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  • Recordings

    published December 25, 1997

    Prince Paul psychoanalysis (what is it?) (Tommy Boy Records) "As long as I can remember, people have hated me." With that... More >>

  • Paul's Rocky Revival

    published December 25, 1997

    Why do they still bill James Brown as "The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business"? He's barely broken into a cold sweat since dodging the police in... More >>

  • Recordings

    published November 20, 1997

    Tito & Tarantula Tarantism (Cockroach Records) Tito Larriva is the very definition of a rock 'n' roll journeyman. His stints... More >>

  • Rocky Mountain Slide

    published October 23, 1997

    I have come not only to mourn John Denver's passing but to castigate his stinkin' rotten legion of desertin' fans. A few years back,... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Idle Worship

    published October 9, 1997

    Given our now fixed image of the press as ruthless invaders of privacy who hounded Princess Di into a premature grave, it hardly seems possible... 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 >>

  • Resident Aliens

    published September 18, 1997

    Pollen would seem to have it all. Contracted to Wind-Up Records, a highly visible indie label with major label (BMG) distribution, Pollen is... 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 >>

  • Colonel Tom's Folly

    published August 14, 1997

    To commemorate this week's 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, MGM Home Entertainment has just released a video gift set containing all 31... 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 >>

  • Lush Life

    published July 24, 1997

    It's 1997, and rock 'n' roll is still a dirty phrase. Once merely synonymous with teenage copulation, the term now embraces a wide array of... 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 >>

  • This Year's Sport Model

    published June 5, 1997

    If you think the Sport Model is a mod-revivalist band, you're wrong--but it's largely the band's fault. The Sport Model's early live-show... More >>

  • The Jennys Take a Ride

    published May 22, 1997

    A funny thing happened the last time Spinning Jenny had a CD-release party: The group broke up! At the stroke of midnight! Keyboardist Brett... More >>

  • Dancing Shoes

    published May 15, 1997

    Sneaker Pimps co-founder and keyboardist Liam Howe is trippin' on "trip-hop." "That term was born too quickly without enough thought to... More >>

  • Time, Tina and Ringo March On

    published May 15, 1997

    Tina Turner, and Cyndi Lauper America West Arena May 7, 1997 You don't get a double bill like this every night. Here we had two... More >>

  • Recordings

    published April 24, 1997

    The Boo Radleys C'mon Kids (Mercury) Eggman First Fruits (Creation) The Boo Radleys should have been... More >>

  • Joe Myers: Buyers Beware

    published April 17, 1997

    They ain't built the CD tower that can hold Joe Myers. Just try slotting any of the Tempe solo guitarist's three homespun releases into... More >>

  • Recordings

    published April 3, 1997

    Tony Bennett On Holiday: A Tribute to Billie Holiday (Columbia) Tony Bennett has nearly always been an anachronism. His career... More >>

  • Recordings

    published March 27, 1997

    Jill Sobule Happy Town (Lava/Atlantic) Singer-songwriters usually make my skin crawl--tell me one more time how great Jewel... More >>

  • Plastik Surgery

    published March 27, 1997

    "Hello, hello, how can I reach you--huhhhh??" The isolated voice of Atlantic recording artist Poe resonates over the monitors in... More >>

  • Recordings

    published February 27, 1997

    Van Morrison The Healing Game (Polydor) When you've put out 27 studio albums, as Belfast's finest has, your audience checks... More >>

  • Live Wire

    published February 27, 1997

    Beck Celebrity Theatre February 20, 1997 Beck's not himself these days. The stage-frightened, rain-soaked, coffee-house kitten... More >>

  • Far Out . . . of Touch

    published February 20, 1997

    1. Mae West--Way Out West! (Tower) 1966 Mae still had an hourglass figure, but the sands of time were quickly running out, if her... More >>

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