January 1, 1992 |
After establishing themselves in 1989 as the most significant British rock arrival since Jesus & Mary Chain in the mid-'80s, the Stone Roses--led by singer Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire--were a legitimate pick to succeed in 1990 and 1991. The Manchester quartet's debut album was an appealing blend of youthful irreverence, songwriting craft and contemporary dance-funk strains. But the band got involved in a dispute with its British record company and never got around to releasing the second album or touring the U.S. Meanwhile, other English outfits--including Jesus Jones, EMF and Charlatans U.K.--scored here with variations of the Stone Roses sound.
September 25, 1988 |
Hollywood heartthrob Patrick Swayze is still keeping his distance from a "Dirty Dancing" sequel. But he has agreed to write and perform a new song in "Road House," a United Artists film that he recently finished shooting here. The film also features a live on-camera performance by the Cruzados, who do a new song called "Don't Throw Stones". . . .
September 7, 2013 |
Bands change. Bassists leave, to be replaced by others. As Spinal Tap can well attest, drummers vanish, overdose, spontaneously combust. After the genius Who percussionist Keith Moon died, former Faces drummer Kenney Jones, no slouch, tried to fill in. The Rolling Stones haven't toured with Bill Wyman in ages. Dude from Sublime died, but Sublime (with Rome) still tours. The Doors went on the road with Ian Astbury of the Cult as their lead singer, for heaven's sake. These are challenging events for fans, not to be taken lightly.
December 23, 1989 |
In the band's seminal days early this decade, the Psychedelic Furs seemed strongly influenced by David Bowie's avant-garde side, in their own unique post-punk way. With their last and most successful album, 1987's commercial breakthrough "Midnight to Midnight," some early fans thought the band had followed Bowie's lead once more--by selling out. The new album, "Book of Days," should assuage those fears.