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Music News Of The World - June 24, 1996

Music News Of The World
- June 24, 1996 -

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Sex Pistols "Little Fucking Party."
Jewel To Open For Neil Young?
$2 Off New Ash Album
Reggae Master Toots Hibbert 's (Still) Got Soul
Two Albums From Robyn Hitchcock
ATN Album Review: Patti Smith's Exquisite, Majestic Return
Goldfinger Try To Do In Conan O'Brien
Lolla '96 Preview: The Beth Hart Band
Say It's Your Birthday: Jeff Beck

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Sex Pistols "Little Fucking Party."

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Cover of San Francisco Chronicle's entertainment section.



It didn't inspire anarchy this time, but the Sex Pistols' performance before 30,000 fans in Finsbury Park last night was a victory of sorts for a band that, along with the Ramones, changed the course of rock 'n' roll. This time around, however, the Pistols aren't gonna change anything but the size of their bank accounts.

"Fat, 40 and back," lead singer Johnny Rotten (nee Lydon) announced to the crowd. "Thank you all for coming to our little fucking party."

The reformed Pistols--drummer Paul Cook, guitarist Steve Jones, original bassist Glen Matlock and Rotten--charged through a 45 minute set drawn from their one and only studio album that included "Bodies," "Pretty Vacant," Anarchy In The U. K.," "God Save the Queen," as well as a version of the Monkees' "Stepping Stone," a song they first began performing after their formation in 1976.

The show was recorded for a live album that is being rushed out on July 29, in time for the U.S. leg of the tour.

The scene in Finland Friday night was another story: a drunken audience of 15,000 threw plastic bottles at the band, forcing them to walk off the stage mid-set, before returning to the rest of their songs as well as a cover of the Stooges' "No Fun."

In North London, things were less ugly. According to a report that appeared in today's San Francisco Chronicle, members of the U.K. audience--decked out in classic punk style (mohawks, leather jackets and dyed hair)--sang along with the Pistols. In other words, what was once a true revolution in style and content has, again, been reduced to nostalgia. Excuse us while we barf.



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Jewel To Open For Neil Young?

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Expected to open for the Loner.



We hear that Jewel, the rising folk-rocker who's video for "Who Will Save Your Soul" has been getting mucho MTV play, will be opening Neil Young's late summer U. S. tour. No word yet on whether Beck will also be on that bill.

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$2 Off New Ash Album

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Yep. Just head over to the new Ash promotion--you can use the handy banner at the top of this page--and you will find some music, a video and a coupon that gets you $2 off the price of 1977, the new Ash album, at a bunch of record stores. Take our word for it, this album rocks!

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Reggae Master Toots Hibbert 's (Still) Got Soul

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Toots Hibbert as a young man.Photo by ATN.



One of the cornerstones of reggae, Toots and the Maytals leader Toots Hibbert, delivered an extraordinary two and a half hour performance at Slim's in San Francisco Saturday night. Toots and the Maytals, along with Bob Marley and the Wailers, were one of the first Jamaican bands to bring reggae to the U. S. Their classic songs, including "Pressure Drop" and "Sweet and Dandy" appeared on the reggae music compilation album (and film soundtrack), The Harder They Come. Combining a voice with the power and emotional depth of the late Otis Redding, with the infectious rhythms of reggae, Toots and the Maytals devastated audiences when they first brought their live act to the U. S. in 1976. Twenty years later, the other Maytals may no longer be in the band, but Toots Hibbert's power is undiminished. It was more like a love-in than a concert as the sold-out crowd shouted "Toots, Toots!" Attired in a yellow vest and matching pants, sweat dripping down his face by the end of the first number, Hibbert danced up a storm. Beaming from the stage, Hibbert--backed by two guitarists, a keyboardist and a rhythm section--sang "Reggae Got Soul," "54-46 Was My Number," a brief bit of Redding's "Sittin' By The Dock of the Bay," and "Pressure Drop." Mid-set, one of his big fans, Bonnie Raitt, joined him on-stage to duet on "True Love Is Hard To Find." Between songs he reached out and shook hands with members of the audience, and passed out promotional photographs. Simply awesome. [Reported by Joe Goldberg.]

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Two Albums From Robyn Hitchcock

Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Robyn Hitchcock is celebrating his return to a major label in grand style. Not content to merely announce himself with a single CD, Hitchcock, the king of Quirk, will celebrate with two releases. This is where it gets tricky, so pay attention. The first release is a limited-edition LP called Mossy Liquor (Outtakes and Prototypes), and the second, a CD to be released two weeks later (Aug. 13) entitled, Moss Elixir . Now, this is where it gets a little weird. Both releases have 12 songs on them and both share six song titles. However, the six commonly-titled versions on vinyl are totally different songs from those on the CD. Confused? Good. Stay tuned for more information, none of which we promise will be any more revealing.

