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  • Are You Ready to Testify?

    published June 29, 2000

    Music has always reflected the mechanical sounds of the era it's made in. Roger McGuinn noted as much in the liner notes to the Byrds' debut,... More >>

  • Queens of the Stone Age

    published June 22, 2000

    Here's where Josh Homme and the gang forget about their Stone Age evolution from Kyuss and start making the "Queen" part of the name count for... More >>

  • The Leaves

    published June 22, 2000

    In 1965-1966, it was still possible for a garage band to make the leap to Top 40 and back to obscurity all in the same year. These Sundazed... More >>

  • Route Rockin' Ghoulies

    published June 15, 2000

    Back when Ricky Nelson sang about being a lonesome "Teenage Idol" playing one-night stands, road songs were still a novelty, something... More >>

  • Hatfield's the Real McCoy

    published June 8, 2000

    You don't see the "Simultaneous Two New Album Release" every day, and with good reason. 1991: Nobody can convince Axl Rose to pare down a... More >>

  • Guarding a Legacy

    published June 1, 2000

    By the fall of 1959, Marty Robbins had amassed a recorded catalogue of five albums and 32 singles. Embedded in this waxwork were songs with... More >>

  • Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album

    published June 1, 2000

    In 1971, John Lennon issued a No. 1 album and Top 5 single both titled "Imagine." The following year, Lennon and Yoko Ono self-directed a... More >>

  • Hold On, I'm Cummings!

    published May 25, 2000

    Sometimes towering insignificance is the very thing that draws the most attention. Take Sony Legacy reissuing not one, but four... More >>

  • Microbe Brewery

    published May 18, 2000

    You seem like a person who knows from fun -- here's an exercise guaranteed to provide you your required dosage of cruel hilarity. You know that... More >>

  • XTC: Stupidly Happy Ever After

    published May 11, 2000

    Here's a snatch of overheard conversation, circa 1983, taking place inside a Greenwich Village record store on Bleecker Street called The Golden... More >>

  • The Wipers' Clean Slate

    published May 4, 2000

    If you polled a Family Feud studio audience for "reasons people become musicians," answers like "sex," "drugs," "fame," "money" and even... More >>

  • A Happy Face Smiled in Hayden Square

    published May 4, 2000

    Editor's note: Maybe it was the tight wristband cutting off the oxygen flow to his brain. Or perhaps it was the kiboshing he got from crazy... More >>

  • The Fly Boys of Summer

    published April 27, 2000

    "In 1966, one of the great albums in rock 'n' roll history was made: Pet Sounds, by the Beach Boys. Even today it holds up. I listen to it... More >>

  • Locals

    published April 27, 2000

    Various artists Unsigned 1 -- Nuth'n But Hits (Ameritone Records) Picking up a compilation of local... More >>

  • Various artists

    published April 20, 2000

    As various-artist-album concepts go, this one is pretty unique. Rather than celebrate one artist, this one praises an interstate. You know it, you... More >>

  • Small Faces

    published April 20, 2000

    Jimmy Winston's mum must be proud. Keyboardist for the Small Faces' first two singles, he was booted out before he got to appear on any album... More >>

  • Austin, We Have a Problem!

    published March 30, 2000

    One doesn't approach the annual South by Southwest music festival like an average bout of nightclubbing. Music writers train weeks for this... More >>

  • Locals

    published March 30, 2000

    Trunk Federation Lay the Hip (Plastique Recording Co.) That Trunk Federation even managed to get... More >>

  • Paul Revere and the Raiders

    published March 9, 2000

    Paul Revere and the Raiders was the first beat group signed to the once rock-phobic Columbia label. This fourplay of Sundazed reissues captures... More >>

  • 2000 Flourishes

    published March 2, 2000

    When soothsayers foretold that the end of the century would bring our human community to ever higher levels of enlightenment, I don't think Fox's... More >>

  • Oasis

    published February 24, 2000

    I suppose the question on everyone's minds with this latest Oasis opus is "how the hell are they going to survive without 'Bonehead'?" Magically,... More >>

  • CSN & Sometimes Y

    published February 17, 2000

    Remember when every year that passed was the 25th anniversary of something? The release of Sgt. Pepper. The first performance of... More >>

  • Honk If You're Gay, Dad

    published February 3, 2000

    Back in the late '80s and early '90s, it was easy, no, make that compulsory, to laugh at the British music scene. The American indie explosion had... More >>

  • Lee Hazlewood

    published January 27, 2000

    How can you dislike a guy whose past albums have self-deprecating titles like Poet, Fool or Bum and Lee Hazlewoodism: The Cause and Its... More >>

  • Rock 'n' Goal Music

    published January 20, 2000

    Anyone rooting for the underdog on October 27, 1999, was treated to a particularly wretched lesson in public humiliation. The last game of the... More >>

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