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2001 Stories by George Smith

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  • Bangers and Mosh

    published December 18, 2001

    After watching Kid Rock debut "Forever" from Cocky on MTV, I became convinced that the only things separating him from Brit... More >>

  • She's Got Balls

    published December 4, 2001

    I went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at a movie house in Pasadena just prior to the great national disillusionment. "Princess Hedwig" on... More >>

  • Slough of Despond

    published November 20, 2001

    Those who refuse to learn from the past don't get to repeat it—well, not the good parts, anyway. The lack of iconic instrumental hard rock... More >>

  • Sex Bomb Baby Yeah

    published October 30, 2001

    When the Japanese realized their geese were well and truly cooked in the war in the Pacific half a century ago, they came up with the highly... More >>

  • The Exciting Game With Anthrax Rules

    published October 30, 2001

    Here's a potential name for the involuntary national interest in bio-terrorism: TEGWAR, or The Exciting Game With Anthrax Rules. It's a game... More >>

  • You Can't Iron Out the Anthrax

    published October 23, 2001

    The specter of Gruinard Island, the World War II site for secret British anthrax experiments, must be haunting our leaders even though they... More >>

  • Hunting Down Anthrax

    published October 16, 2001

    Though an anxious public might wish for a simple scanner to guard against terrorists spreading anthrax through the mail, the testing done today on... More >>

  • Plagued Out

    published October 16, 2001

    On Sunday, October 14, Judith Miller of The New York Times wrote of her personal anthrax scare, "As I washed my hands and tried to dust off... More >>

  • Kling Free

    published October 9, 2001

    Hoaxes take no holiday, and the damnable nuisances who craft them appear to derive a blighted joy in the power of electronic mail to rattle... More >>

  • Gas Peddled

    published October 2, 2001

    As I worked toward a doctorate in microbial chemistry in the '80s, I regularly used organophosphate compounds. A 50-dollar word, but for the... More >>

  • Fade to Black

    published September 18, 2001

    I'm willing to bet, perhaps crassly, that a lot of current careers and genres were shredded as a result of last Tuesday. Some probably don't know... More >>

  • Rawk Bottom

    published August 14, 2001

    Sometimes it's a civic duty to administer a sound thrashing to the deserving. In this case, we're speaking of the Los Angeles punk-metal band... More >>

  • Undead Zeppelin

    published June 26, 2001

    "Oh, the humanity!" wailed the radio announcer from Lakehurst, New Jersey, as the Hindenburg burned and crashed not 200 yards from him in 1937.... More >>

  • Meow Mix

    published May 22, 2001

    During a recent quadrennial record inventory of the house library, I came across a copy of The Great Kat's Beethoven on Speed from 1990. It... More >>

  • Dung Jumpers Down Under

    published April 3, 2001

    What happens when you do heavy metal without the power of the video-camera-launched white-male schweinhund? It's a trick question,... More >>

  • Fear the Cheaper

    published March 20, 2001

    At the end of the movie The Stoned Age, Eric Bloom and Don Roeser are standing outside a Southern California convenience store at midnight,... More >>

  • Fester and Carbuncle

    published February 27, 2001

    The beating down of insufficiently motivated rabble with standing waves of steely humming noise is one of the grand traditions of metal. As a... More >>

  • Kitsch Me Deadly

    published January 23, 2001

    About a year ago, I caught a grumpy Lita Ford on VH1 inquiring about where all the good times had gone. She reminded me of the little kid yelling,... More >>

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