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Sinead O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, April 1990

ON THE FACE of it, Sinead O'Connor is an unlikely person to be setting such a cracking pace into the new decade. ...

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Sinead O'Connor (2002)

Interview by Chris Smith, Rock's Backpages audio, 30 August 2002

Sinead talks about "de-Enya-ing" her first album; her new album of traditional Irish songs Sean-Nós Nua; her love of American music; the cultural benefits of ethnic immigration into Ireland; the current state of Irish music; the difference between performing her own songs and covering others'; collaborating with Massive Attack and, possibly, Buju Banton!

File format: mp3; file size: 13.4mb, interview length: 14' sound quality: ** (phoner)

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Sinéad O'Connor: Skinéad

Interview by Stuart Bailie, Record Mirror, 24 October 1987

From juvenile delinquent to writer, producer, performer and now mother, Sinéad O'Connor is about to become a name on everyone's lips. Stuart Bailie falls under ...

Sinead O'Connor: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 2 January 1988

SO, NINA SIMONE'S 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' – the clubland secret, the cult trophy – went High Street provincial, Top Ten Top Shop. ...

Sinead O'Connor: Skinhead And Scum-Stampers; A Short Sharp Shock

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, 2 January 1988

That's how emancipated Irish singer SINEAD O'CONNOR dealt with a record company suggestion that she should 'tart herself up'. NEIL PERRY comes to terms with ...

Sinead O'Connor: Olympic Ballroom, Dublin

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, 12 March 1988

THE IDEA of pretending it was Hazel without her wig or Tom without the gags struck me as an astronomical corker for about a minute, ...

Sinéad O'Connor: Tottenham Court Road Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, 10 June 1988

NOT SO much a show as a filmed and videoed event, tonight is a celebration of turning 21 and at last getting a grip on ...

Sinead O'Connor: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, 11 June 1988


Sinead O'Connor: The Pluck of the Irish

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 7 August 1988

"DO RICH people live there?" asked Sinead O'Connor, gazing at the hillside homes opposite her Hollywood hotel room. ...

Sinead O'Connor: Forgive…And Forget

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1990

She arrived in '87, all Doc Marten's and radical chic, disparaging those who'd helped her, declaring support for the IRA. Now there's a new Sinead ...

Sinead O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Ensign LP/Cassette/CD)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 10 March 1990

THE FIRST ONE had O'Connor screaming in a storm of icy blue. This one has a sleeve that looks like a Phil Collins album, all ...

Sinead O'Connor: Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 15 August 1990

MANSFIELD – The last time Sinead O'Connor hit town, in May at the Orpheum, her star was rapidly ascending, and she took the stage with ...

'The Star Spangled Banner'

Comment by Dave Marsh, Vox, November 1990

WHEN SINEAD O'CONNOR refused to allow 'The Star Spangled Banner' to be performed at her late August concert at the Garden State Arts Center in ...

'The Star Spangled Banner'

Comment by Dave Marsh, Vox, November 1990

WHEN SINEAD O'Connor refused to allow 'The Star Spangled Banner' to be performed at her late August concert at the Garden State Arts Center in ...

Sinead O'Connor: It's a Tough Old Life

Report and Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, December 1990

LA's newest resident, Sinead O'Connor can sit and reflect on a year of dramatic upheaval. Thanks to a Prince-penned single and its arrestingly tear-stained video, ...

Sinéad O'Connor: Angel of Angst

Profile and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian, 15 June 1991

Sinead O'Connor's need for self-exorcism has made her a target of the tabloids. Sean O'Hagan talks to the outspoken singer. ...

Sinead O'Connor: Am I Not Your Girl? (Ensign/All formats)

Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, 12 September 1992


Sinead O'Connor: Am I Not Your Girl?

Review by Michele Kirsch, Select, October 1992

WRITERS BLOCK? Contractual obligation? Or just a really long joke without the funny bit? Sinead O'Connor has made a record of cover versions of songs ...

The Enemy Within Sinead O'Connor

Interview by Mal Peachey, Mail On Sunday, 11 October 1992

Revealed ... the childhood terrors that drove one of our hottest female pop stars to tear up a photo of the Pope live on American ...

Sinead O'Connor: Crazy Baldhead

Comment by Adrian Deevoy, Q, January 1993

IT'S A PHILOSOPHICAL agenda that would make David Icke vibrate with envy. Consider Sinead O'Connor's current take on the state of play: 96 per cent ...

Sinead O'Connor

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1994

SINEAD O'CONNOR is back in Dublin, her home town, and she's in a milk stout frame of mind, blacks and whites all mixed up. Indeed, ...

