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Rescued from smug


April 2000
s m u g
by Joe Procopio


You hate it when your heroes implode. Icons and figures that you've treasured and nurtured throughout the entirety of the life you can remember, perching at the abyss of fragmentation, dissolution, or obscurity, and all you can do is watch.

Maybe, if you can still scrape up the emotion it takes to care, maybe you fire off a letter or an email to an agent or a fanzine. But in the end you realize just how futile that effort is and you understand why people buy Jimmy Buffet records.

You take a number of loyalty shots to the head, as it were. Your first rock concert would have been Men at Work at the New York State Fair had they not given up the ghost a few weeks before the show. You worship the Police and are left with the cruel, ironic joke that is Sting. You play all the Replacements old records when they break up (except All Shook Down, which you always secretly knew was a Paul record). You cry the day Kurt Cobain dies.

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Dear Eddie

Rescued from smug


March 1998
s m u g
ear candy
by Joe Procopio
Dear Eddie,

First of all, thank you very much for the collection of jams and jellies from the Pacific Northwest. I swear, I will most certainly use these on occasions when I have friends over and such. There won't be another incident like the time you found the Hickory Farms Summer Sausage tray you gave me hidden under the seltzer in the pantry.

And again, your forgiveness in that matter was most noble and appreciated.

I also promise to give Yield a listen, as I hear it isn't the raging suckfest that No Code was.

As for your questions, I will do my best to answer them in order.

First of all, I do think it was a good idea to give in a little and put some marketing support behind this latest record. You're absolutely right, artistic integrity doesn't get you courtside seats. I mean, what fun is wearing a disguise if no one is going to see through it?

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