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  • Jan 21-27, 2009
  • Vol. 40, No. 4


  • Mope
  • News Lead
  • Mope

    Summit County Republicans Throw Themselves A Pity Party
  • Point Of Impact
  • News Lead
  • Point Of Impact

    If There Was A Plot To Steal The 2004 Election, Michael Connell Knew About It. Is That Why He's Dead?


  • Livewire
  • The Beat Goes On

    After studying composition and piano at Julliard for a year in the early '70s, New York-born Paul Collins decided he wanted to be a rock star. So he hitchhiked his way to San Francisco to pursue his dream. Answering a "drummer wanted" ad, Collins joined the Nerves, a proto-new-wave band that would release an EP featuring the catchy tune "Hanging on the Telephone," which later became a hit for Blondie after the Nerves had broken up. "We did everything we could do as a band," Collins recalls in a phone interview when asked about why the Nerves called it quits after three years. "We put out our own records and toured the country and got zero industry interest. That killed the band. After the tour, we were spent. We were young too, and had a lot of energy. I took it the hardest of the three of us because those guys were older. Then six months later, when I heard Blondie was doing 'Hanging on the Telephone,' I thought maybe we'd get back together, but that was not the case." Instead, Collins formed a power-pop friendly act he called the Beat. While the Beat was inactive through most of the '90s, Collins has recently gotten the group (with a different line-up) back together and recorded two albums, Flying High and last year's terrific Ribbon of Gold, an album that proves his songwriting well is far from dry. "The worst thing is to make a fool of yourself, especially if you have a decent track record," says Collins. "But between those two albums, I can legitimately say that I have something to offer, and that's really important for me as an artist." Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival, Gentleman Jesse & His Men and Short Rabbits open at 8 p.m. at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216.221.8576). - Jeff Niesel


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  • Screens
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    Jean-claude Van Damme Takes On His Best Role: Jean-claude Van Damme







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