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Simply Red: Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1984

IT HAS to be said that this plumpish, carrot-mopped bloke stomping around like a kid in a playpen hardly looks the part of STAR. And ...


Simply Red's Mick Hucknall (2009)

Interview by Maureen Paton, Rock's Backpages Audio, 20 January 2009

The Ginger soulster talks about the impending end of Simply Red; his winery in Sicily and salmon river in Ireland; his recent lifestyle changes; Manchester and the Gallagher brothers; his art-school days; his partner Gabriella and his daughter; his father and absent mother; the Labour Party and the Iraq war; the music scene today, The X-Factor, and his alienation from it all.

File format: mp3; file size: 50.6mb, interview length: 52' 44" sound quality: ***


Simply Red: Goldsmiths College, London

Live Review by Julian Henry, Melody Maker, 9 February 1985

I'VE ALWAYS wondered what sort of groups have the music industry slobbering over them prior to any form of public acclaim and Simply Red are ...

Simply Red: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 30 November 1985

AND SO the controversy continues. Inflammatory statements rage about our ears as the Mancunian soul-revivalists stand their ground and weather the cries of derision that ...

Simply Red

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 1 February 1986

SCENES OF decay and destruction: cracked streets, derelict warehouses, disused railways, a forsaken synagogue and – cloaked by walls of racist graffiti – the burnt-out ...

Punk in Manchester: Oh, How We Laughed

Essay by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 15 February 1986

BE OFF with you! Little Red, it is said, is not happy at the hollow allegations that suggest he has 'sold out' by leaping from ...

Simply Red: Up the English Soul

Interview by Bill Bentley, L.A. Weekly, 31 July 1986

Mick Hucknall in L.A. ...

Simply Red: Simply Ready

Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, April 1987

Mick Hucknall Knows What He Wants and Simply Red's Going to Get It. ...

Simply Red: The Life and Loves of a Red Devil

Interview by Stuart Bailie, Record Mirror, 23 May 1987

Mick 'footloose' Hucknall has done his fair share of living in the fast lane, but don't underestimate him; he can be a sensitive young man ...

Simply Red: Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, L.A. Weekly, 22 October 1987

OPENING YOUR show with a nearly a cappella version of Ray Charles' 'Drown in My Own Tears' takes a lotta nerve. It also takes industrial-strength ...

24 Carrot Soul

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1995

Still red — politically, tonsorially and Simply — the alleged panther-like Mick Hucknall is teetering on the brink of another globe-goosing success with the follow-up ...

Simply Red: Life (East West)

Review by Andy Gill, Q, November 1995

MICK HUCKNALL has barely put a foot wrong over the past six years, since A New Flame set new, impeccable standards for Brit-soul back in ...

Mick Hucknall

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, 10 December 1995

Given that Lemmy of Motorhead's father was a priest, it makes a crazy kind of sense that Mick Hucknall's dad should have been a barber ...

Simply Red: Have You Got A Bit Of Manchester In You?

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, June 1998

And if not, would you like some? Beware, ladies, for it is Mick Hucknall, humbled by heartbreak but still hopping on like a russet-headed horny ...

Mick Hucknall: Songs of Freedom

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, The Word, August 2003

Mick Hucknall is performing a record he made at home, released on Simply Red's label, in a restaurant he owns in Paris. This kind of ...

Mick Hucknall meets Bobby "Blue" Bland

Interview by Andria Lisle, MOJO, June 2008

He revolutionised soul in the early '60s, sings like an angel in anguish, and has influenced everyone from Otis Redding to Van Morrison. Now Bobby ...

Mick Hucknall: From Red To Blue

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, July 2008

As the multi-million-selling figurehead of Simply Red, Mick Hucknall found himself in a creative cul-de-sac. On his debut solo album, a tribute to his idol ...

Let The Red Flag Fly: In Defence of Picture Book

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 27 October 2010

The Quietus battens down the hatches and prepares for a storm as Wyndham Wallace risks all to defend Simply Red's debut album, Picture Book, on ...

Here's to Mick Hucknall's amazing voice

Memoir by John Harris, The Guardian, 21 December 2011

Admitting I liked Simply Red didn't fit with the NME's Maoist indie conspiracy, but Hucknall's repertoire is studded with triumphs ...


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