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Grant Good: Peter Bad

Dear Reader, Peter Margasak, huh. He’s Wyman’s replacement, right? Yeah, “Post No Bills,” that’s really clever. Peter, was that your brainstorm or your editor’s? I guess it really doesn’t matter, unless of course your life is so lame that you actually rely on Critic’s Choices to give you something to do. But I do have […]

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Bye-Bye Bill

Dear Reader, So we won’t have Bill Wyman to kick around anymore [April 19]. No more “Evil Ticketmaster” updates. No more pre-Riviera Smashing Pumpkins interviews. No more “Rock as the Hegelian Weltgeist” bilge. No more “Cobain is righteous/Garcia is bogus” blindsidings. No more Chicago Rock Scoreboards. No more hangin’ at Lounge Ax . . . […]

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Our Smug Ass-Kissing Critics

Dear Reader, Concerning Bill Wyman’s 4 August ’95 Hitsville column, I’m sorry, but how does an album “grow(n) in the intervening years” after its release? How is an album “imprressive at the time” of its release become “a bit light” nine years later? Since the music stays the same, it must be ch-ch-changes in the […]

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To Market, To Market

Dear Reader, Confused? Well, I am now. I thought the point of Bill Wyman’s latest Liz Phair column (16 December) was the inevitability of Whip-Smart’s commercial resurrection through the release of the single, “Whip-Smart.” Evidently, terms like “secret weapon,” “as bubblegum as it gets,” “pop crossover potential,” and “part of Atlantic’s marketing plan from the […]

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Bill’s a Shill

Dear Reader, A few months ago, Bill Wyman ended his spirited defense of offering a Critic’s Choice to a sold-out Hole show with the claim that he was no shill for the record companies [Letters, November 11]. OK. Then why would Bill argue that Liz Phair’s new album “Whip-Smart isn’t a flop” and fortify his […]

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The Band Played On

Dear Reader: “For those of us who care . . . ” That’s an interesting line. Chris Dickinson uses it in her Critic’s Choice concerning the Band’s Park West performance [January 21]. Well Chris, since I care, I thought I’d clear up some of the inaccuracies you based your little article on. First of all, […]

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Doug Mazique

“Grab a handful of Dog.” I was slightly stunned. “Cats, it’s Sears, in three, on the five, two, three…” That was Doug Mazique’s way of explaining the basics of the song we were about to play and my introduction to Doug-speak, a hybrid form of communication that described the key, the rhythm, and the intro […]

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One Sorry Musician

To the editors: My sincerest apologies to the New Duncan Imperials [Letters, April 13]. My letter [March 30] was intended to be a comment on the quality of the review [Critics Choice, March 2], not the quality of the band. I never meant to imply that the band was not good, only that the review […]

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Begging to Differ

To the editors: Critic’s Choice [“New Duncan Imperials,” by Bill Wyman] 2 Mar 90 Sect. 2 page 4 Vulgar. Gregarious. Mysteriously named. Oral Sex. Toxic Waste Containers. Party favors. Noise. Drunken binge. Obstacle Course. Monster hook. An Anthem. Puerile. Rude. Obnoxious. Amp hum. Dumb hats. Silly String. Boxers. Cookies & milk. Urine Specimen Containers. Jackhammer. […]