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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1980 (Volume 12, Number 1) 

A few months after Joe Strummer ended an interview with Dave DiMartino by smashing his tape recorder, the Clash graced the June 1980 cover of “America’s Only.” Thankfully, Joe Strummer didn’t feel similarly badgered by Susan Whitall and they had a fine discussion about the British press, American films, and sexism in rock, among other topics. It’s funny to read that some fans thought that “London Calling” was the Clash’s version of “selling out.” “Spanish Bombs” really didn’t sound too much like Christopher Cross or Rupert Holmes.  

Nick Toshes wrote about Stick McGhee, of “Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee” fame, in “Unsung Heroes of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” One would be hard pressed to find a more spirited drinking number and it was one of the first songs that a young Jerry Lee Lewis performed in public.  

John Waite of the Babys sent in a letter, verifying that he was “English scum.”  

As the subject of the “Creem’s Profiles,” Pat Benatar looked very…HUBBA HUBBA!

 

Features: 

“What Price Glory? The Ramones Soldier On,” by Mitch Cohen 

“Pink Foyd’s Wall: Live and All Pink On the Inside,” by Dave DiMartino 

“The Pleasure Principal of Being Gary Numan: Paranoia Among the Aliens,” by Dave DiMartnio 

“Iggy Pop: Soldier of the Dog Chow Apocalypse,” by Mark J. Norton 

Mitch Cohen conducted a good interview with Joey and Johnny Ramone as the band was on the brink, or not, of major stardom with their “End of the Century” album.  


Dave DiMartino attended Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” concert in Long Island, coming away with very mixed feelings about the music and the audience’s reaction to the Roger Waters’ lyrics. DiMartino also interviewed Gary Numan, who seemed to find fame as comfortable as a pair of trousers filled with fire ants. 

Iggy Pop may not have been straight edge during his interview with Mark J. Norton, where he discussed his procreative appendage, bowel movements, and income (“It’s roughly $100,000 a year”).  

Quotable Quotes:   

Robert Christgau on the second album by Prince, “This boy is going to be a big star, and he deserves it.” 

Iggy Pop, “Ya know who buys all of his stuff at Sears Roebuck? David Bowie!” 

Iggy Pop, “I haven’t been so happy since the original edition of the Stooges before I included the creeps.” 

Joey Ramone, “Phil Spector is one of the great rock ‘n’ roll producers of all time. It’s just that he didn’t have anything to work with since the early 60’s…Cher and Leonard Cohen aren’t a very good example of anything.” 

Johnny Ramone, “I’m for a new President. I like Reagan.” 

Dave DiMartino on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” live show, “It is ROCK AS SPECTACLE and, as such, deserves to be appreciated as spectacle.” 

Gary Numan, “(Brian) Eno tends to go from the direst shit imaginable to sheer brilliance.” 

Joe Strummer, “If you don’t go with Bill Graham in Frisco, he’s gonna bar cars from the street the gig’s on and turn it into a car park before you get out of the airport.” 

Strummer, “I LIKE to be given the duff review. You know? Especially by a square.” 

Jeff Nesin on Elvis Costello’s “Get Happy!!” album, “A work of such richness, complexity, and unflagging energy that I remain astonished.” 

Summary: Not a bad feature in the set, with Dave DiMartino’s appraisal of Gary Numan (“Point Three: Gary Numan doesn’t have an especially large vocabulary”) being particularly amusing.  

Grade: A- 

Latest price on eBay: $15.00 to “Buy It Now.” 

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