Author: Darren Robbins

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Desert Island Discs, Music

Desert Island Discs: Owen Thomas from The Elms

Anyone who was paying attention in 2006 surely caught wind of a great album by the Indiana-based band, The Elms. Based in John Cougar...

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the year is 1981: tom petty, cheap trick, the police

With the release of Bruce Springsteen’s new single, “Radio Nowhere”, which sounds to me like a tune straight out of 1981...

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Exclusive Interview: Slow Runner

If there was any good thing to come out of Tower Records going under last year, it was a chance for music geeks like myself to take a...

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the knack at carnegie hall

From the moment I heard Bruce Gary’s infectious drum beat on the intro to “My Sharona”, I was hooked. I had never heard...

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Amy Winehouse BBC Sessions

One of the most dramatic success stories of 2007 is Amy Winehouse, who first captivated us with her stunningly retro hit,...

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"I’m Prince, by the way."

What would I be if I didn’t share my one and only Prince story? Well, here goes: I spent a couple weeks cutting basic tracks at...

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my little trivia jones

If you guys are anything at all like me, you were sad to see Rock & Roll Jeopardy go off the air before you were personally able to...

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Eight reasons to run screaming.

During my quest to find a new label home for my upcoming CD, I figured it would be beneficial to pass along some of the things I’ve...

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Boston – alternate "Boston"

I was such a wee lad when the first Boston album came out in 1976 that I remember little else from the time, but I distinctly remember how...

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Snow Patrol – Alternate Eyes Open

I dig Snow Patrol. There, I said it. I liked Snow Patrol back when they were just an Irish band getting some BBC airplay for their first...

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Complete Idiocy

(what are you lookin’ at?) Today being Friday, I figured I’d keep things a little light and pay props to one of the good guys....

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deep thoughts by darren robbins

When you’re young, you have the whole world in front of you. There is hope, potential, and innocence in healthy supply. Of course,...

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Dissecting the Beatles

For me, “Help!” was the album that showed the Beatles to be outgrowing their teenybopper days (for lack of a better term) and...

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Material Issue’s Jim Ellison

The very first guy who helped me out when I got to Chicago in ’86 was Jim Ellison. I did not know him as “the guy in Material...

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Begin At The Beginning, Part Two

(cover artwork for my debut CD, “Darren Robbins Steals Your Girlfriend”)Having just had my tune dropped from the Naked Gun...

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#1 reason I kinda wish we all had cell phones in 1985 (and shakin’ with Stevie Ray Vaughan)

There are few things I loathe as much as cell phones. In L.A., there are people who can’t go five minutes without making a call,...

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first taste of rock heaven

When my first CD was released, during the autumn of 1988, cassettes were still the prevailing format. Yet, there I was, an unknown artist...

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Dear Edward Van Halen

Dear Eddie, As someone who has lived just up the street from you for close to a decade, we’ve crossed paths numerous times and...

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Jeff Tweedy, Jay Bennett, Billy Bragg and “a revolting cock!”

The scene: a house party in southern Illinois, summer 1988. With my debut CD’s release date fast approaching, I had driven down from...

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Begin At The Beginning

(inner sleeve photo from my first solo record, “Darren Robbins Steals Your Girlfriend”)The year was 1986. I was high on life...

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Alternate Beatles: Help! and Abbey Road era

The Beatles were my first love, musically. I remember being a young kid and having my uncle play me a copy of “Help!”. I...

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To Live And Die In L.A.: A Year In The Life

Today, I signed a one-year lease on a crappy little apartment in a crappy little part of the San Fernando Valley. No big news, really. The...

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part two: cheap trick live ’79 (l.a. forum)

In our second installment of tracks from Cheap Trick’s legendary New Year’s Eve show at L.A.’s Forum, we’re going...

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cheap trick live at l.a. forum new year’s eve 1979

On New Year’s Eve 1979, Cheap Trick, riding a crest of massive international success via the multi-platinum At Budokan record (and...

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Tenacious D’s Pick Of Destiny – Movie Review

This past Thursday, I saw an advance screening of Tenacious D’s Pick Of Destiny. As a great fan of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, having...

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Lost Gems: 20/20 "Sex Trap" (1983)

Like an idiot, I came across this CD a few months ago at Amoeba Music in L.A. and didn’t buy it. I seriously do not know why. A brain...

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Career In A Nutshell: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Part 1)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976) Upon release of their debut effort, and amid a brief UK tour that saw the UK press tag them as...

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A quickee…some live Raconteurs for ya

Since I’m on my way into the backyard for some quality hammock time on a lazy Sunday afternoon (okay, it’s hotter than...

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Career in A Nutshell: Material Issue

Material Issue/International Pop Overthrow (Mercury) 1991 As a subscriber to Musician magazine back in the day, I received a promotional...

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Country That Doesn’t Suck: Trent Tomlinson "Country is My Rock"

The great thrill of buying a new CD sight-unseen is having your faith rewarded by noting that the sounds coming from your speakers are...