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Chicago’s New Vibe

With nearly enough members to fill a baseball lineup card, Kids These Days should have taken a bit of work to assemble.

Instead, singer/guitarist Liam Cunningham came up with a band in barely a heartbeat.

“The whole band fell together within a weekend,” he says.

The band started with Cunningham and bass player Lane Beckstrom. Beckstrom approached Cunningham about organizing a psychedelic funk band.

As...


Loosening Up

Eric Johnson is still adjusting the balances in his musical life.

With a lofty reputation for guitar technique, Johnson continually strives to pull out his songwriting skills for fans.

Known as a notorious studio tinkerer, Johnson has tried to find new ways to streamline his studio labor without losing his trademark sound.

And he's focused on finding the right balance of his various stylistic tics that see...


The Kid Is Alright

 

According to George Clinton, the chief architect of funk, the definition of funk is "to do the best you can in life and after that, funk it." Considering his reputation, it's ironic that Clinton's first band was a doo-wop-style group modeled after Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.

“The whole doo-wop thing was to make it to Motown Records," Clinton says. "By the time we got a hit record with 'I Wanna...


Stop That Train

 

“Grunge f#@ked it up for everybody. It wasn't fair at all. We were never a grunge band. You have a whole bunch of guys that used to wear plaid shirts because they were warm and now we can't wear them anymore. It screwed everything up,” Dave Pirner says jokingly. “I'm glad you understand that because you're the only person that does. So why don't you print that [laughs]? “

As lead singer of Soul Asylum,...


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