By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
Dallas has some new reality show kings. A Dozen Furies has won The Battle for Ozzfest, a contest whose spoils include $60,000, a slew of new gear from Guitar Center, a spot on next year's Ozzfest and a recording contract with Sanctuary Records (home to Black Sabbath). The winners were announced on a live show Monday night following a week of online voting that pitted the Furies against North Carolina-based Cynder. Props to affable guitarist Marc Serrano, 25, who competed against seven other musicians from across the country, each representing a different group, in a contest that seemed hell-bent on making everyone involved look asinine. Some cast members didn't need any help, as the series made sure to pad the crew with empty-headed spazzes certain to make things (kind of) interesting. In the end, Serrano rose above it, managing to even rock a leather bikini onstage and somehow keep his dignity. It doesn't hurt that he's as adorable as a Pound Puppy. "Look at him, he's so cute," one of his band members said before the band performed Monday night. "I just wanna kiss him."
The cause of Sauerwein's death remains unclear: She apparently died on November 25 on the couch of her Dallas home and was found the following day by a relative, according to police accounts. The Dallas County Medical Examiner is awaiting a toxicology report before making any official ruling, says a spokesperson contacted January 11.
Though Sauerwein was in the Toadies only a short time--from early 1991, when she answered a guitarist-wanted ad in the Dallas Observer, till the summer of '92, when she was replaced by Darrel Herbert--and appears on only one official release, the cassette-only EP Velvet, she had a sizable impact on its sound. "She had a lot to do with the groove of 'Possum Kingdom,'" says Reznicek, who, before joining the Toadies, played with Sauerwein in a band called In the Midst. "She definitely made some contributions to the feel of the playing, because she was pretty good technically--a lot better than any of us at the time...And Velvetreally captured the ferocious quality we had at the time."
After leaving the Toadies, Sauerwein went back to her job selling ads for The Wall Street Journaland, in 1996, released an EP with her band Hairstick.-- Robert Wilonsky