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Boston Globe, The

The Boston Globe is an American daily newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts.

143 articles

The Beatles & Me: An Era Dribbles On...

Memoir by Michael Lydon, Boston Globe, The, 9 July 1972

ELK, CALIF. — Letter in the mail: Globe editor hopes I'll fill his "bathtub of an idea," What Impact Did The Beatles Have On Your ...

The Clash, Sam and Dave, the Undertones: Orpheum Theater, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 22 September 1979

Clash makes the sparks fly. ...

Warren Zevon: How L.A.'s 'Excitable Boy' Won the Battle with the Bottle

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 10 April 1980

"L.A. rock's newest darling desperado, Warren Zevon, likes to start his day with a screwdriver, then clear his head with coffee and a side of ...

Lou Reed: Will The Real Lou Reed Please Speak Up?

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 22 May 1980

"I don't especially tell the truth most of the time, anyway." — Lou Reed Creem interview, July 1973 ...

Peter Gabriel: The Evolution Of Peter Gabriel – Why He Believes In Taking Risks With His Music

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 3 July 1980

IN RETROSPECT, Peter Gabriel is mildly amused. His third solo album, Peter Gabriel, is an unqualified success in his native England, hitting the No. 1 ...

Dave Davies of Kinks Tries Solo

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 24 July 1980

IN 1967 Kinks guitarist Dave Davies hit No. 3 on the British charts with 'Death of a Clown', a song he co-wrote with his brother ...

Van Halen: The Gospel of Rock According to Van Halen

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 24 July 1980

"WE'VE ENLARGED the band since you last saw us," says Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth, poised to cue me in on a hot ...

Smokey Robinson: Berklee Performance Center, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 29 July 1980

CAROLE GARDINER first saw Smokey Robinson in 1965, when he and his group, the Miracles, went to London as part of a Motown Revue. Since ...

Mickey Hart: The Primitive Pulse Of War: Mickey Hart

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 24 August 1980

MICKEY HART is realistic. The Grateful Dead percussionist knows he hasn'tgot a chartbusting hit on his hands and it doesn't concern him in the least. ...

Rick Danko: Paradise Theater, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 9 October 1980

"IS EVERYBODY getting enough to drink?" asked ex-Band bassist Rick Danko from the Paradise stage, concerned that, as the party's host, he might have neglected ...

The Stranglers: "We're kind of out of context here," admit Stranglers

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 16 October 1980

"WE'RE KIND OF out of context here," admits Stranglers' bassist Jean Jacques Burnel. "We write the things that we know and we don't really know ...

Joan Jett: Jett Propelled

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 24 December 1980

A STILL SWEATING Joan Jett sits in a dressing room at the Channel after her Saturday gig and tugs on her black skintight pants. "This ...

The Plasmatics: Plasmatics Play It For Kicks

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 21 March 1981

A COUPLE OF years ago the Damned decided to poke a little fun at their own limited musicality and came up with the refrain, "Noise ...

Dead Kennedys: The Channel, Boston MA

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 13 April 1981

Exhilarating, disturbing... ...

John Cale: A Study in Contradiction

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 11 May 1981

ONSTAGE AND OFF, contradiction comes naturally to singer and songwriter John Cale. Within his music, forays into dissonance and contemplative mellifluousness have long been integral, ...

The Jam: The Channel, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 1 June 1981

Still Charging Hard On The Punk Rock Line ...

Visage: …And Their British Guru, Steve Strange

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 27 July 1981

SOMETIMES, confides Steve Strange, weeks go by when he doesn't buy any clothes. ...

Ray Davies, The Kinks: Ray Davies

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, September 1981

MINNEAPOLIS: "It's like death in here," Ray Davies says, inauspiciously welcoming me into Marquette Inn room 1453. The shades are drawn, no lights are on. ...

Levon Helm Returns

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 5 September 1981

THE LAST TIME I saw Levon Helm we were in Arlington. He and Sissy Spacek were on the movie screen at the Regent theater and ...

Johnny Thunders: Jonathan Swift's, Cambridge MA

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 10 September 1981

"SHUT UP!" Johnny Thunders yells, greeting the crowd at Jonathan Swift's about an hour after his set is scheduled to start. "You guys ready for ...

Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen: Clarence Clemons: Born To Rock

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 14 January 1982

"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN," announces a raspy-voiced Bruce Springsteen from the stage of the Capitol Theater in Passaic, N. J. It's the 75th performance of the ...

