Articles - December 1998

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The Onion
Sometime in 1998?
    Toriphile Michelle Piccolo alerted me to a small review of "from the choirgirl hotel" that appeared on The Onion web site. I am not sure when this was first posted, but I am guessing sometime in 1998. You can read the review at The Onion web site or below:

    Tori Amos
    From The Choirgirl Hotel
    Tori Amos is one of the most confusing and fascinating singers around, primarily because she gets away with so much: Who else could dedicate an album to "the faeries," publicly fantasize about having sex with God, and allow herself to be pictured nursing a pig without being, well, laughed at? Amos gets away with it, of course, because her albums have occasionally been as compelling as much of From The Choirgirl Hotel, a dense, ghostly web of haunting ballads and obtuse poetry. For every "Pandora's Aquarium," a lyrical journey into Amos' insufferably twee faerie-land--and for every "She's Your Cocaine," a shrill experiment that doesn't work--there's a handful of gently lovely, piano- and string-driven songs like "Jackie's Strength" and "Northern Lad." Coming on the heels of 1996's uneven, excess-driven Boys For Pele, From The Choirgirl Hotel is a welcome arrival: a focused, accessible Tori Amos record that's quirky enough to please her hardcore fans, yet poppy enough to draw in the curious but cynical. Naturally, Amos' most ardent followers have bought it already--and her detractors have already decided not to go near it--but those in the middle would do well to give it a try. --Stephen Thompson

Focus On The Family Review Of Choirgirl
    Toriphile Rob sent me a review of Tori's 1998 album "from the choirgirl hotel" from the christian organization Focus On The Family. The review appeared on their web site at one time. While I do not agree with much of what this organization says, the review is interesting (and amusing) reading. Read it here.

Folio Weekly
December 22, 1998

    A free local newspaper in Jacksonville, FL called Folio Weekly had a Best of Jax special in their December 22, 1998 issue. Tori was listed as the Best Concert of 98. Thanks to SwrrlGirly for telling me about this. They said:

    If you missed Tori Amos' concert, then you missed one of the best ever to hit the area. On Oct. 13, Amos performed at the Moran Theater to a wide variety of fans--from guys with pink hair (possibly imitating the little boy with dyed-pink hair in Amos' "Raspberry Swirl" video) to girls with wings attatched to their backs. Amos opened with "Precious Things" to an incredible light show. Unique to this tour for Amos was the full band that accompanied her. Before launching into one of her songs , during one of her many stories, a frantic fan yelled "Love you, Tori." Interactive as always, Amos responded, "I love you back". Folio Weekly readers simply loved the entire evening.

Hits Magazine
December 18, 1998

    NeilQuinn informs me that the December 18, 1999 (Volume 12, Issue 624) issue of Hits Magazine did an end of year special and had top albums and song lists. Tori recieved in the Post Modern '98 category a ranking of 38 for Choirgirl. In the Adult Post Modern '98 category she grabbed a ranking of 42 for Choirgirl.

Wine X Magazine
December 1998 / January 1999
    Tori has an article and is also on the cover of the December 1998 /January 1999 issue of Wine X Magazine (Vol. 3.2). On the cover it says that, "The Die-Hard Red Head Diva Tunes Into Wine." The photo on the cover is a common promotional picture, but there are photos inside of Tori backstage drinking and talking about wine with the author. You can see the photos and read the article in my Article Archives.

Billboard Magazine
1998 Year End Issue (exact issue date unknown...)

    Billboard Magazine in their traditional double end-of-the-year issue for 1998 published several top 10 lists from their editors and staff and Tori showed up on 5 lists. You can read those 5 lists below. They also posted this information on the Billboard Web Site.

    KEITH CAULFIELD - Chart Assistant/ "Ask Billboard" Columnist

    1. Madonna, "Ray Of Light" (Maverick/Warner Bros.)
    2. Lauryn Hill, "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
    3. Marilyn Manson, "Mechanical Animals" (Nothing/Interscope)
    4. Semisonic, "Feeling Strangely Fine" (MCA)
    5. Sheryl Crow, "The Globe Sessions" (A&M)
    6. Hole, "Celebrity Skin" (DGC/Geffen)
    7. Beastie Boys, "Hello Nasty" (Grand Royal/Capitol)
    8. TORI AMOS, "from the choirgirl hotel" (Atlantic)
    9. Garbage, "Version 2.0" (Almo Sounds)
    10. Singles: Stardust, "Music Sounds Better With You," (Roule/Virgin); The Tamperer Featuring Maya, "Feel It" (Battery/Jive); Ultra Nate, "Found A Cure" (Strictly Rhythm); The Crystal Method, "Comin' Back" (Outpost/Universal); Backstreet Boys, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," (Jive)

