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…

Swimming Pool Q’s

When Glenn Phillips met Jeff Calder in 1975, the former, late of Atlanta’s Hampton Grease Band, had just released his first solo album and was playing a string of dates in Florida. Calder was assigned to write about him for a local paper. A little over a year later, guitarist Calder moved up to Atlanta…

Contributors

These folks either wrote reviews that appear on the site or wrote for Trouser Press magazine. If anyone listed below cares to E-mail us with a link you’d like added, just let us know. And ditto if anyone is AWOL from this list. Grant AldenDavid AntrobusJem AswadTroy J. AugustoMichael AzerradCary BakerMichael BakerEmily BeckerJohn BergstromArt BlackJohn…

Music in a Word: 50 Years on a Rock and Roll Soapbox

Why do I write about music? Why does anyone? I’ve given that question a lot of thought and I have discerned subliminal motives that are less than flattering. On one hand, it’s the desire to share what moves me, to offer the benefit of serious consideration and historical knowledge to the young and curious. On a deeper level, however, it springs from a desire to be accepted and appreciated, to establish standing in the world that I hungered for as a child.

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…