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1999 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Critical Mass

    published December 29, 1999

    As anyone who's read Nick Hornby's High Fidelity knows, music critics -- especially that species known as Criticus hiparawkasauraus... More >>

  • PATTON PENDING

    published December 15, 1999

    Not since the heady days of the mid to late-'80s has the concept of Boy Pop Group (TM and © Maurice Starr) been so prevalent. Recognizing... More >>

  • THE GREAT DEPRESSION

    published December 8, 1999

    Music critics are, on the whole, a pack of cowardly, smug bastards who take perverse delight in belittling the achievements of musicians:... More >>

  • THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

    published November 17, 1999

    During their just-brief-enough career, the Birthday Party forged a unique sound that was fueled solely by each member's high-octane personal... More >>

  • STORM WARNING

    published November 17, 1999

    Stormtroopers of Death are coming to town! For many people, that statement means nothing. Is it the title of a Roger Corman movie? The ominous... More >>

  • Rudy Ray Moore

    published November 10, 1999

    For someone who has made a career (spanning three decades!) off something as simple as swearing a blue rhyming streak, Rudy Ray Moore is a... More >>

  • ARTO LINDSAY

    published November 3, 1999

    Throughout the press kit for Arto Lindsay's new album, Prize, Lindsay and various interviewers/biographers refer to his latest work's "pop"... More >>

  • Agnostic Front

    published October 20, 1999

    Ah, Agnostic Front. The band that created the mosh pit and unwittingly saved heavy metal in the process. Way back in the early '80s, metal... More >>

  • HIGHWAY TO HELL

    published October 20, 1999

    Rock & roll has taken a beating in recent years. Mainstream sources (Rolling Stone, Spin, MTV) have pronounced rock dead on several... More >>

  • IGGY POP

    published October 13, 1999

    Ted Nugent once equated the capability to rock heavily with a willingness to let one's "balls drag on the concrete." Pushing the hirsute beauty of... More >>

  • Cibo Matto

    published September 15, 1999

    Cibo Matto is often saddled with the descriptive "cute and quirky," a knee-jerk label brought on by the fronting duo's gender, accents and slight... More >>

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