    AMANDA CHIN - Web Designer

    1. TORI AMOS, "from the choirgirl hotel" (Atlantic)
    2. Various Artists, "Chef Aid: The South Park Album" (Columbia)
    3. Soundtrack, "City Of Angels" (Warner Sunset/Reprise/Warner Bros.)
    4. Hole, "Celebrity Skin" (Geffen/DGC)
    5. George Michael, "Ladies And Gentlemen -- The Best Of George Michael" (Epic)
    6. Jonny Lang, "Wander This World" (A&M)
    7. Jerry Seinfeld, "I'm Telling You For The Last Time" (Universal)
    8. Jewel, "Spirit" (Atlantic)
    9. Goo Goo Dolls, "Dizzy Up The Girl" (Warner Bros.)
    10. Shania Twain, "Come On Over" (Mercury)

    CARRIE BELL - Editorial Assistant

    1. Ani DiFranco, "Little Plastic Castles" (Righteous Babe).
    2. Lauryn Hill, "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" (Ruffhouse/Columbia).
    3. R.E.M., "Up" (Warner Bros.).
    4. Tie: Heather Nova, "Siren" (Big Cat/Work); PJ Harvey, "Is This Desire?" (Island); TORI AMOS, "From The Choirgirl Hotel" (Atlantic); Kristen Hersh, "Strange Angels" (Rykodisc).
    5. Tie: Bran Van 3000, "Glee" (Capitol); Reiss, "Vibe Of Life" (Mercury).
    6. Tie: Steve Poltz, "One Left Shoe" (Mercury); Chris Isaak, "Speak Of The Devil" (Reprise/Warner Bros.).
    7. Tie: Remy Zero, "Villa Elaine" (DGC/Geffen); Snowpony, "The Slowmotion World Of Snowpony" (Radioactive/MCA).
    8. Tie: Craig Armstrong, "The Space Between Us" (Melankolic/Astralwerks); Baxter, "Baxter" (Maverick/Warner Bros.).
    9. Tie: Rancid, "Life Won't Wait" (Epitaph); Dave Matthews Band, "Before These Crowded Streets" (RCA).
    10. Tie: Rasputunia, "How We Quit The Forest" (Columbia); Medeski, Martin & Wood, "Combustication" (Blue Note).

    CARLA HAY - Music Video Editor

    1. Josh Wink, "Simple Man" (Ovum/ Ruffhouse/Columbia). An excellent parody of rock stardom.
    2. Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show" (Nothing/Interscope). Love or hate Marilyn Manson, this was the kind of video that people couldn't help talking about once they saw it.
    3. TORI AMOS, "Spark" (Atlantic). An underrated video that draws the viewer into a haunting sense of desperation, and the ending avoids the usual cliches.
    4. Garbage, "Push It" (Almo Sounds/ Interscope). Another underrated video.
    5. Beastie Boys, "Intergalactic" (Grand Royal/Capitol). A spoof of Japanese sci-fi flicks with the Beastie Boys' own twisted humor.
    6. Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn" (RCA). This was one of 1998's few debut-artist videos that made an unforgettable first impression.
    7. Black Eyed Peas, "Joints & Jams" (Interscope). A simple concept taken to a unique level.
    8. Will Smith, "Just The Two Of Us" (Columbia). A moving tribute from a father to a son, and a visual treat celebrating love among families.
    9. Madonna, "Ray Of Light" (Maverick/Warner Bros.). The editing alone makes this video a keeper.
    10. Reba/Brooks & Dunn, "If You See Him/If You See Her" (MCA Nashville/Arista Nashville). This clip perfectly captures the heartache that comes after a romantic breakup, and the artists' acting is believable.

