Nation of Ulysses

Dressed to kill in matching, mod-ish business suits (and hairnets), wrapping themselves in teen-mutiny mythology complete with an intricate double-talk manifesto and album acknowledgments to fellow punk bands (Bikini Kill) and Latin American guerrillas (the Shining Path), the Nation of Ulysses was certainly the most colorful of the straight-edge hardcore insurrectionists on the Dischord roster.…

Flaming Lips

Loud, wild and funny, the Flaming Lips play in the same pen of cartoon-psychedelia imagery used by others, but these disenfranchised Oklahomans, led by songwriter/guitarist/singer Wayne Coyne, possess wit and ingenuity most of the acid-addled competition lacks. From its uniquely disgusting front cover to the brilliant alienation anthem “My Own Planet,” The Flaming Lips (originally…

Suburban Lawns

This eccentric California quintet made a minor splash in 1979 with an independent single, “Gidget Goes to Hell,” a spirited, twisted variation on the ’60s Gidget movies. But the group’s jittery industrial pop comes off highly ordinary on Suburban Lawns, a sub-Devo mesh of hiccupping vocals, angular tunes with tiresome stop-start rhythms and a high,…

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100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

Trouser Press‘ 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, as selected in late 1978 by Ira Robbins, Dave Schulps, David Fricke, Kurt Loder, Jon Young, Jim Green, Jim Kozlowski, Scott Isler and John Paige: Jan Akkerman George Harrison Robbie Robertson Duane Allman Jimi Hendrix Mick Ronson Syd Barrett Steve Hillage Francis Rossi Jeff Beck Steve Howe…

From the archives: Tony Stratton-Smith of Charisma Records

The Charisma story — that is, the story of Tony Stratton-Smith, a former sportswriter who became a label president through the avenues of music publishing and management — mirrors the rise and maturation of art-rock while providing a close personal look at the artists who make it.

Trouser Press Magazine Archive

TOTP 1, March 1974 Well, we had to start somewhere. Dave Schulps and Ira Robbins, two New York City Who freaks who met in high school, met former Brooklyn College newspaper editor and Jeff Beck fanatic Karen Rose in the summer of 1973 and decided to start a fanzine. Our primordial idea of grassroots marketing, at least for…