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David A. Keeps

David A. Keeps

Born and raised in suburban Detroit, David A. Keeps came of age tuning in Soupy Sales and Batman and listening to Motown and the British Invasion on local radio stations WKNR and CKLW. At the University of Michigan, he traded up from pop to glam and punk precursors including Bowie, Alice, Lou and Iggy. After visiting London in the summer of 1977, he began writing for New York Rocker, where he would also hustle record company ads in the early 1980s.

He was tapped by a pre-Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant to work on the American version of Smash Hits (known as Star Hits due to copyright issues), where he became a chronicler of all things "New Wave" during the middle 1980s. The Anglophile Keeps also wrote for Creem and English publications including a myriad of EMAP titles, the NME, The Face and Arena.

Throughout the 1990s, Keeps led music, celebrity and style coverage in the Condé Nast iteration of Details. As an L.A.-based freelancer, he contributed to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Travel + Leisure, GQ, Rolling Stone and Blender. He hosted two travel shows, Art & the City and The Scenic Route for the Ovation channel and worked as a writer and producer for the award-winning film and television production company World of Wonder.

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Was (Not Was): Back Come the Freaks

Interview by David A. Keeps, New Musical Express, 22 October 1983

Was (Not Was)'s major problem was that they could never sing. Their voices would always come out sounding freaky. To overcome this they've brought in ...

Tupelo Chain Sex: Tupelo Sex, Honey

Profile and Interview by David A. Keeps, Creem, February 1984

LOS ANGELES — An incandescent chainsaw named Elvis snuggles up to a sex ad floozie on the back, and on the front the title begs ...

Madonna

Interview by David A. Keeps, Smash Hits, 24 May 1984

Bubblegum, Swimming, Rubber jewellery, Ice cream sundaes with hot fudge topping... Madonna thinks they're all yummy, as David Keeps finds out. ...

John Mellencamp: John Cougar Mellencamp: Radio City Music Hall, New York

Live Review by David A. Keeps, New Musical Express, 4 August 1984

JOHN COUGAR Mellencamp has a big old heart and one helluva nerve. First he has his buddy (and band hairdresser) warm up the crowd with ...

Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five

Interview by David A. Keeps, Smash Hits, 11 October 1984

They're from New York. They're the most famous rapping crew in the world. Their single 'White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)' has been in the ...

Quiet Riot: Very serious about not being serious

Interview by David A. Keeps, Creem, November 1984

FOR YOUR average cub-reportin' type rock hack, the Road Trip stands as a hallowed institution, a chance to meet rock 'n' roll's Olympians "up close ...

Chaka Khan

Interview by David A. Keeps, Smash Hits, 8 November 1984

"For five years I've been really working at creating masterpieces. Now I do a song and put rapping on it — which is really the ...

Madonna: "I always acted like a star even before I was one!"

Interview by David A. Keeps, Smash Hits, 17 January 1985

And that time has certainly come. She's had massive hits both sides of the ocean, and she's started making movies and claiming she'd "like to ...

New Edition

Report and Interview by David A. Keeps, Smash Hits, 4 April 1985

THESE BOYS ARE BUSY. TWO YEARS AGO THEY WERE NUMBER ONE WITH 'CANDY GIRL'. NOW THEY'RE BACK WITH 'MR TELEPHONE MAN' AND 'COOL IT NOW', ...

Depeche Mode's Kinky Moods

Interview by David A. Keeps, Creem, July 1986

WHAT WOULD you call a band that wears a lot of black leather, sings about 'Masters And Servants' and claims that "God has a sick ...

RuPaul: The World According to RuPaul

Interview by David A. Keeps, Details, March 1993

Singer, supermodel, and trans-American success story ...

Duran Duran: Ordinary People

Interview by David A. Keeps, Details, April 1993

Duran Duran spent one half of the '80s as international pop playboys and the other half surviving the experience. Will success spoil them again? David ...

No Doubt, Gwen Stefani: No Doubt: Gwen in doubt

Interview by David A. Keeps, Details, April 1997

GWEN STEFANI'S SURVIVED A FRIEND'S SUICIDE, A FLOP RECORD, AND A BAND THAT WAS SET ON SELF-DESTRUCT. NOW SHE'S AN INTERNATIONAL SEX SYMBOL WITH A ...

KROQ: Breaking the Airwaves

Report and Interview by David A. Keeps, Details, July 1997

MTV listens to them, so does your local DJ. From the Go-Go's to Beck, KROQ has always played tomorrow's hits today. David A. Keeps goes ...

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