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Laura Fissinger

Laura Fissinger

Laura Fissinger has written for Rolling Stone, Record, Spin, Musician and many other music publications.

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The Bangles: Different Light (Columbia)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 13 March 1986

Bangle Lore ...

Pat Benatar: In the Heat of the Night (Chrysalis)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 3 April 1980

THIS STORY'S so ancient it barely has the strength to be told. When those that ain't got finally get, they start pulling the same tricks ...

Pat Benatar: Precious Time (Chrysalis) **

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 29 October 1981

Spandex ballet ...

Ruben Blades: Rubén Blades y Seis del Solar: Agua de Luna (Elektra)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 26 March 1987

EVEN THOUGH Rubén Blades's English-language debut isn't due for a while yet, the Panamanian salsa star, lawyer, essayist, activist and actor has already been bear-hugged ...

Kate Bush: Hounds Of Love (EMI America)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, February 1986

IF THEY were going to run a contest for Most Irritating Rock Star, there'd be plenty of candidates. The Smiths, David Lee Roth, Sting, Stevie ...

The Carpenters: Made In America (A&M)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, October 1981

TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT ...

Jim Carroll: The Transformation of Jim Carroll

Profile and Interview by Laura Fissinger, Musician, February 1981

IS JIM CARROLL, streetwise poet, athletic Catholic Boy, being pushed into the vacant position of rock'n'roll martyr? ...

Rosanne Cash: No Cash Down

Profile and Interview by Laura Fissinger, Creem, February 1986

ROSANNE CASH, a very young and dishy 30-year-old, has just celebrated the start of her second year without drugs. "Being on drugs is like being ...

Chic, Sylvester: Chic: Tongue In Chic (Atlantic); Sylvester: All I Need (Megatone)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, April 1983

(IN ORDER to take the following two extension courses, students must have successfully completed Disco 101, centered around this basic precept put forth by Chic ...

Concrete Blonde: Concrete Blonde (I.R.S.)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 23 April 1987

HORDES OF eighties bands have claimed to be catholic in both their influences and their output. Concrete Blonde, however, can actually back the claim up. ...

Marshall Crenshaw: Still Likes Girls... and 11 Others

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Creem, October 1987

Sorry, Aretha, but maybe there is such a thing as too much respect. Since his pop-heaven debut LP in 1983, Marshall Crenshaw has been bowed ...

Devo: Freedom of Choice (Warner Bros.)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 27 November 1980

AFTER THE SEMINAL mutant microcosm of the modern world they constructed on Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo., Devo have moved on ...

Gang of Four: Letter Bomb for Ted Baxter: Gang of Four Out of Uniform

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Creem, November 1982

WHATEVER IT is that's doing a George Romero on the American Dream is finally starting to do it in such bastions of good life as ...

Girlschool: Hit And Run (Stiff America)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, July 1982

SCREW HOME EC; WE'RE MAJORING IN SHOP ...

The Go-Go's: Talk Show (IRS)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Musician, May 1984

CAR 'N' BAR dance bands area pop staple with a frequently short shelf life. One or two albums into some of these careers, then it's ...

Heart Beats Again

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 24 April 1986

After a nearly fatal four-year slump, the Wilson sisters take Heart and reclaim their platinum past ...

Heart: Bad Animals (Capitol)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 2 July 1987

OVER HEART'S eleven-year recording career, the band has often been charged with creating standard-issue stadium rock. That accusation hasn't always been fair: the Wilson sisters ...

Hüsker Dü, Prince, The Replacements: Minneapolis: The Art of the Heart of the Country

Report by Laura Fissinger, Record, October 1985

IF YOU believe music comes from a state of mind rather than a state on the map, now's a good time for a look at ...

Jermaine Jackson, La Toya Jackson, The Jacksons: La Toya Jackson: Heart Don't Lie (Private I/CBS); Jermaine Jackson: Jermaine Jackson (Arista); The Jacksons: Victory (Epic)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, October 1984

THROUGH A series of circumstances too bizarre to recount (even here!), CREEM has become the first national publication to locate and interview the lost Jackson ...

Grace Jones: Living My Life (Island)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, March 1983

CLEARLY, WE are dealing here with a case of Persona, in this case as outsized as War And Peace. And static too — who, recently, ...

The Judds: Family Ties

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 2 July 1987

The Judds find that the family that plays together stays together ...

