The Rolling Stones? Pah! The Beatles? Forget it! They're nothing compared to NEW EDITION (remember '80s classic 'Candy Girl'?). Or so founder member Bobby Brown ...

East 17: Pimply — East 17: Around The World — The Journey So Far (London 826852-2)

Review by Lucy O'Brien, Q, January 1997

East 17: becoming cooler by degrees. ...

Boyzone: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Sexton, The Times, 9 June 1997

One for the girls ...

Five: Boys Will Be Boys Bands

Report by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 18 October 1997

You've never heard of Five. The Spice Girls' inventors will make sure you do. Caroline Sullivan reports ...

Backstreet Boys: And They Can Sing Too

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 4 January 1998

Two years ago, the Backstreet Boys struggled to find an audience in America for their clean-cut songs. Now, after mega-star success in Europe and Canada, ...

Hanson: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 17 June 1998

Teen hearts throb with teen music ...

Boyzone: Lost Boyz

Report and Interview by Barbara Ellen, The Observer, 25 October 1998

They live a rock-and-roll lifestyle but are hung-up about virginity. They act like grown-ups but keep their clothes in baskets with schoolboy name-tags on them. ...

Jordan Knight: Jordan Knight (Interscope)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 1999

KNIGHT MAY have served his musical apprenticeship by doing the electric boogaloo in stone-washed jeans when he was a member of New Kids on the ...

Backstreet Boys: Earl's Court, London **

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 21 June 1999

IT'S A DEPRESSING thought, but the Backstreet Boys have a strong claim to being the most popular group in the world right now. Although no ...

Gary Barlow: Stronger, Faster, Better — and Taller

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 2 July 1999

Gary Barlow may have been upstaged by the success of his former Take That colleague. Then again, says Caroline Sullivan, Robbie can't fly ...

98 Degrees, B*Witched, Aaron Carter, E.Y.C., Monica, No Authority: B*Witched, 98 Degrees, Monica et al: Nickelodeon's All That Music & More, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 1999

A Smartly Wrapped Package: All That Music & More tour's acts fly by in a format tailored to kids. ...

Bros, Five, Spice Girls: Bob Herbert 1942-1999

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 14 August 1999

BOB HERBERT, who has died in a car crash aged 57, didn't invent the idea of the packaged pop group, but, as the man responsible ...

Backstreet Boys: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 16 October 1999

There's a Backstreet Boy for Every Teenage Girl ...

The Bay City Rollers: My tartan heart

Retrospective by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 18 October 1999

Caroline Sullivan reflects on the life and love of a teenage Bay City Rollers fan ...

Spice Girls, Westlife: Battle of the blands: Westlife versus the Spice Girls

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 13 November 2000

It was the biggest chart clash since Blur versus Oasis: Westlife versus the Spice Girls. What does that tell us about today's music business, asks ...

Donny Osmond: Big Brother

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, The Observer, 25 March 2001

He was on stage by five, on tour by eight and receiving 50,000 fan letters a week by 13. But behind his success lay loneliness, ...

Ronan Keating: Mad about the boy

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, The Observer, 8 April 2001

Ronan Keating is the blue-eyed blond who stole the heart of every schoolgirl in the country with Boyzone. Now, he's going it alone and is ...

Son Of Dork: Welcome To Loserville

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, November 2005

Dear Shareholders, FOLLOWING THE concerns raised (see minutes passim) about the discontinuation of the Busted product and the underperformance of the Fightstar spinoff, we’re delighted to ...

Johnny Jenkins, Otis Redding: Johnny Jenkins, 1939-2006

Obituary by Ken Hunt, The Guardian, 16 September 2006

Flamboyant musician who influenced Hendrix and Otis Redding ...

Scouting for Girls: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 25 August 2007

IF SCOUTING FOR GIRLS turn out to be notable for nothing else, they have at least saved the name Roy from extinction. But Roy Stride, ...

McFly: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 11 November 2008

REMEMBER THE days when boy bands were 10 a penny and schoolgirls would wage war over whether Take That or East 17 were more luscious? ...

Jedward: Planet Jedward

Review by Pete Paphides, The Times, 24 July 2010

WHEN ASKED WHAT he does for a living, Simon Cowell says his job is to "guess what's going to be popular". In fact, the strange ...

JLS: O2, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 25 March 2012

WHO COULD HAVE predicted not one but two X Factor boybands would exceed their allotted 15 minutes? The onus is now on JLS to out-dazzle ...

McFly: HMV Apollo, London W6

Live Review by David Sinclair, The Times, 10 April 2012

MCFLY HAVE never paid much attention to the traditional boyband script. It is eight years since their first single, '5 Colours in Her Hair', reached ...

Backstreet Boys, One Direction: Just me and the boybands…

Retrospective by Mark Kemp, Creative Loafing, 21 June 2012

IT WAS BEGINNING to get very surreal. For months we'd been broadcasting live out of a brand-new studio overlooking Times Square, first as MTV Live, ...

Justin Timberlake: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 29 September 2013

His ex-boyband DNA compels him to give the footwork as much prominence as the songs  ...

One Direction (2015)

Interview by Pip Williams, Rock's Backpages Audio, 15 October 2015

One Direction's Harry Styles and Niall Horan on their new album, Made In The A.M.; it's release clashing with Justin Bieber's; will the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup; why they don't behave like most rockers; their responsibilities towards their fans; why Ireland didn't beat Poland in the Euro qualifiers, and their fondness for Sweden.

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One Direction's Harry Styles and Niall Horan On Their New Album, Made In The A.M.

Interview by Pip Williams, Coup De Main, 18 October 2015

IT'S BEEN A wild year for One Direction. Five years down the line from their original formation as one of Simon Cowell's amalgamations of solo ...

Bros: O2, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 21 August 2017

NOSTALGIA IS A powerful drug. One of the joys of witnessing former teen-pop idols re-form in middle age is the extra emotional depth, knowing hindsight ...

Harry Styles: Harry Styles

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 29 September 2017

HARRY STYLES has gone back to the future. Sooner or later, this short, wiry singer with the tousled hair and giddy tenor had to leave ...

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