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Rob Tannenbaum

Rob Tannenbaum

Rob Tannenbaum has written for GQ, New York, the New York Times Magazine, Details, Rolling Stone, Spin, the Village Voice, the New York Observer, Harper’s Bazaar, George, Premiere, and Playboy. He was the music editor of Blender.

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A Flock of Seagulls: Dream Come True (Arista)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 5 June 1986

AFTER THEIR 1982 debut became one of that year's most popular albums, A Flock of Seagulls found itself unable to expand on its kinetic, reductive ...

Joan Armatrading: Surprising Secrets: Forget Folk, Forget Feminism, Forget All The Myths About Joan Armatrading

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, June 1985

"SINCE I'M A songwriter," Joan Armatrading explains, "I'd like to think I can write lots of different things. I suppose that can confuse people." ...

Joan Armatrading, Jimmy Page, Paul Young: Pino Palladino Doesn't Fret

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, October 1985

Paul Young's Bassist Shines Through The Screaming Hordes ...

Wally Badarou, Marianne Faithfull, Grace Jones, Level 42: Wally Badarou's All-World Keyboards

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, May 1986

The Synthesizer Star of Compass Point on Getting and Keeping International Feel ...

Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, Earth, Wind & Fire: Philip Bailey: Rocky Mountain Soul from a Bible Belter

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, July 1986

"Flute and harp add sweetness to a song; better than either, a sweet voice." (Ecclesiasticus 40:21) ...

The Beach Boys, Culture Club: Steve Levine's Cross-Cultural New Age

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, November 1984

It's a Clean Machine, Very Clean: The Digital Powerhouse Behind Queen George's Platinum Throne ...

The Beastie Boys, Beck, Hanson, The Rolling Stones: The Dust Brothers: Brothers of Invention

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Details, August 1997

They pulled poetry out of Beck. They wrung gold out of Hanson. Now they're remaking the Rolling Stones. Rob Tannenbaum meets the Dust Brothers. ...

The Beastie Boys, Oran "Juice" Jones, Run DMC, Slayer: Def Jam: Baaad Company

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, New Musical Express, 9 May 1987

With their label gone mega, and even greater triumphs planned, Def Jam mainmen RICK RUBIN and RUSSELL SIMMONS currently combine the Midas touch with the ...

The Beastie Boys, Run DMC: Beastie Boys: Ritz, New York NY

Live Review by Rob Tannenbaum, New Musical Express, 17 January 1987

BUILDING THE PERFECT JERKS! ...

The Beat, Fine Young Cannibals: Chewing the Fat with the Fine Young Cannibals

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 20 April 1989

A FEW WEEKS before the release of The Raw and the Cooked, Fine Young Cannibals' new album, Roland Gift and Andy Cox are in New ...

Bon Jovi, Gorky Park: Bon Jovi

Report and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 9 February 1989

THE AMBASSADORS OF LITE-METAL MUSIC HEAD OUT TO EXPORT NEW JERSEY TO RUSSIA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD ...

Boy George: Sold (Virgin)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 13 August 1987

AFTER INITIATING one of the most successful publicity juggernauts of the decade, Boy George had a hard time adjusting to the consequences of fame. The ...

Garth Brooks: Country's New Gold Rush

Report and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 16 April 1992

With Garth Brooks leading the way, Nashville is booming ...

Bobby Brown, New Edition: Bobby Brown's Uneasy Passage

Profile and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 7 September 1989

Will the Jack of Swim be the next King of Soul? ...

John Cage, Brian Eno: John Cage & Brian Eno: A Meeting of Sound Minds

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, September 1985

BRIAN ENO is waiting in the calm, green courtyard between his apartment and studio, just a short distance from London's trend-setting King's Road. Under the ...

Mariah Carey: Building the Perfect Diva

Report and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 23 August 1990

Mariah Carey had a hit LP and a Top Ten single, but whose 'Vision' is it? ...

Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi (Virgin) ***½

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 10 August 1989

TALK ABOUT a sign of the times: Earlier in the decade, Neneh Cherry was a peripheral member of the postpunk warriors the Slits, then played ...

Harry Connick Jr.: The Entertainer

Profile and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 23 March 1989

New Orleans jazz pianist Harry Connick brings mission to his music ...

Curiosity Killed The Cat: New Faces: England's Latest Curiosity

Profile and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 24 September 1987

Teen heartthrobs Curiosity Killed the Cat try to conquer America ...

Billy Ray Cyrus: The Man Who Would Be King of Country

Profile and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 6 August 1992

Billy Ray Cyrus scored with Some Gave All ...

Def Leppard unleashes Hysteria

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 10 September 1987

DEF LEPPARD'S album Pyromania, released in 1983, sold 6 million copies in the U.S. alone. It's no surprise, then, that people ask Def Leppard bassist ...

Jim Dickinson, Steve Earle, R.E.M., U2: Memphis: A Legendary Music City is on the Rebound

Report by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 8 September 1988

Keith Richards, U2 and R.E.M. have recorded there, but the city's future hinges on its home-grown talent ...

Django Django: Django Django

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2012

Scotsmen craft art pop full of hooks, wit and weirdness. ...

Steve Earle: Copperhead Road (Uni) *** ½

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 26 January 1989

IN 1986 AND 1987, Steve Earle made two great records — Guitar Town and Exit 0 — on which he established a vivid Southern-working-class identity ...

Brian Eno: More Blank Than Frank (Jem)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 5 June 1986

AFTER BRIAN Eno left Roxy Music in 1973, he made four prophetic rock albums that incorporated unbalanced rhythms, random synthesizer noises, minimalist drones and whimsical, ...

Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Jon Hassell, Daniel Lanois, Robbie Robertson, U2: Daniel Lanois: The Producer as Conscience

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, December 1986

"THERE'S A lot of pollution out there," says Daniel Lanois, drinking tea in the gazebo of his Santa Monica hotel one September morning, before continuing ...

Falco: Falco³ (A&M)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 10 April 1986

IF FALCO had disappeared after his 1981 hit 'Der Kommissar', future archivists could have memorialized the Austrian singer on some Eurotrosh Volume II compilation, and ...

Geto Boys: We Can't Be Stopped (Def American) **½

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 5 September 1991

IT'S A FAMILIAR debate: conservative guardians call the Geto Boys' music obscene, while liberal watchdogs accuse them of glorifying violence against women and degrading the ...

Guns N' Roses: The Hard Truth About Guns N' Roses

Special Feature by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 17 November 1988

Finally, some bad boys who are good ...

Billy Idol: Steve Stevens: The Idolmaker

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, July 1985

Billy Idol's Six-Strinq Sidekick Fortifies the Image with Proto-Punk Musical Muscle. ...

Billy Idol, The Psychedelic Furs, Donna Summer: Reel American: Keith Forsey's Disco Snarl

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, November 1985

From Donna Summer to Billy Idol, from Psy-Furs to Simple Minds, the union of style and raunch. ...

Fela Kuti: Zombie, No Agreement, Shuffering And Shmlling (Celluloid)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 13 March 1986

ALTHOUGH HE is virtually unknown in the United States, Fela Kuti of Nigeria is the most dangerous musician in the world. For two decades, Fela ...

Stephen Malkmus Doesn't Think He Was a Jerk

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, The, 14 May 2018

"I HATE BEING TAN," Stephen Malkmus said almost immediately, standing in the lobby of a Midtown hotel. His olive complexion, the unwanted result of a ...

Metallica: Elektra: a Label Celebrates its Heritage

Report and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 1 November 1990

Forty years of Elektra music, from Josh White and Tom Paxton to Metallica and the Cure ...

George Michael: Artist or Airhead?

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, January 1988

IS IT TIME TO TAKE WHAM!'S ARCHITECT SERIOUSLY? ...

Van Morrison: The Pier, New York NY

Live Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 28 August 1986

STUBBORN SOUL: VAN MORRISON'S ERRATIC SHOW ...

Youssou N'Dour: Can Youssou N'Dour Score?

Profile and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 13 July 1989

With a little help from Peter Gabriel, Senegal's top artist looks to the West ...

The Neville Brothers: Funky but Chic

Profile and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 2 July 1987

Lots of people have heard of the Neville Brothers. Now the Nevilles want lots of peopleto hear their music. ...

New Order: Low-Life (Qwest)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, July 1985

AS JOY DIVISION, they ignited a trend of anguished confession that turned punk's Angry Young Men in Leather to post-punk's Sad Young Men in Analysis. ...

Robert Palmer, The Power Station: Robert Palmer's Power Outage

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, April 1986

The Power Station and Palmer's Latest LP Are Both "Heavy Metal Funk". Which Came First? ...

Pet Shop Boys: Radio City Music Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 30 May 1991

UNLESS ELVIS Presley reappears in Las Vegas, the curiosity and expectations that preceded the Pet Shop Boys' first American tour are unlikely to be equaled ...

Liz Phair: CIVIL WAR VET. PSYCHIC. AMATEUR PORNOGRAPHER. THIS POTTY-MOUTHED POP STAR'S BEEN MANY THINGS, BUT... Who Does Liz Phair Think She Is?

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Blender, November 2005

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SELF-PORTRAIT. WHO IS PRINCESS SCRIBBLY? ...

Liz Phair

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Blender, July 2003

Alt-queen Liz Phair wants stardom. And your "hot, white cum", too. Goodness! ...

Liz Phair: Sexual Perversity in Chicago

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Details, July 1994

Where and when did you write the famous line "I want to be your blowjob queen"? ...

Liz Phair: Who Does Liz Phair Think She Is?

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Blender, November 2005

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SELF-PORTRAIT. WHO IS PRINCESS SCRIBBLY? ...

Seal: Can Seal Handle Fame?

Profile and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 28 November 1991

Or will success drive the British singer 'Crazy'? ...

Paul Simon: Graceland (Warner Bros.)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 23 October 1986

IN HIS TYPICALLY understated way, Paul Simon has been an ardent musical explorer since he went solo in 1972. His songs have incorporated almost every ...

The Style Council: Internationalists (Geffen)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, September 1985

LEADING THE Jam, Paul Weller was usually eloquent about the ineloquence of youth. Now he's an adult, and he's learned all about monetarism (it's bad) ...

Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines (StarTrak/Interscope)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 1 August 2013

The George Clooney of club jams calls in a crack squad of hitmakers for laid-back, top-shelf pop. ...

Tone Lōc: Tone-Lōc: Tone-Def

Profile and Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 1 June 1989

L.A. rapper Tone-Lōc takes his success in stride — like everything else in his life ...

Moe Tucker: Maureen Tucker: Life in Exile After Abdication (50 Skidillion Watts)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 5 October 1989

MAUREEN TUCKER was the Ringo Starr of the Velvet Underground — an unschooled drummer whose hard, unadorned, idiosyncratic style was an irreplaceable element of the ...

Tyler, The Creator: Q&A: Tyler, the Creator

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 11 April 2013

The Odd Future leader on homophobia, Miley Cyrus and why Tumblr is "sad". ...

XTC: Skylarking (Geffen)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 26 March 1987

NOT THAT long ago, XTC was a nearly perfect band. It corrupted its bountiful hooks with unsettling harmonies and rhythms and rocked hard enough to ...

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Heavy-Metal Nation

Report by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 19 September 1991

Inside the world of headbangers in New York and Los Angeles ...

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