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Now known as The Monahans, Milton Mapes was a band out of Austin, Texas, originally named after one of the members' grandfather. Their debut CD was released in 1999 to rave reviews from critics who compared their sound to Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
Steve Adams of the Broken Family Band says they've become quite good friends with the band, and says "They're really lovely guys... but the title has nothing to do with the song." So why is this song named after them? "We thought that song sounded a little bit like them, and we were trying to sound a bit like them," explains Steve.
Regarding the line in the song, "all those haircut kids on the Indie rock underground," Steve declines to expound on the topic, saying that he was genuinely angry when he wrote it, and "no one could ever benefit from me talking about it." He says this is the only song he's written when he was angry that he's actually kept, and doesn't remember exactly what he was talking about at the time, "but it was to do with a specific event." (Read the full interview with Steve Adams
Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"
Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.
Loudon Wainwright III
"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit. His latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.
Jon Anderson of Yes
From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.