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 http://tinyurl.com/mdqwf84 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 [More at site... ] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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