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Whatever became of Steve Simmels?

Discussion in 'Music' started by nelamvr6, Jun 3, 2007.
  1. nelamvr6
    I can remember growing up in the 70's, reading Stereo Review religiously. I can also remember every month looking forward to reviews by Steve Simmels. He was the one record reviewer that I could always trust.

    I can't begin to number all the things I learned reading his reviews. For example, it was in an article he wrote where I first learned that Ronnie Wood was now a member of the Rolling Stones (Mr. Simmels, if I remember correctly, had fantasies of replacing Mick Taylor himself. [​IMG] ). I knew that if Steve liked a rekkid that chances were excellent that I would too. It was he who first turned me on to Mott the Hoople, Little Feat... well the list would go on for a very long time.

    So now, I'm wondering what became of him? Does anyone have a clue?
  2. Davey
  3. nelamvr6

    Originally Posted by Davey /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Seems to still be around, doing movie reviews for TV Guide for awhile. Still shows up in the Village Voice pazz&jop poll .... http://www.villagevoice.com/pazzandj...ts.php?cid=453 and looks to share a blog with a couple others at http://powerpop.blogspot.com/

    yeah, that PowerPop blog looks promising, thanks for the link!


    He is a good writer, and for better or worse, did help shape a lot of young audiophile nerd's taste in rock and roll, myself included. Remember this classic .... http://forums.audioreview.com/showth...759#post156759


    That is CLASSIC! Can you imagine any other reviewer mentioning Dennis Brain horn concerto albums? I remember that review, I went out and bought that album, and I've been a Tonio K. fan ever since! [​IMG]
  4. Davey

    Originally Posted by nelamvr6 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    I remember that review, I went out and bought that album, and I've been a Tonio K. fan ever since! [​IMG]

    Yea, you and a lot of others. Great album, although I don't think anything I heard after that from Tonio reached that level. Simels did (or does) have some strong biases against a few artists that I liked a lot, Bowie and Eno coming quickly to mind (along with Talking Heads when Eno joined up), so he was never a single source critic for me, but he did also introduce me to some other good artists and records that I might've missed.

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