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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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    NOW IT'S MILLER TIME - JODY "QUEEN OF THE HOUSE" MILLER IS BACK JTO RECLAIM HER CROWN

    It's called Cactus Rose Theater now, but old-timers surely will remember it as the Kiva, a pornographic video store and movie theatre that embarrassed the bejesus out of the surrounding tourista emporiums in Old Town Scottsdale. Now, however, ...

    by Larry Crowley on November 17, 1994
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    RECORDINGS

    Various Artists Baywatch (Scotti Bros.) How many of you out there think of music when you think of Baywatch? Liars! 'Fess up--it's boobs and buns and bronze skin, defying gravity in the California sun, that you've got on yer mind! Super...

    by Peter Gilstrap on November 17, 1994
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    HE WRITES THE THONGS

    Vince Neil is a man who's had some good times. He was the front man for one of the biggest bands of the Eighties, pop-metal superstuds Motley Crue. The Crue sold tons of albums, Vince married a statuesque ex-stripper named Sharisse, made tons...

    by Serene Dominic on November 17, 1994
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    RECORDINGS

    BeauSoleil L'Echo (Forward/Rhino) Cajun music is a curious beast. At times it can make for a glorious jolt to the soul. Other times it can be annoying as hell. BeauSoleil is a bit of both on L'Echo, a collection of old-timey Cajun cov...

    by Larry Crowley on November 3, 1994
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    BACKSTAGE GAS

    What's funny? High-density theories on the nature of humor have clogged the arteries of many a fathead. Henri Bergson thought humor resulted when human behavior began to resemble the predictable repetition of machines, while Sigmund Freud saw humor a...

    by Marshall W. Mason on November 3, 1994
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    RECORDINGS

    Tom Jones The Lead and How to Swing It (Interscope) For millions of females over the last several decades, Tom Jones has been a seething, pulsating mass of unbridled sexuality, the consummate stud with a throat of leather. For millions of ot...

    by Serene Dominic on October 27, 1994
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    WHAT'S THE SCARIEST ALBUM OF THE LAST FOUR DECADES?

    No One Cares, Frank Sinatra (1957) Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House (1964) 70's Hits: Great Hits of the Decade, Volume 1, original artists Let's Be Together Today, Mister Rogers (date unknown) Thriller, Michael Jackson (1982) S...

    by Serene Dominic on October 27, 1994
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    FREEDY AND HORACE

    So there I was driving down Van Buren on my way to work, mind numb as usual, when I saw it. It was huge. It was grinning. It nearly made me lose control of my vehicle. It was Linda McCartney. Well, a billboard with her picture...

    by Peter Gilstrap on October 27, 1994
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    A BLOSSOM SPILLS THE BEANSROBIN WILSON ON SUCCESS, SONGWRITING AND PERSONAL WATERCRAFT

    No doubt it's a bit late in the game to begin a Gin Blossoms story with the headline "Local Band Makes Good." The saga of the Tempe quintet--from the early days at Mill Avenue beer joints through the tours and Letterman appearances to the sui...

    by Peter Gilstrap on October 27, 1994
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    RECORDINGS

    Laurie Anderson's latest is more of what she does most. She's again putting out experimental, highbrow hoo-ha, spewing words in big spaces between beats. Occasionally, she'll try to force a melody, and it almost works on the almost American gothic "M...

    by Serene Dominic on October 20, 1994
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