James Blood Ulmer: Streets, Boston MA

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 19 January 1982

Ulmer builds a pressure cooker ...

The Monkees: Peter Tork Takes A Joyride Down Memory Lane

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 21 January 1982

"Hey, hey we're the Monkees/Kids say we monkey around/But we're too busy singing/To put anybody down." — The Monkees' theme song, 1966 ...

Marshall Crenshaw, Bobby Womack: Marshall Crenshaw: Channel Boston; Bobby Womack: Berklee Performance Center, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 2 March 1982

MARSHALL CRENSHAW is a believer. A guitarist and singer who draws from the classic, lean rock 'n' roll of the late-'50s and mid-'60s, he believes ...

The Cars, Nick Lowe and the Chaps: Boston Garden

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 17 March 1982

A 75-minute 'Car' trip in Boston ...

Blondie: Striving To Be Different

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 12 August 1982

MAINSTREAM HITS HAVE NOT ALTERED BANDS GOALS, SAYS CHRIS STEIN ...

Jon Hassell: In Search of Future Music

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 2 December 1982

JON HASSELL creates music that falls not so much between, but outside, traditional categories of classical, pop or jazz. Yet, the 45-year-old trumpeter, synthesizer player ...

The Del Fuegos, Rank and File: Rank And File/Del Fuegos: Inn-Square Bar, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 15 December 1982

COUNTRY ROCK HAS been one of the most popular musical hybrids of the past decade; it's also been one of the most disappointing. ...

Flipper: The Channel, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 29 April 1983

FLIPPER SUCCEEDS WITH EXCESS; WITH WILD STARES AND PANIXQUAD AT THE CHANNEL; WEDNESDAY NIGHT. ...

The Call: The Paradise Theater, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 21 May 1983

THE CALL CONQUERS DESPAIR WITH BUST-LOOSE ROCK ...

David Gilmour, Pink Floyd: David Gilmour: Life After Pink Floyd

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 24 May 1984

PINK FLOYD is one of the most popular bands in the history of rock 'n' roll. Pink Floyd is also one of rock 'n' roll's ...

Jocelyn Brown, O'Jays: The O'Jays, Jocelyn Brown: Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 23 July 1984

Camaraderie at the Berklee ...

Neil Young

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 6 September 1984

IN 1970, Neil Young went to Nashville during a break in his solo tour and recorded the song 'Are You Ready For The Country?'. He ...

Malcolm McLaren's New Wave

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 20 February 1985

From the man who created the Sex Pistols, an odyssey into electro-pop opera ...

Pete Townshend: A Charter Member Of The Who Deals With The Paradoxes In His Life

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 26 November 1985

THE SUBJECT IS drug abuse — heroin, cocaine and alcohol — and the speaker is Pete Townshend, former lead guitarist of The Who. Townshend, 40, ...

Stevie Wonder: Pop Music Or Politics, He Sings Out And Speaks Up For His Beliefs

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 14 August 1986

P.W. BOTHA was on television Tuesday afternoon and Stevie Wonder was steamed Tuesday night. Wonder had been listening to the South African president on a ...

The Beastie Boys: Crude, Rude and No. 1

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 3 April 1987

CLEVELAND — Mike D. and MCA, two-thirds of the Beastie Boys, are sitting in MCA's hotel room after the group's concert. MCA is picking out ...

The Psychedelic Furs: Acceptable Weirdness From Furs

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, June 1987

JOHN ASHTON, guitarist for the Psychedelic Furs, addresses the key issue head on: "What's selling out? What's being a pop band? You can accuse Eurythmics ...

Stevie Ray Vaughan Overcomes Double Trouble: Alcohol and Drugs

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 25 June 1987

NEXT WEDNESDAY, Stevie Ray Vaughan plays Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts, a concert co-sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft. That's about as close to ...

Tower Records: The Power of Tower

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 29 November 1987

IT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR TOWER RECORDS TO OPEN A SHOP IN BOSTON: IT HAD TO BE THE WORLD'S LARGEST — AND MOST LAVISH — RECORD ...

The Fugs: Nightstage, Cambridge, Mass.

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 2 May 1988

THE FUGS – prime satirists of the hippie era, a band resurrected sporadically for live dates in this decade – are on stage, about to ...

Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould: Bob Mould's Quiet Life After Husker Du

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 19 August 1988

FOR THE BETTER part of the 1980s, Husker Du was the leading light of the American rock 'n' roll underground. The Minneapolis-based trio came crashing ...

