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  • Good Prince, Bad Prince

    published October 9, 1997

    Journalists like yours truly are fond of claiming that there's no such thing as bad publicity, but that's not always the case--and Prince Roger... More >>

  • Feedback

    published October 2, 1997

    Contests: We're chock-full of them. When the members of the Reejers decided to enter the Jim Beam One Shot to Stardom contest earlier this... More >>

  • Playlist

    published October 2, 1997

    Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind (Columbia) There's a federal statute prohibiting anyone who doesn't admire Bob Dylan from becoming a... More >>

  • Rap Gets Puffy

    published October 2, 1997

    Puff Daddy & the Family's No Way Out is as stunningly slack a piece of work as has ever been issued by a major rap act. Puff Daddy, born Sean... More >>

  • Feedback

    published September 25, 1997

    There was agony and ecstasy at the third annual Westword Music Awards Showcase. And I should know: Of the 41 sets offered up by a like number of... More >>

  • The Jeers of a Clown

    published September 25, 1997

    At this point, more people have heard of The Great Milenko, the fourth CD by the Insane Clown Posse, than have actually heard it. The disc gained... More >>

  • Playlist

    published September 25, 1997

    Oasis Be Here Now (Epic) Many reviewers tackling this disc have complained that it's too derivative. Well, duh. You're likelier... More >>

  • Feedback

    published September 18, 1997

    Elsewhere in this issue, you will find the mammoth guide to the third annual Westword Music Awards Showcase, featuring profiles of all 65 of the... More >>

  • Music Showcase, Take Three

    published September 18, 1997

    Now in its third year, the Westword Music Awards Showcase is rapidly becoming a Denver tradition. But it seems like only yesterday that it was... More >>

  • The Truth About the Fibbers

    published September 18, 1997

    Carla Bozulich, lead singer and primary songwriter for Los Angeles's Geraldine Fibbers, is in a drab New York City hotel room, waiting to cut... More >>

  • Trick of the Trade

    published September 11, 1997

    On the surface, there seem to be plenty of reasons why guitarist Rick Nielsen should be feeling good about himself and his longtime band, Cheap... More >>

  • Feedback

    published September 11, 1997

    This year has been a bad one for a lot of prominent Colorado bands: Foreskin 500, Roots Revolt and the 'Vengers are just three of the well-known... More >>

  • Playlist

    published September 4, 1997

    Echo & the Bunnymen Evergreen (London) Most bands on the comeback trail attempt to reproduce their previous sound but don't... More >>

  • Feedback

    published September 4, 1997

    The Rocky Mountain Music Association, a group that's promoted local acts and musicians for ten years, has faced plenty of challenges during the... More >>

  • The Reich Stuff

    published September 4, 1997

    Repetition is an element common to virtually every musical style. African drummers pound out beats that conform to set patterns. Rhythm-and-blues... More >>

  • Playlist

    published August 28, 1997

    Slaughter Revolution (CMC/BMG) Warrant Belly to Belly (CMC/BMG) Dokken Shadowlife ... More >>

  • Feedback

    published August 28, 1997

    Boulder-based Starkland Records, owned and operated by Tom Steenland, has issued some of the most idiosyncratic discs imaginable during its years... More >>

  • It Was All Eddie's Fault

    published August 28, 1997

    You've got to hand it to Sammy Hagar. A man less sure of himself might have crawled under a rock in shame after being ignominiously dumped by Van... More >>

  • Feedback

    published August 21, 1997

    It's been a bad year for Westword profile subjects. This summer, two of them, Johnny Clyde Copeland and Jeff Buckley, died. And last week brought... More >>

  • Squawking Head

    published August 21, 1997

    Those of you who've been counting the days until the reunion of Talking Heads can give your fingers a rest. David Byrne, the act's frontman, makes... More >>

  • Playlist

    published August 14, 1997

    Blues Traveler Straight On Till Morning (A&M) Since the birth of rock and roll, the rise of teen idols has been a surefire... More >>

  • Feedback

    published August 14, 1997

    In my excoriating review of the 1995 version of the Lollapalooza festival ("Stick a Fork In It," July 12, 1995), I wrote, "Once an institution... More >>

  • The Long Goodbye

    published August 14, 1997

    Barry Fey: genius. The last of the old-time rock promoters. A man with a legendary ear, terrific taste and an unmatched ability to hype a concert... More >>

  • Twenty Years and Counting

    published August 14, 1997

    In the 1969 film Change of Habit, Mary Tyler Moore starred as a nun who had to choose between her commitment to Jesus and her love for a character... More >>

  • Playlist

    published August 7, 1997

    Atari Teenage Riot Burn, Berlin, Burn! (Grand Royal) For those of you who think that the culture industry's commodification of... More >>

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