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    Rotation

    Bjork Homogenic Elektra Following the release of her wildly eclectic 1995 record Post, Bjork told me that "the album is sort of a challenge. It's like saying, 'Okay, life, you can throw whatever you want at me -- an earthquake, a devaluatio...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 25, 1997
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    Bully Boys

    Comedian Chris Rock has certainly become comedy's stand-up flavor of the month, but what you might not know is that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is at least peripherally responsible for his recent success. It is the mystic, Cleveland-based rap/hip-hop act, a...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 25, 1997
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    Static

    Acrimonious split... A local music insider is calling it a "horrible divorce." And for sure, the recent parting of ways between Houston bar-rock chanteuse Miss Molly (a.k.a. Molly Ann Elswick) and her longtime friend and manager Dickie Malone has all...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 11, 1997
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    Comeback Penn-ding

    Pessimists might interpret the title of Michael Penn's third CD, Resigned, as an expression of frustration or, more appropriately, resignation. Those with a brighter outlook, on the other hand, might be more inclined to see the title differently -- a...

    by Alan Sculley on September 11, 1997
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    Impure, and Proud of It

    There are more than a few flamenco purists out there who have stopped just short of demanding the head of Ottmar Liebert on a silver platter. It's out of jealousy, of course. Liebert, after all, has done a remarkable job of taking the musical essence...

    by Mark Towns on September 11, 1997
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    Burying the Brakeman

    They tried this nine years ago, and then, somehow, it worked. In 1988, Columbia Records rounded up a cast of familiar and vaguely bankable voices -- among them Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, U2, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp -- and...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 11, 1997
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    Rotation

    Paul Weller Heavy Soul Island As the temperamental leader of the punk-tinged English power trio the Jam, Paul Weller began his career carving out a fierce vision indebted to early Mod and Merseybeat posturing at its most impenetrably Angloc...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on September 11, 1997
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    Double Duty - Meet Middlefinger: model citizens (sort of) by day, ska/punk instigators by night

    Many bands like to talk about how much time they spend rehearsing, spinning tales of all-night garage sessions that stretch into daylight, the hours eaten up mulling over just the right lick or lyric. But for members of the ska/punk outfit Middlefing...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 11, 1997
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    Rotation

    Oasis Be Here Now Epic It's tempting to write off Oasis's third CD as a vague facsimile of the two that preceded it; Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory? still echo loudly in the pop consciousness, their hit singles as fam...

    by Roni Sarig on September 4, 1997
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    Out of the Swamp

    Blue Moon Swamp may be John Fogerty's first CD in ten years, but you only have to go to a baseball game to know that he's never really been out of our consciousness. It was between innings at a recent Astros game that the familiar strains of Fogerty'...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on September 4, 1997
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    Honky-Tonk History - He had 78 hits over 50 years and revolutionized country music. Now, Hank Thompson gets a new green light.

    They're raiments an Aztec priest would envy, a bit faded with age, perhaps, but still arresting in their brilliance. One suit is blood red, with black patterns that race up and down its sleeves. It almost seems to breathe as country music legend...

    by Matt Weitz on September 4, 1997
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... Evidently, Liquid is just getting started -- or so says the group's leader. Bassist Kyle Watt has assured me (in a somewhat defensive manner) that the Houston quartet had yet to establish a real flow when they sat down to recor...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 28, 1997
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    Wanted Man - Johnny Cash may just be a legend, but he's never sounded better

    It was due in stores by July, but a lifetime of memories does not come easily to a man whose first hit came 41 years ago, when he was a member of a Sun Records roster that included Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and a boy named Elvis. So the world wil...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 28, 1997
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    Sound Check

    Poor power pop. Few genres in rock have been more painfully misunderstood or so unjustly ignored. Over the last three decades, power pop has cemented its endearing underachiever status with an odd combination of timeless songcraft and bad timing. Loc...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 28, 1997
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    Strange Days

    Just before the May release of Strangest Places, Austin singer/songwriter Abra Moore's major label debut, the Arista Austin promotions department launched a campaign that involved sending thousands of postcards inscribed with cheery greetings and Moo...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 28, 1997
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    Colonel Tom's Folly - Twenty years after Elvis's death, a guide to his greatest movie "hits" and misses

    To commemorate last week's 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, MGM Home Entertainment has released a video gift set containing all 31 of Elvis's movies in a guitar case. Maybe it should have packaged them in a coffin, instead, since the balanc...

    by Serene Dominic on August 21, 1997
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    Rotation

    Brian Eno The Drop Thirsty Ear Colin Newman Bastard Swim By no means technically accomplished or perfect in the classical sense, Brian Eno and Colin Newman's singing have some things that are much more important when it comes to r...

    by Michael Roberts on August 21, 1997
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    Static

    The real Skinny... The late Dwayne Goettel wasn't a founding member of Skinny Puppy, but he might as well have been. When Goettel joined the Vancouver band in 1986, his synth flourishes and inventive sampling broadened the band's dense creative canva...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 21, 1997
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    Plugged In

    Prodigy's number one debut notwithstanding, music industry watchers remain leery of electronica's potential for success -- as they should. So far, the craze is hardly shaping up as a commercial windfall to rival that of the early-'90s grunge explosio...

    by Bob Burtman on August 21, 1997
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    Here Comes the Sun - Andre Sam-Sin, a.k.a. DJ Sun, spins a luminous sound

    As countries go, Suriname is tiny. Its smallness is particularly apparent when measured against the enormous size of Brazil to its south and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean to its north. In this former Dutch colony, dense jungle drapes most of...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 21, 1997
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