    PAUL VERNA - Reviews/Pro Audio/Technology Editor

    1. Lucinda Williams, "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" (Mercury). If those who can write hold the keys to the kingdom, Lucinda's got it locked up.
    2. Sheryl Crow, "The Globe Sessions" (A&M). The same can be said for those who can rock.
    3. Sinead Lohan, "No Mermaid" (Interscope). Don't believe the title.
    4. Billy Bragg & Wilco, "Mermaid Avenue" (Elektra). Proof that we really are divided by a common language.
    5. Jennifer Kimball, "Veering From The Wave"(Imaginary Road). A whole new story.
    6. Compay Segundo, "Lo Mejor De La Vida" (Nonesuch). From Cuba, with love.
    7. Olu Dara, "In The World From Natchez To New York"(Atlantic). An old-timer who knows about blues, folk, Afro-pop, hip-hop and all that jazz.
    8. John Lennon, "The John Lennon Anthology" (Capitol). Keeping the Lennon legacy alive.
    9. Jeff Buckley, "Sketches (For My Sweetheart, The Drunk)" (Columbia). A bittersweet sampling of what could have been.
    10. Tie: Madonna, "Ray Of Light" (Maverick/Warner Bros.); Bonnie Raitt, "Fundamental" (Capitol); TORI AMOS, "from the choirgirl hotel" (Atlantic). Embodying the elements of style.

Allstar Daily News
December 18, 1998
    The online Allstar Daily News for December 18, 1998 had some musical artists list their top albums for the year. Mike Pellitier of Kilgore listed Tori's choirgirl as #1! His choices were:

    1. Tori Amos, From the Choirgirl Hotel
    2. Clutch, The Elephant Riders
    3. Slayer, Diabolus in Musica
    4. Deftones, Around the Fur
    5. NothingFace

Kibbutz Music Reviews
December 31, 1998, #51
    Tori is featured prominently in December 31, 1998 issue (#51) of Kibbutz Music Reviews. KMR is a music review column by Michael J. Zwirn that is posted to the Usenet newsgroup on an approximately biweekly basis. Tori is listed under Best Concerts and "from the choirgirl hotel" is the #1 album of the year! Check out the details at the Kibbutz Music Reviews web site.

8 Days Magazine
Issue #429 26 Dec 1998 - Jan 1999
    Toriphile wee informs me that 8 Days Magazine in Singapore (issue #429 26 Dec 1998 - Jan 1999) made ftcgh the #3 album of 1998. Other albums chosen included those by Arto Lindsay, Stina Nordenstam, & Air and Elliot Smith. The magazine says, "Tori goes techno! The alternaqueen spills her guts in a dazzling paean to Jackie O, sexual pride and scrilegious passion."

UPI & L.A. Times
December 1998
    United Press International (UPI) sent a Tori-related news item to the MeMail "Entertainment Today" mailing list. The news item stated that Tori Amos, Katie Couric and Ellen Degeneres are among those on the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Education and Resource Center's first annual top-10 list of celebrity women who've been boosters of women's health issues in 1998. Read the entire article below. Thanks to Karin Fischer for alerting me to this. This item also appeared on the L.A. Times (Thanks Roe.)


    Tori Amos, Katie Couric and Ellen Degeneres are among those on the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Education and Resource Center's first annual top-10 list of celebrity women who've been boosters of women's health issues in 1998.

    Amos was named for co-founding the Rape, Abuse, and Incest Network hotline...Couric, for raising awareness about colon cancer which claimed her husband's life this year...and Degeneres, for raising awareness of lesbian issues through her TV sitcom.

    The list also names athlete Peggy Fleming and talk show host Rosie O'Donnell for their work on breast cancer awareness...actress Cybill Shepherd for tackling menopause issues...singer Shania Twain for domestic violence awareness...actress Mary Tyler Moore for juvenile diabetes...and musician Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins for being the first celebrity spokesperson for sickle cell disease.

    (Thanks to UPI's Tracy Venegas in Los Angeles)

    Copyright 1998 by United Press International.
    All rights reserved.

    The L.A. Times printed the following. I am not sure of the exact date of the issue, it was in mid-January 1998:

    Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Education & Resource Center has named its first annual Top 10 list of high-profile women who have made significant efforts towards women's health education in 1998. The finalists and their areas of concentration are Singer Tori Amos, sexual assault; television anchor Katie Couric, colon cancer; actress Ellen DeGeneres, lesbian and gay rights; Olympic ice skater Peggy Fleming and actress and talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, both breast cancer; actress Cybill Shepherd, menopause; singer Shania Twain, domestic abuse; actress Mary Tyler Moore, diabetes; singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, sickle cell anemia; and actress and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, hysterectomy and breast cancer. The awards are scheduled for presentation in April.