Patti Smith Resurfaces

Profile and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 27 August 1988

DETROIT – "I'm still shaky from this," says Patti Smith, who's been driven by her husband, Fred Smith, through a hellish rainstorm and rush-hour traffic ...

Pere Ubu: The Long, Strange Trip Of Pere Ubu

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 16 September 1988

DAVID THOMAS, lead singer-lyricist of Pere Ubu, on his group's long, strange trip: "The original Pere Ubu had been very much like piling in a ...

Midnight Oil Burns With Activist Fervor

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 6 October 1988

PETER GARRETT, outspoken singer of Midnight Oil, is on the phone, ticking off things the Australian rock 'n' roll group is not. ...

The Call, Harry Dean Stanton: Harry Dean Stanton/Michael Been: Nightstage, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 26 October 1988

CAMBRIDGE – Harry Dean Stanton – full-time fringe actor (Repo Man; Paris, Texas; The Last Temptation of Christ) and part-time singer-guitarist-harmonica player – has gotten ...

Metallica Moves to Center Stage

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 5 March 1989

LAKELAND, Fl. — Just as Metallica helped change the face of the Grammys — it was one of five acts nominated for the first-ever hard-rock/metal ...

The Ramones: Dee Dee Ramone's Rap'n'Roll

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 17 April 1989

DEE DEE RAMONE, bassist of the Ramones, pops up in concert or on record every so often to sing a hardcore punk song like 'Warthog'. ...

The B-52s: The B-52's Come Back From Tragedy

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 10 August 1989

THE B-52'S are, perhaps, the ultimate summertime, party-time band of the '80s — the upbeat, whacked-out, wigged-out chroniclers of kitsch, the guys and gals who ...

The The: Paradise Theater, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 21 August 1989

A MAJOR BAND WAITING TO HAPPEN ...

Making It: Heavy Metal in Hollywood

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, November 1989

LOS ANGELES – It's 2:20 a.m., a Sunday, just after the rock clubs on Sunset Boulevard have rousted the last rowdies and kicked out the ...

The Beastie Boys, Earth, Wind & Fire, LL Cool J, Public Enemy: A Schism Divides Black Pop Radical Rappers And Soul Stars – Or The Street Vs. The Sweet

Comment by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 31 December 1989

MYRIAD GENRES and subgenres make up the world of pop music, some complementary, some clashing. Look around, and you'll find heavy metal, hard rock, post-modern, ...

Peter Jenner Journeys Through The Minefields Of The Rock World

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 9 January 1990

IN HIS 46 YEARS, Peter Jenner has seen a lot of rock 'n' roll, and a lot of rock 'n' rollers, come and go. He's ...

Suicide: Ground Zero, Cambridge, MA

Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 18 June 1990

Suicide's Minimalistic Songs Have A Sexy, Dangerous Sound ...

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

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 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 ...

Bob Geldof Shifts Gears, Returns To Irish Roots

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 3 September 1990

HE'S BEST KNOWN AS the driving force behind 1985's Live Aid project, and he still serves on the foundation's board of trustees. ...

Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star: Cocteau Twins/Mazzy Star: Orpheum Theater, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 19 November 1990

Impassioned Vagueness Of Cocteau Twins ...

The Pixies: Are Pixies Ready For Stardom?

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 23 November 1990

THEY HEADLINED the three-day Reading festival in England earlier this year, getting paid $65,000 to play their off-kilter rock 'n' roll to 50,000 fans. ...

Hawkwind: Space Rock with Humor

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 23 November 1990

CULT BANDS tend to suffer the slings and arrows of the non-believers, and Hawkwind, perhaps England's quintessential cult band, knows it better than most. They've ...

The Ramones: Radio Tracks: DJ Joey Ramone

Report by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 28 December 1990

HOW MANY OF you, if given the shot, would like to host your own radio show? ...

The Replacements' Paul Westerberg

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 21 February 1991

WHEN WE LAST left the Replacements – autumn 1990 – the band was at a crossroads. Paul Westerberg, the singer-songwriter-guitarist, was proud of a sharp ...

Sisters of Mercy: Sisters Of Mercy: Be Advised – They're No Angels

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 29 March 1991

BACK IN THE early '80s Tony James, former bassist of Generation X, was plotting his next assault on the pop world: a controversial sex-drugs-and-outrage spectacle ...

