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955 items by David Fricke

  • Sex, America, Cheap Trick

    Sex, America, Cheap Trick | ALBUM REVIEW

    One band made the leap from midwestern bars and the hors d'oeuvres slot on Rush and Kiss tours to Top 40 glory via three-minute grenades of razor-guitar pop and bubblicious song hooks. The other toiled in a...

    October 31, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • No Code

    No Code | ALBUM REVIEW

    They don't call it the gilded cage for nothing. The idea of rock gods bitching about all the dumb, demeaning baggage that comes with megastardom might seem lame, even insulting, to anyone who's never tasted any kind...

    September 5, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Patti Smith: Family Life, Recent Loss, and New Album 'Gone Again'

    Patti Smith: Family Life, Recent Loss, and New Album 'Gone Again' | ARTICLE

    She looks thin, frail, vulnerable. The hood of her sweat jacket is pulled up over her long, graying hair like a monk's cowl, and...

    July 11, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Tone Dialing

    Tone Dialing | ALBUM REVIEW

    It is a lot easier to lose yourself in the roaring joy of Ornette Coleman's music than it is to explain why you shouldn't be afraid of it. The saxophonist's code name for his strategy of composition...

    December 14, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Rising

    Rising | ALBUM REVIEW

    There are times when nepotism makes sense. The ardent patronage of her husband, John Lennon, enabled Yoko Ono to record and release some of the most fearless and prophetic music in avant-rock: the 1970 shriek feast Yoko...

    November 30, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Smashing Pumpkins: Disillusionment, Obsession, Confusion, Satisfaction

    Smashing Pumpkins: Disillusionment, Obsession, Confusion, Satisfaction | ARTICLE

    "I know it looks anal," Billy Corgan says with an embarrassed smile, looking up from the sheet of paper on his lap as the...

    November 16, 1995 12:55 PM ET
  • Outside

    Outside | ALBUM REVIEW

    David Bowie has made a career of being anything and everything other than himself. As rock & roll's consummate quick-change artist, he has created some of the greatest leading roles in the pop-art theater of the imagination:...

    October 19, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Civilization Phaze III

    Civilization Phaze III | ALBUM REVIEW

    I first heard this dense and deliciously twisted album in October 1993 in the room where much of it was created: Frank Zappa's recording studio at his home, in Los Angeles. I felt privileged and a little...

    August 24, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Talk This Way

    Talk This Way | ARTICLE

    Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 694 from November 3, 1994. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium...

    November 3, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rolling Stone Interview: Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore

    The Rolling Stone Interview: Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore | ARTICLE

    Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS691 from September 22, 1994. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium subscription...

    September 22, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Rolling Stones Push Back the Clock With 'Voodoo Lounge' Album and Tour

    Rolling Stones Push Back the Clock With 'Voodoo Lounge' Album and Tour | ARTICLE

    "They come in different ways, so many different ways," Mick Jagger declares with a melodramatic pleading in his voice, like he's being forced...

    July 14, 1994 2:40 PM ET
  • Live Through This

    Live Through This | ALBUM REVIEW

    Forget, just for a moment, everything you've heard about Courtney Love for the past three years — the tales, apocryphal and otherwise, of substance misadventure; her, uh, lively marriage to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and checkered passage into...

    April 21, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Frank Zappa: 1940-1993

    Frank Zappa: 1940-1993 | ARTICLE

    During his lifetime, Frank Zappa was called many things by his admirers and critics alike; a musical genius, a brilliant satirist, a fearless...

    January 27, 1994 8:55 PM ET
  • Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stone Interview: Success Doesn't Suck

    Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stone Interview: Success Doesn't Suck | ARTICLE

    Ashirtless, disheveled Kurt Cobain pauses on the backstage stairway leading to Nirvana's dressing room at the Aragon Ballroom, in Chicago, offers...

    January 27, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rolling Stone Interview: Henry Rollins

    The Rolling Stone Interview: Henry Rollins | ARTICLE

    Pearl jam, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Belly, the Lemonheads, Porno for Pyros – all the major alterna-heavies got name checks in Time...

    December 23, 1993 10:30 AM ET
  • In Utero

    In Utero | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is the way Nirvana's Kurt Cobain spells success: s-u-c-k-s-e-g-g-s. Never in the history of rock & roll overnight sensations has an artist, with the possible exception of John Lennon, been so emotionally overwhelmed by his sudden...

    September 16, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Don't Tread On Me: Metallica's James Hetfield

    Don't Tread On Me: Metallica's James Hetfield | ARTICLE

    James Hetfield of Metallica is not a Song-and-Snappy-Patter man on stage, the singer-guitarist's idea of between-song banter is the kind of street-simple, off-color...

    April 15, 1993 3:05 PM ET
  • The Chess Box

    The Chess Box | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Johnny B. Goode," "Memphis" and "Promised Land" are six damn good reasons a Great Retro Box treatment of Chuck Berry is long overdue. And there are sixty-five more just like...

    January 27, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Television

    Television | ALBUM REVIEW

    Once out of time, always out of time: In 1977 the stunning ice-blue guitarchitecture and defiant spirit of free-jamming wanderlust on Television's debut album, Marquee Moon, blew wide holes through cream-puff AOR rock and the already calcifying...

    October 29, 1992 12:00 AM ET
  • Artist of the Year: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe on the Band's First Decade

    Artist of the Year: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe on the Band's First Decade | ARTICLE

    For R.E.M., the past twelve months have been the Year of the Big Music Biz Awards, and there's a small mountain of them...

    March 5, 1992 3:10 PM ET
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