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Cameo's Larry Blackmon (1985)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages audio, 2 July 1985

The Cameo frontman goes back and forth over his influences, the band's formation and changes over the years, philosophy, race and all kinds of fascinating stuff!

File format: mp3; file size: 89.9mb, interview length: 1h 33' 37" sound quality: ***

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Cameo: Still Going Strong After Rigor Mortis Has Set in

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 8 November 1977

B&S raps with the funky, funky 9-man band who play some pretty arresting music ...

Cameo: Ugly Ego (Casablanca CAL 2040)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 16 January 1979

NINE PIECE, self-contained group have established themselves a little bit more with every release since their arrival on the scene more than two years ago. ...

Cameo: Sitting Pretty With Their Ugly Ego

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 30 January 1979

If the group's second album was two steps ahead of their debut set, then the new one is five steps ahead of either, they feel. ...

Cameo: Ugly Ego (Casablanca CAL 2038)

Review by Ronnie Gurr, Record Mirror, 3 March 1979

CAMEO, ACCORDING to my tattered old Webster's, in the literary sense is — quote — "a piece of detailed writing in polished style." In the ...

The Fatback Band, Cameo, General Caine II and Prince Charles & the City Beat Band

Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, 4 July 1981

Slicing through the funk fat: The Fatback Band: Tasty Jam (Spring); Cameo: Knights Of The Sound Table (Chocolate City); General Caine II: Get Down Attack ...

Cameo, Dazz Band: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 1983


Cameo: She's Strange (Casablanca Phonogram Import)

Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 19 May 1984

Blackmon's Burden ...

Cameo: She's Strange (Atlanta Artists/Polygram)

Review by Steve Bloom, Record, July 1984

BACK IN the days when there was a record company called Chocolate City, a group named Cameo gave the label instant credibility. Cameo's 1977 debut, ...

Tied Up In Notts

Live Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 1985

Cameo: Nottingham Rock City ...

Cameo: Debunking the Funk

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 10 August 1985

CAMEO? Not funk? ("When you think of funk you think of guys who don't take baths...") SIMON WITTER learns the art of staying a cult ...

Cameo: Don't Call Me Funky

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, 14 September 1985

Larry Blackmon, the man with a lead role in Cameo, doesn't like his music labelled funky. He also has these Rambo fantasies. Paul Sexton decides ...

Cameo: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, The Times, 9 December 1985

DESPITE CAMEO'S low media profile, they boast a distinguished history of 11 album releases yielding estimated sales of 20 million records. It is but one ...

Cameo: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, 21 December 1985

LET'S RESIST the churlish temptation to start wondering how many of Cameo's crowd were there when they last funked the hell out of Hammersmith 18 ...

Cameo: Single Life (Club)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 11 January 1986

THE MANDATORY credit to God is featured in the small print on the sleeve of Cameo's eleventh album and, when you consider how many cruddy ...

Cameo: Word Processor

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 30 August 1986

Listen up! Ambition may be the result of having a possessive, overbearing mother, but just eat a big avocado salad and you'll be solid. And ...

Cameo: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, 4 October 1986


Cameo: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 4 October 1986


Cameo: Word Up! (Phonogram/Club Records)***2/3

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, 11 October 1986

WORDS UPSIDEDOWN: Because you're not the only one whose heart has been broken and Blackmon's approach will serve to remind you of this – and ...

Cameo: Word Up (Club)

Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, 11 October 1986


Cameo: Word Up (Phonogram)

Review by John McCready, New Musical Express, 11 October 1986

WISE UP! ...

Cameo: "I Am A Warrior"

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 5 November 1986

Oh. That's funny, we could have sworn you were the bloke with the"codpiece" from Cameo, Larry Blackmon (for it is he) announces his plans for world domination. ...

Cameo Wins Funk Fans With Sly Wit

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1 December 1986

Cameo: Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica ...

Cameo: Product Of America

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 20 December 1986

His codpiece was banned from TOTP, his new single 'Candy' has been banned by Radio One, but LARRY BLACKMON has still led Cameo to the ...

Cameo's Black-Rock Breakthrough

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 15 January 1987

Veteran band goes Top Ten with 'Word Up' ...

Cameo: Empire Pool Wembley, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, 10 October 1987


Cameo: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, 10 October 1987

The Funk Absurd ...

Cameo: Flat Out for the Top

Interview by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 21 October 1988

To celebrate Cameo's thirteenth album Adam Sweeting joins Larry Blackmon for a wholemeal bagel in downtown New York. ...

Cameo: Cod War

Interview by Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, 2 June 1990


Cameo: Real Men... Wear Black (PolyGram) ***

Review by Amy Linden, Rolling Stone, 6 September 1990

THERE WAS a time when Larry Blackmon's yowl was a definite signal to be on the lookout for the funk. Cameo's leader and main vocalist ...

Cameo: Emotional Violence (Reprise)

Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, 28 March 1992

WELCOME TO the parallel cosmiverse of Larry Blackmon, where time stands still, and real guys wear codpieces and sport gravity-defying barnets, safe in the knowledge ...


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