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Craig Zeller

Craig Zeller has been a contributing editor to The Aquarian Weekly, an alternative weekly in New Jersey from 1975-1989; a regular contributor to the record review sections of Creem and Record (a music-only subsidiary of Rolling Stone) throughout the '80s; as well as the late great New York Rocker.


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Lloyd Cole & The Commotions: Rattlesnakes (Geffen)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, May 1985

AZTEC CAMERA when they're not being precious, the tone of the Left Banke, just a little Love, a bit of early Doors, a touch of ...

Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Almost Blue (Columbia)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, March 1982

I'M REMINDED OF that Honeymooners episode where, in Alice's absence, Ed gives Ralph a hand with the household chores by doing a little ironing. ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Fresh Fruit In Foreign Places (Ze/Sire)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, September 1981

I HAVE TO admit I got a brief kick out of Creole and Co. when I saw them strut their stuff opening for the B-52's ...

The Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman: Jonathan Richman: A Roadrunner For Your Love

Interview by Craig Zeller, New York Rocker, February 1978

I'M STRAIGHT and I used to be in love with Jonathan Richman. Don't get me wrong: I still like him a helluva lot; whether he's ...

Warren Zevon: The Envoy (Asylum)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, November 1982

THE ZEVE is one of our most critically overrated troubled troubadours. 'Member those in-print cartwheel raves his debut garnered? Ever listen to the damn thing? ...

Foreigner: Agent Provocateur (Atlantic)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, April 1985

HAVE TO admit I've had some good times inspired by Foreigner. Why, just this afternoon I dozed off watching MTV (understandably so) and had a ...

Buster Poindexter: Buster Poindexter (RCA)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, February 1988

FOR SOME strange reason I always thought that Buster Poindexter, David Johansen's sophisticated alter ego, was meant to be a temporary lark — or at ...

Dire Straits: Brothers In Arms (Warner Bros.)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, September 1985

IT'S HARD to get worked up about a record as endlessly mediocre as this one but I'll try, believe me, I'll try. ...

38 Special, Dwight Twilley: 38 Special: Strength In Numbers (A&M); Dwight Twilley: Wild Dogs (A&M)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, October 1986

AT WORK, we play the radio constantly. A good part of the time it's tuned to the local oldies station. The other day I was ...

Lone Justice: Shelter (Geffen)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, April 1987

JUST MY luck. Shelter is a stinker, and the thought of having to expound on that opinion simply bores me to distraction. I mean, there ...

The Pretenders: Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Craig Zeller, New York Rocker, July 1980

DRIVING INTO Manhattan for this shindig, I had (in order of importance) a toothache, a throatache, and a headache. So I decided to get into ...

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (Sire)

Review by Craig Zeller, Record, November 1984

AND SO YOU may ask yourself: why are the Talking Heads releasing another souvenir concert album a mere two years and one studio album after ...

Bananarama: Deep Sea Skiving (London)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, July 1983

HEARING MY fickle cad of a friend freely admit that he was throwing the Go-Go's over for Bananarama on the basis of one import single ...

The Bangles: All Over The Place (Columbia)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, October 1984

CALL ME a female chauvinist if you must but most of the year's most stimulating records have come from women. My current turntable dream set ...

Tina Turner: Break Every Rule (Capitol)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, January 1987

A RECENT read through I, Tina, Ms. Turner's painfully honest life story, confirmed two things for me: 1) You won't find any used "I Like ...

Daryl Hall & John Oates: Daryl Hall and John Oates: Big Bam Boom (RCA)

Review by Craig Zeller, Record, January 1985

IT'S NOT exactly a secret that Hall and Oates have been riding the hot streak of their lives since the '80s began. Voices, Private Eyes ...

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