Bob Dylan: Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 6 July 1991

MANSFIELD – What about Bob? Long before the hit movie came along this summer people have been asking that question about the Bob that is ...

Wayne Newton: South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 30 August 1991

COHASSET – I was on the phone with one of rock's grandest entertainers yesterday and I just had to ask him about one of Las ...

Consolidated, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, The Pixies: Doing the slam: Tales from the mosh pit, where rock 'n' roll is a contact sport

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 23 February 1992

THESE DAYS, rock 'n' roll has become a contact sport. Not all rock 'n' roll, of course. You won't see slam dancing at a Moody ...

XTC: On Pop's High Road with XTC

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 12 June 1992

IT'S FAIR TO assume that some people hate their names. But what about rock bands? You can practically hear XTC's Andy Partridge groan over the ...

Suicide's Mission

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 17 July 1992

SINGER ALAN VEGA has been explaining how the moniker of his progressive synth-rock duo, Suicide, was never intended to have a negative or personal connotation. ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: The Nick Cave View: It's Dark Inside

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 31 July 1992

NICK CAVE, the lanky singer-songwriter of the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, is not one to mince words, even — or especially — if ...

Warren Zevon Flinches at Life Without Humor

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 1993

LAST SUMMER, as he was in the early stages of playing concerts being taped for a live album, Warren Zevon decided the album would be ...

David Bowie: Angie Bowie cuts into the spotlight

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 20 January 1993

WE WERE AT Turner Fisheries – Angela Bowie, David Bowie's famous ex, and I. I nursed two drinks. She ate half a seafood dinner, sent ...

EMF, Tom Jones: Tom Jones' unusual comeback

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 19 February 1993

THE SCRUFFY-LOOKING band on stage is churning out a hard, propulsive groove, a sample of Andrew Dice Clay's voice is bellowing out "Oh!" to punctuate ...

Bon Jovi: The Worcester Centrum

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 20 February 1993

WORCESTER – During the mid-part of the decade just past, Bon Jovi set the standard for American arena rock: middlebrow, confection-like, pop /hard rock with ...

George Clinton: Fresh funk keeps George Clinton cooking

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 5 March 1993

IF FRANK SINATRA was, by some chance, watching the Grammy telecast last week, he'd have likely poured himself another drink and muttered darkly into his ...

Pink Floyd Still Rides Its Dark Side

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 26 March 1993

MOST ROCK RECORDS, even hit records, have a relatively short shelf life. And when most rock stars meet the press, they want to chat up ...

Lindsey Buckingham: Paradise, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 29 March 1993

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM was always the least meek of the Mac, Fleetwood Mac, that is, and he was always the guy who put the spice in ...

Wall Of Voodoo: Paradise Theater, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 30 March 1993

STANARD RIDGWAY, Wall of Voodoo's main singer and songwriter, leads his characters into a lot of sticky predicaments and he doesn't often lead them out. ...

The Auteurs: Auteurs make a big splash before a small crowd

Review and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 14 April 1993

CAMBRIDGE – Hype is a constant factor in the music biz – an irritant and an enticement – but only occasionally can you actually buy ...

Bryan Ferry Follows His Muse To Make The R&B Taxi

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 14 May 1993

BRYAN FERRY spent Sunday afternoon, a splendid sunny day, strolling the Boston Common and being impressed all over again as to how fine Boston looked ...

PJ Harvey: Less is More for PJ Harvey

Profile and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 25 June 1993

MOST BAND leaders dream of taking it to the top, of packing arenas worldwide. Not Polly Jean Harvey. At least not yet. ...

Leonard Cohen

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, July 1993

LEONARD COHEN does not mind taking extreme positions in his songs. In 1966, he kissed off the memory of a tryst with Janis Joplin in ...

Stone Temple Pilots/Butthole Surfers/Flaming Lips: Polish-American Beach Club, Gardner, MA.

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 2 August 1993

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland had warned the young, aggressively moshing, object-throwing crowd Saturday on the grounds of the Polish-American Beach Club. "We want ...

The Fall: The Crankiest Band From The UK

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 6 August 1993

MARK E. SMITH, leader of the long-running English post-punk band The Fall, says these sorts of things invariably happen to him. ...

Stone Temple Pilots: Moshing Mayhem: STP fan says band beat him in Gardner

Report by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 13 August 1993

ROCK 'N' ROLL can be a rough-and-tumble game, increasingly so in these days of moshing, a highly aggressive dance-cum-contact sport that often takes place in ...

