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Contact us via voice mail at (714) 825-8432, or by e-mail: letters@ocweekly.com. Or write to Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Or fax: (714) 708-8410. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. All correspondence must include your home city or service provider and a daytime phone number.FEEDBACK ON FEEDBACKCongratulations to Buddy Seigal on a great outline of the authentic OC roots renaissance "The Incomplete Guide to Roots Music" (Feedback, Aug. 14).Although Seigal is right-on when he tells us that Chris Gaffney would whomp some line-dancing ass, Buddy is only half-ass right when he tells us that Gaffney will make us wanna cry in our Coors. All of Gaffney's friends know that he won't allow a Coors near him. He's a Bud man!Nashville is committing suicide with its pop music and had better be nervous about Gaffney and Big Sandy. What sounds good, sounds good, and therefore is good. Keep up the good work!-Carl Hunter
Lake Forest

I just wanted to say a big fat "Bravo!" to Seigal for his article on roots music. I really liked how he pointed out that the mainstream bands (particularly in swing) were not the best. It was good to see that not everyone is caught up in the mainstream rush of swing and that the real bands are noticed. -Matt Becker
Flint, Michigan

Ska predates roots reggae by several years, contrary to Seigal's statement, "Not to be confused with dancehall, ska, ragamuffin or any of the other offshoots of real reggae." Ska is definitely not an offshoot of "real reggae," as he suggests. Without the inception of ska in Jamaica in the late '50s/early '60s, roots reggae might not be where it is today, if in existence at all.-Jesse Miner
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Buddy Seigal responds: While my choice of wording may not have been clear, the ska I was referring to was the third-wave pop/ska so common to OC. Of course, I'm well-aware that pioneering ska artists like Prince Buster, the Vikings, the Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, et al. predated the evolution of reggae.I am a female in my late 20s who recently spent time with the members of Sugar Ray at a gig in Kennewick, Washington. Unlike what Michael Alarcon's article suggests, I found each of them to be charming, witty and extremely grounded. I did not find them to be "fucking dicks," nor did they treat me like shit. I've been waiting for an article on Sugar Ray for a long time and was thoroughly disappointed after reading "Sugar Ray: Lightweight Champs! And Loving It!" (Feedback, Aug. 14). By Alarcon's own account, this is a band from Orange County that has sold more than 2.5 million records, yet he decides to talk about why the press likes or dislikes Sugar Ray. Who do you think cares about what the media think? Certainly not the fans. It is extremely negligent for the press to not acknowledge a band that's sold 2.5 million records in its own back yard. There's a story here, and it is absolutely irresponsible for Alarcon or any other journalist to not report it.-Michelle Meakin
Vancouver, British Columbia

Michael Alarcon responds: First, I never said Sugar Ray were "fucking dicks." Those were the words of a female journalist who's had bad encounters with them. And they didn't treat me like shit, either; they were extremely charming. Second, if you read the intro before the actual interview, you'd see that the premise of my interview was to ask them how they felt about the bashing they get by the press. Instead of dressing the band up in cute, trendy clothes a la Rolling Stone or Details, I decided to give them a chance to answer their critics. Sorry for trying to be creative and confusing you. To answer your last question, Sugar Ray care what the media think-they told me so. They were upset that they've never been featured in the Weekly. You should be thanking me; I was the only one who wanted to interview them.MORE MUSICAL MEMORIESBuddy Seigal's "The Playback, Part 1" (Music, Aug. 7) managed to bring back memories of music that held few good memories for this survivor of the '70s. Reading such names as Morris Albert, Starland Vocal Band and REO Speedwagon again made me afraid to go to sleep at night for fear that I might have horrible nightmares. How dare Rhino Records, which usually shows good taste when it comes to reissues, release a whole box set of '70s music. Wasn't it enough that we had to suffer through that shit once?Speaking of shit, I was surprised that certain '70s nuggets (and I use that term very loosely) didn't make it into Rhino's box from hell. Where's Sister Sledge's "We Are Family" or Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Hot Legs"? And how, oh how, could they have forgotten to include anything by Cat Stevens or Leo Sayer? If Rhino is going to make us suffer again for our sins, why don't they make us really suffer?-John McElligott Jr.
Fullerton

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