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Jon Young wrote for Trouser Press and other US magazines in the 1970s.

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10cc: Bloody Tourists (Polydor)

Review by Jon Young, Feature, January 1979

WHEN LOL Creme and Kevin Godley took their gizmo and went off to make Consequences, the remainder of 10cc (5cc?) seemed to be reeling from ...

3rd Bass, Heavy D. & the Boyz: 3rd Bass: Derelicts of Dialect (Def Jam/Columbia); Heavy D. & the Boyz: Peaceful Journey (Uptown/MCA)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, September 1991

WHETHER YOU loathe him or merely despise him, Vanilla Ice has cast the entire rap scene in a new light. Now the likes of Heavy ...

999: Feelin' Alright With the Crew

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1979

ANYONE WHO SEES more than one rock show a year knows that a lot of the glitter wears off after the first few times. Which ...

Adam & The Ants: Palladium Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1981

LISTEN, SNOBS: Adam and the Ants headlined New York's Palladium Theater (3300 seats) for a legitimate reason, not just that tired old scapegoat hype. ...

Arctic Monkeys: AM

Review by Jon Young, Spin, September 2013

EARLY EXPOSURE to the fifth Arctic Monkeys record might betray a few symptoms of Pretentious Artiste Syndrome – frontman Alex Turner has name-checked Dr. Dre ...

Aztec Camera: Love (Sire)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, March 1988

Love.Love? ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique (Capitol)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, August 1989

HIDE THE silverware. Put the vinyl slipcovers back on the furniture. Turn Mom's picture to the wall. Those eager-to-offend Beastie Boys are back at the ...

The Beat (UK): Up On The Beat

Report and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

SOONER OR later, every British band of any significance has to decide what to do about America. ...

Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore: Ritchie Blackmore: I Want To Tell You What I've Been Doing

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1978

AS DAVE SCHULPS and I rolled along in the darkness to our impending interview, we were filled with apprehension. After all, Ritchie Blackmore has never ...

Black Sabbath: Never Say Die

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, December 1978

NEVER SAY DIE! Black Sabbath didn't never say it, and that's why the heaviest damn band ever is back. Forget all those other bands, because ...

Bow Wow Wow

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1982

WITH A LITTLE embroidery Annabella Lwin's story could be a classic show business myth: Discovered working at a dry cleaners, an ordinary 14-year-old girl becomes ...

Jackson Browne: Lives In The Balance (Asylum)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1986

JACKSON BROWNE is mad as hell. He's also a gentleman, which removes the sting from his expressions of outrage on Lives In The Balance. Although ...

James Brown, Aretha Franklin: James Brown: Gravity (Scotti Bros.); Aretha Franklin: Aretha (Arista)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, March 1987

LADIES AND gentlemen, the Godfather and the Queen of Soul, Mr. James Brown and Ms. Aretha Franklin. Whether you hail 'em as living legends — ...

Kate Bush Gets Her Kicks

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1978

ALL OF A sudden Kate Bush was at the very top of the UK singles charts. 'Wuthering Heights', her first 45, was number one and ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Come to Ze Cabaret!

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Creem, February 1986

"WE'RE PROBABLY more accessible now than ever before," notes genial Richard Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire, but don't get the wrong idea. Although the Cabs have ...

Mariah Carey's Very Good Year

Interview by Jon Young, Musician, January 1993

"I DIDN'T KNOW what to expect," says Mariah Carey, recalling the taping of her Unplugged special for MTV last March. "I wasn't originally planning on ...

Carlene Carter, Nick Lowe: Carlene Carter

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1981

SONNY AND CHER. Ike and Tina. Steve and Eydie. The roll call of illustrious show business couples could go on and on. Now you can ...

Peter Case: Six-Pack of Love (Geffen)

Review by Jon Young, Spin, April 1992

NOW THIS is more like it. After the wan folk stylings of The Man With the Blue Postmodern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar, Peter Case has wisely ...