Radiohead: 'Creep' stumbles onto fame

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 8 October 1993

IT'S BARELY NOON, but Radiohead's Thom Yorke has been awake for a very un-rock 'n' roll-like four hours. This certainly can't be one of the ...

Kirsty MacColl: Singer Kirsty MacColl: Wry with a Twist of Laughter

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 12 November 1993

DEPRESSION AND despair have their place in pop music, especially in English pop. In recent years, it's come through most tellingly in the shimmering sadness ...

The Raincoats: Raincoats prove that there's life after punk

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 5 April 1994

CAMBRIDGE – Backstage before their first American gig in 12 years – hey, only their fourth gig period in that time – Raincoats bassist/guitarist/singer Gina ...

Kurt Cobain: Cobain carried his demons on ride to the top

Obituary by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 10 April 1994

HIS CUTTING-EDGE band brought punk rock ideals and alternative music to the American mainstream. He was a millionaire and a provocateur. He should have been ...

Richard Thompson: The Many Moods of Richard Thompson

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 15 April 1994

RICHARD THOMPSON, godfather of grunge? "Well, I think so," the droll singer-guitarist says, on the phone from Columbus, Ohio, during a tour stop. "I was ...

Stone Temple Pilots: Community service ordered for Stone Temple Pilots

Report by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 22 April 1994

IT LOOKS LIKE the Stone Temple Pilots, or at least two members of the popular alternative-rock quartet from San Diego, will be rocking Gardner High ...

Stone Temple Pilots: Band members sued after concert violence

Report by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 26 May 1994

A LEOMINSTER MAN who was assaulted last July at an outdoor concert in Gardner by two members of the Stone Temple Pilots rock band has ...

Kirsty MacColl: Paradise, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 21 March 1995

Kirsty MacColl Breaks Boundaries ...

Marianne Faithfull

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 30 April 1995

As years go by, Faithfull sings haunting songs of A Secret Life ...

Nancy Sinatra: Walkin' Again

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 6 May 1995

IF YOU KNOW one thing about Nancy Sinatra, it's her signature song — and may we suggest it's one of The Signature Songs of All ...

PJ Harvey: Harvey's New Hooks, Persona

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 26 May 1995

POLLY JEAN HARVEY has become, of late, a very public face. Last month's cover of Spin, a recent Tower Pulse, the current issue of Request. ...

Foetus: Mama Kin, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 5 August 1995

IT'S BEEN THREE years since he last toured, and about 15 years since he burst onto the post-punk, avant-garde rock scene: an outré Australian singer-songwriter ...

James Chance & the Contortions: James Chance: Middle East, Cambridge

Review and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 15 September 1995

CAMBRIDGE – James Chance, Milwaukee born 'n' bred, as well as musically educated, tried to fit in when he moved to New York City in ...

Anti-Nowhere League: Mama Kin, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 26 September 1995

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, for your listening and slam-dancing pleasure: Anti-Nowhere League, a scurrilous pack of London-based louts who began Sunday's show at Mama Kin with ...

k.d. lang: No more ingenue: The Constant Craving of k.d. lang

Profile and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 8 October 1995

NEW YORK – Curled up on a couch in a hotel suite, dressed in baggy black athletic garb, k.d. lang ponders the nature of the ...

Bruce Springsteen: Orpheum Theatre, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 16 December 1995

BOZO THE FAN yelled to Bruce Springsteen during a silent moment, early in the two-hour set, last night: "Welcome back, Boss!" ...

The Ramones' Last Tour: Rocket To Retirement

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 10 February 1996

"I THINK we're leaving an historical legacy," says Joey Ramone. "We really changed rock 'n' roll. When we came out in '74, rock 'n' roll ...

The Ramones: Rocket to Retirement: The Ramones' Last Tour

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 11 February 1996

"I THINK WE'RE leaving an historical legacy," says Joey Ramone. "We really changed rock 'n' roll. When we came out in '74, rock 'n' roll ...

The Gun Club: After erratic career, Gun Club's Pierce dies

Report by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 5 April 1996

JEFFREY LEE PIERCE, leader of the band the Gun Club, died Sunday after surgery to treat a blood clot in his brain. He was 37. ...

Richard Hell: Go Now

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, July 1996

RICHARD HELL had an idea earlier this year. ...

