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    MEET THE LOAF - HE'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN SHOW BIZ--AND NO, THAT'S NOT A FAT JOKE.

    Just like the lunchroom staple for which he's named, Meat Loaf is a mixture of many elements. The one he seems to prefer is rebellion: By way of explaining the course of his career to date, the once-rotund retro rocker says, "I've always swum upstrea...

    by John Jesitus on August 3, 1994
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    WHO CARES?

    There was a time when the idea of the Who's vocalist, Roger Daltrey, teaming in concert with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to perform "the songs of Pete Townshend" would have sounded like a comic's satirical prediction. During their heyday, Sixties...

    by Mark Barsotti on July 27, 1994
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    HEARTS AND FLOWERS

    "We're the most insecure band in Denver," says Heather Dalton, vocalist for the Shrinking Violets. Adds Alex Slagg, the group's guitarist: "I think one of our strengths is that we're our own worst critics as far as stage performance, writing and prac...

    by John Jesitus on July 27, 1994
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    SAY IT LOUD - HE'S JAMES BROWN AND HE'S PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.

    James Brown knows what he wants to say and he's going to say it whether you like it or not. Ask him virtually any question and he's apt to answer with something like this: "I'm a man from the other side of the tracks who's come back and changed t...

    by Michael Roberts on July 27, 1994
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    TED'S WORLD - TED NUGENT OFFERS MORE RUMINATIONS ON THE AMERICAN DREAM.

    "In Ted's world, we want the death penalty to be imposed at the scene of the crime," says veteran guitar-slinger Ted Nugent in a voice somewhere between a bark and a howl. "The only good bad guy is a dead bad guy. You want to rape my daughter, you're...

    by Michael Roberts on July 27, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Vince Bell Phoenix (Watermelon) Bell's singing is quite ordinary: He delivers most of these eleven fascinating songs in a voice he seemingly forgot to clear several years ago. And that, believe it or don't, is one of the primary reasons Phoenix i...

    by Linda Gruno on July 20, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Keb' Mo', Monday, July 25, at the Fox Theatre, with Koko Taylor, got his start as a multitalented L.A. session player and sideman to Papa John Creach and Monk Higgins. His first album, Rainmaker, appeared in 1980 on Chocolate City, a defunct division...

    by Linda Gruno on July 20, 1994
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    THAT'S SWELL

    Speaking about the work of the San Francisco-based band known as Swell, bassist Monte Vallier says, "I think it's really colorful music, and I hope listeners would just let it take them away on a journey. Or else put it in the car stereo, open all th...

    by Justin McLean on July 20, 1994
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    THE CAT'S NEW PAJAMAS

    Brian Setzer, former leader of the Stray Cats, admits that he's no jazz-and-blues expert. "I don't know a lot of those songs, to be honest with you," he says. "But I think all that stuff is great, and it is there as a foundation. You take from it and...

    by Linda Gruno on July 20, 1994
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    NUMBER ONE WITH A PUTTER

    "I've been playing golf for a little over a year," says Vinnie Paul, drummer and producer for the Texas thrash-metal band called Pantera, "and if I hit the first ball of the day good, I can hit them all good all day long. The key is that I generally ...

    by Michael Roberts on July 20, 1994
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    HARVEST TIME - THE APPLES GET SET TO REAP THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABORS.

    "It's strange to think that a year from now I might be doing what the people that I think of as rock stars are doing." So says Rob Schneider, the unassuming frontman for the Denver-based pop quartet called the Apples. But while it's presently diff...

    by Brad Jones on July 20, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge (Virgin) Of course, no one expected that this band would sound all that different without Bill Wyman--except maybe Bill Wyman, that is. And it doesn't: Clearly, the Stones that remain have decided that they're better ...

    by Linda Gruno on July 13, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Jeff Buckley, Thursday, July 14, at the Bug, is the son of Sixties contemporary-folk stalwart Tim Buckley, but you'd never know it by listening to his music. Although this Manhattan-based singer/songwriter (second from left) usually performs as a cof...

    by Brad Jones on July 13, 1994
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    BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL

    Many of us who grew up in the Seventies are convinced that the pop music of that decade is universally wretched. Of course, this isn't entirely true, but it is true enough: Listen to most of the smashes from that era and you'll find it all but imposs...

    by Michael Roberts on July 13, 1994
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    LONG LIVE THE KING - KING SUNNY ADE CONTINUES TO BRIGHTEN THE WORLD-MUSIC SCENE.

    King Sunny Ade was worldbeat before worldbeat was cool. A legend in his native Nigeria, where he began working as a professional musician more than a quarter century ago, Ade made his American debut in 1983 and quickly became a cause celebre among...

    by Linda Gruno on July 13, 1994
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    ON THE ROAD AGAIN

    Slim Cessna, leader and namesake of the Denver-based combo Slim Cessna's Auto Club, is sitting in the cozy living room of his Englewood home, listening to a Lefty Frizzell record with a beatific smile on his face. His wife, Victoria, isn't nearly so ...

    by Michael Roberts on July 13, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Michael Hill's Blues Mob Bloodlines (Alligator) In blues circles, Michael Hill is being lauded as a musical revolutionary, and given how resistant to change most of the genre's practitioners are, maybe he is. This young guitarist is no James "Blo...

    by Justin McLean on July 6, 1994
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    FAMILY MATTERS

    Call the Denver rock scene incestuous and you'll likely get no argument from the members of Somebody's Sister. In retelling the group's history, founders/ spouses Doug and Annette Conlon drop more band names than the autobiography of professional gro...

    by John Jesitus on July 6, 1994
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    CECIL INTERRUPTUS

    Right now, jazz pianist Cecil Taylor doesn't feel much like talking. I know--because I found out the hard way. It's easy to understand why I thought chatting with Taylor would be divine. Throughout his forty-year career in jazz, he's remained amo...

    by Linda Gruno on July 6, 1994
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    BORE NONE - THE BOREDOMS ARE AS ALTERNATIVE AS LOLLAPALOOZA '94 GETS.

    "We fit in everywhere but nowhere," says Eye Yamatsuka, the mad scientist behind the avant-garde pop vivisectionists known as the Boredoms. What the wiry young vocalist is trying to convey by this statement is anyone's guess, but one thing is certain...

    by Brad Jones on July 6, 1994
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