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2000 Stories by Brian Smith

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  • Go to Sea

    published December 28, 2000

    In The Old Man and the Sea, Santiago, the aged Cuban fisherman, redeemed himself through long-in-tooth courage in the face of... More >>

  • Graceland

    published December 21, 2000

    At a downtown car wash, the pastor's pimp-daddy Caddy is getting a final once-over by the Latino buff crew. The chestnut-colored 1977 El... More >>

  • Desolation Angel

    published December 14, 2000

    Desolation is available in bulk around much of Riggs Road, that stretch of two-lane highway south of Phoenix that cuts a path through the Gila... More >>

  • Hanging On to Something

    published November 16, 2000

    The template quality of the Pistoleros' story thus far resembles the first half of nearly any episode of the increasingly irritating Behind the... More >>

  • Teenage Lobotomy

    published November 9, 2000

    Dee Dee Ramone is lucky as all hell to be alive. The rickety timbre of his voice over the telephone bespeaks a man who has repeatedly cheated... More >>

  • Instant Karma

    published October 26, 2000

    On West Peoria Avenue, a proliferation of "Going Out of Business" and "For Rent" signs dangles on drab storefronts like so many dusty postscripts... More >>

  • Balls to the Wall

    published October 19, 2000

    Phone ringing. Jesus, I've come to hate phone ringing. After three rings, I pick up, and the raspy, almost timid-sounding voice of Balls shouter... More >>

  • Old Testament

    published October 5, 2000

    Rob Withem sits cross-legged on his living room floor in the Phoenix apartment he shares with his wife. On the couch are two of Withem's bandmates... More >>

  • "You Are Growing Retro..."

    published September 28, 2000

    Garage rock was not about taking rock 'n' roll and handing it to creepy label guys with shaky checkbooks. Nor was it about having your parents,... More >>

  • Coyote Lovely

    published September 21, 2000

    If Phoenix is a place where gun shops outnumber bookstores, where your neighbor's house could suddenly explode because a junior chemist bungled... More >>

  • Kind of Blue-Collar

    published September 7, 2000

    "We didn't expect to sell out the [Madison Square] Garden; we didn't expect to do it in two hours," says Bruce Dickinson, the erudite front man... More >>

  • Sonny Outlook

    published August 31, 2000

    The timbre of Sonny Vincent's voice carries a genuine been-there-barely-survived-it tinge, like some grizzled conspiracy theorist you'd find... More >>

  • Unholy Union

    published August 24, 2000


  • I, Claudia

    published August 17, 2000

    TVK-TV's Claudia DiFolco reaches for my hand and gently brings it to her face. Sliding my forefinger under wisps of hair, she says with a coy... More >>

  • American Dream

    published July 27, 2000

    If you stop and think about it, 10 good rock 'n' roll records released in a single year is about all you can expect. And if you're lucky, if it's... More >>

  • Ace Venture

    published July 20, 2000

    We're standing around in the airy Tiffany's Cabaret parking lot, doing very little. Just shooting the shit, really. Johnny Ace's resident lackey,... More >>

  • The Sunny Side of Goth

    published July 13, 2000

    Scaling cemetery walls and aching beneath dark skies in October rain. And brooding; always brooding. The odor of rotting fruit mingling with sod... More >>

  • The Lying Game

    published July 6, 2000

    Members of the Liar's Club sit and stare plaintively into their drinks. You'd think they were contemplating some recent run of emotional trauma... More >>

  • The Impossible Dream

    published June 29, 2000

    Beer arches gracefully through the night like Silly String. Hair mats together in clammy clumps. Shirts already smell like Sunday morning's... More >>

  • The Wanderers

    published June 29, 2000

    Stiv Bators once joked that John Lennon's last hit was the sidewalk. Bators' last hit, you'll recall, was the bumper of a Parisian cab, a smash... More >>

  • Rod Fellows

    published June 22, 2000

    Howard Greenfield is hunkered down in the casket-like coupe, hurtling forth at 110 miles per hour in a hot rod whose suspension was made the same... More >>

  • School's Out

    published June 15, 2000

    Twenty-year-old aspiring guitar maker Allen Pegues recalls his high school days. "I was all about buyin' me some beer," he says. "That's what I... More >>

  • Chick Cashman Offs Himself

    published June 1, 2000

    Wig-sporting, cosmetic-caked Chick Cashman saunters onto the Club Congress stage with the Countrypolitans looking like a cross between some Warhol... More >>

  • Tsar Power

    published May 25, 2000

    Because a girl tossed a drink in his face, punched him and left him stranded in Hollywood into the wee hours, Jeff Whalen's first moments on the... More >>

  • Veruca Salt

    published May 25, 2000

    Resolver's best cut, "Yeah Man," finds Louise Post informing her submissive male that "I'd know you in the dark/By the way your hands pull... More >>

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