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My vote(s), my war, your funeral, my trial, my goodness - Ten Years of Bay Area Music, for the ages:
1) Naked Barbies, Stay Naked
2) Jenny Scheinman, Jenny Scheinman
3) Joel Harrison, Urban Myths
4) Or, The Whale, Or, The Whale
5) Gaucho, Deep Night
6) Fred Frith, Freedom In Fragments
7) ROVA/OrkestRova, Electric Ascension
8) Mushroom, Glazed Popems
9) Alison Faith Levy & Mushroom, Yesterday, I Saw You Kissing Tiny Flowers
10) Ralph Carney, Ralph Carney’s Serious Jass Project
Ask not for whom the list tolls...
(by mark keresman, ebx contributor since, oh, 1996)
re: Comment by catradhtem
It's interesting that you're so impressed by awards -- guess who beat out the Cars and Talking Heads for the Grammy for Best New Artist of 1978: Taste of Honey. Surely you'll recall their immortal hit "Boogie Ooggie Ooggie" & their subsequent contributions to the world of music.
My "hack" comment re: Weird Al Yankovic was not about his talent -- obviously, the man has talent for performing, presentation, adaptation, etc. I referred to him as a "hack" because the edgy, fearless Mr. AY gets the cooperation of those he's making fun of! See this from an article on Weird Al from Slate ( slate.com/id/2151657/fr/rss/ ):
He even earned the adoration of the artists he parodied: Jackson donated his "Bad" set for the "Fat" video, and Nirvana loaned him their janitor. (Prince is the rare artist who's been impervious to his charms; he's refused permission repeatedly.)
Imagine Sat. Night Live, George Carlin, Mad TV, Sarah Silverman, or Lenny Bruce getting the permission & cooperation of the targets of their satire/humor! "Is it OK if I make fun of you?" Boy, has Al got guts!
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