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    EX--IDOLS ON MAIN STREET A PUNK BAND MAKES IT IN SPITE OF ITSELF

    Consider the words of Gary Finneran. Start with one of the better songs on the debut CD by Finneran's band, Ex-Idols. "I'm insane," Finneran screams. "And I might not hear you say/`Please don't kill me/Please don't kill me anymore.'" T...

    by Ted Simons on January 5, 1995
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    HERE ARE A FEW SAMPLES OF HARD CASH:

    Believe in him (1961): An intense, convincing young Cash makes his film debut as a singin', slayin' salesman in the less-than-killer film Five Minutes to Live. It is rereleased in 1966 (with an added rape scene) for the ever-discerning drive-in crowd...

    on January 5, 1995
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    JOHNNY BE GREAT THE ORIGINAL OUTLAW MIXED SIN AND SALVATION FOR A RIGHTEOUS COMBO THAT KEEPS ON WINNING

    He looks almost stately now. In current photographs, his image gives off the intensity of a hellfire backwoods preacher. The slightly graying hair is combed back and still riding pompadoured and high atop the face of crags and fissures and th...

    by Peter Gilstrap on January 5, 1995
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    DO LOOK BACK - THE YEAR IN MUSIC: IT JUST DIDN'T GET MUCH BETTER (OR WORSE) THAN THIS

    Yet another 12 months of popular song have come and gone--for many, a year of soul-touching hits, for others, an unfulfilling mess of redundant backwash. But one thing's for sure: 1994 was a year of events in the music world. Michael and Lisa Marie g...

    on December 29, 1994
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    DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?SOME OVERLOOKED CHRISTMAS ALBUMS OFFER RELIEF FROM THE USUAL SEASONAL BLAHS

    For music that only gets hauled out once a year, Christmas albums sure have a way of branding themselves into our collective psyche. For many of us, it's just not Christmas without a certain familiar, seasonal album crackling in the background like a...

    by Serene Dominic on December 15, 1994
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    RECORDINGS

    Recordings Tom Petty Wildflowers (Warner Bros.) You've grown up with Tom Petty. You first saw him all scraggly and snotty in the Seventies, and you couldn't miss his smug pug and godzillion-selling records through the Eighties. Now,...

    by Tom Simons on December 15, 1994
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    STATE IN AN ALL--AGE RAGE

    State in an All-Age Rage When is a concert not a concert? What's the difference between a "bar" and a "concert facility"? If you're younger than 21, will the only way you'll soon be able to see rock is to drive to a quarry? These...

    by Peter Gilstrap on December 15, 1994
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    LIVE SHOTS

    Live Shows Diamanda Gals, and John Paul Jones Gammage Auditorium December 2, 1994 Three hundred years ago, Diamanda Gals would probably have been burned at the stake. Even in these progressive times, she's managed to upset more than a fe...

    by Ted Simons on December 15, 1994
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    FINALLY, A COLUMN ABOUT MUSIC. PRETTY MUCH.

    Okay. No drunken adventures this week. No reckless driving or meandering road trips. No wanton sexual adventures or exploding tubes of Blistex. Oh, yeah, I guess I haven't really delved into, uh, never mind. Fact is, it's been a hell of a work wee...

    by Peter Gilstrap on December 8, 1994
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    RECORDINGS

    Various Artists The World of the Zombies (PopLlama) To your average human being, the Zombies were a footnote to the British Invasion, a band whose career oldies stations have defined forever by three songs: "She's Not There," "Tell Her No" a...

    by Serene Dominic on December 8, 1994
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    TAPES IN THE MAILSOUNDS OF THE LOCALS REVEALED

    Don't let anyone tell you that Tempe's own Fluidrive doesn't take itself seriously. Just check out an excerpt from the band's florid bio: "Raw music with undeniable groove, power and presence. That is what we stand for. There is so much energy when w...

    by Serene Dominic on December 8, 1994
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    SWEET AND HIGH BOB MOULD'S SUGAR PROVES THE BEST LISTENING IS NOT ALWAYS EASY

    Bob Mould's been reading his press again. He's seen Tower Records' Pulse! magazine chronicle his history of hassles with record companies. He's read Musician detail the nasty breakup of his old band, H?sker D?. And Rolling Stone did a nice jo...

    by Ted Simons on December 8, 1994
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    PORT O' CRAWL: TUCSON

    Do you know who Ward Dotson is? Well, I can tell you his girlfriend writes the letters column in Hustler, which probably doesn't help much. But before we get into Ward--and you should get into Ward--be aware that this is a special T...

    by Peter Gilstrap on December 1, 1994
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    KING HEROD OR ROCK 'N' ROLL JESTER?GALEN HEROD TAKES YET ANOTHER STAB AT QUITTING HIS DAY JOB

    Galen Herod runs into his living room. He's got a microcassette tape deck with him. Herod smiles, starts waving his arms, dancing to the beat of the scratchy noise. He skips into the front room of the house and taps out the song's melody on a...

    by Ted Simons on December 1, 1994
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    GOOD GOLLY, MISS GAL S!SINGER DIAMANDA GAL S AND JOHN PAUL JONES GIVE ROCK THE CROWBAR ENEMA IT SO RICHLY DESERVES

    In the world of entertainment, people are fond of slapping labels on things they don't understand. Some members of the press have been quick to label Diamanda Gals a "performance artist." Big, big mistake. "I have no relationship at all to th...

    by Serene Dominic on December 1, 1994
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    BOYS WILL BE JERKY BOYS TWO MEN WHO'RE MAKING A CAREER OUT OF PRANK PHONE CALLS

    Here are some reasons to justify why you're reading a Jerky Boys interview in the Music section: 1. You've gotta go to a music store to buy the Boys' CDs. 2. Sometimes, even music writers get sick of hearing music, or, more to the poi...

    by Serene Dominic on November 24, 1994
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    A GRANDE GIG

    It is a little before 9 on Saturday night west of Casa Grande. Saturday night at the Francisco Grande Resort, in the Franny Granny Lounge, to be exact. There are five people in the place, swilling drinks and dragging on cigarettes after a day of g...

    by Peter Gilstrap on November 24, 1994
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    SAY HELLO TO COOLIOTHE RAPPER FROM COMPTON MIXES HIS GLOCKS WITH YOCKS

    If you think Compton is nothing more than a wasteland of juiced-up hustlers and pimps, a breeding ground for the latest batch of gun-boasting, ho-smackin' gangsta rappers, you're dead wrong. Coolio is proof. With his chart-topping debut album,...

    by Danielle Hollomon on November 24, 1994
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    RECORDINGS

    Dead Hot Workshop River Otis (Seed/Atlantic) You know about Dead Hot Workshop. You've heard 'em, you've seen 'em. It's the band most likely to succeed the Gin Blossoms as Tempe's top pop export. Indeed, many would argue that Dead Hot was the...

    by Serene Dominic on November 24, 1994
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    TINY, TONY AND COMPANY

    Tiny, Tony and Company Tiny Tim Mason Jar November 8, 1994 Tiny Tim stepped gingerly onstage (he's nearly 70, mind you), his short, chubby body filling out a suit fashioned entirely from cloth printed with sheet music. He flashed his expansive,...

    by Peter Gilstrap on November 17, 1994
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