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"It’s nice to see that rock can still grab the limelight once in a while."
—Duncan Brown, Newbury Comics

HEAD'S UP: ROCK'S "A"-OK WITH RADIOHEAD & GREEN DAY

Rock Bands Debut In The Top Two Slots
On The Charts
Stick the needle in that tattoo ink and get ready to pierce your genitals, kiddies, because that always-fickle pendulum of barely post-pubescent partiality seems to be swinging in a rockier direction these days, and it's benefiting those lucky enough to be caught between rock and a hard place.

Indeed, while rockers may have taken a back seat to teen dreams and rap phenoms for a while now, they're driving the music industry this week.

"It's nice to see that rock can still grab the limelight once in a while," guffawed Duncan Brown of Newbury Comics, who couldn't care less about a democratic revolution in Yugoslavia and the threat of Armageddon in the Middle East.

What the Dunc-man really cares about is a monster #1 debut from Capitol's Radiohead and a nearly as monstrous #2 bow by Reprise's Green Day.

"It's so great to see a fan-driven record like Radiohead explode like this," said the Duncster, wondering if Arafat is a new rap band out of Flagstaff. "It's not exactly a radio album, but it's still one of the biggest debuts of the year for us."

It also caused more ruckus in Birmingham, AL, than Slobodan Milosovic at a Belgrade weenie roast. "I've never seen anything like this," said the Magic Platter's Don Van Cleave. "Fans were literally crying at the midnight sale when we would hand them the record. They were trembling with anticipation. The set-up by Capitol could not have been better." Don then kissed his cousin/wife/sheep and went for a dip in the cee-ment pond.

But it wouldn't be a regular week in the music industry without a stellar debut by a hip-hop artist, and Rap-A-Lot/Virgin's Scarface, who performed a #8 drive-by on this week's Top 50.

The other Top 20 debut belonged to WB's Paul Simon at #19. Next week, there's Orgy, Wallflowers and probable chart-topper Ja Rule. And the hard guys will be well-served in the coming weeks with new ones from Limp Bizkit, Godsmack, Slayer, Offspring and many other nutty kids.

"Duuuuude, Limp Bizkit is sooooo heinous," said Brown. "Did someone say there's a Presidential election coming up?"

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