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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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    Karma Chameleon

    Call it karma or chalk it up to sheer luck, but things have a way of working out for Stephan Mikes. For example: Ten years ago, while he was living in Jupiter, Florida, Mikes paid $300 for a secondhand sitar, then shelled out a few extra bucks for...

    by Jim Murphy on November 9, 1995
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    k.d. lang All You Can Eat (Warner Bros.) I miss the country k.d. The ache and twang in her voice, the kitschy cowpunk outfits, the whole Tom Mix meets Patsy Cline thing. Since she dumped the westernware for romance with 1992's Ingenue, la...

    on November 2, 1995
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    Living Hiatt Off the Hog

    When you talk with John Hiatt, it becomes glaringly obvious the man knows how to laugh. A robust and hearty howl almost constantly precedes his answers, as if it's his hammy way of announcing that he's about to speak. Listening to Hiatt's music, it's...

    by George Pelletier on November 2, 1995
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    Juan Gabriel El Mexico Que Se Nos Fue (BMG/U.S. Latin) Pop hero Juan Gabriel goes back to his roots a la Gloria Estefan on this Mexican-style Mi Tierra. Nortenos, rancheros, son michoacano, and other forms of Mexican country music are the...

    on October 26, 1995
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    KMFDM Blows Your Top

    "Day after day, innocent people are being deported, interrogated, and tortured," Sascha Konietzko yells through a bullhorn in KMFDM's "Terror," a track on their most recent album, Nihil. "Fundamentalist forces are undermining the integrity of liberal...

    by Georgina Cardenas on October 26, 1995
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    Got Live If You Want It

    If you think reruns appear only on television, check out what's new on disc. The live album, the creative and lucrative answer to songwriter's block, is saturating CD bins like Michael Jackson's HIStory lesson. Originally pioneered with jazz, li...

    by George Pelletier on October 19, 1995
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    Egg Gets the Yolk

    Among all of nature's marvels, perhaps the egg best symbolizes the paradox of reality. Within a plain, inert, unassuming white shell lies the very stuff of life -- dormant, waiting to break free and have (ahem) a crack at the world. True to its ...

    by Jim Murphy on October 19, 1995
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    Sun 60 Headjoy (Epic) Some people have argued that bands such as Sonic Youth and Urge Overkill, simply by forsaking their indie status and signing with a major label, have made a Faustian pact with the corporate alt-rock devil. But that k...

    on October 19, 1995
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    Tal Ross a.k.a. detrimental vasoline -- Giant Shirley (Coconut Grove Recording Company) Eccentricity has its place in pop music. Come to think of it, pop music may be the only industry in which going off the deep end might be considered a...

    on October 12, 1995
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    Living in the Past

    Al Stewart feels compelled to explain. "They seemed like good ideas at the time," the Scottish-born singer-songwriter says in his delicate and strangely familiar burr. "But I really didn't even particularly care for them then." The "they" in question...

    by David Dudley on October 12, 1995
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    Jorge de la Vega and Carlos Franzetti Astor Piazzolla, a Flute and Piano Tribute (Milan) Astor Piazzolla took tango from the streets of Buenos Aires to the concert halls of the world. To the dismay of Argentina's tango purists, and to the...

    on October 5, 1995
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    While His Guitar Aggressively Weeps

    Paco de Lucia made his unlikely MTV debut earlier this year in Bryan Adams's video "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," the theme song from the movie Don Juan de Marco. Portraying a wistful guitar player seated quietly among lovers in a dusty tab...

    by Judy Cantor on October 5, 1995
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    You Gotta Have (Percy) Faith

    On their 1993 album, What a Crying Shame, the Mavericks demonstrated just how good feeling bad really can be. Brooding ballads about breakups and lost love, tinted with the retro glow of Buck Owens, George Jones, and Roy Orbison -- and embodied by...

    by George Pelletier on October 5, 1995
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    For Squirrels Example (550 Music/Epic) The knock on For Squirrels -- and I ought to know, because I mouthed it more often than just about anyone else -- always has been that they merely were R.E.M. Jr.: Pete Buck's Murmur-era guitar strum...

    on October 5, 1995
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    Hal Shows Lifeboat (Raven) "Nobody said this would be easy," intones Hal Shows at the beginning of "Pawnish Queen," the second cut on Lifeboat. The line is prophetic, as the Tallahassee-based musician spends much of his self-produced albu...

    on September 21, 1995
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    Unlisted Numbers

    Lord knows how many poor, unsuspecting fools are killed by hidden tracks every year. Think of it -- the late-night lone driver, winding down a mountain highway, happily head-bobbing to the latest CD by his or her favorite band. The final chord of the...

    by Serene Dominic on September 21, 1995
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