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Pennyblackmusic - Favourite Interviews

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published: 25 / 10 / 2023

Pennyblackmusic - Favourite Interviews


Our writers list some of their favourite interviews of the last 25 years.

Over the last 25 years we have published over 1,800 interviews. Here are 250 of the artists and bands – 10 for each year - that have proved amongst the most memorable to us. These have been selected by Andrew Twambley, Cila Warncke, Dave Goodwin, Denzil Watson, Dixie Ernill, Eoghan Lyng., Fiona Hutchings, John Clarkson, Julie Cruickshank, Kimberly Bright, Lisa Torem, Malcolm Carter. Mark Rowland, Richard Lewis, Steev Burgess and Tommy Gunnarsson, who are members of our current interviewing team. We are dedicating this to the memory of our writer Anthony Strutt (1962-2018), who was the interview king. ABC (Martin Fry), The Alarm (Mike Peters), Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes/Solo Artist), Alan Parsons (The Alan Parsons Project), Alice Cooper (Solo Artist/Alice Cooper), Alison O’Donnell (Solo Artist/Mellow Candle), Allan Clarke (Solo Artist/The Hollies), Allo Darlin’ (Elizabeth Morris), Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey (Talulah Gosh/Heavenly/The Catenary Wires/Swansea Sound), Ana Popovic (Solo Artist), Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!), Andy Whitehouse (Solo Artist), Anna Kashfi (Sian Webley, James Youngjohns), Art Garfunkel (Simon and Garfunkel/Solo Artist), Ashley Reaks (Solo Artist), The Au Pairs (Jane Munro) Bad Religion (Jay Bentley), The Band of Holy Joy (Johny Brown), Baptiste (Wayne Gooderham), The Bathers (Chris Thomson) The Big Pink (Robbie Furze), Billy Childish (Solo Artist), The Bitter Springs (Simon Rivers), the black watch (John Andrew Fredrick) Blancmange (Neil Arthur), The Blue Aeroplanes (Gerard Langley), BMX Bandits (Duglas T. Stewart), Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats/Solo Artist), Bob Harris (DJ), Booker T. (Booker T. and the MGs), Brian Ray (Solo Artist), Brilliant Mind (Calum Lynn), Bronski Beat (Steve Bronski), Buffy Saint Marie (Solo Artist), Buzzcocks (Steve Diggle) Cabaret Voltaire (Richard H. Kirk), Cathal Coughlan (Telefis/Microdisney/The Fatima Mansions), The Cathode Ray (Jeremy Thoms), Charlie Dore (Solo Artist), Chris Jagger (Solo Artist), Chris Spedding (Solo Artist), Chuck Prophet (Solo Artist/Green On Red), The Church (Steve Kilbey), Claudia Brucken (Solo Artist/Propaganda). Clem Burke (Blondie/The International Swingers), The Cocteau Twins (Robin Guthrie), Craig Finn (Solo Artist/The Hold Steady) Darren Hayman (Solo Artist/Hefner), Dave Brubeck (Solo Artist), Dave Da), DodsonKinks/Solo Artist), Davey Woodward (The Brilliant Corners/The Experimental Pop Band/ Karen,/Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans), Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper), Dinosaur Jr (J Mascis), The Distractions (Steve Perrin, Mike Finney and Nick Halliwell), Dodson and Fogg (Chris Wade), Doghouse Roses (Paul Tasker), Donovan (Solo Artist), Doris Brendel (Solo Artist/The Violet Hour), Doug Hoekstra (Solo Artist), Dream Maps (Dominic Simpson), Dweezil Zappa (Solo Artist) Editors (Russell Leetch), Elli de Mon (Solo Artist). Eric Burdon (Solo Artist/The Animals). Eric Chappell (Writer), European Sun (Steve Miles) Friends (William Jones), Friends Again (Paul McGeechan) Gabi Garbutt (Solo Artist), The Gang of Four (Andy Gill), Gene (Martin Rossiter), Glen Matlock (Solo Artist/The Sex Pistols), Glenn Frey (Solo Artist/The Eagles). The Godfathers (Peter Coyne), Goldblade (John Robb), Graham Gouldman (10cc/The Hollies), Grand Funk Railroad (Mark Farner), Groovy Uncle (Glenn Prangnell) Hamish Hawk (Solo Artist), Happy Mondays (Shaun Ryder), Hattie Briggs (Solo Artist), The Haywains (Paul Towler), Hazel O’Connor (Solo Artist), Heaven 17 (Glenn Gregory), HEIST (Mike Targett, Alison Targett), Herbie Flowers (Blue Mink/Session Player), Hey Negrita (Felix Bechtolsheimer), Hipsway (Grahame Skinner, Pim Jones), Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers/Solo Artist), The Human League (Joanne Catherall) Ian McNabb (Solo Artist/The Icicle Works), Idiot Son (Andy Thompson). Ist Ist (Andy Keating) Jac Holzman (Elektra Records), Jackie Leven (Solo Artist), Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd/Jah Wobble and the Invaders from Mars), James (Saul Davies), Janis Ian (Solo Artist), Jason Ringenberg (Solo Artist/Jason and the Scorchers), Jefferson Pepper (Solo Artist), Jello Biafra (The Dead Kennedys/Solo Artist), Jenny Wilson (Solo Artist), The Jesus and Mary Chain (Jim Reid), Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson), Jimmy Webb (Solo Artist), Joe Gideon and the Shark (Joe Gideon), John Cooper Clarke (Poet), John Foxx (Solo Artist/Ultravox!), John Howard (Solo Artist), John Lydon (Public Image Ltd/Sex Pistols), John Philip Shenale (Tori Amos, Jane’s Addiction, Billy Idol), Jules Winchester (Solo Artist) Karen Jonas (Solo Artist), Keiron Phelan (Solo Artist/Keiron Phelan & Peace Signs), Kirk Brandon (Spear of Destiny/Theatre of Hate) Laetitia Sadier (Solo Artist/Stereolab,/Monade), Last Harbour (Kev Craig, David Armes), ‘Legs’ Larry Smith (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band), Lewis Burner (Solo Artist/The Burner Band), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), The Lightning Seeds (Ian Broudie), Lol Tolhurst (The Cure/Writer), Loop (Robert Hampson), Lost Boy (Jim Kerr), The Lost Brothers (Oisin Leech), Louise Aubrie (Solo Artist), Love (Johnny Echols), Love and Money (James Grant), The Lucky Ones (Ryan West),The Lucksmiths (Tali White, Mark Monnone), Luxury Stranger (Simon York) Madam (Sukie Smith), Magazine (Howard Devoto, Dave Formula), The Magic Brothers (Woody Woodgate), Magic 12 (Toby Ingalls), The Man From Delmonte (Mike West), Man Made (Nile Marr), Mark Hodkinson (Writer/Black Sedan), Mars Williams (The Psychedelic Furs), Mary O’Meara (Writer), May Pang (Writer), McCarthy (Malcolm Eden, Tim Gaines), Douglas McIntyre (Creeping Bent, FRETS, Port Sulphur), MG Boulter (Solo Artist), Midge Ure (Solo Artist/Ultravox!), Michael Lindsay Hogg (Filmmaker), Miracle Legion (Ray Neal), Moon Under Water (Audrey Eade, Adrian James, Elliot Wheeler, Robert Eade), Morton Valence (Robert ‘Hacker’ Jessett), Mudhoney (Mark Arm, Steve Turner) The National (Matt Berninger. Aaron Dessner), NewGrass Cutters (Pete Brown), The New York Dolls (Sylvain Sylvain), Nik Kershaw (Solo Artist), Nils Lofgren (Solo Artist/Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Andy McCluskey) Papernut Cambridge (Ian Buton), Patrick Duff (Strangelove/Solo Artist), Paul Cook (The Professionals/The Sex Pistols), Paul Draper (Solo Artist, Mansun/Solo Artist), Paul Jones (Manfred Mann/The Manfreds/DJ), Pauline Murray (Penetration/Solo Artist), Peter Buck and Luke Haines (REM/The Auteurs), Penny Rimbaud (Solo Artist/Crass), Pere Ubu (David Thomas), Pete Weiss (Pete Weiss And The Rock Band, Valley of Weights), Peter