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Volume I, Issue 16
September 22 - September 29, 1997

Music

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Rising Starr
With the release of her Geffen Records debut, Garrison Starr finds herself on a rock-and-roll thrill ride. [2]
Mark Jordan

Behind the Mask
Music and perversions make for some strange happenings at Austin's Fetish Nights. [3]
Michael Bertin

The Power of Funk
Robert Palmer recorded a masterpiece years ago in New Orleans. [4]
Rich Collins

Faded Glory
Say, David Allen Coe--how's that penile tattoo work? [5]
Michael McCall

Big As They Wanna Be
A profile of the legendary '90s band Pavement, whose members don't really care if they achieve some cheesy rock and roll super stardom. [6]
Brendan Doherty

Roadkill
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers at La Zona Rosa. [7]
Raoul Hernandez

Turnin' Off
Reviewing all those shows you shouldn't have missed. [8]
Julie Birnbaum

Worth the Wait
Lucinda Williams takes her time. [9]
Bill Friskics-Warren

Southern Discomfort
The underrated Tom Ovans. [10]
Jim Ridley

Turn Up That Noise!
An eclectic survey of recent recordings. [11]
Stephen Grimstead

Rhythm & Views
Barry Black, the Carter Family. [12]

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. [13]

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Talk Back
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T he other day my naïve friend, who is very young, asked me to explain the word "fetish." Assuming that she wasn't talking about little African dolls that come to life to chase Karen Black around the kitchen, I started telling my friend about men who become weirdly obsessed over women's feet, angora sweaters, and other unusual sexual focal points. She still didn't understand, so finally I just sent her to Fetish Night, explained in this story. I haven't seen her since -- last I heard, she was at the store buying clothespins and electrical tape. I hope she's just doing laundry and household rewiring.

Wherever you look, people are catching the fetish bug. Just look at this David Allen Coe guy. The scandalous singer/songwriter, best-known for leading the '70s outlaw movement and writing "Take This Job and Shove It," allegedly has a spider tattooed on his penis, yet also brags about how in-touch he is with his feminine side. I wonder where that tattoo is located.

Pavement have a fetish for maintaining a low profile. Apparently the band, a favorite of critics and fellow musicians alike (including Courtney Love), prefer to receive as little attention as possible. I've heard of bands trying their damnedest to not sell out, but it appears to have reached fetish proportions here -- I mean, their name literally invites you to walk all over them.

Then there's Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, with their heavy-duty fetish for Jah and peace and bringing people together despite the evil "Babylon system" that they rail against on their new album. An article explains what this highly-developed, and very Jamaican, fetish is all about.

If you really want to know about fetishes, though, look no further than Robert Palmer. This guy's so kinky he's addicted to love, and anyone who's seen his videos knows Palmer has a thing for leggy models with identical eyeliner and slicked-back hair. But who would have guessed the man's also got a fetish for New Orleans funk? What a weirdo.

There's so many fetishists out there, it's scary. This band Galactic, for instance, has a fetish for the "boy-rock" look and acid jazz. Meanwhile, Lucinda Williams maintains her perfectionism fetish by taking over five years to finish each new album. Call it a fetish-in-progress. And Tom Ovans, another country type, has focused his fetish upon ignoring the career advice of others. Like so many do, the fetish has paid off.

But for a real taste of fetishism, get a load of up-and-coming 22-year-old singer Garrison Starr. She knows the value of fetishes: not only does she obsess over folk music, Stevie Nicks and the Lilith Fair, she also goes absolutely bonkers over chicken pita sandwiches and baskets of wonderfully greasy fries. Read this interview for the full scandalous details.

Or check out these reviews of new albums by Leo Kottke, 311, Tom Varner, Barry Black, and The Carter Family. As the reviews prove, the music world has more than enough fetishes to go around.



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