Pubisher and editor, Nolan B. Canova
Number 29.  This edition is for the week of October 9--15, 2000.
The Top 10 album showdown continues!
Special announcement!
Ladieeeeees and gentlemeeeeeen!  It is my distinguished honor to introduce this guest column written by the founder of Apeshot Studios, comic art groundbreaker, the Mad Texan himself, Scott A. Gilbert.
Terence Nuzum's new challenge!
The way I use my Scott A. Gilbert
Hey guys,
  Well, yes, I am reading Nolan's Newsstand (the title I definitely prefer) regularly. And I am astounded at the familiar creative powers of all involved, but somehow not so surprised. That Tampa town bred some mighty, powerfully thoughtful critters.
  Anyway, by the current Top-10 wars, I was inspired to write on the subject of the BEE Gees, who cursed our lives continuously throughout the '70s. High school (namely, Plant H. S., alma mater of Mr. Smith, Drinnenburg, and myself--
  "Hey-- you go to Plant?  *thunk*!") was defined by the F*cking BeeGees.
  I remember many cold mornings driving to school with hits from the Saturday Night Fever album rolling over and over out my folk's hand-me-down, ill-used '65 Impala's AM radio. Actually, I really dug the "Genie of Funk"... most distinctive memory of the Bros. Gibb, was Matt's & Mike's detournment of their lyrics, to wit:

"Well ,  you can tell by the way I use my walk --

    --that my pants are too tight!"

  This, I need not point out,  makes our genius clear.
Much love to all, & good night

--Scott Gilbert

P.S. My top ten albums of the moment:

Saccharine Trust: Surviving You Always
Holger Czukay: Movies
Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball
X: Los Angeles
MX-80 Sound: Out of the Tunnel
Katy McCarty & Daniel Johnston: Dead Dog's Eyeball
Elvis Costello: Imperial Bedroom
Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois: The Pearl
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Helmet: Betty

My top 10 albums of our childhood:

The Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
The Beatles: Sergeant Pepper
The Beatles:  Abbey Road
Led Zepplin: Zopho
Cheap Trick:  Surrender
Blue Oyster Cult:  whatever album "Don't Fear the Reaper" was on
Devo: Are We Not Men?
Bob Marley: everything
Warren Zevon: Werewolves of London
Electric Light Orchestra: Out of the Blue
   I'm not going to comment anymore about the disagreements on our lists. (Basically PCR issues # 23--29! See Archives to view.---N) Frankly that got ridiculous and was misunderstood by all. So.....I have to decided to start a challenge of my own. In keeping with the spirit of my favorite holiday, Halloween, I challenge all here to produce your lists of the top ten best horror films of all time. Yes, all time!!!! The definitive article. And I don't want to see any wimpy picks like 13 GHOSTS or--lord forbid!!!!--CARRIE (yuck!). And no Jess Franco films please!!!!
   As editor and publisher of Pop Culture Review, I am authorized to override those last instructions and tell everyone: you can vote for "13 Ghosts" or "Carrie" if you really want to. Even Jess Franco.
   HOWEVER, you will have to deal with the consequences if you do!  It has to do with Cthulhu eating your children. AND NOBODY WANTS THAT! So choose wisely....... ---Nolan.
   Thanks for writing, Scott!  Predictably, I'm only familiar with some of the albums you mention. But, I'm sure they're all great. I need to investigate some.
   Readers: to anyone not familiar with this newsletter over the last several months time, Scott Gilbert's name is one that comes up a lot between Mike, Matt and myself.  He's an integral part of our history here in Tampa...uh...when we all lived here---I'm the lone hold-out!  (For a more in-depth history, go to the Archives and check out back issues of this newsletter--in particular the history of THE HATS--by Mike and Matt.)
   Anyway, Scott was and is a major comic art fan and accomplished graphic artist in his own right. His primary strip, "True Artist Tales", appears in several papers around the Texas area. Scott has also had his work published in comics form. For a fuller run-down of his exploits and further information, please check out his phenomenal website, . (He's also quite the webmaster too---the list goes on, forget it. Anyway go check it out.)---Nolan.
A promising local writer and friend, Lauré has had a link on my homepage for months. This is her first piece
Lauré's List
for this newsletter and she is welcome to put 21 choices in her top 10! Geez, who hasn't?
  In more or less order of which I was exposed to them:
1.  Bebe Le Strange by Heart
2.  Little Queen by Heart
3.  Dog and Butterfly by Heart
4.  Holy Diver by Dio
5.  Tusk by Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks' songs only)
6.  Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks
7.  The Wild Heart by Stevie Nicks
8.  A by Jethro Tull
9.  Master of Puppets by Metallica
10. Mother's Milk by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
11. Superstition by Siouxsie and the Banshees
12. Floodland by Sisters of Mercy
13. The essential Billie Holliday
14. In Color by Cheap Trick
15. Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughn
16. Chill Out by John Lee Hooker
17. Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings
18. Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
19. Vision, the Music of Hildegard von Bingen
20. The Visit by Loreena McKennit
21. Romanza by Andrea Bocelli
   All these at one time or another have influenced my listening and collecting, or my writing style, or my way of looking at something, or helped me through any sort of patch of weirdness in my life.
   And thank you for writing!  It's the first list with a distinctly feminine perspective. Next to all the guys who've written, that really jumps out, but it's all good stuff!
  Any other fans out there of the female persuasion have a list or care to comment?---Nolan.        All contents this page ©2000 by Nolan B. Canova
Of course, anything written by Scott Gilbert is ©2000 by him.  Lauré's list is © 2000 by her.


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