Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Story brings Magnolia to full bloom

Snow Falling just to visually blurred

1999's most memorable quotes

1999's most memorable quotes

Before we're too entrenched into the year 2000, we wanted to take one final look at 1999. So here, in no obvious order, are some of 1999's most memorable quotes from The Gazette Entertainment section.

On popular culture and commercialism:

"People get away with calling things that aren't art, art. And that belittles art, but [it also] makes what is art that much more prominent. There are different musical worlds and they are so separated at the moment just due to the marketing of music and the way music reaches different commercial mediums," vents Ben Harper on popular culture.

"To say that pop music risks getting too commercial is like saying water might get too wet." Momus frontman Nick Currie wants to be shown the money.

"The thing that makes the internet wonderful is that people aren't just sitting there waiting to be programmed. If you want to hear the song, you go hear the song." Public Enemy's Chuck D, on why he released the band's latest material on their web site.

On the state of the music industry:

"Marilyn Manson, now there's a prophetic voice, absolutely. Like 'The Beautiful People,' that stuff should be preached from the pulpits across Canada and the United States today." Minister/rock star extraordinaire Mark Guiliano outs himself as a fan of the perpetually bare-assed one.

"Hip-hop is having a renaissance right now. It was down for a while, it was in rehab." Black Thought from The Roots sees better days ahead for hip-hop.

"The number one recording artist is a 17 year-old virgin with breast implants, singing, 'Hit me baby one more time.' I don't know, to me that's pretty fucking good right there – that's the height of pop culture." Swinging Canadian Johnny Favourite on the state of the sugar pop movement.

"I have influences that include American bands like the Goo Goo Dolls – groups that just have great songs." Dunk co-founder Ben Dunk watches his credibility slide down the toilet.

Tour stories from hell...

"We were the Backstreet Boys in comparison. The band before us played a song called 'Butt-Fucking Truckers' or something like that. We were like 'Oh shit, the crowd's going to hate us.'" Chris Egan of local pop outfit Eleanor's Chair recounts a night opening for a hard-core punk band.

"Last night, I was coming home from a gig in Hamilton, on the 6 o'clock bus, completely fried out of my mind and it occurred to me that maybe I should call [the record] Songs About Dead People and Fucking. "That's really what I write about – death and fucking. But not at the same time – they don't go together." Singer/songwriter Alun Pigguns lets us in on a substance-aided moment of inspiration.

"You have to put alcohol in red plastic cups because you can't be wandering around campus with open bottles." Jon Siebels, guitarist for Eve 6, finds a way to cope while playing shows at universities across North America.

"Pippi Longstocking tripping through Candyland wearing edible underwear with a distorted crush on Sergeant Pepper's naked nephew Sid Vicious." Battershell lead singer Tammy Lyn describes an average Battershell show.

On the creative process:

"Releasing an album is like planting a cabbage. You've got to let the cabbage grow. There'd be no point in digging up that cabbage and planting another one before the first one's ready. No point at all." Blur egghead Alex James tries to keep himself amused during an interview.

"Every song is a very different entity and every song is born differently. "They're all kind of like babies. Some are born after 20 minutes of labour, [while] others have needed a C-section." Chantal Kreviazuk on the sometimes painful songwriting process.

A wiseguy, huh?

"People sent me email, I answered them. Therefore, they really wrote half the book and get nothing. That, to me, was quite appealing." Comedian/Bulldog Mike Bullard on the thought process behind his book, Little Thoughts From A Big Head.

"You get a record deal and then you think, 'Well, maybe we should get a tank.' Everybody wants a tank. We built a sound system in it and we'd take it to festivals and stuff. We sold it though – Don Henley of The Eagles bought it. He collects tanks apparently." Guto Pryce of the Super Furry Animals reveals how the band spent their record company advance.

"Come on out to my show, 'cause then you get off the couch. Actually, it's better that you come to my show 'cause it makes ME get off the couch. If you don't come to my show, I just lie around and eat and that's really not that good for me." Comedian Lou Eisen opts for the sympathy vote.

Defying categorization:

"My parents pretty much met at the Ceeps. In fact, I'm the only person in my immediate family that has not been in the Ceeps underage. My parents went there when they were underage and both got busted at one time or another." Mystery Alaska star Michael Buie describes a typical Western love affair.

"My grandmother was a wolf." Lead singer Serji, the Guitar Wolf, tries to explain the origin of the band's name using some suspect English.

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