Circle Jerks, Flipper, The Germs, The Stimulators: The Germs, The Stimulators, Circle Jerks, Flipper: Albums Reviewed

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1982

The Germs: Germicide (ROIR A108 cassette) Stimulators: Loud Fast Rules! (ROIR A109 cassette) Circle Jerks: Wild in the Streets (Faulty Products COPE3) Flipper: ...

Elvis Costello: Almost Blue (Columbia FC37562)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1982

WHY SHOULDN'T Elvis Costello make a country album? An accomplished dilettante, he's previously drawn from such diverse sources as Tin Pan Alley ('My Funny Valentine') ...

The Cure: Wish (Elektra)

Review by Jon Young, Spin, May 1992

SOB, SOB. Whimper, sniff. Sorry. I was just savoring the new Cure disc, which means taking a headlong plunge into a deep, dark pit of ...

The Cure: Art For Pop's Sake

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1980

ROBERT SMITH of the Cure is not your ordinary front man. ...

Da Lench Mob, Ice Cube: Ice Cube: The Predator (Priority); Da Lench Mob: Guerillas In The Mist (Eastwest)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, February 1993

IN THE WAKE of the Rodney King verdict and the Los Angeles riots, Ice Cube can take grim satisfaction in seeing his harrowing rhymes validated ...

The dBs

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, May 1982

"A dB IS A proportion, a logarithmic measurement of energy," Chris Stamey, 27, explains. "It doesn't mean there's necessarily a lot of it; it relates ...

Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (IRS SP70014)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1981

CHANCES ARE you have an opinion about the Dead Kennedys even if you've never heard their music. Provocation is the name of the game; a ...

Joe Ely: You Can Take The Boy Out Of Texas...

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, September 1981

IT DOESN'T take a genius to figure out that country music is in pretty sorry shape these days. There's something wrong when unbearably bland hacks ...

The Fall: Live at the Witch Trials (Step-Forward SFLP 1)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1979

"I STILL believe in the r'n'r dream/R'n'r as primal scream." ...

fIREHOSE: If'n (SST)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, June 1988

HOSANNA! ...

The Fleshtones: This Year's Authentic Embodiment of Rock 'n' Roll

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1982

A COMMON thread runs through all great rock 'n' roll, from Elvis Presley and Little Richard to Dave Edmunds and the Ramones. It's a sublime ...

Gang of Four: Outside the Bands Don't Toe the Line: Gang of Four Makes Music Their Way

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

WOULD YOU like your rock with politics or without? Today pop music offers a wide variety of choices: from the violent invective of stereotypic punk ...

Georgia Satellites: Georgia Satellites (Elektra)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, April 1987

PEACHES IN CREEM! ...

Godley & Creme: Godley and Crème: L

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1979

GIVE BOTH SIDES in the 10cc split a few LPs to get their feet back on the ground. It took Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman ...

Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon and Link Wray: Robert Gordon with Link Wray

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1977

ROBERT GORDON with Link Wray recaptures the one elusive quality so often missing from music of the '70s: feeling. This is trickier than it seems ...

The Gun Club Loads Up

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, April 1985

NEW YORK — Singer-guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce can't stop playing a part, but he does admit that he's one satisfied ghoul these days: "My problem ...

Peter Hammill: The Two Sides of Peter Hammill

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1979

FOR OVER 10 years Peter Hammill has been the object of a particularly intense cult following. As the leader of Van der Graaf Generator and ...

Heaven 17 Faces Right

Report and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, September 1983

IF DICKENS HADN'T gotten there first, Great Expectations would be the perfect title for the saga of Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. After their ...

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. ...

Ian Hunter's Love-Hate Relationship With Rock'n'roll

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1979

IAN HUNTER'S been staying at his Manhattan hotel so long (two months) that the staff treat him like a member of the family. Between desperate ...

Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople: Ian Hunter Remembers

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1980

As told to Jon Young ...

Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive: Savoy, New York NY

Live Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1981

WHITE ROCK musicians are notorious for "borrowing" from blacks. Were it not for the inspiration of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, James Brown and so ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Hot Crackers To Go!

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, August 1985

EVEN IF Willie Nelson only releases 10 albums this year, 1985 has already distinguished itself as a truly terrific time for good old-fashioned Amurrican music. ...

Judas Priest

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1978

I DISCOVERED A GREAT pastime the other day that you've gotta hear about. It's called headbanging. Not exactly what Suzy does in that cute li'l ...

Kate Bush: The Dreaming (EMI America ST17084)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1983

KATE BUSH'S The Dreaming is a stunning record in more ways than one. Besides being a triumph of inventive songwriting and unpredictable performances, it is ...

King Crimson, UK: UK: John Wetton

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1979

"IT'S NOT insecurity, but I always like to I work with other people in groups. I think that's the strongest thing. When you take a ...

The Knack: ...But The Little Girls Understand (Capitol SOO-12045)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, May 1980

"THE SONGS are an assortment of feelings and emotions expressed redundantly as only the Knack can...This record is very dear to me and my bank ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (Geffen GHS2001)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

John and Yoko: A Fond Farewell ...

LL Cool J Takes The Rap, Beats The Rap, Raps It Up, Raps Around The Clock, Encourages Bad Puns

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, October 1987

"YOU AIN'T gettin' no scoop, lookin' at me with your beady eyes!" ...

Lush, Ride: Lush: Spooky (4AD/Reprise); Ride: Going Blank Again (Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, June 1992

VISIONARY ART or nouvelle junk food? Perfect masters of evocative soundscapes, Britain's Lush and Ride can create a mood quicker than you can dim the ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant: Johnny Van Zant: It's A Family Affair

Interview by Jon Young, Musician, November 1990

Johnny Van Zant grabs the spotlight with a walk down Brickyard Road ...

Phil Manzanera: K-Scope

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1979

K-SCOPE FINDS a retiring Phil Manzanera sitting uneasily in the driver's seat, unwilling to take a dominant role but not really collaborating either. ...

Martha and The Muffins: Martha and the Muffins

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1981

SPOT THE one that doesn't belong: (a) rock 'n' roll, (b) aggression, (c) rationality, (d) energy. Normally, of course, you'd say that being rational has ...

Paul McCartney: Docklands Arena, London

Live Review by Jon Young, Musician, April 1993

"THE WEEKEND starts here," beamed a well-preserved Paul McCartney, surveying the friendly crowd at London's Docklands Arena one dank Friday night in February. Say what ...

The Monochrome Set

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

"THERE WAS one review that said we sounded like Jose Feliciano, the Beatles, Foreigner and Queen," notes the Monochrome Set's Lester Square (real name, Tom ...

New Order: Low-Life (Qwest/Warner Bros.)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, September 1985

INTEGRITY OOZING from every tortured pore, England's New Order are not your usual mopesters. Although the breathy vocalizing and smooth synthesizing of Low-Life keep the ...

Willie Nile: The Reluctant Stardom of Willie Nile

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1980

YOU PROBABLY remember the New Dylan syndrome. It doesn't turn up much anymore, but once upon a time it seemed like every American male songwriter ...

Ric Ocasek: Beatitude (Geffen GHS2022)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1983

WHY WOULD Ric Ocasek make a solo album? He's the songwriter for the Cars, as well as one of the lead singers. Not surprisingly, Beatitude ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: They Need Your Love So Bad!

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, March 1987

ANDY MCCLUSKEY laughs at the memory of The Song that changed the fortunes of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. ...

Roy Orbison, The Romeos: Town Hall, New York

Live Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

MANHATTAN'S Town Hall recently showcased two generations of Southern rockers and provided a lesson on the importance of image. ...

Graham Parker WANTS YOU…To Get Stuck!

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, December 1978

GRAHAM PARKER had reason to be happy. And he was. ...