Orbital, Spacetime Continuum: Found In Space: In the electronic universe of Orbital, the star is sound

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 5 July 1996

ROCK 'N' ROLL often has a lot to do with public image – a preening Mick Jagger, a prancing Tina Turner, a spitting Johnny Rotten, ...

Butthole Surfers: The Butthole Surfers Ride A New Wave Of Popularity

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 19 July 1996

HAS THE WORLD gone mad? Gibby Haynes, lead singer-songwriter of the Butthole Surfers, thinks it's a distinct possibility — and he spoke with us several ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind Their Principles, Here's The Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 9 August 1996

FAIRFAX, Va. — Johnny Rotten is up to his old tricks. He's baiting the crowd — calling those seated in the loge "sissies" — and ...

The Needle And The Damage Done

Report by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 10 August 1996

"I've seen the needle and the damage done / A little part of it in everyone / But every junkie's like a setting sun" — ...

Bob Mould wants to kill off his Frankenstein monster

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 20 September 1996

IF ALTERNATIVE ROCK is Frankenstein's monster, Bob Mould is Dr. Frankenstein. One of 'em, anyway. Or so he feels – although he's far less guilt-ridden ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: Reckless Idol Through The Lens Darkly

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 20 September 1996

GAY HEAD — It's nearing summer's end on Martha's Vineyard, and Evan Dando, the 29-year-old guiding voice and vision of the Lemonheads, is chilling on ...

David Bowie: Bowie's Birthday Blastoff: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 11 January 1997

NEW YORK – "It's not much of a tribute, in a way," said David Bowie before the 50th-birthday celebratory show he and a bunch of ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Hot Tin Roof, Martha's Vineyard

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 26 May 1997

WEST TISBURY – If you'd made a bet that Jerry Lee Lewis would make it through his entire life without playing the Hot Tin Roof ...

Brian Eno Before And After Pop

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 13 July 1997

BRIAN ENO has a theory. Actually, Eno has lots of theories — the 48-year-old, English-born musician probably leads the rock 'n' roll league in this ...

Spiritualized

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, August 1997

THEY ARE NOT the next big band from Britain and they could not care less. If one of their albums sold millions of copies, well, ...

Beck Picks Up The Slack And His Last Name

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 8 August 1997

YOU KNOW he's not a loser. It haunted him three years ago, but by now Beck figures most people have come to terms with the ...

David Byrne's New Feelings

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 8 August 1997

The former Talking Head gets comfortable with his outsider status ...

The Cramps: Back from Badsville: The Cramps keep on with their psychobilly

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, November 1997

IF IT AIN'T broke, don't fix it. In a nutshell-of-a-cliché, this is the Cramps' most polite response to skeptics and naysayers who might suggest that ...

The Cure: Robert Smith Gets Happy

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 10 November 1997

After 18 years, The Cure's leader discovers fun ...

Robert Wyatt: The Quiet Dream of Robert Wyatt

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 16 January 1998

A radical thinker composes for the imaginative mind ...

Ryuichi Sakamoto Goes Avant-Classical

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 8 February 1998

THE LAST TIME I saw Ryuichi Sakamoto he was jumping about on the stage of the Paradise, tweaking and twiddling synthesizer knobs, wearing a Devo-esque, ...

Morcheeba cherishes songs, not sounds

Profile and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 29 April 1998

IT WASN'T LONG ago that the London-based brothers Ross and Paul Godfrey were making music in obscurity, eking out what Ross Godfrey calls "a poor ...

The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Free To Be Brian Jonestown Massacre

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 29 May 1998

THE BRIAN Jonestown Massacre, a West Coast psychedelic pop band, has been making terrific music for eight years — indie label CDs like Methodrone, Their ...

The B-52s: The B-52's Latest Wave

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 29 May 1998

IS IT TIME YET? Cindy Wilson, one of the B-52's three singers-front folks, waves a figurative finger in the wind. "I think," she says, "it ...

Depeche Mode's sonic revival: The godfathers of techno tour again

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, October 1998

IT'S ABOUT A month ago, and Depeche Mode -- Martin Gore, David Gahan, and Andy Fletcher -- are in England, on the eve of a ...

Kiss and Tell: The Ultimate Show Band Talk about Music, Makeup, and More

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 6 November 1998

TAKE A LOOK at the picture of KISS accompanying this story. You may now stop reading, if you wish, or so says KISS bassist-singer Gene ...

Alice Cooper Box Set Keeps The Horror Alive

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 7 May 1999

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT may be a divisive issue in America, but it has been very good to Alice Cooper. ...

