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March 19, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"Monkey on a Chain Gang," the 1988 debut by this two-man band, evoked the spirits of the blues, punk and early rock without seeming particularly bluesy, punkish or retro. Working this time with producer John Leckie (XTC, Pink Floyd) and demonstrating increased maturity and ambition, singer-guitarist Bryan Harvey and drummer Johnny Hott have come up with an album that isn't quite as steady as the first, though its peaks reach higher than anything last time out.
April 26, 1989 | CHRIS WILLMAN
It's old news now that House of Freaks has exceeded everyone's expectations of what a two-man band (guitar and drums) can accomplish, but Monday's well-attended free concert at the Santa Monica Pier set up another potential hurdle: Would that big an audience, that big a sky, that big an ocean and (in Monday's clear, brisk weather) that big a wind dwarf the boys from Virginia? As it turned out, the sound, at least, was big enough to compete with the elements. Singer Bryan Harvey always finds bass notes in his electric guitar that most axemen wouldn't bother to hunt for, and drummer Johnny Hott makes frequent use of his booming floor toms for rhythms most stickmen would relegate to the cymbals.
January 8, 2006 | From Associated Press
Two men were captured Saturday and charged in the killings of seven people from two Richmond families, slayings that police hadn't publicly tied together until now. Rock musician Bryan Harvey and his family were among those slain. Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Ray Joseph Dandridge and Ricky Gavon Gray, both 28, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and auto theft after they were arrested driving a Cadillac that belonged to one of the victims.
December 3, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Here's how the Times' Class of '88 fared during the past 12 months: BIG PIG: The Aussie band with a striking lead singer and unique approach (half of the octet plays drums) failed to capitalize on the groundwork laid by its "Bonk" album and impressive shows. The group is preparing to record a second album.
August 14, 1988 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Yoko Ono said she was "flattered" recently when presented with a copy of "Alien Sleestacks From Brazil," an album that includes several of her songs done by the Tater Totz, a motley aggregation of Los Angeles underground rockers. Imagine how Pat Fear, the guitarist who released the album on his own Gasatanka label through New York-based Giant Records, felt when he heard about her response.
March 7, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
There is hardly anything more engaging than a good story. As a masterful spinner of tales--one of the best in rock at weaving dialogue, detail and wordplay into a song--Stan Ridgway has a tremendous advantage when he walks on stage, like a sleight-of-hand gambler with a sleeve full of face cards.
September 4, 1988 | STEVE HOCHMAN
One of the local scene's most active chroniclers has lost his primary forum. Bud Scoppa has left Music Connection magazine after what he described as a "philosophical rift" with publisher/executive editor Michael Dolan. "I've been feeling that the magazine this year was becoming hip," said Scoppa, who was a free-lance writer and record company talent developer before coming to the magazine in February, 1984.
July 3, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN
More than any album of the past six months, Prince's "Lovesexy" rates highly in every key area associated with pop-music excellence: Originality, vitality, commentary, entertainment, provocation and humor. Without sacrificing his usual dance-floor exuberance, Prince injects the songs--including "Eye No" and "Anna Stesia"--with the most radical gospel vision heard in contemporary pop since Marvin Gaye's sex 'n' salvation testimonials.
September 8, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN
The next fashion trend on Los Angeles' late-night underground rock scene? It could be-- gasp! --a tan. That's right: The pale black-clad vampires who come out only in the wee hours to attend such clubs as White Trash Au Go-Go and the Scream not only survived the midday sun at the Hollywood Hills Rock Festival on Sunday, they enjoyed it.
February 17, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN, Times Pop Music Critic
House of Freaks may be the most misleading name for a potentially great rock group since 10,000 Maniacs, the winsome, folk-accented band led by Natalie Merchant. Adopted by band members Bryan Harvey and Johnny Hott after seeing the phrase Hall of Freaks on an old circus poster, the name suggests an unruly punk outfit. Yet the Freaks' music blends a highly accessible and melodic '60s pop-rock style with a darkly intense country blues spirit.
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