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Tuesday, August 8 2006

So Tough: The Boy Behind the Sid Vicious Myth

The punk rock version of James Dean, Vicious solidified his fame by dying young, leaving behind memories of his notorious behavior and the mystery of girlfriend Nancy Spungen's murder. Although he contributed little to punk music, Vicious remains its most famous name, and his cult has only grown.


Wednesday, February 8 2006

The Cut-Out Bin #5: Genevieve Waite, Romance Is on the Rise (1974)

After the Mamas and the Papas, John Phillips found his muse in this South African model-actress and indulged her wish to become a singer. The result? This rarely heard record of campy cabaret.


Wednesday, February 8 2006

Genevieve Waite, Romance Is on the Rise (1974)

After the Mamas and the Papas, John Phillips found his muse in this South African model-actress and indulged her wish to become a singer. The result? This rarely heard record of campy cabaret.


Thursday, April 17 2003

Buzzcocks: The Buzz Continues

Buzzcocks fans might be surprised to find that the group's new self-titled effort, its first of the new millennium, is a return to its hard-rocking roots. Fresh from some live dates in Australia, Shelley recently spoke to PopMatters about his recent projects and the Buzzcocks' plans for the future.


Tuesday, February 4 2003

The Weird Trilogy: Iggy Pop's Arista Recordings

The chance to revisit these albums is not likely to result in any critical reevaluation, but at least it's a chance to enjoy a boldly experimental phase in the career of one of rock's most intriguing artists.


Reviews

Monday, February 26 2007

The Cars: self-titled


Monday, July 24 2006

New York Dolls: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

A band that is only one-third New York Dolls -- no matter how good their intentions -- still sounds like it.


Thursday, May 4 2006

Blondie: Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision

Listening to all these songs in a row provides a reminder of what a great band Blondie was in its heyday, blessed with well-constructed songs, powerful vocals, concise playing, and great production.


Sunday, April 23 2006

The Velvet Underground: Under Review [DVD]

Yes, it would have been nice if the Velvet Underground had made 10 million dollars, but it's even better that they made music that still influences people today.


Wednesday, March 8 2006

Buzzcocks: Flat-Pack Philosophy

The new record from the British pop-punk legends largely trades in the darkness and aggression of its predecessor for a poppier, more melodic approach.


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