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1997 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • The Wizard of Odd

    published November 6, 1997

    The Beach Boys The Pet Sounds Sessions (Capitol Records) A few weeks ago, VH1 aired a documentary on the making of some... More >>

  • Peck of Trouble

    published October 2, 1997

    By its very definition, a thriller should, you know, thrill. It should not only scare its audience with a quick jolt, that sudden noise in the... More >>

  • Latent Lovers

    published September 18, 1997

    Howard and Emily's wedding is the talk of Greenleaf, Indiana, a small town idyllic enough to repel Norman Rockwell. The town has waited three... More >>

  • Wanted Man

    published June 26, 1997

    It was due in stores by July, but a lifetime of memories does not come easy to a man whose first hit came 41 years ago, when he was a member of a... More >>

  • Power Trio

    published June 12, 1997

    In the middle of answering a question, Mark Eitzel notices a jacket worn by one of the Warner Bros. Records publicists who are hanging around his... More >>

  • Recordings

    published June 5, 1997

    Guided by Voices Mag Earwhig! (Matador Records) "Earwhig" is British slang for that loudmouth guy at the end of the bar who... More >>

  • All His Talent Seems So Far Away

    published May 29, 1997

    Paul McCartney Flaming Pie (Capitol Records) A mere eight years ago, Paul McCartney seemed relevant, viable, still alive--not... More >>

  • boringsomething

    published May 29, 1997

    It lasted a mere four seasons, but thirtysomething lives on. Its legacy began the moment the show went off the air in 1991: The yuppie-angst... More >>

  • Recordings

    published May 22, 1997

    Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape (Roswell/Capitol) Slight expectations are easy to meet. Who knew that Dave Grohl wrote... More >>

  • Recordings

    published May 1, 1997

    The Jayhawks Sound of Lies (American Recordings) It was the perfect setup, at least on the exterior: They shared songwriting... More >>

  • Howard's Blend

    published March 13, 1997

    During the first few minutes of Howard Stern's romp through his inexplicable life, he spells out his mission: Private Parts will both convert the... More >>

  • Recordings

    published March 6, 1997

    Bruce Cockburn The Charity of Night (Rykodisc) L. Ron Hubbard should be as cult an artist as Bruce Cockburn. Cockburn's only... More >>

  • Stern und Drang

    published March 6, 1997

    The most obnoxious man alive suddenly, for a rare moment, is calm and contemplative. "I don't know," says Howard Stern, his familiar voice... More >>

  • Recordings

    published February 20, 1997

    Aphex Twin Richard B. James (Sire/Elektra) Moby--who just yesterday was the poster boy for the ensuing techno revolution--is... More >>

  • Back in Black

    published January 16, 1997

    Johnny Cash Unchained (American Recordings) Just when his myth was in danger of being destroyed by too many mediocre... More >>

  • Sells Like Teen Spirit

    published January 16, 1997

    It could have been any town in America, and it often was: Athens, Georgia; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Minneapolis; Austin, Texas. Seattle was... More >>

  • Recordings

    published January 9, 1997

    Wilco Being There (Reprise Records) The cynics who would dismiss rock 'n' roll--the formula kind, the guitar-vocals-bass-drum... More >>

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