Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout 

A new year! A new beginning! The road to MB200 starts here! Everything seems to be ready, are you ready? Well he's done the West Coast and he's written for all sorts of places in America and now he's in Detroit. For the first time in seven days, the greatest rock 'n' roll column in the world, the MB101!

The 101 — Numbers (Limekiln) :: Angsters ape oldster Phil Collins.

The Alrights — High School (City Canyons) :: Well alright! Ah think ah busta vessel in muh eardruhms listenin' tuh this clevah Beatlesque extravuhganza. Ah hope they don't leak owt. Yuh don't want muh eardruhms to leak owt, now, do yuh?

Headley — Headley (Capitol) :: Music to Vaseline your tattooed arms by.

Xasthur — Subliminal Genocide (Hydra Head) :: Xasthurbation.

Teitur — Stay Under the Stars (Equator) :: He could be the new Jon Anderson, only the Yes man never recorded a live-in-Copenhagen string quartet version of "Great Balls of Fire" nor a London studio tribute to Satchmo called — wait for it — "Louie Louie."

The Strays — Le Futur Noir (TVT) :: Look, if I want a record with a French title I'll move to France. This is America. Speak English.

David Lee Roth — Sonrisa Salvaje (Warner Bros.) :: Or Spanish.

Los Natas — El Hombre Montana (Small Stone) :: Hola! Jimi Hendrix meets Speedy Gonzales on this forged-in-Argentina slab of Mexmetal. Como?

SIZZLING DEBATE OF THE WEEK:

Perry Como — "Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)" (RCA) :: "It's always fair weather when hep cats get together. And every time they meet, here's the way you'll hear them greet. A hubba-hubba-hubba, let's shoot some breeze: Say, whatever happened to the Japanese? I got it from a guy who was in the know: It was mighty smoky over Tokyo! A friend of mine in a B-29 dropped another load for luck. As he flew away, he was heard to say: 'A hubba-hubba-hubba, yuk-yuk!' So be on your way and I will dig you later in the U.S.A.!"

Todd Rundgren's Utopia — "Hiroshima" (Bearsville) :: And now for an opposing viewpoint.

NEXT WEEK: JAMES BROWN!

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