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Penguin Served Here

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Creem, July 1985

NEW YORK — To partake of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, you first need to find the Penguin Cafe. Cross the barren tundra of Eno's ambient ...

Rainbow: Long Live Rock'n'Roll

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1978

MENTION GUITARIST Ritchie Blackmore around so-called "intelligent" rockers and you'll just get a bunch of barf noises in response. ...

Lou Reed: Live – Take No Prisoners

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1979

"I DO LOU REED better than anybody else, so I thought I'd get in on it." ...

R.E.M.: Really Exciting Music

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1983

ARE YOU tired of constantly being told how this or that band is the new greatest wonder? Of course you are. Unfortunately, superlatives have a ...

REO Speedwagon: Wheels Are Turnin' (Epic)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, April 1985

THESE ARE THE MEN OF BONANZA ...

The Replacements: Hootenanny (Twin Tone)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1983

HOOTENANNY??! BY way of explanation, the liner notes remark that the "hoot" began as "a completely spontaneous, unrestrained event," and go on to say, "Today, ...

Todd Rundgren: Back to the Bars

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1979

PROOF OF THE evils of peer-group pressure is found in the phenomenon of the double live album. A more useless trend would be hard to ...

Carly Simon: Boys In The Trees (Elektra)

Review by Jon Young, Crawdaddy!, July 1978

CARLY SIMON used to be dangerous. Remember? She had to her credit a lethal attack on marriage ('That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should ...

Soft Cell, Yazoo: Soft Cell and Yaz(oo): Synths and Singers

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1983

JUST TWELVE months ago it was unclear if the primarily British phenomena of synthesizer bands would exhibit any staying power. Although 1981 was a good ...

Sparks

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1981

THAT OLD saw about prophets without honor in their own land has a ring of truth even today, as Ron and Russell Mael, known as ...

Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1983

Starkness at the Edge of Town ...

Squeeze Loosens Up

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1980

REMEMBER HOW your parents used to attack rock 'n' roll by pointing out how disreputable most bands looked? It sure didn't help when they seized ...

Throwing Muses: University (Sire/Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, March 1995

KRISTIN HERSH may envy the commercial inroads made by Belly and the Breeders, but she'd never let it show. Having helped pave the way for ...

Violent Femmes: Why Do Birds Sing? (Slash/Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Spin, July 1991

VIOLENT FEMMES have long carried on the proud tradition of rockin' cool jerks without inspiring the respect accorded fellow geeks David Byrne and Jonathan Richman. ...

Widespread Panic: Widespread Panic (Capricorn)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, October 1991

ITS SWELL that R.E.M. and the B-52's represent the enlightened New South. But don't you miss the backwards Old South, where hairy wild men who ...

Kim Wilde: A Face In The Crowde

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1982

DO YOU believe that children of celebrities have it made? British pop singer Kim Wilde doesn't think so. "Daughters of famous fathers don't have an ...

Victoria Williams: Swing the Statue! (Rough Trade)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, November 1990

ECCENTRIC AND proud, Victoria Williams could be a cross between Tom Waits and Natalie Merchant. Or maybe Jonathan Richman and Kate Bush. Anyway, Swing the ...

Dwight Yoakam: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1986

TIPPING HIS Stetson to Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard, Yoakam recharges the honky-tonk tradition like a savior sent down from hillbilly heaven. Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., ...

Neil Young: Re•ac•tor (Reprise HS2304)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1982

NEIL YOUNG'S sustained vitality is a truly amazing phenomenon. Where most superstars burn out, he's so dependable you tend to take his consistency for granted. ...

Neil Young: Trans (Geffen GHS2018)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1983

NEIL YOUNG must struggle to find something new for each album. When you've made as many records as he has, and covered as much stylistic ...

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Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos: Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988 (Virgin)

Review by Jon Young, Spin, January 1992

HE SINGS like a dying dolphin and hasn't played a new lick in 20 years, but you'd be a fool not to love Keith Richards. ...

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