Weekly Wire

Volume I, Issue 21
October 27 - November 3, 1997


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Rocky Mountain Guy
Whatever you thought of his music, John Denver's environmental record was impeccable. [17]
Debbie Gilbert

Scary sounds
How to program the ultimate Halloween party tape. [10]
Christopher Muther

Rave On
Public image, electronic music, and the "parties" they inspire are thriving in Memphis. [18]
Matt Hanks

Artist Profiles
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Keep 'Em Separated
California punk rockers the Offspring recover from an acrimonious split with their old label with the hoo-laden "Ixnay On The Hombre." [20]
Alan Sculley

Armagideon Time
France's Hanuman Care Kit is a reverse twist on the Austin/European connection. [22]
Marc Savlov

Rag's time
Revivalists like the Blue Rags wring life out of an antiquated form. [12]
Dave Chamberlain

Total Honesty
A profile of jazz pianist Fred Sanders. [23]
Christopher Hess

You Say You Want A Revolution?
The Crawdaddy-O brass band can play anywhere, anytime. And it's the only Cajun marching brass band in town with a dancing sousaphone player. So there. [2]
Lisa Weeks

So Much To Do . . .
Sixty-nine-year-old R&B dynamo Ruth Brown can warm up any audience. [5]
Ted Drozdowski

Wild Roots
Michael McCall on David Grisman. [15]
Michael McCall

Return of the Jazzman
WHO: Jesse Davis, WHERE: Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696, WHEN: 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday. [16]
Geraldine Wyckoff

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. [27]

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Talk Back
If anything in this section offends, annoys or perturbs your senses, here's your place to scream like an angry punk rocker.

L ast week we ran a eulogy for John Denver, who, as everybody on this planet knows by now, died in a plane crash. It was a touching eulogy, to be sure, but its focus was strictly general. This one's got something a little more specific in mind: Denver's contribution to environmentalism. Seems between experimental plane flights the Rocky Mountain Boy was fighting for judicious land use and indigenous tree planting. All I can say is, now I like him even more.

I can't say the same for raves. Whereas they used to be well-hidden, special events, now the damned things are generic, profit-oriented spectacles in which hired police search parked cars for drugs and the smart drinks cost five bucks. Fortunately not all cities have gone this route. For these folks in Memphis, raves still elicit, um, raves.

My favorite article this week, though, isn't about environmental singers or local clubbing trends. It's a simple list of Halloween songs from the world of alternative and rock music. See how many you can come up with on your own, then read the article and look for matches. I was happily surprised to find Kate Bush's "Waking the Witch" and Siouxsite & the Banshees' "Halloween" in there. Can you guess the others?

Here's my own list of good Halloween songs the article missed:

  • The Very Things: "The Bushes Scream While My Daddy Prunes"

  • The Who: "Boris the Spider"

  • Diamanda Galas: "Deliver Me"

  • anything creepy by the Cramps

  • anything creepy by the Residents

  • the entire spooky album "Heresy" by Lustmord

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Album Reviews
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Louis Armstrong
Hunaman Care Kit
Paul Krassner
Joe Morris
The Riverside Records Story
The Fairfield Four
Fred Sanders
Mike Watt

Boston Phoenix

  • Carey Bell
  • The Electric Prunes
  • Mike Jones
  • The Longpigs
  • Christian Marclay
  • Pram
  • Superchunk
  • June Tabor
  • Horace Tapscott

Record Reviews

  • Oumou Sangare
  • Bob Marley
  • Common
  • Loreena Mckennitt
  • Portishead
  • Patti Smith
  • The Grifters
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Delevantes
  • Lords Of Acid

Rhythm & Views

  • Lisa Stansfield
  • Tenderloin
  • Various: A Jazz Portrait Of Brian Wilson

The Soft and The Loud

  • Jonatha Brooke
  • The Darlings
  • Roadsaw

Tiny Tunes

  • Flake
  • Various: The Best of New Age: Volumes 4-6

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