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. 
Rebel With a Rhythm
The Artist --he's indeed a sexy motherfucker. 
What's the deal with Kelley? 
The New Deal
Kelly Deal shapes a new band and an all-new project. 
John Fogerty returns to the recording world with Blue Moon Swamp, his first album in a decade. 
"Hell" Breaks Loose
They're headed for serious strife in the afterlife, but the Squirrel Nut Zippers remain devil-may-care. 
Drinking It In
Whiskeytown stand poised for the big time. 
Susan Ellis & Mark Jordan
Back in His Arms
How Skynyrd's Ed King got his groove back. 
That Ain't My Song on the Jukebox
Is Music Row ready for black country singers? 
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. 
Review: Dangerous Spirits
Review: Dangerous Spirits. 
On the turntable this week: new platters from Man Or Astroman? and The Sultans. 
Reviews of new recordings by Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin', Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, the Valentine Six, and more. 
Turn Up That Noise!
An eclectic survey of recent recordings. 
Stephen Grimstead, Editor
Rhythm & Views
Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Neilson Hubbard, various Scottish artists. 
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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
...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
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.
If anything in this section offends, annoys or perturbs your senses,
here's your place to scream like an angry punk rocker.