Nazareth’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton The sad news about Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton passing away on July 5 inspired me to compile my list of the band's best songs. Not surprisingly, they're almost all from the '70s. 20. "Just to Get Into It" (No Mean City, 1979) 19. "Silver Dollar Forger (Parts 1 & 2)" (Rampant, 1974) … Continue reading Nazareth’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Nazareth survives its hangover to blast “Razamanaz” and rowdy-up Vancouver on a Sunday night

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 25, 1987 By Steve Newton No-frills rock 'n' roll is something that's always been close to this scribbler's heart. From the basic guitar/bass/drums sound to the jeans/-t-shirt/runners wardrobe, it's the type of music that makes the ordinary person on the street think: "Yeah, I can relate to that." AC/DC … Continue reading Nazareth survives its hangover to blast “Razamanaz” and rowdy-up Vancouver on a Sunday night

Nazareth’s Dan McCafferty says Manny Charlton was writing good tunes for Cinema, so they used ’em

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 18, 1987 By Steve Newton Not too many bands make it to the 20-year mark. But Scottish rockers Nazareth will reach that milestone next year. Singer Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet have been kicking royal butt for nigh-on two decades now, and with the … Continue reading Nazareth’s Dan McCafferty says Manny Charlton was writing good tunes for Cinema, so they used ’em

Nazareth’s Dan McCafferty reveals the story behind “Vancouver Shakedown”

By Steve Newton On November 23, 1984, Nazareth played Vancouver's historic Commodore Ballroom, touring behind its new album The Catch. In advance of the show I interviewed frontman Dan McCafferty and--among other things--got the scoop on the story behind the group's curious single, "Vancouver Shakedown". Here's a slightly condensed version of the piece that appeared … Continue reading Nazareth’s Dan McCafferty reveals the story behind “Vancouver Shakedown”