Album review: the Beat Farmers, Loud and Plowed and…Live!! (1990)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 9, 1990 By Steve Newton San Diego's prime providers of rude ’n’ rowdy rock ’n’ roll have finally done it. After years of putting on shows—a lot of them right here in Vancouver—that were so wild they verged on the criminal, the Beat Farmers have released a live … Continue reading Album review: the Beat Farmers, Loud and Plowed and…Live!! (1990)

The Pleasure Barons’ Mojo Nixon promises to catapult Country Dick to the bar

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 18, 1993 By Steve Newton Ain’t technology grand? Why, with today’s awesome tools of communication, you can phone people from your car, beep their bodies with a pager, or send dirty cartoons to them on a fax machine. Heck, you can even use a speaker-phone to talk to … Continue reading The Pleasure Barons’ Mojo Nixon promises to catapult Country Dick to the bar

Mojo Nixon calls Debbie Gibson “a little chicken-hearted Yankee witch”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 21, 1993 By Steve Newton When Mojo Nixon calls from California, I’m glued to the boob tube, soaking up the first news of the U.S.-led military strikes in southern Iraq. Since they’ve got TVs in San Diego, too, Nixon knows about the bombings himself and has his own … Continue reading Mojo Nixon calls Debbie Gibson “a little chicken-hearted Yankee witch”

Don Henley mustn’t die, but a cattle prod might have helped in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 22, 1991 Don Henley really put his foot in his mouth during his second encore at the Coliseum last Friday (August 16). While rambling on about the new environmental book that he edited, the former Eagle mentioned that, with all the work involved, “I’ve been awake since January.” … Continue reading Don Henley mustn’t die, but a cattle prod might have helped in Vancouver

The Beat Farmers’ Country Dick Montana expects “large crowds of roaming bozos” in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 15, 1990 By Steve Newton If aliens from another world ever happened to beam down into a nightclub where the Beat Farmers were playing, they’d witness an unusual rock ’n’ roll custom that might be mistaken for a strange religious rite. They’d see a rough-looking biker-type poised at … Continue reading The Beat Farmers’ Country Dick Montana expects “large crowds of roaming bozos” in Vancouver

The Eagles leave Vancouver fans with an uneasy feeling

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 10, 2010 In my favourite movie of all time, The Big Lebowski, the main character—brilliantly played by Jeff Bridges—is a scruffy SoCal slacker named “the Dude” who loves Creedence Clearwater Revival but has no time at all for the Eagles. In fact, he gets yanked from a cab and left … Continue reading The Eagles leave Vancouver fans with an uneasy feeling