By William Michael Smith
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By Craig Hlavaty
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By Nathan Smith
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ONLY IN HOUSTON
Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992
We posted a prompt on our Rocks Off Facebook page to see what people remembered, and then combed through the Houston Press archives to see what else we could dig up from what must have been a memorable year. (Just ask They Might Be Giants.)
By the way, some of you remembered Peter Gabriel behind 1992's Us, but the "Secret World Live" tour didn't stop here until July 1993. Following is a small, mostly random sampling of shows we found that did stop here in '92. Enjoy.
The Black Crowes, AstroArena, October 12
David Byrne, Tower Theatre, September 24
The Cult, Lenny Kravitz, The Summit, January 25
The Cure, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, June 9-10
Bo Diddley, Rockefeller's, February 1
Dire Straits, The Summit, February 13
Guns N' Roses/Soundgarden, The Summit, January 9-10
Ice Cube, The Unicorn, February 9
Jesus and Mary Chain/Curve/Spiritualized, The Vatican, November 13
Lyle Lovett, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, October 11
Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, Tower Theater, March 8
Metallica, The Summit, January 17
Morrissey, The Summit, November 6
Pantera, The Unicorn, November 24
Two Years After Ownership Change, Fitz Thrives
Has it really been two years already since Jagi Katial and Omar Afra became the new owner-operators of Fitzgerald's? Apparently so, because the Free Press Summer Fest partners celebrated their second anniversary at the rickety old live music club on White Oak a couple weeks back with a weekend's worth of bands, headlined by the Walkmen. Time flies, as they say.
When the pair bought the club from longtime owner Sara Fitzgerald, who opened the place back in 1977, local music fans were pleased to see the place remain open but a little unsure of what would become of a historic venue where a lot of happy memories have been made.
Two years later, it's pretty safe to say that the takeover has been a resounding success. That's why we toasted Fitzgerald's as the city's Best Live Music Venue in this year's Best of Houston® issue.
Today, quality shows can be seen throughout the week both upstairs and down at the former Polish meeting hall. Before I started writing for Rocks Off last year, it had been almost a decade since I'd stepped inside Fitz, and I get the feeling my story was typical.
My first show back was local rap luminaries Lil' Flip and K-Rino downstairs. Both have been on the scene for a minute, and I'm pretty darn sure they never would have played Fitz back when.
If anyone worried that the Summer Fest brain trust would set Fitzgerald's to indie 24/7 two years ago, they're probably resting pretty easy by now. In the last year, I've seen classic rock, hip-hop, EDM, punk, post-punk, psych and – oh, yes – metal shows at Fitz. And they still brought in all the best indie bands, both local and national.
But even those of us who get paid to come early and stay late couldn't hope to catch everything good in the past two years. I decided to talk to some folks who might've. Last week, I contacted a few of the people who invested significant chunks of their lives into Fitzgerald's relaunch to learn what had changed, what hadn't and what had made everything worth it.
"I had not been to Fitz for about 16 years before we went there to talk to the previous management about taking over," co-owner Jagi Katial says. "One thing that I know has probably changed is the type of and quantity of acts that play Fitz. I would say we have the best bands on the touring and local levels playing the room on any given night."
And aside from the urinals, pray tell, what has changed the least?
"The room itself," he says. "We cleaned it up, painted and dressed up some areas, but I always felt that the two rooms had the right feel already. So we did as little as possible to alter the way the rooms' layout felt." Nathan Smith
The Weirdest Records to Ever Hit No. 1
It's not often that the pop charts will surprise you. After all, the average consumer in most countries doesn't have time to delve too deep into an artist's catalogue. They don't often pick up on songs that will stand the test of time. They like the ephemera record labels tell them is hot right now.
Nevertheless, every once in a while something will top the charts that doesn't make sense. We're seeing it happen now with "Gangnam Style," and this past week marks 38 years since Mike Oldfield topped the UK album charts with Tubular Bells, a 48-minute instrumental, classically inspired, progressive rock album. An edited-down single even managed to hit No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after being used as the title theme for The Exorcist.
That sounds weird, but what other strangeness has occurred on the charts? We're sticking to the U.S. here, since covering the entire world would just fill it with the weird bands topping the charts in Norway (where, oddly enough, "Gangnam Style" is currently the No. 1 song).
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