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    Sonic Reducers

    I've been compiling year-end best-of lists for one publication or another for close to ten years now, and I still have a hard time with them. It's a daunting, intimidating task; attempting to accurately survey a year's worth of music in ten short ent...

    by John Floyd on December 28, 1995
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    Can Openers

    When musicologists of the future try to reconcile the high and low of late twentieth-century music -- the time when avant-gardists dismantled classical convention while rock and rollers assembled a cross-cultural folk idiom A perhaps they'll find the...

    by Roni Sarig on December 28, 1995
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    The Cars The Cars Anthology: Just What I Needed (Elektra/Rhino) Back in the late Seventies, when record executives and rock critics alike used the term "new wave" to describe the more accessible groups that spun off from the planet of punk,...

    by David Dudley on December 28, 1995
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    State of Siege

    Just the other day, from out of nowhere, quite unbidden, drifted thoughts of the U.S. Army's Christmastime siege of the Papal Nunciature in Panama City six years ago. You remember: Guys in combat fatigues bombarding the Vatican's outpost with cranked...

    by Michael Yockel on December 28, 1995
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    The One and Only Ony

    In the mid-Seventies, Honorato "Ony" Rodriguez was just another teenager traveling a path well trodden by countless would-be musicians before him. He had been playing trumpet since he was ten years old, and he brought that skill to the marching band ...

    by John Floyd on December 21, 1995
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    Alas Poor Rock, We Knew It Well

    Rock and roll exists today only because so many have decided they're going to be rock stars or they're going to make a living as accessories to rock stars. They don't realize the era of the rock star is over. We've seen all the clothes and poses...

    by Michael Corcoran on December 21, 1995
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    Kristin Hersh The Holy Single (Ryko) On this four-song EP, Throwing Muses singer/songwriter/guitarist Kristin Hersh goes solo, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar with little additional instrumentation, much as she did on her fine -- an...

    by Steven Almond on December 21, 1995
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    Blood, Sweat & Tears The Best of Blood, Sweat & Tears: What Goes Up! (Legacy/Columbia) First, the history. When New York City-based avant-rockers the Blues Project broke up in 1967, the band's guitarist, Steve Katz, hooked up with jazz drum...

    by Steven Almond on December 14, 1995
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    The Ghost of Springsteen Past

    For more than twenty years, Bruce Springsteen has been creating characters and pushing them through life: through high school bands and dimly lighted bars; through the back seats of Chevys; through factories, plants, and mills; through war-torn rice ...

    by John Floyd on December 14, 1995
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    Welcome to Their Nightmare

    "I'm very much opposed to Christian fascism and people listening to everything Christianity has to say," expounds vocalist, lyricist, and bandleader Marilyn Manson. "But what if everybody listened to everything I have to say? On a couple of different...

    by Georgina Cardenas on December 14, 1995
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    Forbidden Fruit Cocktail

    For a guy who is looking to carve out a spot for himself in the fishbowl world of rock and roll, the vocalist-guitarist for Fort Lauderdale's Green Eden is a surprisingly reticent individual. Although born with a perfectly acceptable surname, he pref...

    by John Floyd on December 7, 1995
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    New Bomb Turks Pissing Out the Poison (Crypt) Before punk rock found new digs on the Billboard album chart, it was the provincial music of outcasts and miscreants who had little interest in (let alone a chance in hell of attaining) the mass...

    by Roni Sarig on December 7, 1995
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    Rocket From the Crypt Scream, Dracula, Scream! (Interscope) From Gene Pitney and the Crystals to the Gap Band and the Lyres, great singles artists have had trouble filling albums with worthwhile songs. San Diego's Rocket From the Crypt ar...

    on November 30, 1995
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    Chronicling the King

    Great music writing should thump you on the head and in the heart with the visceral power of the music itself. It should dance in your mind with the sure-footed authority of a tightly locked rhythm section riding a bodacious groove into the Valley of...

    by John Floyd on November 30, 1995
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    The Siege of Nashville

    It's easy to think of country music these days as a homogeneous piece of product used primarily as the soundtrack for the Tennessee Nashville Network. TNN is a blisteringly bad but wildly popular cable channel that serves as a kind of MTV for wearers...

    by John Floyd on November 23, 1995
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    Al Green Your Heart's in Good Hands (MCA) Even with his Seventies hits inspiring everyone from Dwight Yoakam to film directors such as Quentin Tarantino and the Hughes brothers (Allen and Albert, of Menace II Society fame), Al Green still...

    on November 23, 1995
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    The Band That Painted the Scene Day-Glo

    The first thing you notice is the gleaming and colorful clothing. Orange and silver vinyl, red leather, psychedelic swirls on thrift-store polyester. Then the hair. Dark curls, purple braids, and blond crimps. And when the punky, percussive music sta...

    by Georgina Cardenas on November 16, 1995
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    Joe Satriani Joe Satriani (Relativity) Joe Satriani has always been an odd sort of guitar virtuoso. Too flashy to ever play sideman, too song-oriented to just wail away in some fusion project, and too weak-lunged to sing with any kind of ...

    on November 16, 1995
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    Boy George Cheapness and Beauty (Virgin) Brace yourself for the second -- okay, third, if you count his out-of-nowhere hit with "The Crying Game" from 1992 -- coming of the Boy. Armed with a tell-just-about-everything autobiography (Take ...

    on November 9, 1995
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    Spunke + Punk = Skunk

    The Blue Meanies make it a practice to sleep with their fans. "We can't afford hotels, so usually someone puts us up, people in the crowd we happen to meet," explains Bill Spunke, the Meanies' 27-year-old lead singer. "Sometimes you luck out and ...

    by Leigh Silverman on November 9, 1995
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