ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 9, 1995 By Steve Newton On the follow-up to Green Day’s multiplatinum Dookie CD, lead vocalist-guitarist-lyricist Billie Joe tries just a little too hard to be a punk-rock Everyman. Out of Insomniac’s 14 tracks, no fewer than nine include lines that start with I’m. “I’m a snot-nosed … Continue reading Album review: Green Day, Insomniac (1995)
By Steve Newton When American guitar hero Joe Bonamassa called me up back in 2015 in advance of a Vancouver double-header we mostly talked about his new live album, Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks. But since I also see it as my duty to slag the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whenever necessary--which is … Continue reading Joe Bonamassa wanted Deep Purple and Free in the Rock Hall “before f***ing Green Day”
By Steve Newton The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made some silly-ass moves over the years, nominating lame-o acts like Chic and inducting Cat Stevens while leaving more deserving nominees such as Link Wray and Deep Purple--artists who actually rock--out in the cold. Well, just yesterday the Rock Hall took a sizeable step away … Continue reading Rock Hall finally inducts Stevie Ray Vaughan, could Rory Gallagher be next?
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 6, 2000 Some bands try hard to capture in their music the beauty of love, the power of romance, the mystery of enchantment. Not All, though. The veteran punk rockers have a song on their new CD, Problematic, called “She Broke My Dick”. “Getting it on with [bleeped … Continue reading All’s busted-boner anthem “She Broke My Dick” is, sadly, autobiographical
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 21, 1995 You can’t believe everything you read in those record-company bios, and sometimes you can’t believe any of it, but now and again it’s fun to pick out intriguing tidbits and find out whether they’re true or not. Like the line in face to face’s Victory Records … Continue reading face to face chose the Offspring’s producer for its Big Choice