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  • Program Notes 37

    published December 29, 1994

    As bleak as 1994 was, with deaths of important figures too numerable to list here, it's nice that the time is neatly framed, as if calendar... More >>

  • Pulp Nation

    published December 29, 1994

    Now that self-proclaimed "fanatical music fan" Quentin Tarantino has been enshrined as America's rock and roll arbiter of taste, he needs to be... More >>

  • Gary Bruce's Three-Piece Suit

    published December 22, 1994

    Midday talk grouch Neil Rogers referred to him on the air as "Boy Gary." In print, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel critic Tom Jicha blamed him for a... More >>

  • Program Notes 36

    published December 22, 1994

    Don't ever say that Florida Attorney General Robert A. Butterworth isn't a rock and roller. Actually it's the local bureau of the attorney... More >>

  • Program Notes 24

    published September 28, 1994

    I ran into another "homeless" street guy, Uncle Tim, a friend, who revealed through Scripture that my entire Theory of Human Life is based on a... More >>

  • Big Mac Attack

    published September 28, 1994

    In mock honor of my tenth anniversary as a professional music critic, I wonder if you might indulge my views of the future of music journalism:... More >>

  • Program Notes 23

    published September 21, 1994

    You can tell Crash Basket has a handle on songwriting and can play just fine by listening to their Pete's New Shoes. They rock as clean -- but... More >>

  • Program Notes 22

    published September 14, 1994

    Don't let it fool ya. Life, like this column, don't have a beginning, middle, and end. This ain't freaking Shake-speare (it takes a hyphen, by the... More >>

  • Program Notes 21

    published September 7, 1994

    It might seem petulant and childish, but several powerful music industry sources insist that parochialism -- almost to the point of isolationism... More >>

  • Close to Her

    published September 7, 1994

    Certainly much will be said beginning this coming Tuesday when If I Were a Carpenter hits record stores. The release is a collection of songs by... More >>

  • Program Notes 20

    published August 31, 1994

    I am a whore. And I'm not so idiotic as to try to convince myself or anyone else otherwise. I turn word tricks for money. I was talking to someone... More >>

  • Wad Up?

    published August 31, 1994

    In many parts of the world one of the biggest names in pop music is Aswad. If that's a news flash, you have to understand that the world is a big... More >>

  • Program Notes 19

    published August 24, 1994

    Oh, great, now I'm getting complaints from readers because I'm not babbling self-referentially and taking up valuable space with my meaningless... More >>

  • Causes and Effects

    published August 24, 1994

    The room is brightly lighted and freshly painted all white, like in a hospital. Or a morgue. There's a cooler in the corner filled with ice and a... More >>

  • Program Notes 18

    published August 16, 1994

    Let's talk about the F-word. Buck you, not that F-word, this is a Family newspaper, you Fasshole. Sorry, I meant to call you a Flibbertigibbet.... More >>

  • Third of Paradise

    published August 16, 1994

    Third Wish consists of serious musicians, veterans of the University of Miami's music school, true virtuosos capable of technical precision in a... More >>

  • Program Notes 17

    published August 10, 1994

    I know you're trying, I tried to, too. But I'm tired of playing the game, tired of everything, because it never stops. Pain on top of pain under... More >>

  • Talk Rodeo

    published August 3, 1994

    During the great spring shakeup at WIOD-AM (610) -- including a shuffle of the talk-show lineup and the hiring of a new program director --... More >>

  • Program Notes 16

    published August 3, 1994

    Yellow cabs fry in the sun like eggs. It's a game and we'll play more in a minute, but first.... I'm always writing about this column or myself in... More >>

  • Dispensing Salvation

    published August 3, 1994

    On a scalding Miami afternoon, Juan Alvarez arrives home from work to find his son, known as Christopher Alvy, sitting in the kitchen talking to a... More >>

  • Program Notes 15

    published July 26, 1994

    Where am I? What floor am I on? Where have I been? Told you about vacay, but then when we got back home I got really sick, some throat virus or... More >>

  • Program Notes 14

    published July 20, 1994

    Sounds simple, huh? Well, you have to drive all the way across Pennsylvania, the long way, horizontal. Which doesn't sound bad until you get to... More >>

  • Manson Family Values

    published July 20, 1994

    "Everything I say is a lie" -- that's some semantic conundrum. If everything I say is a lie, and I say everything I say is a lie, then that's the... More >>

  • Program Notes 13

    published July 13, 1994

    Now that you've all had time to celebrate my demise, it's time to get back to work. Natch, this week it's What I Did on My Summer Vacation (Part... More >>

  • Logan's Run

    published July 13, 1994

    Fuck everything you know. Now imagine those four words sung plaintively like a wishful prayer, not a harsh declarative. Add a little acoustic... More >>

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