That 70s Week

White-trash fever heats up as the millennium approaches

We took our boy up to Los Angeles (pronounced "Los Anjeleez," thank you) for Rhino's Retro Fest. It was rad, and we got to sit behind the wheel of Starsky & Hutch's big ugly Torino. Also, we got to see the General Lee, and although we were very small when the show aired, we just knew the blond Duke brother would be a huge star! We'd like to take a moment to review all the various swag the fine PR folks at Rhino have sent us over the past few months, seeing as how we promised we would.

The Very Best of Nicolette Larson. Our parents had her debut album when we were a little girl, and we loved it very much and would sit in front of the stereo and read the lyrics over and over, and she sure did have beautiful hair! The Sugarhill Gang: Jump on It. Our boy Jimmy likes this children's rap album very much. Thanks, Rhino folks! Willie Nelson in Concert video. A humdinger! Hot Rods & Custom Classicsbox set. Extremely thorough. A great Christmas gift for that special someone! Women of Country. Dolly sings her original version of "I Will Always Love You." Funny, we don't hate it like we do when Whitney sings it. This is a beautiful album, and it has already been stolen! The Monkees Greatest Hits. We're pretty sure Rhino sent us this. It was a long time ago. It's the dreamiest!

A '70s week wouldn't be a '70s week without some big old arena rock, so we spent Friday evening in the company of heartbreaker Tom Petty at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. May we just say that, while other formerly hot rockers have become unbelievably boring in their old age—we mean you, Sting, Rod Stewart and four out of five Rolling Stones—Petty keeps getting better. His soundtrack for the Jennifer Aniston flick She's the One had something like 16 glorious tracks, and his new one, Echo, isn't bad either. And as the only blond Traveling Wilbury, we just knew he'd be a huge star.

Clarification: Twisty Lemons, referred to in last week's column, is not in fact a lesbian, as several readers thought. We only meant that she's a girl and she rocks hard, like the guitarist for Best Revenge. Threats of legal action should be sent to
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