Chaka Khan: What Cha' Gonna Do for Me (Warner Bros.) **

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 6 August 1981

WHAT CHA' Gonna Do for Me is a textbook example of how to make incredibly pedestrian "fusion" music and pass it off as jazz for ...

Cyndi Lauper has a Great Personality

Profile and Interview by Laura Fissinger, Creem, May 1984

NEW YORK — We've only got a little time here, so let's go right for the trouble spot: After a recent Lauper set in New ...

Madonna Milks Sexy, Savvy Image

Profile and Interview by Laura Fissinger, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 10 May 1985

USUALLY IT takes a while for a pop star to earn heavyweight hatred from a significant percentage of the press and public. But, like everything ...

Madonna: Maybe She's Good: 10 Theories On How Madonna Got "It"

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Record, March 1985

Usually it takes a while for a pop star to earn heavyweight hatred from a significant percentage of the press and public. But like everything ...

The Mary Jane Girls: Mary Jane Girls: Only Four You (Motown)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Record, July 1985

THIS WAS originally planned as a funny record review. Then I listened to the record. ...

Men at Work: La Vie En Mung: Men At Work Do Just That

Report and Interview by Laura Fissinger, Creem, January 1983

MINNEAPOLIS — One day in the (work) life of Colin Hay: ...

Pat Metheny Shrugs Off Success

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 17 September 1981

NEW YORK CITY — In his salad days as a (barely) postadolescent college instructor, Pat Metheny should have been teaching Healthy Attitudes 101 in addition ...

Microdisney: Crooked Mile (Virgin)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 2 July 1987

THE MUSIC on Crooked Mile is a marvelous cross-genre mutant: lazy tempos and teary guitars from country music, Elvis Costello-esque chord progressions and lead vocals, Merseybeat melodies, ...

The Motels

Profile by Laura Fissinger, Musician, January 1981

"ONE OF MY big dreams is to write music that communicates moods so concisely that each song would be like a movie — you could ...

The Neville Brothers: Fiyo on the Bayou (A&M)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Musician, October 1981

WHAT THE hell is a music that thinks of itself in a perpetual present tense going to do with a rapidly accumulating history? Performers like ...

Robert Palmer's Pride & Prejudice

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Creem, December 1983

IT WAS A case for the toughest and the best. They were both out of town, so CREEM sent me instead. ...

Ray Parker Jr.: The Other Woman (Arista)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, September 1982

IF SOFT FUNK is Ray Parker's main squeeze, the other woman is rock 'n roll — dirty, white boy, garage gi-tar, thump and hump rock ...

The Power Station: Power Station Soars!

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Creem, May 1985

Is There Life Beyond Duran Duran? ...

Prince: 1999 (Warner Bros.)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Musician, January 1983

ONCE UPON a time, Prince was assessed thus: a (modestly) gifted dance floor sexmeister; a (very) occasional visitor to profundity and innovation; and (mostly) a ...

Stan Ridgway's Twisted Charm

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Spin, May 1986

POP MUSIC'S intelligentsia claims Stan Ridgway as one of its own — seeing that no one else has really tried, maybe they have that right. ...

Teena Marie: Starchild (Epic)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Record, February 1985

LIKE PRINCE, Teena Marie is her own producer, writer and arranger. Such autonomy is impressive considering Marie's age (mid-20s), gender and race. Her situation is ...

Teena Marie: Lovergirl on Parade!

Profile by Laura Fissinger, Creem, September 1985

FOR ALL THE extremely pleasurable flesh pleasures in her music, Teena Marie is devoutly religious. Up until 1985, she probably drew a lot of comfort ...

U2: October (Island)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, February 1982

U2'S LIFE DURING WARTIME ...

U2: Uncle Sam's, Minneapolis MN

Live Review by Laura Fissinger, Musician, July 1981

PRAISE FOR Ireland's U2 first spread through the U.K. press like head colds in autumn. Now with the American release of their debut LP, Boy, ...

Steven Van Zandt: Little Steven: Threat or Menace?

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Creem, November 1984

ONCE UPON a time the Federal Bureau of Investigation was more talked about than Michael Jackson is now. Seems that lots of folks got disrespectful ...

X: Under The Big Black Sun (Elektra)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, October 1982

X'S ALL-AMERICAN ANGST ...

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