Hole, Courtney Love: The Lesson Of Love: Courtney's Got The Hole World In Her Hands

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 14 May 1999

IT IS A STILL-SLEEPY Courtney Love whose familiar voice comes over the phone line early one morning from Cincinnati. It's the first day of her ...

Cher: The Beat Goes On: For the Fourth Decade in a Row, Cher Hits a High Note

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 16 July 1999

CHER KNOWS WHAT it means to ride rock and roll's wild roller coaster. Over the years, she has zoomed to the top and plummeted to ...

Nashville Pussy: Nashville Breaks Out: Sex, Jokes and Rock 'N' Roll Help An Indie Band On The Rise

Profile and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 30 July 1999

"WE ARE,'' says guitarist Ruyter Suys (pronounced "Rider Sighs''), of the band Nashville Pussy, "aiming for the more basic enthusiasms of life, just having a ...

John Lydon, Public Image Ltd: No Future? At Least Lydon Isn't Hung Up On The Past

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 22 August 1999

JOHN LYDON – once (and probably forever) known as Johnny Rotten – does not stomp around the world in a bad mood, contrary to popular ...

Puff Daddy's New CD, Forever, Means A Chance For Promotion

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 24 August 1999

THE SWITCH is flipped and the thin figure dressed in white, wearing a cap and dark glasses, sporting thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry and ...

Tom Waits: The Long Waits: Return Of An Ageless Artist

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 19 September 1999

THERE ARE artists — like, say, Cher — who manage to appear forever young. And then there is Tom Waits, who always seemed old before ...

George Clinton: Keeping It Crazy: George Clinton Stirs Up the Funk

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 8 October 1999

WHEN THE NEXT millennium beckons, George Clinton — ageless funkateer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, the Atomic Dog himself — will be in Fiji, ...

Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams Again: After a Decade Apart, Annie Lennox and David Stewart are Eurythmics Once More

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 17 October 1999

NEW YORK – Annie Lennox and David Stewart – former lovers, forever the best of friends, and once again musical collaborators – share a couch ...

The The's True Self Founder Matt Johnson Continues To Break New Ground

Profile and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 28 April 2000

MATT JOHNSON – singer-songwriter-guitarist and all-around main man of the band The The – left school at 15, embarked on a solo recording career, and ...

Roxy Music: Out Of The Blue, Roxy Music Is Back

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 15 July 2001

AFTER BLAZING a dazzling art-rock trail during the early 1970s, after establishing themselves as the epitome of pop elegance through the early 1980s, and after ...

ABBA: Mamma Mia! ABBA's Music Is Bjorn Again

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 19 August 2001

ABBA: the band whose biographical entry begins every pop music encyclopedia; the Swedish quartet composed of two couples — Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and ...

Neil Innes: Innes's Humor Doesn't Compromise His Rock

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 9 October 2001

CAMBRIDGE – Neil Innes, a bald man sporting a gray, Beatles-like wig, took the stage at the House of Blues Sunday night. The members of ...

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros: The Palladium, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 15 October 2001

STRUMMER MELLOWS WITHOUT LOSING HIS EDGE ...

Tom Waits: With Morbidity On His Mind, Tom Waits Makes A Double Play

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, May 2002

Tom Waits — the raspy-voiced singer-songwriter and occasional actor and playwright — has released 14 albums in nearly 30 years. But he has a habit ...

Death Cab for Cutie: Paradise, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 7 June 2011

IT HAD TO BE Death Cab for Cutie at the Paradise Sunday. The $35 tickets sold out in a flash when they went on sale ...

Kanye West: Kanye West: TD Garden, Boston

Live Review by Maura Johnston, Boston Globe, The, 4 September 2016

"IT'S A GOOD YEAR to be a Kanye West fan," Kanye West said near the end of his show at TD Garden on Saturday night. ...

Adele: TD Garden, Boston

Live Review by Maura Johnston, Boston Globe, The, 15 September 2016

THE CURRENT TREND of downcast pop – minor keys, lyrics drenched with bitterness, an overwhelming sense of despair – can be at least partially traced ...

Against Me!: Shape Shift With Me

Review by Maura Johnston, Boston Globe, The, 15 September 2016

THE FLORIDA-BORN Against Me! has been one of the standard-bearers of politicized nth-generation punk since their debut in 1998, thanks to the strangled voice and ...

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