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    Sweet Dreamers

    Marilyn Manson's children of the scorn bustled about their suburban bedrooms early in the evening of Friday, January 24, applying makeup and fish net in prep for the pop-industrial-shock artist's first Valley concert since his new recording, Antichri...

    by David Holthouse on January 30, 1997
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    Cooked the Colonel's Way - Colonel Tom Parker has kicked the bucket, and the original recipe for rock 'n' roll rotisserie goes with him

    Despite the bombardment of mediocre Elvis impersonators, the world still largely acknowledges that the Elvis Presley who toppled off his porcelain throne 20 years ago is the King of Rock 'n' Roll. But now that longtime Elvis handler Colonel Tom Parke...

    by Serene Dominic on January 30, 1997
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    Live Wire

    Supersuckers Nita's Hideaway January 21, 1997 "Welcome to the rock show," Supersuckers singer/spokesman Eddie Spaghetti exhorted a packed house from behind his "rock-star shades." Looking a lot like Andy Kaufman in a cowboy hat, Spaghetti...

    by David Holthouse on January 30, 1997
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    Bjork From Ork

    Bjork Telegraph (Elektra) Bjork's the fairy queen of post-rock pop, and on Telegraph, several of the finest producers and DJs in the European club, underground dance and hip-hop scenes attend to her at court. The former Sugarcube's third ...

    by David Holthouse on January 30, 1997
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    Payne Pill

    Q: What did the snail say on the turtle's back? A: "Wheeeeeee!" If you were at Hollywood Alley last Saturday night (January 18), you probably heard Les Payne Project guitarist James Karnes tell that one. I was, and I did. And I'm glad for it,...

    by David Holthouse on January 23, 1997
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    Brotherly Louvin - The high lonesome hardships of country's best duo are getting easier to hear

    The Louvin Brothers were country music's best-ever brother team, and when they titled their greatest album Tragic Songs of Life, they weren't kidding around. Over the course of the recording, a woman wanders "this wide world all over," leaving her ab...

    by David Cantwell on January 23, 1997
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    Shaquille O'Neal You Can't Stop the Reign (T.W.IsM.) It took $120 million to persuade Shaquille O'Neal to apply himself on a basketball court (free-throw percentage as of this writing: 46 percent). How much of himself can he be expected t...

    by Serene Dominic on January 23, 1997
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    Primo Donna - With Arizona Opera's Caroline Whisnant, it's not over 'til the phat lady sings

    Caroline Whisnant is an attractive woman. Tall, well-proportioned, nice smile. Easy on the eyes, as it were. Sexist statements? Not when you consider that Whisnant performs opera and makes a career of playing beautiful, alluring women in var...

    by Ted Simons on January 23, 1997
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    Knight Fever, Knight Fever - The Boogie Knights in white polyester lit the fuse on a retro-disco craze that exploded in college towns across America. Tempe was ground zero.

    Last summer, blues guitarist Jono Manson passed through Tempe on a national tour. He was booked into Gibson's, but arrived to find his gig had been bumped to Balboa Cafe, a much smaller venue on the other side of Hayden Square. Between sets, Man...

    by Serene Dominic on January 16, 1997
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    Clone Wars - The Polyester Pimps vs. Disco Inferno

    So you gotta ask yourself--here are two bands, both clones of the Boogie Knights, who are managed by the BK's firm, Perfect World, and use the same keyboard samples, play the same song selections (what's the fascination with "Copacabana" anyway?) and...

    by Serene Dominic on January 16, 1997
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    The Trigger Effect

    Music Editor's Note--This week I turn over Coda to local hip-hop impresario Mr. P-Body Scott, who observes that some of the urban club patrons who complain about club closings are the same ones contributing to the negativity surrounding hip-hop/R&B e...

    by Mr. P-Body on January 16, 1997
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    "Parallel to Hell" - The life and style of Queensbridge, New York, "street journalist" Nas: in his own rhymes

    Music and language. Tracks and lyrics. Beats and rhymes. East Coast. Queensbridge, motherfucker--the brutal public-housing projects in Long Island City where the fundamentals of hip-hop never fell out of flavor. The Juice Crew's Marley Marl and MC Sh...

    by David Holthouse on January 16, 1997
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    Back in Black

    Johnny Cash Unchained (American Recordings) Just when his myth was in danger of being destroyed by too many mediocre albums--and too many wonderful albums underpublicized by uncaring labels and ignored by country radio--Johnny Cash was re...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 16, 1997
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    While His Guitar Gently Smokes - Lone Star guitarist Smokin' Joe Kubek is finally on a steady roll

    Smokin' Joe Kubek and his band have terrific timing. Although Kubek and singer Bnois King are music-biz vets, their first album appeared only five years ago--just in time to surf the new wave of interest in blues. "Thank God," Kubek says from hi...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on January 9, 1997
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    Techno Inferno

    On New Year's Eve, Deon Foreman and a sport-utility-vehicle load of fellow Tempe ravers arrived at the Grand Olympic Auditorium near downtown Los Angeles about an hour before midnight. Shit was hectic. "There were cops on the freeway trying to b...

    by David Holthouse on January 9, 1997
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    Wilco Being There (Reprise Records) The cynics who would dismiss rock 'n' roll--the formula kind, the guitar-vocals-bass-drum kind, the kind Chuck Berry created and the Beatles and Brian Wilson made perfect--look instead toward a rave new...

    by Frank Smith on January 9, 1997
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    Spun, Spun, Spun

    The Beach Boys single-handedly popularized surf culture in America. Fine. The Beach Boys were the West Coast nemesis of the Beatles. Great. The Beach Boys are the commercial inseminators of surf rock. Yippee-skip. I know, I've read the books. Bu...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on January 9, 1997
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    The Artist Formerly Known As Popular

    The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Emancipation (NPG/EMI Records) Now that Madonna's a stylish new mom and Michael Jackson is trying to pass himself off as a father-to-be, it's fitting that The Artist Formerly Known As Prince has settled...

    by Keith Moerer on January 9, 1997
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    Something Old, Something New - In 1996, punk was murdered by its parents and resurrected by its children

    If 1991 was the year punk broke, then 1996 was the year punk died--killed by both the Sex Pistols and the weight of its own success. Of course, the Pistols always exploited the whole concept of "punk," but this year they mocked it as well, rising up ...

    by Gina Arnold on January 2, 1997
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    Dr. Dre's decision to bounce from Suge Knight's enclave and renounce gangsta rap gets my nod for story of the year. Whether he was motivated by moral revelation, simple business acumen, artistic instinct or merely a desire to keep breathing doesn't r...

    by David Holthouse on January 2, 1997
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