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Jimmie Dale Gilmore loses fans over his political views

So don't think you'll be seeing a braver, newer, more political Gilmore anytime soon. Even the mostly favorable reception to his remarks left a bitter aftertaste. "I've talked about this with my wife and everybody since I've gotten back home, and it didn't really mollify me that mostly everybody there took it in the right spirit," he says. "I was disturbed by the outcome of that whole evening. But I felt like it's mostly those guys [Republicans] that do that, and I don't want to stoop to that level, which is basically just what I did."

Furthermore, Gilmore felt that his cracks undermined his credibility. "I didn't really present my point of view, because my point of view is too complex to get out there in a couple of one-liners in a nightclub, you know?" he says. "That's really what it boils down to."

For one thing, he doesn't really hate George Bush. He hardly even knows him. It just seems that on that particular night, his mind had a mind of its own. "I've met the guy, and I liked him personally," he says. "But I disagree with him so deeply and drastically. I put my foot in my mouth with that one. I wish I hadn't said that, because it's just not accurate. I was trying to be funny at somebody else's expense, and that's against my own ethical thing with my performance deal, you know."

And yet Gilmore isn't ready to back away from everything he said, not by a long shot. He thinks most people saw his stage banter as the comedy he meant for it to be. And he seriously believes that there is far too little diversity of thought in post-September 11 America. "Lately it just seems like it has become such a taboo to have any opinion," he says.

But Young's not backing down either. These days, he seems about as likely to spin After Awhile as he is to take in a Jane Fonda tribute. "Right now I feel pretty strongly about it," he says. "I've got a couple other of his CDs, and I'm considering sending those back to him also."

And Gilmore? No matter how many Texan feathers he ruffles, he's still proud to be a cosmopolitan. "I'll stick with Diogenes," he says laughing.

Scuttlebutt Caboose

KPFT Pickin' & Swingin' host Rick Gardner aired his last show on March 9. Gardner was perceived by many of the newly victorious anti-Garland Ganter faction as one of the former station manager's "henchmen" and/or "lackeys." Even new station manager Duane Bradley is rumored to have called the show Pissin' & Moanin' before he took over the station's reins. If Racket knew his boss felt that way about his work, he might want to move on to greener pastures, too…Houston acts at South by Southwest included country singers Jason Allen, Owen Temple and Mando Saenz; DJs Joe B., Cee-Plus, Juniper, U.N.T., Mr. E and Soul Free; hip-hoppers Bushwick Bill and Comp 1; rockers goneblind, Arthur Yoria, Pale and Westbury Squares; Tejano chart-topper La Mafia; Latin band Grupo Batacha; Piedmont/Delta bluesman Harlem Slim; and the uncategorizable Free Radicals. Discounting the DJs (who were all buried in unglamorous time slots), there are only 13 bands on that list. By comparison, Dallas-Fort Worth had 30. Not that Racket cares -- he's not a Houstonian, he's a citizen of the world.

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