Weekly Wire

Volume II, Issue 27
December 28 - January 4, 1999  
 
Music

Survival Tactics [4]
It may be poppish, but good country music is still surviving.
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
 


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1998 Rock In Review [2]
Musicians hate genres ("Like, we just play music, y'know.), but from "mommy pop" to "stray punks" they provide a good way to remember 1998 in music.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
1998 Country In Review [3]
Michael McCall finds 10 reasons not to firebomb Music Row.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Artist Profiles
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An Enquiring Mind [5]
With a hit solo record under her belt, Gangsta Boo is the undisputed queen of Memphis rap.
— Echo Hattix, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
No Question About It [6]
Question Mark and The Mysterians are on the comeback trail.
— James Porter, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Man With A Horn [7]
Jazz trumpet player John Faddis pays tribute his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Album Reviews
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Time Is Tight Again [8]
A new boxed set chronicles the career of Booker T. and the M.Gs.
— Ross Johnson, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Now What? [11]
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.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

N ashville Scene's Michael McCall is a little bit country. Boston Phoenix's Matt Ashare is a little bit rock 'n' roll. Together, they provide a comprehensive review of popular music in 1998. The Scene's Bill Friskics-Warren chimes in with "Survival Tactics," an analysis of why country has become increasingly poppish.

Don't cry "96 Tears" for rocker Question Mark. The elusive lead singer of sixties grunge group The Mysterians is on the comeback trail, with a bit of fresh material no less. "You can recognize so many singers when they do the same thing over and over," Question Mark, tells Chicago Newcity's James Porter. "It's boring. They take a break for five years, and then they come back and do a new album, and it's still the same."

Also in Artist Profiles, Memphis Flyer's Echo Hattix tracks down 19-year-old, solid-gold rapper Gangsta Boo. The only female member of Memphis' Three 6 Mafia, Boo is known primarily for her graphic rhymes. She hopes to ride her dirty mouth to the top with her first solo disc, "Enquiring Minds."



Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix [9]

  • Depeche Mode
  • Swedish Egil
  • John Hiatt
  • Lambchop
  • Jonny Lang
  • Number One Cup
  • Rialto
  • Loudon Wainwright

Memphis Flyer [10]

  • Jim Carroll
  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle
  • 311


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