October 6, 1994 |
They come to dance, listen to music, be with friends and be themselves. On this cool autumn night, many of the teenagers, dressed in black and sporting an array of pierced parts and hats, gather in front of Breakers, a teen nightclub on Route 30 in the heart of Frazer's business district. It's Friday night, and that means alternative music at Breakers. Inside, white strobe lights blink and the music of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails blares as the under-21 crowd gyrates and jumps and prepares to "mosh," a bruising form of slam dancing in which everyone thrashes against one another.
July 21, 2007 |
Despite all the negative chatter the issue of immigration generates, the fact is that Americans love the trial-and-error tragicomic saga of fresh-off-the-boat immigrants who try to fit like square pegs into America's round hole. The latest proof is the runaway success of the movie Borat. Before there was Borat, there was Taxi's Latka Gravas, Andy Kaufman's lovable mechanic of mysterious Eastern European descent. In between, there was, and for that matter is, Gogol Bordello, led by human-cannonball front man Eugene H?tz, perhaps best known for his role as Alex in the movie version of Everything Is Illuminated.
June 29, 1991 |
Jerry Mele is making the world safe for metal. As a storm of headbangers gathers in the parking lot, this new-age security guru addresses the force at the Star Lake Amphitheater here. Assembled to hear The Word are clean-cut guards who, in their neat polo shirts, look more as if they're ready for an Up With People audition than the onslaught of nearly 5,000 hard-core rock-and-rollers. "If people come over the barricades, I tell them I don't want their feet in somebody's face," Mele tells them in tough, gravelly New Yorkese.
April 13, 1992 |
Skid Row's show at the Spectrum Theater on Friday wasn't perfect, but then again, rock and roll isn't supposed to be. Thanks to a murky sound system, the otherwise entertaining performance was marred by a muddy mix that claimed guitars and bass and, sometimes, Sebastian Bach's vocals. The group - known for its high-energy shows and Bach's arrest record - began with the title track from its second effort, Slave to the Grind. From there, the 8,000 headbanging fans heard almost-thrash versions of songs such as "Big Guns" and "Makin' Mess," from Skid Row's self-titled first album, and newer tunes, such as "Creepshow" and "Monkey Business," that were raw and raunchy.
October 5, 1988 |
The conversation of those who hang out at the Deptford Mall is peppered with slang. For the hapless shopper, who may be confused by what he or she overhears on a Friday night - or for the aspiring "mall rat," who wants to become more than just a "wannabe" - here is a by-no-means-complete dictionary of Deptford Mall-speak. Community puke (noun) An unknown, unattractive person, who has just passed a bench on which a group of mall rats is sitting. Dweeb or biff (noun). A nerd.
May 17, 1995 |
Faith No More is anything but predictable. No musical style, genre, or nuance is outside its realm of possibility. Jacks of all trades, master of all - the group dares audiences to accept it and couldn't care less if they don't. Such was the basis of its riotous, challenging show Monday night at the Tower Theater in support of its latest release, King For a Day . . . Fool For a Lifetime. Had a hankerin' for a country-esque ballad? The Bay Area quartet provided "Take This Bottle.
April 22, 1998 |
TAMPA, Fla. Dead man found in ticketed car A man was found gagged and shot in the head in the back seat of a car that was ticketed at an expired parking meter, police said. The victim, Robert Enlow, had been reported missing from a halfway house where he was serving time for fraud. Enlow, 69, was in critical condition yesterday at a hospital. Restaurant manager Phil Carlile noticed a BMW with tinted windows parked out front when he opened shop Monday. Three hours and one parking ticket later, Carlile and a second parking meter officer looked inside the car and saw Enlow lying in the back seat, bound with duct tape, gagged and shot more than once.
April 5, 1999 |
You would be forgiven for mistaking the return of Vanilla Ice as a sure sign that we are living in the end times, an augur of the pop apocalypse we all so richly deserve. F. Scott Fitzgerald's claim that there are no second acts in American life has been disproved before, but, really, the return of never-shoulda-beens like Ice is just the secondhand smoke of American life. In the early '90s, Ice had a blockbuster hit with "Ice Ice Baby," which featured the MC mouthing off over Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure.
September 25, 1998 |
Despite the dizzying transformations that rock has gone through in the last 40-plus years, one standard still applies: If it annoys parents, teachers and principals - that rock-and-roll rebel hat trick - then the kids will love it. Korn, whose new album, Follow the Leader (Epic), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, knows this all too well. Earlier this year, when a Michigan high school assistant principal suspended a student for wearing a T-shirt simply emblazoned with the band's name, Korn took action, threatening a multimillion-dollar lawsuit and milking it for all the media attention it was worth.
February 12, 1995 |
Valentine's Day is made for lovers. The candy companies churn out heart-shaped boxes full of sweets, Hallmark works overtime to make cards, lingerie chains make fancy frou-frou, and all the restaurants, flower shops and jewelers make a bundle. Luckily, Continuum Records has made something for the rest of us . . . the ones who've had our hearts ripped out of our rib cages and flung, still pumping, into the street, where they get run over by the Dumped truck and ground forever into the icy pavement of broken dreams.