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Music News Of The World - July 26, 1996

Music News Of The World
- July 26, 1996 -

Edited by
Michael Goldberg

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The Explosive Return Of Social Distortion
Trent Reznor Sharpens His Knife
Time To Listen To "The Unheard Music"
Stranger Than Fiction Dept.: Sebadoh Do The Residents!
Contest To End All Contests
Hey Officer, It Was Just A Loaded Assault Weapon
Creation Records Honcho Loves The Pistols. Yawn.
$2 Off Price Of Paul Westerberg Album
ATN Album Review: Junior Brown's Semi Crazy is Semi Impressive
Frank (Zappa) Would Be Smilin'
Say It's Your Birthday: Mick Jagger

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The Explosive Return Of Social Distortion

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Turn it up and rip your eardrums right outta yer head.



Addicted To Noise editor Michael Goldberg reports: If anyone still needs proof that punk--the raw, furious take-no-prisoners sound of rebellion--is still alive and well, dig the upcoming Social Distortion album, White Light, White Heat, White Trash, due Sept. 17. The album cover is comprised of three photos: an angel stands behind the words "white light," a scantily clothed stripper signifies "white heat," and for "white trash," an ever-so-timely syringe being injected into a vein. From the blast of instrumental raw power that opens the album, leading into "Dear Lover," this album has the sound of greatness. The song titles: "Don't Drag Me Down," "Untitled," "I Was Wrong," "Through These Eyes," "Down On The World Again," "When The Angels Sing,' "Gotta Know The Rules," "Crown of Thorns," "Pleasure Seeker," "Down Here With The Rest Of Us" and "Dear Lover." The album was produced by Michael Beinhorn; the group's two previous efforts were produced by Dave Jerden. Social Distortion--singer/guitarist Mike Ness, guitarist Dennis Danell, bassist John Maurer and drummer Chuck Biscuits (who worked with D.O.A., the Circle Jerks and others), who has replaced Randall Carr--have been quietly playing warm-up club dates on the West Coast. Last night they ripped it up at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. The Green Day of '96? I wouldn't be surprised.



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Trent Reznor Sharpens His Knife

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Busy guy. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.



Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Far be it from gloommeister Trent Reznor to rest on his laurels as bands like Gravity Kills and Stabbing Westward re-work his riffs while the world waits for the next Nine Inch Nails record. No, Reznor has been quite busy in his bustling gothic manse in New Orleans. He's just finished co-production duties on Marilyn Manson's next CD, Anti-Christ Superstar , due in November, as well as scoring the latest video game from the makers of "Doom," entitled "Quake." Our sources tell us that Reznor will return to the studio in September to begin work on the follow-up to 1994's The Downward Spiral , with no concrete date set for its release. Although it hasn't been confirmed yet, somewhere in there Reznor is also penciled-in to work on a score for an upcoming big-budget Hollywood film, the name of which we could not wrestle from his tenacious handlers.



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Time To Listen To "The Unheard Music"

Well, actually, the time is always right to listen to the Radio ATN show called "The Unheard Music." It's just that now there's a 2nd show that you'll find in Radio ATN, the area of Addicted To Noise where we have our random access radio shows and artist specials that you can listen to in the RealAudio 2.0 format. "The Unheard Music," hosted by some strange dude known as Shadow, is a show of mostly new music that you probably haven't heard yet, but should hear. That means it's cool stuff. Check out the hifi version of Radio ATN or, if you're on a 28.8 modem, we suggest the lofi version of Radio ATN.

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Stranger Than Fiction Dept.: Sebadoh Do The Residents!

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Cover art form new single.



Who knew the Residents would become the group of choice for certain '90s bands? First Primus and Cracker pay tribute to the four mystery men in the eyeball masks. Now Lou Barlow's Sebadoh check in with a single featuring covers of three Residents' songs, "Art of Being Polite," "Moisture" and "Suburban Bathers." On the back of the single it says: "Sebadoh's Special Elitist Mail-order only single. --lucky you." A tip of our hats to the folks at Sub Pop who sent this one our way.



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Contest To End All Contests

OK, we'll level with you. ATN has become known in certain circles as the place where the coolest contests can be found. But now, we've got a contest that tops all previous contests. (Well, at least some people think that.) All kinds of cool prizes! CD-ROM games. Autographed posters. Why there's even autographed drum sticks signed by Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Joey Framer of Kiss and Rick Allen of Def Leppard. In other words, you want to check out this contest. And how do you do that? Simple. Just use that banner up at the top of either this very page (yeah, the one about contests) of the ATN home page. You can find it. No sweat. Hey, you could win!

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Hey Officer, It Was Just A Loaded Assault Weapon

Yesterday (July 25) we noted that rapper Warren G had been arrested after the cops found a loaded gun in his truck. Reuters reports that G is being held on $10,000 bail. He's expected to be charged with possessing a concealed and loaded weapon. The gun found in his trunk was a 9mm assault-type handgun, an L. A. Country Sheriff's Dept. spokesperson said. G, whose real name is Warren Griffen lll, claims the gun isn't his; he's been working on the follow-up to "Regulate: The G-Funk Era," which sold a very cool four million copies and made G an instant star.

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Creation Records Honcho Loves The Pistols. Yawn.

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New photo of old wankers.



