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1998 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Homewardsounds

    published December 31, 1998

    In the Letters section of this week's Dallas Observer appears a missive from Jim "Reverend Horton Heat" Heath, blasting me for hinting in a recent... More >>

  • Anywhere but here

    published December 31, 1998

    Early in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night, Emmitt Smith ran toward history, and this time he did not... More >>

  • Listen up

    published December 24, 1998

    The best record to arrive in the mail this year will not even hit stores until February 23, 1999: Sleater-Kinney's The Hot Rock. It possesses what... More >>

  • Out of time

    published December 24, 1998

    Only days ago, the mysterious CD appeared on a colleague's desk here at the newspaper, buried beneath piles of publicists' releases and other kept... More >>

  • Out Here

    published December 17, 1998

    Gone, daddy, gone Lo-Fi Lorraine & Her Bag of Tricks Slick 57 R Records I never really understood rockabilly's inability to... More >>

  • Out There

    published December 17, 1998

    Life begins on the stage Transistor Blast XTC TVT Records God almighty, four discs of XTC live--two consisting of material... More >>

  • Feel his pain

    published December 10, 1998

    Greg Dulli was never supposed to be the lead singer in the Afghan Whigs. He was originally the drummer, the stringy-haired dude at the very... More >>

  • The music man

    published December 10, 1998

    It seems now like a moment that never really existed, like a fantasy conjured by men and women who can only dream of such a time and place as... More >>

  • Free throwing up

    published December 10, 1998

    It's 7 o'clock on Saturday night, 30 minutes before the scheduled tip-off of a celebrity basketball game featuring out-of-work professional... More >>

  • Out Here

    published December 3, 1998

    Sweet smell of excess Smell of Incense Southwest F.O.B. Sundazed Music Inc. They say history never forgets, which is... More >>

  • Junk rock

    published December 3, 1998

    George Gimarc has spent a lifetime collecting and cataloging and preserving rock and roll's past--first as a radio-show host, then as an... More >>

  • Out There

    published November 26, 1998

    Jewboyz II Men Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman Various artists Kinkajou Records Some day, Kinky Friedman... More >>

  • A fan's sour notes

    published November 26, 1998

    When I was a kid, about 10, my mother was an extra in Semi-Tough, the film based on Dan Jenkins' novel about Billy Clyde Puckett, Snake... More >>

  • Officer down

    published November 26, 1998

    Until the early afternoon of November 24, 1963, Dallas police chief Jesse Curry had been everything the media asked of him. He was courteous,... More >>

  • The road to hell

    published November 19, 1998

    After spending half an hour preaching the evils of Marilyn Manson and those pale-faced, black-clad Goth-rock kids who he insists are gang... More >>

  • Out Here

    published November 19, 1998

    Lord, help him tonight Greatest Flops & Golden Filler Homer Henderson Honey Records Until recently, I thought Phil "Homer... More >>

  • Eyesight to the Blind

    published November 12, 1998

    Alan Govenar is the patron saint of lost causes, which is the highest compliment anyone can be paid in a city where history is replaced by a... More >>

  • Out There

    published November 12, 1998

    The forgettable fire The B-Sides: The Best of 1980-1990 U2 Island Records Hard to believe U2's first record (Boy) hit stores... More >>

  • Hoop dreams

    published November 12, 1998

    Kevin Sullivan remembers the exact moment when he realized the Dallas Mavericks no longer mattered, at least to the rest of the world. He... More >>

  • Out There

    published November 5, 1998

    Bedtime stories Mutations Beck DGC Records Electro-Shock Blues the eels Dreamworks Records The eels' Mark... More >>

  • What they were

    published November 5, 1998

    Yes, yes. Laugh all you want. C'mon, get it out of your system. Ask the inevitable question: A greatest-hits record? What--is it a CD single?... More >>

  • Out There

    published October 29, 1998

    Exile on mainline Acme The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Matador/Capitol Records Jon Spencer's all concept--post-punk,... More >>

  • He'll be there

    published October 29, 1998

    Willie Hutch's studio sits along a desolate stretch of Highway 67 in Cedar Hill. It is just off the highway, not far from an exit no one seems to... More >>

  • De-fense! De-fense!

    published October 29, 1998

    Fred Washington's lawyer does not want his client's picture taken for this story. Attorney Eric Fein believes that if you were to see a picture of... More >>

  • Out There

    published October 22, 1998

    Hard as a rock 1965 Afghan Whigs Columbia Greg Dulli would like to think he's the blackest cracker around; the only thing he... More >>

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