Sinead O'Connor: Universal Mother

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1994

AN ALBUM ABOUT MOTHERS – MOTHER as God, mother as Ireland, mother as sex, mother as violence, giver of life, saver of life, withholder of ...

Sinead O'Connor: Diary of an Album

Interview by Tom Doyle, Melody Maker, 15 October 1994

With all the demos recorded in a single night's session, it was inevitable that SINEAD O'CONNOR'S Universal Mother would be recorded and mixed simply and ...

An Inconvenient Woman: Sinead O’Connor

Profile and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, The Guardian, 26 April 1997

Sinead O’Connor bothers people. American audiences were outraged when she shunned their national anthem, the pop establishment was vindictive when she refused a Brit, and ...

Sinead O'Connor

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Rolling Stone, 13 November 1997

AT AGE 30, Sinead O'Connor seems to be experiencing a rebirth with her critically acclaimed new EP, Gospel Oak, and the ecstatic reception to her ...

Sinéad: The New Madonna

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 15 February 1998

Virgin territory ...

Eyewitness October 1992: America Slays Sinead O'Connor

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, September 1998

Two weeks after tearing up a picture of the pope on Saturday Night Live and receiving a lifetime ban from the US TV show, Sinead ...

Sarah McLachlan, The Indigo Girls, Erykah Badu et al: Lilith Fair, Civic Stadium, Portland, Oregon

Live Review by RJ Smith, Spin, September 1998

BEFORE ANYTHING else is said about the opening night of the 57-date Lilith Fair, let's note the nice: The climate at Portland's Civic Stadium was ...

Sinéad O’Connor Hits Back at Tabloid Critics

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Yet another awful week in the tabloids for Sinéad O’Connor began on April 12 with The Sun’s "Sinéad’s Shambles" headline on its coverage of the ...

The Terrible State Of Shane MacGowan

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 2000

Skint, on drugs, walking a tightrope life, a young man dead in his flat: things could hardly have looked worse for Shane MacGowan. Then, astonishingly, ...

Sinead O'Connor: Mother Superior

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 6 October 2002

A mellow Sinead O'Connor, who describes herself as 'a regular housewife', talks about ordination, her flair for getting into trouble – and why she's more ...

Sinéad O'Connor

Interview by Miles Marshall Lewis, Oneworld, January 2003

ONE OF THE MOST captivating mouth-that-roared rock stars of the late 1980s/early '90s, 35-year-old singer/songwriter Sinéad O'Connor leaves as many contradictions trailing in her wake ...

Playing Against Type: When Musicians Change, They Risk Alienating Fans

Report and Interview by Will Hermes, The New York Times, 17 October 2005

WHEN JOHNNY CASH returned to the spotlight in 1994 with American Recordings, the first in a series of records that presented him as a folkie ...

Sinead O’Connor: Saint Sinead

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, November 2005

SINEAD O'CONNOR'S career to date has included at least two major artistic peaks separated, significantly, by 12 years: 1990's I Do Not Want What I ...

Sinead O'Connor

Interview by Alan Light,, July 2007

IT WAS PERHAPS the most shocking crash and burn in pop music history. With her 1987 debut, The Lion and the Cobra, 20-year-old Sinead O'Connor ...

Sinead O'Connor: Faith and Courage

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, September 2009

TRUTH WILL always out in the end. And the truth-sayers will be vindicated where once they were vilified. ...

Sinéad O'Connor: Manchester International Festival

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2011

YOU'D BE HARD pushed to recognise Sinéad O'Connor these days. Her publicity photos still show the willowy ingenue of her early '90s heyday, all Bambi ...

Sinéad O'Connor: "I define success differently"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 1 March 2012

From her public search for a husband to attempted suicide and hospitalisation, the Irish singer has had a turbulent year even by her own standards. ...

Sinead O'Connor: How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?

Interview by John Lewis, Barbican show programme, March 2013

"WHEN I'M AN old lady, I promise you I'll write my memoirs," Sinead O'Connor tells me. They promise to be quite a tale, because it's ...

Institutionalised: The Faith and Courage of Sinead O'Connor

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 5 June 2013

Though her personal life has often overshadowed her career, Sinead O'Connor remains a treasured musical force. Belatedly back on the road to promote her most ...

Dispatches from the Everyday World of Music: An Assortment

Book Excerpt by Martin Colyer, 'Five Things I Saw & Heard This Week', July 2018

Excerpts from RBP co-founder Colyer's new book Five Things I Saw & Heard This Week, published this week with an introduction by Richard Williams ...


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