Addicted To Noise London-based contributing editor Tim Gaskill reports: Alan McGee, head honcho of Creation Records in London, paid for an ad in this week's NME to proclaim that the Sex Pistols were, and are still, the best band on the planet. McGee and Oasis' Noel Gallagher attended a gig at London's Shepherds Bush Empire to see the aging punkers. Gallagher told McGee that the Pistols were "better than us." Here's the entire text of the ad:

"A CREATION RECORDS STATEMENT

"SEX PISTOLS - SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE

"I never saw the Sex Pistols in 1977. They never came to Scotland. I saw everybody else. Everybody. The Clash three times in '77. Buzzcocks, Ramones. Everybody. I got a ticket on Wednesday night in a way out of embarrassment that I never stayed around to watch them at Finsbury Park which I had heard they were like 'cabaret'. I went half expecting it to be part comedy, part irrelevancy. What I saw destroyed my preconceptions. Granted they are no longer a social phenomenon. That they had to wait almost 20 years to play their music and to be judged on that shows you how much of a social phenomenon they actually were. The Sex Pistols at Shepherd's Bush Empire were simply stunning. Literally the best rock 'n' roll band around. If you accept Oasis and to my mind 3 Colours Red are the most exciting rock 'n' roll bands in the country, then accept this: that both Noel Gallagher and Chris McCormack told me separately that 'they are better than us'. I stood with Noel as he sang every song. Steve Jones is the man The Throb has always wanted to be. It is lazy to say they are cabaret. They blew everybody...

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$2 Off Price Of Paul Westerberg Album

Do we need to say any more? The album's cool. The artist is a living legend. And now, for a limited time, you can get $2 off the price at selected stores. Just find the Paul Westerberg banner. It's the one with the wiggly letters. Go for it. Like now.

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ATN Album Review: Junior Brown's Semi Crazy is Semi Impressive

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By David Cantwell

On Grammy morning this year, I was flipping past one of my town's many Hot New Country outlets when I heard the DJ mention Junior Brown, who was a country Album Of The Year nominee that night for his EP (go figure) Junior High. The DJ was talking to a gal on the phone, and she was hot. "I can't believe that crap has been nominated for anything," she said. "Whenever his irritating voice and that stupid video of his come on Country Music Television I flip fast. As far as I'm concerned, he's not even country music." For what it's worth, her favorite station must have agreed. The only time it ever played Junior Brown that I know of was that very morning--in order to make fun of Junior Brown and "his weird, weird music," as the DJ...

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Frank (Zappa) Would Be Smilin'

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Too bad Frank isn't around to see Anarchy TV.



A low-budget movie will star the four children of the late Frank Zappa, according to a Reuters report. The film, Anarchy TV, is "about a group of anarchists who use their public-access TV show to satirize U.S. institutions until the right-wing owner of a televangelist network tries to shut them down." That's a theme that would warm the heart of Big Daddy Zappa, a merciless critic of the right wing.



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Say It's Your Birthday: Mick Jagger

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Today is the birthday of old man Mick Jagger. The frontman for the Rolling Stones is now 53. Though the group at times now falls into self-parody, Jagger and Keith Richards will forever be known as one of rock's best songwriting teams. Songs like "Honky Tonk Women," "Jumping Jack Flash," "As Tears Go By," "Satisfaction," "Mother's Little Helper," "Wild Horses" and so many more have helped define rock 'n' roll, as did the group's once awesome sound, which evolved from the "white boys play the blues" routine of their first album to something truly distinctive by the time they released December's Children in the mid-'60s.

Mick Jagger was born Michael Phillip Jagger today in 1943. Since the Stone's inception in 1962, the flamboyant, endlessly cocky Jagger has strutted around like he ruled the world; by the time he anointed the Stones "The World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" in the late '60s, few people outside of the Beatles disputed the claim. The Stones' success lies in their interpretation of Chicago Blues; although other English bands such as The Yardbirds also focused on packaging American blues for white British audiences, none did so as successfully, or for as long, as the Stones. The Stones, who burst onto the international music scene in the 1964 British Invasion, promoted themselves as the bad boys of rock in contrast to the spirituality and earnestness of The Beatles, the Stones only real competition in terms of influence. Jagger, a relentless self-promoter, contrasted himself as the mysterious, charismatic, dangerous frontman compared to the more laconic Keith Richards, the Stones lead guitarist since the drowning death of Brian Jones in 1969. The murder of a fan by a Hell's Angel at a 1969 concert at the Altamont Speedway while the Stones performed only solidified their "dangerous" reputation. From 1964's England's Newest Hitmakers to 1972's Exile on Main Street, virtually all of the Stones' albums were classics (1967's psychedelic Their Satanic Majesties Request being a notable exception) and their string of hits--"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Mother's Little Helper," "Paint it Black," "The Last Time," "Ruby Tuesday," "Under My Thumb," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and "Sympathy for the Devil," to name a few--were unprecedented in both their popularity and their dark, explicitly sexual, manipulative and tortuous themes.

The Stones, now more of a cultural institution than a working band, remains together. When they released their most recent studio album, Voodoo Lounge, the Stones also released their own credit card. Jagger's three solo albums--1984's She's the Boss, 1987's Primitive Cool, and 1993's Wandering Spirit--all more or less sucked. Also born today, a trio of 1941 babies: Bobby Hebb, Brenton Wood, and Dobie Gray, plus Queen's Roger Taylor (1949). --Seth Mnookin



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