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  • Recordings

    published December 5, 1996

    Van Halen Best of, Volume 1 (Warner Bros.) Warner Bros. has already released volume one in the Van Halen best-of series: It... More >>

  • Recordings

    published November 21, 1996

    Gene Autry Blues Singer 1929-1931 (Columbia) Aside from containing Gene Autry's best recorded work--that is, those songs cut... More >>

  • The Crenshaw Redemption

    published November 14, 1996

    In 1982, when up-and-coming video stars were trying to look like supermen of suave, Detroit-born singer Marshall Crenshaw came on like a... More >>

  • Recordings

    published November 14, 1996

    Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter (A&M) Both A&M honchos (Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss) thought the solo album Karen Carpenter... More >>

  • Recordings

    published November 7, 1996

    Wesley Willis Fabian Road Warrior (American) That thud you're hearing is the sound of thousands of hardworking songwriters... More >>

  • Graham Parker Perks Up

    published November 7, 1996

    Angry young men? Billboard's overrun with 'em. Angry old men? Congress has cornered the market. But angry middle-aged men? Not a big draw. ... More >>

  • Ten Scariest Concept Albums of All Time

    published October 31, 1996

    If your patented audio Halloween greeting is that old, dusty Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House album, here's a suggestion: This year,... More >>

  • Beach Boys Vs. Guns N' Roses:

    published October 24, 1996

    Promoters are billing the Beach Boys, currently on their 35th-anniversary tour, as "America's Fun, Fun, Fun Ambassadors." But considering the... More >>

  • Deja Who?

    published October 17, 1996

    To date, there have been one official Who Farewell Tour in 1982, a Live Aid reunion in 1985 and a 25th-anniversary reunion in 1989 that basically... More >>

  • Recordings

    published October 10, 1996

    John Cale Walking on Locusts (Rykodisc) When John Cale is in his deep and heavy mode, no one in rock 'n' roll is deeper and... More >>

  • Giant Sand Gives Fans the Boot

    published September 26, 1996

    By design, bootlegs are supposed to be against the rules--people pay top dollar for the illicit thrill of hearing music not meant for world... More >>

  • Never Mind the Macarena--Do the Freddie!

    published September 19, 1996

    Admit it. You want the Macarena to be over as much as the media do. Even Regis and Kathie Lee recently informed their viewers that the Macarena... More >>

  • One for the Show

    published September 12, 1996

    And now a word about continuing higher education from Shamsi Ruhe, lead singer of the Tempe rock group One. "Me and Shahzad are going back... More >>

  • Recordings

    published August 29, 1996

    Love Nut Bastards of Melody (Interscope) As a genre, power pop didn't always guarantee great songwriting, a la XTC, Elvis... More >>

  • Recordings

    published August 22, 1996

    George Jones I Lived to Tell It All (MCA) Issued to tie in with George Jones' tell-all autobiography of the same name, this... More >>

  • I Love a Band in a Uniform

    published August 15, 1996

    Ever go to a KISS convention and see people clamoring for a Bruce Kulick doll, or a lunchbox with Eric Singer's mug plastered on the side? Of... More >>

  • If It's Misfits, You Must Acquit

    published August 8, 1996

    Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1970 hit "Lodi" immortalized the New Jersey town as a hard-luck haven for touring musicians, as far removed from... More >>

  • Recordings

    published August 1, 1996

    Elvis Costello and the Attractions All This Useless Beauty (Warner Bros.) In his sleeve notes for this year's Goodbye Cruel... More >>

  • Contract and Expel

    published August 1, 1996

    Had relations been warmer between him and Warner Bros., we might still be on a first-name basis with the Artist Formerly Known As Prince. He's... More >>

  • Recordings

    published July 25, 1996

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse Broken Arrow (Reprise) Among the phrases you least want to hear from a musician, "Hey, let's jam"... More >>

  • Recordings

    published July 18, 1996

    The Grifters Ain't My Lookout (Sub Pop) Too often I'll forget a CD in my portable player until I go to put in another disc... More >>

  • Recordings

    published July 11, 1996

    The Kelley Deal 6000 Go to the Sugar Altar (Nice Records) There are roughly two kinds of identical twins in the world: Those... More >>

  • Recordings

    published July 4, 1996

    Imperial Drag Imperial Drag (Work/Sony) Yet another Jellyfish offshoot, Imperial Drag sounds like it was shipwrecked on a... More >>

  • The Valley Monitor

    published July 4, 1996

    The Entertainment Monitor covers the entire country, but so far only two Valley bands have made the grade. The Meat Puppets were awarded a measly... More >>

  • Here We Are Now, Scrutinize Us

    published July 4, 1996

    In 1968, Johnny Cash's Live At San Quentin cut "A Boy Named Sue" became the first song in Top 40 history to have a cuss word (bitch) bleeped out... More >>

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