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Columbia's Hootie and the Blowfish are toui
"Kootchypop." Clockwise from left: Mark Bryan
Hootie arid the Blov
By MATT HANLEY
^ In a recent review of
_ Kootchypop," the new album by l|ll '-jH
Hootie and the Blowfish, a critic KSflL&h* \
wrongfully dismissed the group
and its latest work as mediocre, jQuS
claiming in his clever title that bUHI^
nuuue JJiuws 11;
Wednesday at RockafelLis,S when KtlPsS
? played to a packed house of fans 5
f^ho were better judges of the e?lMSSHB
f,and s talent than any one critic, ??
m's one included. ^|s i c| j,
Each of the five songs from the l
new album were performed, and -i
,e crowd rocked to them as they I ^5Hi '
;;?ve in the past. The fc^SffLJ
Kootchypop" songs have been ?
performed live for a year, and it's ,0ya,ty> or 1
hard to say what the songs sound fricnds to an up
4^e" vided by drur
? A good comparison would be bassist Dean Fel
"leve Miller. If you like his great- feel-good sonj
est hits album of songs from the Hand," an upte
J - 70s, you should enjoy Peace and brothe
tchypop," where the songs "If You're C
arc just as fun and easy to sing fosters good vitx
ta Tbe opening track, "The s that demar
Did Man and Me," tells the story aJong.
o an old bum and how he got to Rucker said i
e that way. Written by lead members "really
inger Darius Rucker after he about."
passed a bum on the street, the Whatever it is
an , 1S s?? but is kePl alive by like "Only Wanr
guitarist Mark Brvan .u .
- -. oryan. the song or
m More lively is Sorry s Not last tune is tne e]
Enough," where Rucker sings of lection: simple,
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ring the country in support of their new CD
, Dean Felber, Soni and Darius Rucker.
yfish don't flounder
The band said the independently-produced
album is a stepping
Istone to getting a national recordf.
^ ing contract. Manager Rusty
Harmon is shopping the album to
major labels such as Sony, and the
group has enough material to fill
At D Ar?bofolloe' thn KanH
W KM rWJgIPn iwvivww?i*?o , "IV ?u
changed the song order to keep
themselves interesting and to keep
(ootchypop 1116 fans guessing.
"lOOtie & setlist tinkering meant two
"he Blowfish P?Pular and expected covers,
t ^ q ^ "Mustang Sally" by Wilson
Pickett and David Allen Coe's
ack of it, among "You Never Even Called Me By
beat groove pro- My Name," were dropped.
nmer Soni and Hootie made up for this with
ber. The album s nevv COvers such as "Ziggy
' is Hold My Stardust" by David Bowie. The
:mpo jam about , , . , .
rhood seems capable of playing any
ioing My Way" son? wants' but the members
is and has a cho- choose prudently because they are
ids you to sing in a professional band that knows
what it covers well and what it
lone of the band doesn't. The concert was a
knows what it s refreshing change for Hootie. The
show was so full of energy and
, it s positive, just . , , ? ? ,
la Be With You " spontaneity that when Hootie does
i the album The 'and a maJor label record deal, the
pitome of the col- band should consider debuting
easily swallowed with a live album.
