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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – August 1978 (Volume 10, Number 3) 

Detroit favorite son Bob Seger was on such a hot streak in 1978 that he got the cover slot for the August 1978 issue of Creem magazine. This is particularly notable since there is a Paul McCartney interview in this issue as well. Seger discussed his follow-up success angst in recording the “Stranger in Town album (“It’s your first big record and there’s so much riding on the next one. You want it so much that you overdo it”). Seger was a candid fellow, talking about how his band weren’t the right musicians to record ballads and remembering a nine-month recurring gig early in his career when he played a strip club (“The middle of the week – UGH! Just salesmen drooling over these horrible looking strippers who all must’ve weighed 200 pounds apiece – really the end of the trail”). 

Features: 

“Tom Petty: Animus Americus Unpoliticus,” by Stephen Demorest 

“Bob Seger vs. The Platinum Paranoia (Will Nothing Stop It?),” by Patrick Goldstein 

“Bootsy: Thtumping to P-Funk’s Bumping,” by Ed Ward 

“David Johansen: Lonely Planet Boy Comes Home,” by Billy Altman 

“Paul McCartney: Is This Man Guilty of Power Pop?,” by Roy Carr 

Tom Petty wasn’t quite the polished rock star he would later become, as he railed against taking political stances (“I don’t have time for news”), environmental issues (“I still throw Coke bottles out the window”), and stage theatrics (“If you get it all choreographed down, what a drag. My god, the poor fuckers who have to do that every night!”). However, he certainly wasn’t dull. 

In Ed Ward’s feature on Bootsy Collins, the P-Funk bassist/solo artist came across just like he did on record – as the epitome of ‘70s cool hipster funk. Billy Altman clearly felt great admiration for and, perhaps, a personal bond with David Johansen. The opening paragraphs describe a boozy evening at the Bells of Hell bar, a regular hangout for the New York rock critics crowd during the late 1970s. On the other hand, Paul McCartney seemed to be doing his interview with Roy Carr much more out of a sense of obligation than interest. 

Quotable Quotes:   

Billy Idol of Generation X, “Record company presidents tried to create power pop because they couldn’t look like punks. They couldn’t change their haircuts, because they don’t have any hair.” 

Patrick Goldstein on Ian Dury, “He has the stage presence of a lunatic with a loaded shotgun in a crowded subway car…he scuttles across the stage like a wounded land crab already dressed for a cheap, seaside dinner.” 

Tom Petty, “I don’t like to be over at that other side of Hollywood once in passes Western. It’s really bad bullshit, really sick people; they take all the sparkle off everybody who goes over there. Who’s over there? Slum…Mexicans.” 

Bob Seger, “Now long hair is out (of fashion). So instead of thinking I’m in the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), people think I’m a drug dealer.” 

Bootsy Collins, “Everybody should have their skin-diving suits, because I’m gonna be playin’ music for the DEEP!” 

Billy Altman, “It’s still difficult to gauge just how important the Dolls were. Along with the Velvets, the Stooges and the MC5, they laid the foundation for much of the young, tough music that has given the world a much-needed kick in the ass over the past two years.” 

Paul McCartney,” I particularly like Elvis Costello. He writes and performs good material.” 

McCartney, “If someone is a brilliant player but just being around him gets to be obnoxious…who needs it!” 

Mitch Cohen on Cheap Trick’s “Heaven Tonight” album, “Cheap Trick are a foursome, who, at their best, fuse some of the strengths of Lennon and McCartney into a tuneful, eccentric Midwest/Anglophile rock ‘n’ roll mix.” 

Summary:  Patrick Goldstein was the ace in the hole during the immediate post-Bangs era. He never wrote a bad piece. 

Grade: B+ 

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