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    Indecent Exposure

    It's uncensored, so if you're focused, you might see a nipple," says Marion Raven, introducing her video "Heads Will Roll" on the online network No Good TV. Actually, you don't have to pay very close attention at all. The clip, in which Raven sings atop a writhing mass of women, features several areolas -- although, as Raven points out, none of them are hers. "And we do have a version without the nipples," she adds. If you're focused, you might see topless women in a lot of music videos these days -- though not on your television. NGTV's Dirty Music Video channel has emerged as the Internet's leading provider of T&A-filled music clips -- from the naughty schoolgirl fantasy of EndeverafteR's "Baby Baby Baby" to the simulated oral sex (lesbian, naturally) of Circus Diablo's "Loaded" to Everclear's blasphemous "Hater," in which Jesus is portrayed as a hedonistic cad.

  • The Records That Changed My Life

    "I know all the 'classic' records that people are supposed to list," Ryan Adams says. "I mean, I love Blonde on Blonde.But these records are the ones from throughout my life that I reallywould take to a desert island--although I might trade them in for alighter or a raft." Recuperating from the broken wrist he sufferedduring a January concert, the roots-rock tune machine listed a fewpersonal faves from his misspent North Carolina youth. 45 GRAVE AUTOPSY (Restless, 1987)"This is a record I got when I visited my uncle in Arlington, Virginia.He worked for a company connected to NASA, which I thought was cool,because I was super into astronomy. I knew 45 Grave had some connectionto the Germs and Gun Club. The cover looked kinda goth, so I took ithome, and it was so fucking good. I lived in a small town with no girlsto date or people to impress.

  • The Records That Changed My Life

    Liz Phair has evolved from the lo-fi diva of 1993's Exile in Guyville to the modern-rock mom of last year's Liz Phair.And through the years, her relationship with the music on herWalkman/Discman/iPod has remained as intimate and intense as thoseearly four-track songs she recorded more than a decade ago in responseto the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. "I've walked thousands of miles across Chicago and Manhattan listening to these albums," she says. SIMON & GARFUNKELBRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER (Columbia, 1970)My parents listened to the Beatles and Bob Dylan, and even though I liked some Dylan songs, I didn't really understand them: [sings] 'Everybody must get stoned'--ouch, that would hurt! [Laughs] But this is the album I can remember them playing the most. Looking back, I really think it had a big effect on my songwriting style." R.E.M.

  • My Life In Music: Michael Stipe

    Photo By Alexei Hay As an army brat bouncing around the country, Michael Stipefound inspiration in everything from the Beatles singing "Michelle" toTammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and Roger Miller's "King of the Road,"singles given to Stipe and his sisters by a kindly record-shop owner.Then he heard Patti Smith and everything changed. As R.E.M. head backto the studio to record a new album due out this fall, Stipe stopped toimpart some wisdom culled from a quarter-century lived a month ahead ofthe curve.

  • Tony Kanal

    "I never had a cool older brother or sister to turn me on tocool music," says No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. "I hadto discover it for myself." Calling just before hisband's The Singles 1992-2003 hit stores, theLondon-born, Orange County-bred Kanal, 33, spun the soundtrack tohis far-flung musical upbringing. As an added bonus, Gwen Stefanisat in the background correcting his grammar ("'Gwenand I,' not 'Gwen and me'") and ticking offher own supposed favorites ("Michael Bolton, Kenny G, CelineDion"). Photo By Jeff Minton D. BAD BRAINS I AGAINST I (SST, 1986) "Bad Brains are so underrated. It's weird -- we've worked with people in the reggae world, and nobody knows about them. I Against Idoesn't have any actual reggae songs, but, to me, this is their mostconsistent album. They're doing hardcore stuff, but there are alsoamazing metal grooves."

  • The Chemical Brothers: My Life In Music

    Anyone who's heard Chemical Brothers classics like "Block Rockin'Beats" and "Setting Sun" knows that Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons getover on breaking barriers between techno and rock. Even if the sunhas set on the electronica revolution they pioneered, the recentcompilation Singles 93-03 shows that their big beats canstill rock a living room. When we asked them to draw up a periodictable of the music that made the Chems who they are, it was liketapping into two sides of the same brain -- fitting for two palswho still go check out Dylan every chance they get.

  • Controversy of the Year: War on Downloading

    This is the year things got personal. The Recording IndustryAssociation of America made good on its threat to sue individualfile traders, not just the software companies that aid and abetthem. At first, the RIAA targeted college students like JesseJordan of Troy, New York, who was fined $12,000 for providing acampus network search engine on his website. By the end of theyear, the RIAA had filed hundreds of suits. But while the mediarushed to find defendants like 12-year-old Manhattan honors studentBrianna LaHara, few took note of Sherman Austin. Likethe downloaders, Austin was sanctioned simply for sharing information.But in early 2002, the government decided that Austin, who had justturned 18, was a terrorist.

  • Wyclef Jean: My Life In Music

    You may know Wyclef Jean as the leader of the Fugees, who combinedrap, soul, and reggae to become one of the biggest hip-hop acts ofthe '90s. But this Haitian-born rock fan's musicalinfluences are even wider than that. He grew up playing guitar inhis father's church (an experience evoked by the title of hisfourth post-Fugees solo album, The Preacher's Son) andhas gone on to cover Bob Marley and collaborate with Santana. WithThe Preacher's Son, Jean says, "I'm goingback to just being an artist, a craftsman, and a songwriter."Judging from the following list, that could mean just aboutanything. A. Yellowman King Yellowman (CBS, 1984)"Growing up in Haiti, I listened to [dancehall legend] Yellowman allthe time. I was 13 or 14 when this came out. There was something abouthis style and the clarity of his voice.

  • Ted Leo/The Pharmacists, 'Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead' (Lookout!)

    "But mine eyes have seen the glory of the fields of flowers and fa-fa-factory floors," Ted Leo sings on "The High Party." If you heard a near-subliminal reference to Elvis Costello's "Let Them All Talk" ("Have we come this fa-fa-far to find a soul cliche?"), then this odds-and-sods EP is for you. Alongside tracks from his excellent Hearts of Oak album, America's most literate post-punk covers English folkie Ewan MacColl, the Jam, and Split Enz, key influences all. And as always, Leo answers Elvis' query with a resounding no. BUY: iTunesAmazon

  • The Strokes, 'Room On Fire' (RCA)

    Only their hairdressers and Backstage Pass know for sure, but this is how I bet it went down: One night, early in the sessions for their second album, the Strokes retired to singer Julian Casablancas' apartment to listen to some rough mixes. The mood was festive, and the Old Milwaukee was flowing, but once Julian hitplay, the lads knew something was amiss. After a few awkward moments, one of them -- Nikolai, Fabrizio, Fandango, whoever --looked up from the foosball table and said, "Dudes, we got ahead of ourselves. Working with (Radiohead producer) Nigel (Godrich) was a great idea, but we should save him for our Challenging Third Album.

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