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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1978 (Volume 10, Number 6) 


The Who were featured on the cover of the November 1978 issue of Creem, which must have gone to press before the death of Keith Moon. Included in the article is a pic of the “Who Are You” album cover, with Moon sitting on a chair labelled “Not to be taken away.” Townshend and Daltrey seemed remarkably upbeat in this piece, especially compared to their normal dour personalities. However, the piece ends with a discussion of Townshend’s unwillingness to go on tour. The death of Moon must have changed his thinking on that subject, because by February of 1979, the Who were back on the road. Daltrey and Townshend may have not been so lighthearted if they had read Billy Altman’s review of the “Who Are You” album, which he called “a disjointed collection of utterly humorless and grim lyrics and music that reflect an alienation from simple LIFE that is downright stupefying.” 

In the “boy, have times changed department,” Rick Wakeman of Yes was no longer the subject of a cover story or a feature. He was interviewed for a small piece in “The Beat Goes On” section of the magazine. 

Meat Loaf looked like the pimp version of Porky Pig as “The Creem Dream” and the always astute Alice Cooper wore a Creem t-shirt for his “Stars Cars” portrait. 

Features: 

“The Cars That Ate Aerosmith!,” by Stephen Demorest 

“Eno = MC2,” by Lee Moore 

“Robert Fripp: The Untold Story,” by Jim Farber 

“Stranglers Visas Revoked!,” by j. poet 

“Wyman and Watts: The Back Line Gets out Front,” by John Pidgeon 

“Who’s Who?,” by Barbara Cherone 

Much of the article with the Cars was a discussion with drummer David Robinson talking about his days with Jonathan Richman’s Modern Lovers and his thoughts on Aerosmith (a band he recommended to Columbia Records). Ric Ocasek did comment on the Cars’ catalogue of material, stating, “We could do the second album tonight if we had to.” 

Both Brian Eno and Robert Fripp seemed too intelligent to be in the late 1970’s music scene – they seemed like sociology professors who got lost in their tools. 

John Pidgeon conducted interesting interviews with Billy Wyman and Charlie Watts.. Watts had his usual nonchalant attitude towards his work, like he had just wandered into a pretty decent gig. Wyman showed more frustration with the power structure of the band, but was very complimentary of Ronnie Wood, noting he contributed a positive attitude to the band that had been previous lacking. 

Quotable Quotes:   

Elvis Costello on naming Patti Smith the winner of his “Dead Fish Award,” “It goes to the rock star who is most deserving to be hit in the face with a dead fish.” 

Brian Eno, “I’ve attained a certain level of instrumental proficiency now, almost by accident.” 

Robert Fripp, “I’m almost embarrassed by my background.” 

Jean Jacques Burnel of the Stranglers on beating up a rock critic, “Most reviewers are talentless, sick people who take out their problems on creative artists like myself. Anyone who criticizes me must be prepared to take the consequences.” 

Charlie Watts, “I came out of the school that never listened to rock ‘n’ roll.” 

Bill Wyman, “I’ve never been told, EVER, ‘You did a great set tonight.’ I’ve only been told, ‘You were out of tune tonight.’” 

Pete Townshend, “I’m not taking the band QUITE as seriously as I once did.” 

Roger Daltrey, “The Bee Gees write fantastic songs, but why the fuck do they sing like that?” 

Roger Daltrey, “Most rock films are pretentious. They’re made for the sole purpose of making Robert Plant’s dick look big.” 

Mitch Cohen on Boston’s “Don’t Look Back” album, “Boston makes cold, computerized music that’s antithetical to everything venturesome and vital about rock ‘n’ roll.” 

Summary: Two first rate features on two of the biggest bands of all time. 

Grade: A- 

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