Waterman (Producer), Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), Philip Parfitt (The Perfect Disaster/Oedipussy/Solo Artist), Polak (Peter Fijalkowski), The Primitives (Paul Court), Prolapse (Mick Derrick) Radio Birdman (Deniz Tek), The Raveonettes (Sune Rose Wagner, Sharin Foo), RepoMen (Denzil Watson), Richard Thompson (Solo Artist/Fairport Convention), Richmond Fontaine (Willy Vlautin, Dave Harding), Rick Wakeman (Solo Artist/Yes), Rita Coolidge (Solo Artist), Robbie Robertson (The Band/Solo Artist), Robbie Robertson (Frankie Valli arranger), Robert Forster (Solo Artist. The Go-Betweens), Robert Rotifer (Solo Artist/Rotifer/Mccookerybook and Rotifer), Robert Wyatt (Solo Artist/The Soft Machine), Robyn Hitchcock (Solo Artist), Roddy Woomble (Solo Artist/Idlewild). Roger Chapman (Solo Artist/Family), Roy Harper (Solo Artist), Roy Moller (Solo Artist/Poet), Rusty Egan (The Rich Kids/Visage/DJ), The Ruts DC (Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy) Sam Brown (Solo Artist), Sam Shinazzi (Solo Artist), Scenius (Steve Whitfield, Fabrice Nau), The School (Liz Hunt), Secret Affair (David Cairns), The Selecter (Pauline Black), The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (Zal Cleminson, Chris Glen, Ted McKenna), The Servants (David Westlake), Shakespears Sister (Siobhan Fahey), Sharks (Steve Parsons), Shelby Lynne (Solo Artist), Silver Jews (David Berman), Simon Love (Solo Artist, The Loves), Simon Bromide (Solo Artist/Simon Bromide). Simon Reynolds (Writer), Skids Richard Jobson), Sky Saxon (Solo Artist/The Seeds), Sleaford Mods (Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn), The Slits (Tessa Pollitt), Slowdive (Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell, Christian Saville, Nick Chaplin), Sonic Youth (Steve Shelley), The Sound (Bi Marshall). Stephen McLaren (Solo Artist), Steve Ellis (Solo Artist/Love Affair), Steve Harley (Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel), Steve Robinson (Solo Artist), Steve Wynn (Solo Artist/The Dream Syndicate), Stewart Copeland (The Police/Solo Artist), The Stranglers (Jean-Jacques Burnel, Baz Warne), Surreal Appeal (Sophie Toes, Grace Griffin. Tracy Deakin), Suzanne Vega (Solo Artist), Suzi Quatro (Solo Artist) The Telescopes (Stephen Lawrie), Television Personalities (Dan Treacey), That Petrol Emotion (Steve Mack. Raymond Gorman), This Mortal Coil (Ivo Watts-Russell), Tom Robinson (Solo Artist/Tom Robinson Band). Tommy James (Tommy James and the Shondells), The Transmissionary Six (Paul Austin), Trembling Blue Stars (Bobby Wratten, Beth Arzy), The Triffids (Graham Lee). Trudie Myerscough-Harris (Charity Organiser/Manager) Ulysses (Luke Smyth), The Undertones (Damian O’Neill, John O’Neill) Vashti Bunyan (Solo Artist), Viarosa (Richard Neuberg). Vic Godard (Solo Artist/The Subway Sect), Vinita Joshi (Rocket Girl Records), Vinny Peculiar (Solo Artist). Visage (Steve Strange), The Volunteered, (Mark Rowland), The Vulgar Boatmen (Dale Lawrence) The Walkabouts (Chris Eckman), Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers/The Waldos) The Wedding Present/Cinerama (David Gedge), Wilko Johnson (Solo Artist/Dr Feelgood), The Wild Swans (Paul Simpson), Willard Grant Conspiracy (Robert Fisher, David Michael Curry), World Party (Karl Wallinger) X-Ray Spex (Poly Styrene) Young Marble Giants (Stuart Moxham), Young Knives (Henry Dartnall) Zoe Howe (Writer), The Zombies (Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent)

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