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Cockney Rebel

Cockney Rebel

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Audio interviews

Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley (1975)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages audio, 25 February 1975

Mr Harley expounds on his dislike of the British music press; the influences on his songwriting, and consciously stealing; being in the third generation of pop artists, and wanting to be artistic and modern; the break-up of the first Cockney Rebel, and his onstage power.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.6mb, interview length: 32' 53" sound quality: **½

Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley (1984)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages audio, 1984

The cockney rebel talks about his relative failure in America; his songs and songwriting; his new experience on the theatrical stage in musical drama Marlowe, and the similarities and differences between theatrical and rock performance.

File format: mp3; file size: 79.9mb, interview length: 1h 27' 13" sound quality: ***

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Cockney Rebel: The Human Menagerie (EMI)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

JUDGING FROM the mass of press coverage that Cockney Rebel are currently grabbing for themselves, it would appear that their verbose frontman Steve Harley is ...

Cockney Rebel: Harley Street

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 30 March 1974

"OH LORD please don't let me be misunderstood" was the classic line Eric Burdon sang with the Animals. It could almost have been written for ...

Cockney Rebel: The Psychomodo

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

ONE THING you gotta admit about Steve Harley, and that is that he does the funniest interviews since Marc Bolan. He even opens up Cocky ...

Ike and Tina Turner: Hammersmith Odeon, London; Cockney Rebel: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, The Times, 21 October 1974

THE IKE AND Tina Turner revue is the most constant reminder of what a debt we owe to Phil Spector. Had Specter not produced Tina ...

Letter from Britain: Something Might Happen

Report by Ian MacDonald, Creem, November 1974

SITUATION UNCHANGED. Still hanging on in here, waiting for something to happen. (Wait — was that a heart-grazing lobe-grinder of a new single from Mick, ...

Cockney Rebel: The Mellowing Of Mr Harley

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc, 9 November 1974

STEVE HARLEY just sits there a-glowering, looking, if one can, defiantly mellow. The suggestion that the arrogant ol' sour puss has softened up a bit ...

Cockney Rebel: The Psychomodo (Capitol)

Review by Ira Robbins, Zoo World, 11 November 1974

WITH A LOT more guts than sense, Steve Harley dissolved Cockney Rebel in late July, causing their second album, The Psychomodo, to fall like a ...

Cockney Rebel: The Psychomodo

Review by Ira Robbins, Phonograph Record, February 1975

COCKNEY REBEL is a figment of Steve Harley's semi-sane mind. ...

Steve Harley Interviewed

Interview by Ira Robbins, Trans-Oceanic Trouser Press, April 1975

Hear the audio interview from which this article derived ...

The Kinks, Cockney Rebel: Beacon Theatre, New York

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, 13 December 1975

"45 MINUTES of something light and bouncy," Steve Harley promises the audience at the Beacon Theatre one brisk Friday night. Cockney Rebel launch into 'Mr ...

Steve Harley: How I Survived, by the Cocaine Rebel

Interview by Mal Peachey, Mail On Sunday, 2 May 1993

ONCE STEVE Harley had it all. Every song he wrote was a hit, every friend he made was famous and every lover was a fashion ...

see also Steve Harley


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