January 1, 1997 |
The Mekons, an English punk rock band that dates to the early days of the movement, put out a fine CD last year, but even fans may not know about it. The CD, called "Mekons United" on Chicago's Quarterstick label, could be in the book section because it's part of a $45 book with art by various Mekons and others. The CD is not sold separately. The Mekons' co-leader, singer-guitarist Jon Langford, explains the philosophy behind it.
May 14, 1996 |
"The Best of British Blues" tour is a calculated risk on the part of its principals. The concept is simple enough: Assemble a group of British rock heavyweights from the '60s and '70s on one stage and see what happens. The players are singer Eric Burdon (the Animals, War), guitarist-singer Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), drummer Aynsley Dunbar (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, Journey, etc.
July 26, 1997 |
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke has been pegged as a tormented soul, a man so demonized by self-loathing that fans readily accepted it as confessional when he wrote the lines, "I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo," in the 1993 hit "Creep." After that song vaulted the British band into the international pop spotlight, Radiohead was branded, in the U.S. at least, a one-hit wonder while singer-songwriter Yorke was painted as a talented, but frighteningly self-absorbed artist. It's reappraisal time.
April 9, 1996 |
It's a long stretch--geographically and culturally--from the streets of industrialized Birmingham, England, to the sunny shores of Dana Point, but Dave Wakeling seems to be making the transition. The former lead singer for the English Beat and General Public has been a local for three years now (he moved here after three years in Los Angeles, where the Rodney King riots drove him and his wife, Damessa, to seek tamer environs). "I'm well on my way in my apprentice dude-ship--or is that dude-dom?
April 6, 1996 |
Shaun Ryder heard the stories. He remembers reading in the British music press that his career was over now that his band the Happy Mondays had finally self-destructed beneath an avalanche of drugs, booze and other excesses. But Ryder never said a word, never granted an interview after the Mondays' 1993 breakup, nor felt the need to contradict his reputation as an aging wild man.
April 9, 1994
Lee Brilleaux, 41, founder of the rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood. Brilleaux, who sang and played guitar, was the only remaining original member of the four-man band, which was founded in 1971. The group had a big hit in 1976 with the album "Stupidity," and its stripped-down sound and energetic act became an inspiration for early punk bands in England in the 1970s. Brilleaux made his last performance at his Dr.