My knee-jerk reaction would be, "to sell papers." Alas, SF Weekly is free, so that's not it. Novelty can't be it, either; the Jim Morrison "Look at me, I'm outrageous, but it's really just a desperate cry for help" story is old and tired. Drugs? We've seen it time and again, and it's still boring and pathetic. Band implosion on the road? The Pistols did it long ago, and in San Francisco, to boot. Old news.
Meanwhile, there's really no viable scene happening in San Francisco. Maybe it's partly because there's no substance for people to glom onto, at least not in your paper. All we get are stories about how stupid people can be, and how fascinated they can be by irrelevant sophomoric "acting out" behavior. Anything but the music, the lyrics, the artists, the performances, the clubs. Look at yourself in the mirror and take some of the blame.
Perhaps intentionally Jeff Stark's piece on the Brian Jonestown Massacre ("Tragic Bus") omitted a single mention of their music -- turgid, Primal Scream/My Bloody Valentine B-sides played ineptly and sung tunelessly.
Someone should tell Anton Newcombe that a talent for self-mythology alone does not make great rock 'n' roll. He looks the part, he acts the part, hell he probably even smells the part (if Stark's article is anything to go by), but unfortunately the BJM stink.
Dead, But Not Buried
Thank you for running Tara Shioya's "Invisible Veterans" story (July 16). Anyone familiar with Bataan found the title very appropriate.
My Grand Uncle Vernon Frey, a U.S. soldier, was one of the many victims. He was force-marched to the POW camp and soon after starved to death. It was these men (and many others) mentioned in the article who fought side by side with my grand uncle. They suffered no less than anyone there. They go to bed every night and relive those horrific moments in their nightmares. How does our government acknowledge them? One big empty pathetic silence. On behalf of my grand uncle, who is still there six feet underground, demand acknowledgement for the valiant efforts of these veterans, for whom the war will never end.