The Monitor from McAllen, Texas on December 31, 1995 · 30
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The Monitor from McAllen, Texas · 30

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6D " Sunday, December 31, 1995 THE MONITOR, McAllen, Texas YEAR IN REVIEW Selena's murder skewed the Tejano music scene for 1995 By MARIO TARRADELL Dallas Morning News If you're looking for a summation of Tejano music in 1995, go to your local newsstand: People magazine has named Selena one of the 25 most intriguing personalities of the year. The recognition caps a year filled with . unprecedented media attention showered on a Latin artist who was only a regional success before her tragic death. . In predictable pop-culture fashion, Selena Quintanilla Perez became a superstar after she was shot by former fan ' club president Yolanda Saldivar on March 31. Since her death, Selena's sassy smile has graced the pages of Entertainment Weekly, Spin and US. People dedicated an entire issue to her brief life. She made the evening news almost as often as O.J. .' After her death, four of her Te jano albums landed on Billboard's pop album chart, making her the first contemporary Tejano act to accomplish the feat. Her record label, EMI Latin, couldn't get the CDs to stores fast enough. In July, EMI Records released Dreaming of You, a collection of her' biggest Tejano 4 t . ' ' The Associated Press No Me Olvides: Slain Tejano singer Selena is captured on film in Los Angeles this August. hits, a few new Spanish tunes and four English "pop tracks she had recorded for her planned crossover album. The CD entered the charts at No. 1 and landed Selena on Top 40 radio, another first for a modem-day Tejano artist. But the repercussions of her posthumous success have both Are your investments appropriately diversified for 1996? Join us for answers at our live satellite broadcast. The Year in Review and Outlook for 1996 Thursday, January 4, 1996 4:00 P.M. Our featured guest will be the Chairman and CEO of The Gillette Company, Alfred M. Zeien. He'll explain how this razor-sharp international company got into more medicine cabinets in 1995. Following the program, equity and bond specialist? will answer your questions on an array of bonds and more than 200 ot the most widely-held stocks in American. This event is free, but seating is limited,, so register early. Amerlfeeh AT&T Banc One Cash CD's Corporate Bonds Ford Gillette Home Depot Intel PepsiCo. Tax-Free Municipal Bonds U.S. Government Bonds - Wal-Mart Year in Keview Outlook FOR 1996 Call or stop by today for more information. Jim Pax, CFP 2106 E. Griffin Pkwy. Mission, IX 78572 210-580-2900 or Pat McClellan 1111 Pecan McAllen, IX 78501 210-630-5154 EdwardJones Serving Individual Investors Since 1872 WWW I CITYOF IcALLEN HOLIDAY GARBAGE SCHEDULE... THE CITY OF McALLEN WILL COLLECT RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, MONDAY, JANUARY 1 ST. PLEASE HAVE CANS OUT EARLY IN THE MORNING. CALL 972-7600 AFTER 7 A.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION. CITY STAFF WISHES EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! In 1 J I helped and hindered Tejano music. Her demise focused a glaring spotlight on a genre relatively foreign to those outside Texas. Yet her success also has inadvertently cast an overwhelming shadow over all other Tejano artists' vying for an audience particularly the women. Tejano is notoriously male-dominated; Selena was the only bona fide female star. The attention generated by her death should have opened doors for singers. However, take a glance at the Latin album charts and you'll see Selena's Dreaming of You, which has spent 19 weeks at the top. That's it for women. On the singles chart, she occupies four slots. Again, she's the only female Tejano artist on the list. New albums by Elsa Garcia, Ste-fani and Stephanie Lynn Tejano singers on the fringe of mainstream acceptance before the Selena tragedy have gone unnoticed this year. Shelly Lares, the only other female Tejano artist with the chops to match Selena, had to sit out 1995 record-wise while she negotiated a new recording contract. On the male front, Emilio recorded his first mainstream country album, Life Is Good, and newcomer Joel Nava mixed Tejano and country on his self-titled debut. Both projects were well-received Emilio even became Miller Lite's billboard model but they, were unable to divert media focus from Selena. The climate should change in '96 as the impact of Selena's death fades. Lares will release fresh material in the spring. In May, Austin's Arista Texas will release music from its first female vocalist, Nydia Rojas. In addition to Emilio, whose next album will be a Tejano record, and Nava, male stars Pete Astudillo and Jay Perez could gain larger audiences. But that doesn't mean Selena will be forgotten. Her impact on fans is too personal, too heartfelt to disappear in a year's time. There's talk about unreleased Tejano recordings that may surface in future Selena compilations; she's featured on a Leonard Bernstein tribute album, The Songs of West Side Story, that will hit stores Jan. 30. A, video retrospective also may emerge in 1996. Still, the future of Tejano doesn't depend on Selena. The industry should seize the exposure she created to seek and sign talented artists, develop the worthy acts already on label rosters and promote the music in the mainstream market. Tejano music deserves the opportunity to be recognized as a genre, not as a trend. Selena would have wanted it that way. Year's top 10 Latin albums Dallas Morning News 1. Mana, Cuando Los Angeles Lloran (WEA Latina) Rock en espahol movement gets a propulsive kick from this energized set by the popular Mexican group. 2. Joel Nava, Joel Nava (Arista Texas) Tejano and country embark on a musical courtship that proves the styles are more like husband and wife than distant cousins. 3. Gloria Estefan, Abriendo Puertas (Epic) A paean to Latin American music from a woman with the spirit to embrace the rhythms, the idioms and the cultures. 