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Siamese Dream smastyiifc pu/npHips siamei
By GREGORY PEREZ ^
It is easy to equate Chicago's < I j
Smashing Pumpkins with a sum- , j I
mer storm. /
Dark, forboding and soothing,
the band can explode into a daz- dictable and even a tad <
zling flash of brilliance. by toying with the tempei
Billy Corgan and crew return his music,
with "Siamese Dream," their first The moodiness of
major label album following their Dream" is contagious. Sc
indie LP, "Gish." as "Mayonnaise" and "So
Songwriter/arranger/genius Billy with emotion. They are th
Corgan keeps the Pumpkins unpre- songs you would want to
which would have been a more
appopriate name. record's sole purpose is
"Incesticide" was a compilation money,
of demos, songs recorded for inde- But as a result of t
pedent labels, B-sides and BBC acceptance of angst music
tracks. young white males, recor<
The members of Nirvana had now bombarded by meritl
humor enough to realize they were such as the Doughboys,
handing semi-product to their fans "Crush," the Doughbc
between legitimate releases. label debut, has lots of gri
A cash cow is a non-essential torted guitars, and the c
product designed to exploit the featured prominently in th
marketplace. "Incesticide" fits this The mainly unintelligi
definition: It is a collection of and the whining vocals a
songs that do not gel together to tious for pretension's sake
form an indespensible whole. The With "Crush," A&N
14 Songs ' ffflpiiff
Paul Westerberg ^
1/2 H $or
By LEE CLONTZ ^Wl
Senior Writer pf 1 %**
Call him the King of Angst. I "PjV
At any rate, Paul Westerberg t!, ,?*
fashioned a powerful catalog of
songs in the '80s as lead singer of
The Replacements, singing about whole, the album fails
life, relationships and loss. Since together as a whole desj
the breakup of his beloved band, terrific tunes,
fans have waited to see how he "14 Songs" finds Wes
would rebound. typically dour spirits, pe
Unfortunately, his new release, ing to make up for the t
"14 Songs," neither re-establishes songs he contributec
his reputation nor tears it down. As "Singles" soundtrack in l1
the title implies, it's a mixed bag of Things start off wel
tunes, some better than others. As a with the first four song:
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a and brood to.
The heavier ditties such as the
album's first single, "Cherub
Rock," and "Geek U.S.A." feature
James Iha's broad, fuzzy guitars
and the solid percussion care of
Corgan takes production a step
further by layering up to 20 differont
nnitor traobc At/Pf PCtrh f\lhpf In
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fill out the beefy distortion sound.
A short but dramatic jaunt into
classical experimentation happens
listurbino *n "Disarm," with Corgan tooling
pom(ln. Z with a string section. R.E.M.'s
rament of .... ..... 6 . ,
Mike Mills cameos on keyboards
Siamese j^e 3mast)ing Pumpkins are risings
such jng on "alternative" scene, stayma"
brim ing fresh and original without plode
kind of ding the same path,
sit alone Rainy days beware.
h has followed the recipe for altemative
success. The company even
recruited producer Daniel Rey, a
producer best known for his work
H with the Ramones, Iggy Pop and
Not knowing his motives for
working with the Doughboys, I
would guess that Rey was short of
19 cash the week he agreed to pro M
j "All of which points the cash
cow finger at "Crush".
K> make The record fits the description:
It is unnecessary, and it exploits a
hC Tu Public thal seemingly doesn't
,fa e y know any better.A&M probably
j bins are ~
ess hands spenl a fortune on ^ Doughboys,
the record will probably go plat>ys
major inum 30(1 hand Pr?bably
n?y dis- he on 1116 1994 Lollapalooza trek.
Irums are ^ y?u can hold your nose long
annnnh Ki.n onH pnirtV a Pach
le mix. "'"ugii uuj anu w.jv; - .?
ble lyrics cow, pick up a copy of
re preten- "Incesticide." At least Nirvana
s. could partially admit they were
I records screwing the public.
considerable muscle. "Runaway
Wind" and "World Class Fad" in
f A particular are standouts, with
4r Westerberg examining the pitfalls
j as I of, respectively, losing one's goals
and being overly ambitious. For
|L? Westerberg, this is the most delicate
balance of all.
The album as a whole is a series
UPS and downs. The hodge,
podge quality of the album is best
exemplified by Westerberg himself
in his "Knockin on Mine" reading
; to hang list; "Comic books, the Bible, road
}ite a few maps, pornography/Anything you
wanna read." Similarly, the quality
iterberg in of the album runs on about the
rhaps try- same lines.
wo upbeat Listen with care. It's an uneven
I to the solo debut for Westerberg, but if
992. you can listen to "Down Love"
II enough without dancing, you'd better check
s showing for a pulse.
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