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ATN Album Review: Patti Smith's Exquisite, Majestic Return

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By Seth Mnookin

Patti Smith is without a doubt one of the most notable musicians of the last two decades. Viewed perhaps as the most influential and enigmatic female musician in rock history, her shadow continues to loom over popular music. Feminist, poet, personality, Patti Smith was the Bob Dylan of the '70s punk world, and her latest album, Gone Again, threatens to expand her influence; already, her influence spreads from Madonna to P.J. Harvey. Smith was a young poet who... [Click on "Continued" icon to get to "44.1 kHz," where you'll find the rest of this review.]



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Goldfinger Try To Do In Conan O'Brien

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Punk spirit alive and well.



Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Most bands are lucky to get a handshake and a pat on the back when they make their debut on a late night network talk show. Most bands don't body slam the host when he comes over to greet them. Apparently Conan O'Brien had such a good sense of humor about Goldfinger drummer Darrin Pfieffer flipping him over that he re-aired the tape in slo-mo as a bit on his Friday night show. Luckily for Goldfinger, O'Brien wasn't hurt, but it probably didn't hurt that they sent an autographed guitar and a masseuse the next day, just to make sure. All we can hope is that Pfieffer feels ballsy enough to do the same thing to ol' Mr. Lydon when the band opens for the Sex Pistols. Now that's something I'd pay money to see.



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Lolla '96 Preview: The Beth Hart Band

Since its inception in 1992 , the second stage at Lollapalooza has been more than just a place to get away from the main stage action. It has been a musical oasis where audiences have gotten their first glimpse at several bands that soon went on to bigger and better things. 1992 had the Stone Temple Pilots and Cypress Hill, 1994 had the Flaming Lips, Luscious Jackson and Guided By Voices and just last year Mike Watt did some time on the midway. Of course, for every "find" like Sebadoh or Stereolab, whose audience knew about them and loved them before they were chosen, there was also a King Kong or Blast off Country Style, lesser-known but equally great bands who had the unique opportunity to play to bigger crowds than they probably ever have before. So, here, one of several previews of Second Stage and Indie Stage bands that will be rolling into your town this summer. Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports:

Depending on your perspective, the sight of the relatively unknown Beth Hart Band at the top of the bill for the Second Stage at Lollapalooza either makes total sense, or no sense at all. A show of hands, anybody heard of Hart? Okay, maybe that's not fair, it's not like You Am I or Fireside are exactly household names either. And the point of the side stages is to break audiences into new bands anyway, right? And in a year when the main stage has been hijacked by pumped-up rawk men, it's nice to have a strong female voice to drown out some of the power chords being offered up by Metallica and Soundgarden. But, how Hart, whose debut Immortal sounds like nothing so much as the baby sister companion to Melissa Etheridge, an artist who, for most people, has about as much alternative cache as an oven mitt, made it onto the second stage is still a mystery. Hart has heart, that's for sure. But Hart also has the other kind of Heart as well. As in Nancy and Ann Wilson, "Barracuda" Heart. Any way you slice it, Hart's debut is packed with classic rock bombast, with arrangements notable mostly for her wailing voice and the arena-sized riffage of her competent, but uninspired backing band. It is Hart who is the real soul of this band, though. Her throaty growl not only conjures Etheridge, but Janis Joplin also, mostly in the way she tears into songs with reckless abandon, allowing herself to get lost in the texture of the words. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but according to a source, New York's Girls Vs. Boys, Second Stage sophomores, were promised the headlining slot this year, until one day Hart's name mysteriously appeared at the top. Either Hart has friends in high places, or, as one of her handlers boldly stated, "she is fucking amazing live." From the mirror has two faces department: another way to look at the streamlining of Lolla is this, maybe when Alternative has become mainstream, classic rock is the only alternative? My prediction? "Spiders in My Bed" will be the frat/sorority party anthem of the summer, maybe crawling into the fall and landing Hart in Hootieville.

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Say It's Your Birthday: Jeff Beck

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Jeff Beck, born today in 1944, was, along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, one of the holy-trinity of white English guitar players who were instrumental in bringing black R'n B to a white audience. Although a member of the early '60s R 'n' B group The Yardbirds (which also, coincidentally, included Clapton and Page at different points), Beck has not made his mark with any one band; instead, it is distinctive lead guitar style that has permeated virtually every aspect of modern music. Combining a deeply rhythmic approach with virtuosic lead lines and a seemingly endless interest in different genres‹he has recorded country blues, funk, and metal in his career‹Beck introduced a generation of fellow musicians to the possibilities of electric guitar in rock music. Beck has never achieved the commercial success to go along with the critical acclaim that followed him through his career in The Yardbirds, a band he left in 1966. Although his initial Jeff Beck Group recordings, featuring Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, were somewhat of a success, Beck, starting in the mid-'70s, would often go into years of hibernation from the music industry. (More than once these hibernation's were the results of car accidents that Beck, an auto enthusiast, was involved in.) Other birthdays: UB40's Astro, Curt Smith (Tears For Fears), Colin Blunstone (Zombies),Chris Wood (Traffic)and drummer Mick Fleetwood, one of the consistent forces of Fleetwood Mac, a group whose career has spawned three decades. Fleetwood Mac recorded one of the best selling albums of all-time, 1977's Rumours. --Seth Mnookin



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