boston phoenix

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Section 1: Boston Phoenix

1.1      Shrevie’s VinylWas (Not Was), 1988

1.2      Inexorable Risks—Jane Siberry, 1988

1.3      If Smiles Could Sing—Ali Farka Touré, 1989

1.4      Burgers and Violence—Pixies, 1988 

1.5      Groping Hands—Roger Miller, 1988

1.6      What the Cold ScreamsThe Sugarcubes, 1988

1.7      Eluding the Masses—The Lyres, 1988

1.8      The Cheeseburger Standard—David Lindley, El Rayo-X, 1988

1.9      So Glad She Left Me—Mighty Sam McClain, 1988

1.10    Last Bad Habit—Asa Brebner & Idle Hands, 1988

1.11    Otherworldly Expat—Jimi Hendrix, 1988

1.12    Dylan at a Gallop—Buffalo Tom, 1988

1.13    More Than Punk Allows—The Wipers, 1988

1.14    Luckless Ambivalence—Elvis Costello, 1989

1.15    Rebounding With Hooks—Throwing Muses, 1989

1.16    Placebo Blues—The Fall, 1988

1.17    Reversal of Fortune—Bonnie Raitt, 1989

1.18    History Ain’t Changed—The Who, 1989

1.19    Rarely Sublime—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989

1.20    Marginal Opacity—Jane’s Addiction, 1988

1.21     Hyper Ennui—David Bowie, 1989

1.22     Memories Can’t Wait—Living Colour, 1988

1.23     Ending in the Middle—Joy Division, 1988

1.24     Shame About the Lyrics—Prince, 1990

1.25    Tangled Roots—Young, Dylan, The Band, & more, 1990

1.26    Misunderstood Aliens—Midnight Oil & The Verlaines, 1990

1.27    Breaking the Unfixable—Sonic Youth, 1990

1.28    Rage and Culpability—Public Enemy, 1990

1.29    Poor Little Hippie Boy—Gram Parsons, 1990

1.30    Beyond Tokenism—Los Lobos, 1990

1.31    Critic Marries Drummer, Sings—Yo La Tengo, 1990

1.32    Their Little Problem—The Replacements, 1990

1.33    Distance & DesireDoo-Wop Ballads, 1990

1.34    The Thin Side of Heavy—Led Zeppelin, 1990

1.35    Elizabeth Montgomery’s FaceThe Embarrassment, 1989

1.36    Arduous Whimsy—Charlie Chaplin, 1988

1.37    A Nation Once Again—Woodstock film, 1989

1.38    Cutaway: Podcast Interview

History Ain’t Changed

Boston Phoenix, July 1989


WITH A TYPICALLY fervid whimsy, the reunited Who’s set at Sullivan Stadium on July 12 reaffirmed the group’s 25-year-old gift for posing key questions—Who are we? Who are you? Why are we all here (again)?—that will aIways be larger than the answers. The grand rock spectacle they virtually invented had ripened, extended itself well into queasy adulthood, and the set bounded from weighty opuses (like “Baba O’RiIey”) to non-entities (like “Face the Face”) with telling gaps in quality. Even those of us blessed with the memory of vintage Who sets came away with our best hopes recharged, and in some ways restored. As a piece of rock history, it was less than riveting, and yet far more fulfilling than nostalgia.The evening had the odd afterglow of a long-lost friend whose unexpected reappearance helps to reveal something illuminating about yourself…

Shame About the Lyrics

Boston Phoenix, August 24, 1990


“EVEN THOUGH HE’S NOT exactly ego-free, Prince has never been one of those loner pop stars who sing about how isolating fame can be. Throughout his decade-long orgy of insistent black pop music-making, while stealing shamelessly from the heroes he grew up listening to in the ’70s (George Clinton, Sly Stone, and, of course, James Brown), Prince has alternated between playing the self-sufficient studio monomaniac and beckoning like the barker to his own three-ring circus on tour…”