|This is from the September issue of Blender:
VILLAGE GORILLA HEAD
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Onetime member of ‘80s indie icons the Replacements goes solo
What’s smaller and smarter than a Velvet Revolver? A Velvet Squirt Gun? Current Guns N’ Roses bassist (and onetime preteen bassist for Minneapolis punk-rock greats the Replacements) Tommy Stinson gets a lot of time off as Axl Rose polishes his Chinese Democracy. On his vacation, Stinson has made a record that manages to sound fully engaged and optimistic even while it’s sad all over the place. Village Gorilla Head is full of loud and introspective pop shaped into bittersweet songs that evoke Big Star and Cheap Trick. His GN’R mates Dizzy Reed (keyboards) and Richard Fortus (guitar) drop by to help on some tracks, but Stinson plays much of this moody music himself. At the end, he tenderly croons over and over, “Something of use will come”: Whether Stinson is talking about his life or about Chinese Democracy, either way he’s convincingly optimistic.
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Behind The Music is finally to be aired in Australia on Sunday September 5th at 8pm:
Foxtel Digital channel 810 (vh1)
"8.00pm Behind the Music Guns N Roses
Reality/Fact. Tells the true story of this band of rock and roll outlaws. Guns N' Roses emerged from the thicket of the hair metal jungle on Hollywood's Sunset Strip in the mid-80s and single-handedly reinvented rock and roll. (PG)"