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1997 Stories by Gilbert Garcia

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  • Recordings

    published October 9, 1997

    The Wilsons The Wilsons (Mercury Records) With the wretched Wilson Phillips, Carnie and Wendy Wilson--along with childhood chum... More >>

  • American Without Tears

    published October 2, 1997

    The history of pop is actually the story of great rivalries, real or imagined: Elvis vs. Jerry Lee, the Beatles vs. the Stones, mods vs. rockers,... More >>

  • Bring the Pain

    published October 2, 1997

    Hip-hop has many enemies. It must constantly defend itself against misguided censors disguised as social crusaders, timid record companies... More >>

  • Ice Age

    published September 25, 1997

    When is an icehouse really a sauna? When it's mid-June in downtown Phoenix and a newly installed air-conditioning system breaks down on a... More >>

  • Recordings

    published September 25, 1997

    Cornershop When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros. Records) During the latter stages of Michael Dukakis'... More >>

  • Smart Alecks

    published September 18, 1997

    "Steve Malkmus is a fucking snob." So proclaimed the title of a summer release by an obscure Virginia duo called September 67. The song's... More >>

  • Much Ado

    published September 18, 1997

    Kierkegaard was on to something when he decided that patriotism is the refuge of scoundrels. But something tells me that if the great Dane were a... More >>

  • Recordings

    published September 18, 1997

    Fred Green Groover (Rorschach Records) It's a common syndrome. Great live party bands, when put in the clinical confines... More >>

  • Message in a Bottle

    published September 11, 1997

    A few weeks ago, the City of Tempe hosted a battle-of-the-bands competition at Tempe Diablo Stadium. It was a long, thinly attended event... More >>

  • Name Game

    published September 4, 1997

    Vitamin needs a new name. The Tempe trio is in L.A., finishing the mixing for its debut album, and the members are not yet sure what... More >>

  • Masked Marvels

    published September 4, 1997

    In America, professional wrestling is the province of washed-up boxers, unemployed bouncers and failed actors. In Mexico, wrestling has always... More >>

  • Recordings

    published September 4, 1997

    Eric Matthews The Lateness of the Hour (Sub Pop Records) Eric Matthews should be a major artist. He has all the... More >>

  • Recordings

    published August 28, 1997

    Thomas Ades Life Story (EMI Classics) Ever wonder who the next big thing will be in the shrinking world of classical music? ... More >>

  • School's Out

    published August 21, 1997

    In 1982, Pete Townshend sat down for one of his many lengthy interviews with Rolling Stone magazine. The primary topic of conversation was... More >>

  • Recordings

    published August 21, 1997

    Oasis Be Here Now (Epic Records) A couple of years ago, a British writer suggested to Oasis mastermind Noel Gallagher that his... More >>

  • Road Kill

    published August 21, 1997

    A few hundred feet away from the massive stage at the Electric Highway festival was the B.F. Goodrich tent. Stuck out in the middle of an empty... More >>

  • Hot Five

    published August 14, 1997

    It's funny how even the most esoteric ideas can reach different people at the same time. Neither the Sex Pistols nor the Clash had heard... More >>

  • Recordings

    published August 14, 1997

    Various artists Beg, Scream and Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul (Rhino Records) Blame it on The Big Chill. The 1983... More >>

  • Rootsy Tuesday

    published August 7, 1997

    Every music scene is different, but there are some rules that apply wherever you go. Every metroplex worth its salt contains at least one surf... More >>

  • Inner Flame

    published August 7, 1997

    Rainer Ptacek smiles. He remembers the day his doctor gave him the dreaded diagnosis. "You have the best cancer, Rainer. You really have a... More >>

  • Recordings

    published August 7, 1997

    Super Deluxe via satellite (Revolution Records) Appealing and melodious though it may be, power pop has never been quite strong... More >>

  • Miller's Crossing

    published July 31, 1997

    Rhett Miller had a habit of forming a new band every month. At least that's the way it seemed to followers of the Dallas music scene in the early... More >>

  • Recordings

    published July 31, 1997

    Fuck Pardon My French (Matador Records) Never has any band been more ill-served by its name than this quartet. Before hearing a... More >>

  • Compound Fractures

    published July 31, 1997

    Last week should have been one long highlight reel for Mark Morrell. Morrell's band, Zig Zag Black, was preparing for the release of its... More >>

  • Recordings

    published July 24, 1997

    Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever (Loud Records) It's on. With its new, much-anticipated double-CD Wu-Tang Forever, the Wu-Tang Clan... More >>

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