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Volume I, Issue 13
September 2 - September 8, 1997


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Hucksters, Pilgrims, and Scholars
The events of Elvis Week '97 prove that the King is very much in the building. [2]
Mark Jordan

Rebel With a Rhythm
The Artist --he's indeed a sexy motherfucker. [3]
Michael McCall

Kelley's Kapers
What's the deal with Kelley? [4]
Lisa Weeks

The New Deal
Kelly Deal shapes a new band and an all-new project. [5]
Kevin Klein

Fortunate Son
John Fogerty returns to the recording world with Blue Moon Swamp, his first album in a decade. [6]
Christopher Gray

"Hell" Breaks Loose
They're headed for serious strife in the afterlife, but the Squirrel Nut Zippers remain devil-may-care. [7]
Mark Jordan

Drinking It In
Whiskeytown stand poised for the big time. [8]
Susan Ellis & Mark Jordan

Back in His Arms
How Skynyrd's Ed King got his groove back. [9]
Beverly Keel

That Ain't My Song on the Jukebox
Is Music Row ready for black country singers? [10]
Bill Friskics-Warren

At Large in the Hills
Ray Wylie Hubbard had to fight the outlaw country image he helped invent, both to save his career and his life. [11]
Steve Taylor

Review: Dangerous Spirits
Review: Dangerous Spirits. [12]
Michael Bertin

Tiny Tunes
On the turntable this week: new platters from Man Or Astroman? and The Sultans. [13]
Michael Henningsen

Record Reviews
Reviews of new recordings by Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin', Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, the Valentine Six, and more. [14]

Turn Up That Noise!
An eclectic survey of recent recordings. [15]
Stephen Grimstead, Editor

Rhythm & Views
Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Neilson Hubbard, various Scottish artists. [16]

Now What?
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web. [17]

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Y ou know, them music stars sure are a ramshackle group.

First off, they keep dyin' prematurely. It happened to Ritchie Valens and Otis Redding, it happened to Kurt Cobain and Tupac Shakur, but most importantly it happened to Mr. Porkchop Sideburns himself, Elvis. He's the only one who inspires candlelight vigils and huge pilgrimages 20 years after the fact, as this article about the Memphis International Elvis Presley Tribute Week '97s shows. Nobody knows exactly why the King still draws such crowds, even in the middle of August, but over 100,000 attendees can't be wrong.

...And if them music stars aren't dyin' prematurely, they're changin' their names immaturely. I'm talking here about The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, otherwise known as That Pretentious Symbol That Doesn't Exist On My Keyboard. Why did he have to change his name? What if Madonna changed her name to The Pop Star Once Named After The Virgin Mary? What if Sting started calling himself The Singer Who Used To Fancy Himself Comparable To A Bee? It just doesn't make you want to rush out and attend the concert. Oh, speaking of concerts, The Artist's latest was quite a success, if you believe this summary of the event.

...And if they're not changin' their names immaturely, they're doin' heroin. Fortunately Kelley Deal, best known for rocking alongside sister Kim Deal in The Breeders, has recently kicked the junk habit. Her group, The Kelley Deal 6000 (a.k.a. TKD6K) is now on tour, inspiring alternative weeklies in both Tucson and Albuquerque to sing her praises. If anything will update you on Kelley's progress, this 2-for-1 Deal is it.

...And if they're not doin' heroin, they're losin' their guitars. This tale of how former Lynyrd Skynyrd axman Ed King went on a quest to find his lost instrument is guaranteed to tug at your guitarstrings. But it wasn't just any guitar, it was a 1959 Gibson Les Paul, a blues instrument so magical that its theft broke King's heart. (In fact, King suffers from cardiomyopathy.) The outcome of the story couldn't be sweeter -- expect a movie version from Disney soon.

...And if music stars aren't losin' their guitars, they're droppin' out for a decade. That's what happened to John Fogerty, the Credence Clearwater Revivalist who has just released his first album in ten years, Blue Moon Swamp. Fogerty didn't lose his guitar or anything, but a lot has happened to him since 1987, and you can read all about it in this interview.

...And if they're not droppin' out for a decade, they're baffling the public with oddball monikers like the Squirrel Nut Zippers or Whiskeytown. For the curious, writeups on each group explain exactly how the jazzy songwriters and the inebriated country-rockers got their names.

Also in this week's Music section:

  • the full treatment for country-music outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard: both an interview and a review of his new album

  • reviews of albums by Man or Astro-Man and The Sultans

  • reviews of work by Sandy Carroll and Madder Rose

  • reviews of Lee "Scratch" Perry, Neilson Hubbard, and various Scottish artists

  • a ton o' reviews on Christ Ardoin and Double Clutchin', Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Valentine Six, Tindersticks, Steve Earle & the Supersuckers, The Bottle Rockets, Gradpaboy, Michael Penn, Oasis, Spiritualized, and The Dandy Warhols

Whew! What a ramshackle group, them music stars.

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