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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – February 1979 (Volume 10, Number 9) 

Led Zeppelin returned to the cover for the February 1979 issue of Creem. The cover story by magazine editor Susan Whitall is a band history, interspersed with the author’s thoughts on various albums, songs, performances, etc. Whitall was an unabashed Led Zeppelin fan, the band appealed to her intellect and other aspects of her…um…”torso.” This is a very good piece written in anticipation of the “In Through the Out Door” album. 

I was happy to see that the Texas rock band Kenny and The Kasuals made an appearance in “The Beat Goes On.” Different versions of this garage band, which was formed in 1964, played Dallas area gigs until the late 2010s. Their 1966 single “Journey to Tyme” would be at home on any “Nuggets” compilation. 

In the “Stars Cars” photo, Devo took some time out for fun, boarding a bus in their personalized hazmat suits. 

Features: 

“The Secret Life of Amanda Lear,” by Jeffrey Morgan 

“Dave Edmunds & Rockpile: Trouble Boys Destroy U.S., A Grateful World Rejoices,” by Rob Patterson 

“Led Zeppelin: A Phychobiograph,” by Susan Whitall 

“Elton John: Glitter Queen Grows Up. Glitter King Breaks Vow of Silence.,” by Roy Carr 

“Funk Monger Fingers It Out,” by Ed Ward  

“Dead Boys: Tell No Tales (Under an Hour, That Is),” by Richard Riegel 

Jeffrey Morgan interviewed model/actress/rumored transgender singer Amanda Lear, who had a string of disco hits in Europe in the late 1970s. Amanda was quite the interview subject. The entire piece could be in my “Quotable Quotes” section. 

Rob Patterson wrote a loving appreciation of Dave Edmunds and Rockpile. Nick Lowe has a cameo in the piece, laughing about blowing Bad Company off the stage and being fired for their efforts. 

Elton John’s career fell into a black hole in 1977 and 1978. This was, not coincidentally, after he declared his bisexuality in “Rolling Stone” magazine late in 1976. This was Elton’s first interview in two years. Elton spoke about his respect for Elvis Costello, dealing with road/fame fatigue, his sexuality, and the U.K. music scene. Although I’d be happy if I never heard another Elton John song, he was an entertaining interview, generally speaking as though he had no filter at all. 

In Ed Ward’s interview with George Clinton, the Funk Master sounds like he’s taken enough LSD to put the entire Grateful Dead road crew into a lifelong psychiatric unit. 

Richard Riegel’s piece on the Dead Boys is a reminder of the casual violence of the New York punk scene, such as drummer Johnny Blitz almost being killed in a street fight and Cheetah Chrome’s girlfriend getting stitched up after an altercation with another punk band. Afterwards, Stiv Bators “cutting a huge chunk out of his chin” after a mistimed stage move is just another day at the office. 

Quotable Quotes:   

Amanda Lear, “I was a late 60’s child wearing mini skirts, smoking dope like everybody else.” 

Amanda Lear on being a product, “She’s a blond model who sings? Nobody’s interested. She’s a new disco singer? Who cares. NOW, if you’re going to say about Amanda Lear that is TRANSSEXUAL…THAT might get some response, you see.” 

Dave Edmunds, “It’s all I’ve got – rock ‘n’ roll music. I don’ want to go back to being a car mechanic.” 

Susan Whitall, “The beauty of (Led Zeppelin) ‘III’ is that the band was able to take traditional English instruments and arcane myths, and make them speak to the kid wearing Sears overalls in Toledo.” 

Elton John, “My success was a freak. I was just the right person in the right place at the right time.” 

Elton John, “I don’t believe that Johnny Rotten isn’t interested in money. I don’t believe it.” 

Elton John, “I don’t believe I’m 100 percent gay because I’m attracted to older women.” 

Rick Johnson on Rick Roberts of Firefall, “It’s not so much that all of his songs sound alike as that you can’t tell them apart. He should cut notches in their ears like cattle so that when one of them wanders over to Stephen Stills’ spread, it can be returned to his rightful owner. Oh, I see. Stills IS the rightful owner.” 

Summary: Rock solid issue. 

Grade: A 

Latest price on eBay: $20.00 to “Buy It Now.” 

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