Boys: The Return of Sigue Sigue Sputnik We've got EXCLUSIVE
photos from the recent Sigue Sigue Sputnik concert in London. Matthew
Denby chronicles the history and future prospects of the band who
wanted to "fleece the world."
Bless you! Molly Denver immortalizes the very mortal members of
the 80s pop band A-Ha with the very delicate art of haiku.
American Idol Audition
Take the "How Would Simon Cowell Judge You?" Quiz and
find out if you're the total package or a total loser.
Ape Culture takes on a summer
of LA Concerts
Finally catching up on concert reviews, Coolia and Nerdia recap
a summer of toe tappin good times (toe tappin in their idling cars,
that is, as the concert parking lots emptied like clogged bathtub
drains). Mini-reviews of Maria McKee, Kenny Rogers, Fleetwood Mac,
Bruce Springsteen, dada, Super Diamond, Type-O Negative, Joao Gilberto,
Cher, Ringo Star and His All Star Band, Inland Invasion III.
Before Hair Bands, There Were Bands With 70s Hair
Mary Ladd rings in the New Year with Queen, Journey, and Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute bands
Do you secretly love the bubblegum music you profess to hate? The
Freud-based test will help you discover your inner Tiffany-lover.
Celine Dion to Leave Rene for
Strom Thurmond Ape Culture sources reveal that new mom Celine
searched for an even older and wiser(?) father figure for her offspring
and found the barely breathing but still legislating Strom
Be Michael Jackson, Courtney Love, David Lee Roth, Michelle Phillips,
Sonny Bono, or Rod Stewart
Mary Ladd takes a closer look at pop culture legend Johnny Cash,
exploring what might have made this music icon tick. She
also interviews her Dad, who went to see Johnny Cash shows in
1957 and the early 70s.
Dreadful Haikus for
Not another commercial break to plug the Ford Focus?!? Julie Wiskirchen,
Christine Horace, and Nova Gutierrez bide their weekly American
Idol time writing haikus.
A Fixx Encounter: One Drink Leads
Jennifer Makowsky meets the New Wave idols of her youth and gets
revenge against the Cure groupies who made her high school years
Heavy Metal Love
They're raunchy, their raw and they ridicule the very male divas
they love....don't miss the fun and the sentimental memories that
are Heavy Metal Love Haikus.
Haikus - Part II
Hair band refugees Jimmy Fahrenheit and Magnus Thornbjorn present
a brand new set of heavy metal haikus, alternatively rocking you
like a hurricane and giving you the refreshing pause of silent lucidity.
Hi-Identity: Girls Collecting
Nerdia and Jo Kozlowski chat about growing up, holding the tape
recorder to their transistor radios, collecting music, and staying
true to themselves.
Hip Hop Guide to St. Louis
St. Louis native Coolia provides a glossary to local references
in St. Louis rappers' songs.
How To Tell
If You Are at Ozzfest or Dodge Poetry Fest
You know you're at Ozzfest when...Ozzy bites the head off a dove.
You know you're at Dodgefest when...the governor of New Jersey bites
the head off Amiri Baraka
I Was a Teen-Age Barry Manilow
M.E. Ladd says it loud and she says it proud. Read the harrowing
saga of her life as a member of the Official Barry Manilow International
Fan Club, the critique of their fanzine and the lowdown on official
vs. un-official fan clubs and websites.
If God Would Send His Angels to Union Square Barnes and Noble
Christine Horace's dream come true when she meets U2 after waiting in line overnight.
If I Love Crappy Music, We Only
Have the 80s to Blame
Mary Ladd takes a trip down 80s lane as she peruses an old box of
45s she bought when she wasn't old enough to know any better.
Knights in Satan's Service
Meets Helter Skelter
Ape Culture confronts the obsessed at Beatlefest '99 and the KISS
Leif Shirtless! The Teen
Idol Planes of Enlightenment
Think you're easily absolved from years of teen idol worship? Think
again! The scars may go deeper than you know! Take a tour back into
your teen idol lust and then break on through to the other side.
Haunted Houses for You and Me
We hear Stephen King and John Cougar Mellencamp are collaborating
on a broadway musical. We've come up with some showstoppin', heartstoppin',
farm-foreclosure-stoppin' songs for them.
Live Aid Revisited, or, How
Do I Love Thee, Live Aid? Let Me Count the Mullets
Julie Wiskirchen compares her experience of watching Live Aid on
TV, aged 12, vs. watching it on DVD, aged 32
Meeting Famous People:
Is this the Social Activity for You?
Julie Wiskirchen and Mary Ladd find themselves caught up in the
swirl and whirligig of John Waite's after-show party.
Mom and Pop Rock
Reflections on our parents' music including the likes of Burt Bacharach,
Neil Diamond, and a whole page of Herb Alpert!
Music Can Help Soothe Your
"And we were worried about sharks." Mary Ladd comes to
terms with "that which cannot be named" the only way she
knows how--she makes a mix tape. And she's offering to mail you
this mix of inspirational pop and gospel tunes FREE of charge.
Oh No, Bono!
Molly Denver waits in line overnight to meet U2 in hopes of selling the autographed book to raise money for her Habitat for Humanity trip
An Open Letter to the Recording
Having noticed that boy bands are getting younger every day, Max
Burbank theorizes that the future of pop might depend on good pre-natal
care and that videos may be shot on ultrasound machines.
A Pathetic Haiku
Tribute for American Idol's Simon Cowell
He's the reason we got sucked into watching American Idol all Summer,
so we figured he deserved a haiku tribute. Yes, Simon, the question
remains: how have we remained undiscovered for so long???
Popstars Take Parramatta!
A report on the first mall appearance of Bardot, a girl group created
for a reality TV show called Popstars
The Tao of Amy Grant
Mary E. Ladd tracks the spiritual progression of Amy Grant lyrics
from Christian gospel to folk-eastern country.
Ten Life Lessons I've Learned
from Being a Die-Hard Duranie
As the reunited fab five play their first US shows together in 18
years, Jen Makowsky recalls her Duran-Duran-obsessed teen years,
when a new pin-up of Simon LeBon brought a cherry ice cream smile
to her face.
What Beatle Are
The Beatle Personality Test: it's more fun than Myers-Briggs!
The Collected Hate Mail of Michael Jackson
They wanna be startin' something' and we wanna be understandin'
their wacked-out celeb obsession.
Automatic Crazy Michael Jackson Fan Hatemail Generator
We get a lot of hatemail and we know if they are bothering with
lil' ol' us, responding on behalf of MJ must be a full time job
for them. So we created this handy tool to make it easier.
Disorder: Getting Over the Michael Jackson Documentary
Sherry Fairchok and Mary Ladd trade theories about the larger significance
of Celebrity Gone Horribly Wrong.
Michael Jackson Presents..."This
is My Life"
Still grabbing his crotch after all these years...a review of Michael
Jackson's 30th anniversary concert TV special.
Music Reviews by The Gent of Leisure
Girlfriend Drags Gent of Leisure to Deborah
The Gentleman of Leisure Reviews Ozzfest '98
CD Reviews by Daron Faught
The Best Tunes of 1997
The Best Music of 1998
The Best Music of 1999
The Best Music of 2000
The Best Music of 2001
Summer Music: It's New To You
What The Funk!
Who Threw These Away?
It's New to You, Vol. 3
Music Award Show Reviews
2001 MTV Video Music Awards
2002 Grammy Awards
2002 American Music Awards
Other CD Reviews
The Bee Gees Greatest
"We are the 80s" CD