Highlights from the December 1990 issue of Spin Magazine
“A five-hour drive north of San Francisco, among the California redwoods, is the coastal town of Eureka, the David Lynch-ville that Mike Patton calls home… ‘In Eureka,’ says Patton, ‘we drink a lot of coffee if we think there’s anything worth staying up for.’ Reading pornography is a major pastime, as is playing at the local water-treatment plant, jumping freight trains, and riding around town waving baseball bats at hippies.”
—Frank Owen, “Artists of the Year: Faith No More”
“Because I sit watching MTV practically every day, and I can see things like that Warrant video for ‘Cherry Pie.’ What an offensive video that is—a woman being hosed down, you know? And when the guy looks through the binoculars you can see her tits and her ass, you know? That’s quite offensive. Billy Idol, that ‘Rock the Cradle’ song, is really offensive. That Heart song [‘All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You’] is potentially a dangerous song, in that it could encourage young girls to go out hitchhiking and picking up strange men.”
Ten Things That Made Lauren Spencer Happy in 1990, in No Particular Order
#5 Mother Love Bone. Sadly, much attention has been given to the band only since the death of lead singer Andrew Woods, but this Seattle band really were a motherlode of sound and fury. Here’s hoping the remaining members will carry on the tradition in form.
#6 Learning how to program a CD player. What can I say? I took my time on this one.
“The ephemeral nature of celebrity dictates a probable short shelf life for New Kids on the Block. Which is a shame, because it means we’ll have to deal soon with the inevitable splinter group/solo act phenomenon, whereby the aging Kids try to cash in on and remove the stigma of having been teen idols. I’m not sure the world is ready for Messrs. Knight, Wahlberg & Co. to try to prove they’ve been around the block.”
—Jim Greer, “Artists of the Year: New Kids on the Block”
(Also cited as Artists of the Year: Aerosmith, Digital Underground, M.C. Hammer)