By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
To be straight, I really don't read the Observer much. I only pick it up when there isn't a political or social problem staring at me in the face. But when I caught a glimpse of a story about Denton's punk rock scene in a small box on the corner of the cover, I thought that the Observer was finally hitting home. I am a student at UNT and have several friends who are in various punk bands in Denton. I feel that Christina Rees' "Rock bottom" gives a drastically realistic portrayal of the Denton (punk) music scene. Thank you, Observer, for giving me something that I can sink my teeth into!
I saw your article on Gatti's and had to smile. Just last weekend, I was allowed to take over the basement for a night for my 21st birthday party. I asked them if I could have some bands play, and they said, "No problem, we have bands here all the time." I knew this, because I had seen bands there before but had heard they quit.
Because of their openness, two bands got to perform for the first time (Fluoroscopic Kid and The Roommate), as well as one bandChomskythat's always had a bit of a hard time finding an audience in a town that's a little pop-shy, and made some new fans and entertained some old ones.
The only thing I can say is I think they should make downstairs bigger, and I hope I have the pleasure of working with them all next year. I already know other people who are planning the same thing.
Definitely a group of people in Denton who deserve commendation.
That was an awesome write-up on LeAnn Rimes ["'Blue' it," May 28]! You had me laughing out loud with that one. Great job! Keep it up.
Reading "Is this any way to run an airport?" by Ann Zimmerman [May 28] awakened the pugilist in me. But I can only hope that the suit Robert Crews has filed against the airport makes it to court and to a judge who will be wise enough to give those board members and airport staff the lashing they deserve.
Mr. Crews' plight is a sad, sad testament to the consistent and deliberate efforts put forth to destroy and/or prevent a black person's progress. And sadder still is the fact that such behavior occurs daily to countless others in countless ways, affirmative action or no.
A $17 million judgment won't make up for what apparently was an opportunity to further prove his ability to create a more successful business through expansion, but he certainly deserves to be compensated for financial losses and mental anguish.
The article on the Dallas airport was well done. I would like more information on the actions of Mayor Kirk in regard to the attorney Kenneth Walker.
Editor's note: The Dallas Observer will continue to follow Mr. Crews' story.
Sinatra's staying power
What did you expect after all these years?
Frank Sinatra ["The Voice goes silent," May 21] should be remembered for the person he was during the best times of his career, and not recognized as a frail old man as was so elaborately expressed in the article. Instead of exploring the negative, take a look at the positive. Sinatra had the balls never to quit. He's played more venues than most rock-and-roll stars. And he had the quality and strength to last as a singer and entertainer through the decades.
Rip 'em to shreds
I've read many reviews from various critics at the Dallas Observer, and one thing comes to mind...who do you people like? It seems like every time I pick up an Observer, one band after another is being ripped to shreds. Do you require any kind of love for music in the people you hire to write these critiques?
It sounds more like somebody who is pissed off about having to write another damn music critique, so they bash 'em. I understand that there are a ton of bands out there that really do suck, but they can't all suck.
I am part of a local band, and I can't wait to hear what your "critics" have to say about our music.
Gary Numan's other two fans
I had the great fortune to see Gary Numan [Music listings, May 21] in Seattle during his North American Exile tour, and I'm wondering what part of the desert you had your head in when you listened to Exile. Gary is not riding anyone's coattails. The mere fact that Marilyn Manson (a genius in his own right) and the Foo Fighters are recognizing and paying tribute to him is proof that the music he creates is not merely incredible but longed for!