Sweet Water Will Stream Into The Moore Theatre
Sweet Water has played some significant gigs in its two-year existence, including opening for its pals Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam, as well as for Foghat at Parker's. But it's taking a big plunge this weekend by headlining the Moore Theatre tomorrow night. The show, which is presented by KISW and costs $9.99 (the station is 99.9 on the FM dial), also features two other Seattle rock bands, Best Kissers in the World and Green Apple Quick Step. The three are not part of the grunge movement but rather straight-ahead rock groups into sexy party songs, powerful lead vocals and strong guitar. Sweet Water is signed to Atlantic and has released a three-song maxi single, "Roads Life Goes," highlighted by a pop-rock tune called "Everything Will be Alright." The band records its first full CD for the label next month, scheduled for release in the spring of 1993. It earlier released a raw, harder-rocking cassette tape on its own, and before signing with Atlantic made a demo tape for Virgin that got widely distributed to radio and the industry. The promising group is made up of vocalist Adam Czeisler, duo guitarists Dudley Taft and Rich Credo, bassist Cole Peterson and drummer Paul K. Uhlir. The Kissers are headed by lead singer-guitarist Gerald Collier, who came here from Arizona and got a deal with Sub Pop. As indicated by its name, almost all its songs are about sex. Green Apple formerly was that eclectic Tacoma show band, Inspector Luv & the Ride Me Babies. That group had an R&B edge, but GAQS is pure, hard-driving rock. It's famous for a wild show at RKCNDY during which one of its members got naked on stage. That'd be one way to steal the show tomorrow night.
-- A film of Nirvana playing "Lithium" at the big Reading Festival in England this summer will be part of "ABC in Concert" late tonight on Channel 4. Also featured are the Beastie Boys, Blind Melon and EMF, and a feature on the Lollapalooza tour, which included Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. The show airs at 2:30 a.m. tonight (actually Saturday morning). Elsewhere on the media front, Westwood One, the major radio network, presents a "Rock and the Environment" special featuring Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and the Lovemongers on stations throughout the world next week. Produced here by Craig Kasnoff, it will play from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday on KXRX. On Tuesday, MTV premieres "120 Minutes Presents: The Alternative Year in Rock," and with a title like that it has to feature Nirvana. Pearl Jam is also a big part of the show, and there's a segment on the whole Seattle grunge scene. The hour-long program plays at 11 p.m. Tuesday and repeats at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving night.
-- The Lovemongers aren't just for local fans anymore. Ann and Nancy Wilson's personal project outside Heart releases its first four-song CD single, "Battle of Evermore," Monday on Capitol. In addition to the title cut (an outstanding Led Zeppelin cover that was also featured on the "Singles" soundtrack), the disc includes great live versions of the Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," Todd Rundgren's "Love of the Common Man" and Heart's "Crazy on You." You can hear all those songs and more when the Lovemongers - who also include Sue Ennis and Frank Cox - play at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Paramount.
-- Musician magazine profiles Sub Pop in the December issue, and any band hoping to get a contract with the Seattle label should read it because it tells how head honchos Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt choose their bands. They don't listen to tapes that come in over the transom, or from anywhere else for that matter, but rather depend on a network of sources on the "indie grapevine" that tell them what bands are worth considering. The piece gives a quick overview of Sub Pop's history and how the pioneering grunge label survived losing the acts it discovered, like Soundgarden and Nirvana.
-- Soundgarden recorded a bunch of cover tunes to release with various formats of its "Outshined" single in England. The picture disc features "I Can't Give You Anything" by the Ramones; the 12-inch has that song as well as "Homicidal Suicide" by Budgie; and the CD digipak has both "I Don't Care About You" by the Fear and "Can You See Me" by Jimi Hendrix. Soundgarden has always sprinkled its sets with imaginative covers, ranging from "Your Egg My Eye" by Cheech & Chong to "Cop Killer" by Ice-T. It's good to see the band making some of those clever covers available on recordings.
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