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FOUR SOBERING POSSIBILITIES ABOUT ATLANTA MUSIC THAT HAUNT US

1. For all our successful rock and hip-hop acts (Black Crowes, Collective Soul, OutKast, Ludacris, TLC), many people think of Atlanta as a breeding ground for innocuous lite-rock (India.Arie, John Mayer).
2. People think of Athens (R.E.M., B-52's, Widespread Panic, Elephant Six) as Georgia's premier music city.
3. Despite what Jermaine and Ludacris say, Atlanta isn't really the spot where the players play, and parties stop long before 8 in the morning.
4. People in other cities don't really care that Elton John maintains a lavish apartment here.
-- Kevin Moreau

SIX THINGS ACCLAIMED LOCAL PRODUCER BRENDAN O'BRIEN HAS TO ANSWER FOR

1 . Jackyl's self-titled debut (1993)
2 . Train, Drops of Jupiter (2001)
3. Papa Roach, Lovehatetragedy (2002)
4. Korn, Follow the Leader (1998); Issues (1999)
5. Sheryl Crow's cover of "Sweet Child O' Mine," 1999 (mixing duties only)
6. Aerosmith, Get A Grip (1993)
-- Kevin Moreau

FOUR LOCAL ELECTRONIC PRODUCERS MORE FAMOUS IN OTHER COUNTRIES

1 . Scott Herren (Prefuse 73, Savath + Savalas), now residing in Barcelona
2 . Richard Devine (rdevine, Trapezoid)
3 . Chris Brann (Ananda Project, Wamdue Project, P'taah)
4 . Brian Burton (Pelican City, Danger Mouse), now residing in London
-- Roni Sarig

LOCAL MUSIC MATH

Dave Matthews ÷ [(Vanilla Ice + Fiona Apple) - Rod McKuen] = John Mayer
(Graham Parker + David Fricke) - Donovan = Swimming Pools Q's' Jeff Calder
(Staind + Living Colour) x Hootie & the Blowfish = Sevendust
(Indigo Girls + Rolling Stones) - major label = Michelle Malone
[(Buddy Guy + Michael Bloomfield) ÷ Susan Tedeschi] + Northside Tavern = Sean Costello
[(Emmanuel Lewis + Robin Leach) ÷ Hugh Hefner] x [Phil Spector ÷ Michael Jackson] = Jermaine Dupri
(Alicia Keys - Tori Amos) + [(Erykah Badu ÷ Lauryn Hill)+ Joan Armatrading] x Tracy Chapman = India.Arie
[Van Morrison + Tom Waits] - Jack Kerouac = Kodac Harrison
[(The Faces + The Rolling Stones) - Elvis Presley] ÷ Candlebox = the Black Crowes

FIVE ACTS WE LIKE TO CLAIM AS LOCALS (BUT WHO REALLY AREN'T)

1. Peter Buck -- R.E.M. guitarist's Seattle digs make it harder than ever to claim him as Georgia fixture.
2. Alan Jackson -- Zillion-selling aw-shucks country superstar (and Newnan, Ga., native) lays his 10-gallon hat in Brentwood, Tenn.
3. Elton John -- Part-time Buckhead resident (and full-time "Peach Buzz" staple) still calls Britain home.
4. John Mayer -- Fresh-faced pop singer currently splits his time between L.A. and New York.
5. Chris Robinson -- Former Black Crowe long ago settled in California; he currently lives the good life in Malibu with actress Kate Hudson.
-- Kevin Moreau

FIVE ACTS THAT ARE LOCAL (BUT ARE CLAIMED BY OTHER PLACES)

Too Short (Oakland, Calif.)
Kansas (Kansas)
Scarface (Houston, Texas)
Chuck D (New York, N.Y.)
Brian "Backstreet Boy" Littrell
(Orlando, Fla.)
-- Roni Sarig

TOP TEN ATLANTA ONE-HIT WONDERS

1. "Lullaby," Shawn Mullins, #7 (pop), 1998
2. "Key Largo," Bertie Higgins, #8 (pop)/ #1 (adult contemporary), 1982
3. "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," Georgia Satellites, #2 (pop), 1987
4. "Whoot, There It Is," 95 South, #11 (pop)/ #3 (rap), 1993
5. "Moonlight Feels Right," Starbuck, #3 (pop), 1976
6. "I Love the Nightlife," Alicia Bridges, #5 (pop), 1978
7. "Chevy Van," Sammy Johns, #5 (pop), 1975
8. "Freak of the Week," Marvelous 3, #5 (modern rock), 1999
9. "Pac-Man Fever," Buckner and Garcia, #9 (pop), 1982
10. "Money Changes Everything," Cyndi Lauper (written by Atlanta's Tom Gray and originally recorded by his band, the Brains), #27 (pop), 1984
-- Lee Smith

HOMEGROWN MUSICAL MOVEMENTS

Singer/songwriter -- what: earnest strummers; who: Caroline Aiken, Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, John Mayer; where: Decatur; patron saint: Bob Dylan
Neo-soul -- what: bourgie-boho/neuvo-retro hipster vibes; who: India Arie, Donnie, Seek, Chiedza; where: Apache Cafe (formerly Yin Yang Cafe); patron saint: Donny Hathaway
Redneck Underground -- what: Southern pride with hipness and humor; who: Diggers, Slim Chance, Truckadelic, Drive-By Truckers; where: Austin Avenue Buffet, Star Bar; patron saint: Johnny Cash
Instro/surf rock -- what: lyrics-free spy-fi twang for a landlocked city; who: the Penetrators, Man or Astro-Man?, the X-Rays, the Mariners, the Hula Hounds; where: Starlight Drive-In; patron saint: Dick Dale
New wave -- what: skinny-tie shimmy and jerk; who: Swimming Pool Q's, the Producers, the Brains, Arms Akimbo; where: Wax N Facts used record bins; patron saint: Danny Beard
Crunk -- what: industrial-strength party rap; who: Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz, 404 Soldiers, Bone Crusher; where: South DeKalb, Southwest Atlanta; patron saint: Nipsey Russell

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