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2001 Stories by Brian Smith

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  • Sugar High

    published December 6, 2001

    The dreaded word in "local scene" is, of course, the operative one: "local." In this context, local generally suggests unending mediocrity, the... More >>

  • Nicks of Time

    published November 29, 2001

    When Stevie Nicks returned to her Phoenix home at the tail end of 1994, just a year after quitting what was once the biggest band in rock 'n'... More >>

  • Cheap Dates

    published November 22, 2001

    By definition, a Richmond Slut would be a resident of a San Francisco neighborhood who compromises principles for personal gain. In context of the... More >>

  • Col. Parker

    published November 15, 2001

    Rock 'n' Roll Music is the sound of four guys with a past and unkempt hair (drummer Slim Jim Phantom, guitarist/vocalist Gilby Clarke,... More >>

  • Bellvue

    published October 18, 2001

    Hailed six years ago in Rolling Stone as rock's Great White Hope, DGeneration and its singer Jesse Malin summoned with aplomb the ghosts of... More >>

  • The Liars Club

    published September 20, 2001

    From the ashes of the Generiks rises the Liars Club, a sparky quartet of still young vets who believe in tri-chord pop churns that uphold the... More >>

  • Born to Lose

    published September 6, 2001

    These days, at the foot of Johnny Thunders' pedestal sit loads and loads of pie-eyed faces, young men and women looking up adoringly, and casting... More >>

  • Life of Riley

    published July 19, 2001

    Ask anybody who the hell Billy Lee Riley is and the response will range from a casual shoulder shrug to a mumbled "I dunno." Considering that... More >>

  • Tales From the Dark Side

    published June 28, 2001

    On a wickedly humid afternoon in late June, singer/songwriter Billy Sedlmayr sits in the sunken room of his barrio bungalow, cursing to the... More >>

  • Almost Famous

    published June 14, 2001

    Meet Paque, Daisy and Stella, a trio of trend-trawling, Bananarama-obsessed Gen Y'ers from the Phoenix 'burbs whose lives are dedicated to the... More >>

  • Gone in a Puff of Smoke

    published May 17, 2001

    Carol Mercadantr steps carefully around the hospital room and stops at the head of the bed. She leans over and, with all the delicacy of a mother... More >>

  • 'zine Buddha

    published May 10, 2001

    Nearly a decade ago, Phoenix resident Brian Brooks was churning out little Xeroxed coloring books filled with inventive characters, clever phrases... More >>

  • War Crimes in Downtown Phoenix

    published May 3, 2001

    Rolling through downtown as thousands of glum-faced Phoenix Suns fans trek to their cars is not an especially fun ride. The well-scrubbed faces... More >>

  • Joey Ramone Leaves Home

    published April 26, 2001

    But things don't last forever and somehow baby, they never really do. -- Joey Ramone in 1977, "I Remember You" I was in... More >>

  • 4-H Member

    published April 12, 2001

    The throaty voice is unsettling. He appears to be half sloshed. His words are choppy and loop around like a yo-yo trick gone awry. His sentences... More >>

  • Spirits of the Dead

    published April 5, 2001

    Some claim that the ghost of screen star Clifton Webb communicated that he couldn't bear to abandon his beloved Beverly Hills digs, so he opted to... More >>

  • Booty Camp

    published March 15, 2001

    In blooper scenes included on the soon-to-be-released gay porn feature Behind the Set, we see a decidedly mirthful 19-year-old Christian... More >>

  • Photo Lady

    published March 1, 2001

    The Photo Lady emerges from a corner of the venue dressed all in black. Her salt-and-pepper mane is pulled back into a tail off a softly weathered... More >>

  • Song of David

    published February 8, 2001

    When David Grossman came to on the hospital bed, he thought he'd suffered a heart attack. That's what it felt like, that pain and shortness of... More >>

  • The Life and Crimes of Andrew Forkes

    published February 1, 2001

    When retired safecracker Andrew Forkes first did lock-down time, bathtub gin was the libation of choice. By his 18th birthday in 1925, he had five... More >>

  • Dream Machine

    published January 18, 2001

    The fact that the Korean War-era ambulance is lumbering along well below the posted speed limit is causing the motorist behind us to become irate... More >>

  • Yazzie's Razzle-Dazzle

    published January 11, 2001

    New Year's Eve, the night of the dive bar tour at The House art studios, painter Steven Yazzie sports a bike helmet decorated with a fluffy boa... More >>

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