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Oh Well Whatever Nevermind - Cox

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 06:29:33 -0400
Archived: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 06:29:33 -0400
Subject: Oh Well Whatever Nevermind - Cox

Source: Billy Cox's Blog De Void


Monday, September 16, 2013

Oh Well Whatever Nevermind
By Billy Cox

Last week, NPR hosted a conversation about the '90s music
revival  apparently underway in growing circles, and how kids
who grew up listening to Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" and Nirvana's
"In Utero" are now incorporating 20-year-old tunes into TV
shows. Music critic Ann Powers described that era as "the last
gasp of the conventional music industry before the Web changed
everything. There's a certain wistfulness about the '90s
revivalism in music - why can't we have the monoculture back,
this idea of mass culture that unites millions of people, not
only in terms of what they're consuming, but in terms of what
gives meaning to their cultural lives?"

The Web changed more than music, and that certain wistfulness
might also explain the anticipation behind the return of Art
Bell to the late-night airwaves, beginning on Sirius XM tonight.
What a gloriously freaky era, that stage for Bell's theater. Was
there ever, in the history of radio, a three-word reaction -
didn't matter to what, a time-traveler phone-in from the year
2036, maybe, an imminent Y2K computer catastrophe, messages left
on the anti-Christ hotline - delivered with more melodrama than
Art Bell's signature "Oh." Pause. Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick.
"My." Milk curdling loudly in the lower tract. "God." And you
could hear a pin drop in slow-motion, even amid the atmospheric
static sweeping the AM band.

"I think the difficulty with the 90s revival," said NPR's
Powers, "is no one can agree on what the most important
landmarks are." That's probably true. But for a generation of
insomniacs, Bell's "Coast to Coast AM" show rocked the third
shift like nothing ever will again. At the peak of the craze,
some 500 stations and 15 million listeners were invested in
every hushed revelation. The conspiracy-addled Bell curve
flourished amid the perfect storm of Ruby Ridge and Branch
Davidians and Timothy McVeigh, at a moment "The X-Files'" UFO-
chasing FBI agents leaped from cult hit to mainstream branding:
Trust No One. Deny Everything. The Truth Is Out There. But who
could tell The Truth from the script?

In real life, a New Mexico congressman

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