4. Albita, No Se Parcce A Nada (Crescent MoonEpic) Debut by unknown Cuban singer-songwriter arrives fully formed and bursting with character. 5. Vicente Fernandez, Aunque Me Duela El Alma (Sony Discos) Robust ranchera king continues to turn out stylish odes to life and love and the turmoil that lies in between. 6. Alejandro Fernandez, Que Seas Muy Feliz (Sony Discos) You could call him the ranchera prince, but judging by this exemplary set, the young Fernandez also has a firm grasp on smooth, romantic balladry. 7. Pete Astudillo, Como Te Extraho (EMI Latin) Tejano 's premier songwriter, who penned Selena's biggest hits, is also a talented singer who didn't give all his good tunes away. 8. Julio Iglesias, La Carretera (Sony Latin) Veteran vocalist delivers his best effort in years, an album that melds sinewy tropical grooves with atmospheric pop ballads. . 9. La Ley, Invisible (WEA Latina) Take Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet, mix in a little Roxy Music, sprinkle a dash of Wild Cherry and you have the musical makeup of this Chilean art-rock band. 10. Julian, Siete Mananas (WEA Latina) San Francisco-based singer shows maturity and promise on his third project, a melange of pop, rock, dance and funk tracks. What is New in Paging! The Gold line Pen Pager Now Available! WE SELL RELIABLE MOTOROLA PAGERS Conversions Reasonable Reconnects Trade-ins Accepted QJJ PER MONTH w6 mo. contract BROWNSVILLE 546-6066 2039 Price Rd. McALLEN N. 687-5119 1301 N. 10th St. HARLINGEN 412-1166 1418 E. Tyler McALLEN . 631-7243 600 Ash WESLAC0 969-9400 1519 N. Texas RIO GRANDE 487-0080 402 W. 2nd. St. 1995 had its share of winners and yes, losers By ROY H. CAMPBELL Knighl-Ridder Newspapers For many it will go down in history as the year of O.J. When a verdict was reached : not guilty the differing reactions of many whites and blacks, played up by the media, seemed to widen an already deepening gap between the races. Most politicians didn't try to heal the wounds. They were too busy fighting their own battles. The Republicans went after affirmative action, welfare, Medicare and the deficit. The Democrats drew some lines, and the government was shut down, twice. Who were the winners and the losers? Here's one scorecard. In -Out Mumia Abu-Jamal OJ. Simpson CD-ROM games - Sega Estrogen patches Nicotine patches Web sites Bulletin boards Power yoga Aerobics 24-hour news shows Talk shows Marriott Ritz-Carlton Hummer - Brando Men's movement Women's movement ' Barbie Lord Anderson CK jeans CK ads George Vanity Fair Medicare Health care George Clooney David Caruso , ' Cox Courtney 2 WO D8 W!ML USSTV? FACT: The 1995 cotton crop in the Rio Grande Valley was the worst in over 70 years. The cotton industry lost oyer $150 million, and the cost to the Valley's economy was nearly $1 Billion! WHY? There are many unanswered questions concerning this disaster, but we believe that the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the Boll Weevil Eradication Program. A total disaster in 1995, this program now raises more questions than it provides answers. Questions like: If the Federal Government is so "sure" about the ultimate success of this program, why are they not willing. to guarantee farmer's losses? Why is is the government ignoring Dr. Sammy's research that proves the 1995 damage caused by this program? Could this program ever work if Mexico (our adjacent neighbor) doesn't participate? When massive government spraying (nearly one gallon per acre in 1995) also kills the beneficials, allowing secondary pests to become primary pests, how could this program ever succeed? What kind of threat does wide-spread aerial spraying of Malathion pose to the health of human and animal populations? .. How many special-interest groups stand to profit from continuation of this program? Can cotton farmers afford to throw good money after bad and gamble on another 1995 disaster? If this program continues, who will be running your farm and your livelihood -you or a bunch of government bureaucrats? If these questions leave you scratching your head about why anyone would be willing to risk another 1995 cotton disaster, then the answer should be , obvious. . When you get your voting ballot during the first week of January, vote "AGAINST" and kill this program before it kills you.- and everyone else! Courteney Love Hush Puppies Timberlands Exhaling Inhaling Model Tyson Beckford r Mike Tyson Green Day The Grateful Dead Internet shopping TV shopping ,." . . Unemployment checks Paychecks Notorious B.I.G. Snoop Doggy Dogg Abs Chests Johnnie Cochran Chris Darden -' Windows '95 OS2 Pinky and the Brain Mystery Science Theater 3000 Friends The Crew ' Colin Powell- - Pete Wilson Talking about sex Doing it 'Net forum names heroes and villains The Associated Press Who were the heroes and villains of 1995? The Associated Press asked members of the WELL, a small but highly regarded on-line community with members worldwide. A few of their answers: . Alex Jestrab (alexjes): "The family that made a board game out of it (a 'collector's item') and others who coldly and yet cheerfully profited from the Simpson trial as though there was never a tragedy." Jon Glass' O'on028): "Heroes: ordinary people on the Web, who publish original material and are promulgating the most dramatic revolution in the written word since well, you know the drill, but I think it's true that this sudden ability to widely distribute material is incredibly powerful and important" Katherine Hardy fkavo): "I'd have to say the freshman class in the House of Representatives is the Biggest bunch of villains I've seen in a long time. And the corpora tions that own them." "Villains: Microsoft, for once again waiting for everyone else to do the pioneering work and take all the risks so they can then waltz into the market, stick their noses up at what is, blather on about how much better they will make it, and then take it over. And the euvs who blew up the OK building whoever they are, or if this pair is convicted, may they rot in hell with the sound of the babies thev blew up crying right in their ear forever." . t

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