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    Static

    Belated grief... At first, I was content to let the death of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence -- who was found hanging nude from the doorway of a hotel suite in his native Australia on November 22 -- pass without so much as a mention. As the tabloi...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Career Girls

    You'd think that because they have the same come-hither pose, the same brashly aggressive appeal and -- when it comes right down to it -- the same act, hip-hop bad girl Lil' Kim and her Def Jam mirror image Foxy Brown would be at each other's throats...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Hail to the '80s - A rash of new compilations makes a case for the Me Decade's place in rock history

    Brace yourself. It's coming. Nostalgia for the '80s, that is. And it's barreling full-speed toward music consumers, disco balls bobbing in its wake. I should know, after all. Statistics show that my thirtysomething demographic is the one expending al...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Hip to Be Square - Quality, not fashion, drives the legacy of Simon and Garfunkel

    Alas, poor Simon and Garfunkel. At a time in music when it was more important to be hip than to be good (sound familiar, kids?), they were so collegiate, so pop that they could never really be cool. True, that didn't much affect their sales (Simon an...

    by Rob Patterson on December 4, 1997
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    Static

    Welcome to the jungle... What in the hell am I doing here? Surely, that question must have entered Carl Stephenson's mind on a few occasions back in the late '80s, as he pondered his strange situation. At the time, Stephenson -- a sensitive young red...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 4, 1997
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    Fight Songs

    It would be easy enough to dismiss Chumbawamba as nothing more than a dance-floor novelty. With a name that borders on the unpronounceable -- and whose meaning is purposefully indecipherable -- the coed British octet has recently made itself conspicu...

    by David Simutis on December 4, 1997
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    Rotation

    G. Love and Special Sauce Yeah, It's That Easy OKeh/Epic Ever since the Hooters blew their major-label wad in one commercialized fell swoop back in 1985, being dubbed Philadelphia's next Great White Hope has been nothing less than the kiss ...

    by Seth Hurwitz on December 4, 1997
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    Back in Touch? - Former arena stars Hall and Oates scale down without incident -- mostly

    It would be easy to imagine that Daryl Hall and John Oates are struggling with the precipitous dip in popularity the duo has experienced over the last decade. Once a top-selling pop act, Hall and Oates no longer dominate the charts, and touring takes...

    by Alan Sculley on December 4, 1997
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    A Buck's Worth - Is ska-punk spent? Not if you believe San Diego's Buck-O-Nine.

    At a time when the life span of musical trends has shrunk to almost nothing, ska-punk's time may be running out. If the pattern continues, the extended party that is ska-punk could soon find itself facing a lot of revelers looking for a bash elsewher...

    by Bob Ruggiero on November 27, 1997
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    Lab Work

    The typical Stereolab tune goes something like this: two chords, a tick-a tick-a metronomic beat, a couple of buzzing analog synths and Laetitia Sadier's voice delivering a sugary melody in an often indecipherable mix of French and English. It's an i...

    by Alan Sculley on November 27, 1997
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    Holiday Gestures

    The Grinch hated Christmas, we were told by Dr. Seuss, because of "all the noise, noise, noise." But in the beginning, at least, Christmas day can actually be extremely quiet. It's become something of a Christmas-morning ritual of mine to drive throu...

    by David Cantwell on November 27, 1997
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... Believe it or not, most critics would rather sing a band's praises than tear its work apart -- and I'm no different. In general, I'm of the opinion that the less said about a lousy CD, the better, and I do my best to subscribe ...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 27, 1997
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    Twang of the 'Burbs - Jack Ingram isn't a real rebel, but he plays one on CD

    Much has been made of Jack Ingram's affiliation with roots-rock outlaw Steve Earle, and, needless to say, it's done wonders for Ingram's credibility. Prior to the release of his major-label debut Livin' or Dyin' -- a CD co-produced by Earle -- the 27...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 27, 1997
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    Rotation

    L.L. Cool J Phenomenon Def Jam If you haven't heard, James Todd Smith -- better known to the world as L.L. Cool J -- is a changed man now. This is the same guy who, ten years ago, would rip open his jogging jacket in a heartbeat to reveal h...

    by Tim Fleck on November 20, 1997
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    Static

    Unfinished spectacle... Damned if the people pulling the strings at Pace Concerts were going to let a little dust, debris and other heavy-construction fallout put a damper on last weekend's unveiling of Aerial Theater at Bayou Place. While they were ...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 20, 1997
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    Widespread Tactics

    Early in their career, Widespread Panic were tagged as a poor-man's Allman Brothers Band, dismissed as a group with an obvious talent for jamming but one lacking the memorable songs needed to make a lasting impact. But recent events have conspired to...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 20, 1997
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    Young and Hungry

    It's dusk on a Wednesday night, and Lil' KeKe and his entourage have sequestered themselves in the Jam Down Entertainment studios on Telephone Road with a bounty of fast food from a local joint known as Spanky's. Primary on the Houston rapper's mind ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 20, 1997
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    The Wizard of Weird - After two decades of oddity, Beans Barton still has a lock on the inexplicable

    Though it may be true that all the world is a stage, Dale Barton doesn't particularly come across as someone whose universe revolves around performing on it. Or at least that appears to be the case on this muggy late-October morning, as the T-shirt- ...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 20, 1997
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    Too Much Genius

    A few weeks ago, VH-1 aired a documentary on the making of some Fleetwood Mac release -- either Rumours or Tusk, it hardly matters which. Lindsey Buckingham sat behind a console, fiddling with knobs and dials until he managed to separate out each pie...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 13, 1997
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    Rules of the Road - The Latchkey Kids learn that even in rock and roll, it pays to call ahead

    Of the many lessons a struggling rock and roll band must learn, there's one that sticks out in the mind of Tim Guerinot, vocalist for the Latchkey Kids: "You have got to reconfirm your dates with the clubs -- even when you're already on the road...

    by Bob Ruggiero on November 13, 1997
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