People Magazine
December 28 - January 4, 1998
    If you check out the December 28, 1998-January 4, 1999 issue of People Magazine (the 25 Most Intriguing People issue), there is a small item on Tori on page 36, in the "Worst of Song" section. It reads, From the Choirgirl Hotel - TORI AMOS - "Once again, pianist-provocateur Amos lets her vocal caterwauling and lyric pretensions ('lollipop gestapo') overwhelm her marvelous musical gifts. (Atlantic)" The article includes a photo that shows Tori playing the piano in concert with a green light coming from behind her. She's wearing a grey shirt and kahki pants. The photo's caption reads, "At the piano, Tori Amos looks more Killer than Choirigirl, which is appropriate; her mewling proves deadly." Before you get too angry, remember that this IS People Magazine. :)

The State News
December 3, 1998
    The State News, a newspaper at Michigan State University, reported on December 3, 1998 that Tori autographed a Steinway piano bench that was auctioned off in Lansing/East Lansing that morning for The Capital Area Literacy Coalition. A local radio station was at the auction and giving away tickets and backstage passed for the final show of the Plugged '98 Tour later that day. Read the article in my Article Archives. There was also a mention of this in the Lansing State Journal on December 2, 1998. (Thanks Cheryl LaFountain.)

INsite Magazine
December 1998
    A Tori article appears in the December 1998 issue of INsite Magazine, a local publication in Atlanta. (I also have been told that this magazine is in Austin, TX.)

    Read the INsite article.

Magical Blend Magazine
Issue #63

    Tori is on the cover of Magical Blend Magazine, Issue #63. The Magical Blend web site says the magazine "documents the most exciting adventure of our time, the Cultural Creatives' quest for meaning in contemporary times." In additon to the cover photo there are some enhanced photos inside along with a 4 page article where Tori talks about spirituality. The interview is by John Patrick Gatta. The Magical Blend web site summarizes the article by saying, "Tori Amos has established herself as one of the brightest stars on the music scene. Her secret? Talent, insight, and a unique spiritual vision."

    Read the Magical Blend Article & See The Photos

Student Advantage Magazine
Winter 1998

The State News
December 4, 1998
    A review of Tori's final concert of the Plugged '98 tour in East Lansing, MI on December 3, 1998 appeared in the December 4, 1998 edition of the State News, the newspaper for Michigan State University. Read the review on the East Lansing Reviews Page.

The Indiana Daily Student
December 4, 1998
    A review of Tori's concert in Indianapolis, IN on November 30, 1998 appeared in the December 4, 1998 edition of the Indiana Daily Student. Read the review on the Indianapolis Reviews Page for the Plugged '98 Tour.

Glamour Magazine
December 1998
    Tori was named by Glamour Magazine as one of 1998's ten "Women of the Year" during a gala ceremony. Atlantic Records reported that "among those also being paid tribute were Mariah Carey; U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Prudence Bushnell; U.S. Ski Team member Picabo Street; and U.S.A Hockey's 1998 Olympic gold medal winning Women's National Team. Winners were judged to have had the greatest impact on the nation and women's issues over the course of 1998. The event also honored the late Olympic legend Florence Griffith Joyner." VH1 and the TV show Extra also broadcast this news. They said Tori won for "being loud and clear and for having a cause," or something to that effect. EWF Morgan B. tells me that the December 1998 issue of Glamour magazine includes this information, along with a small article and a full page color picture, the same photo that was used in Rolling Stone's "Women of Rock" issue a short while back.

Alternative Press
December 1998
    A small photo of Tori graced the cover of the December 1998 issue of Alternative Press. Tori made that magazine's "The 90 Greatest Albums of the 90's.". Tori was #26 with "from the choirgirl hotel". They included a small article which you can read below. (Thanks to Alan Denniberg.)

    "Tori Amos: From the Choirgirl Hotel #26

    'I think there are a lot of great female writers, but I don't think there are a lot of great female musicians,' Tori Amos told A.P. with some resignation just before *From the Choirgirl Hotel* was completed. What's always been interesting about Amos is that during the fight to define herself as a *musician*, not a female musician, she's endeared herself to a legion of fans who insist on deification over simple musical appreciation. With *Choirgirl*, Amos' fifth album, Tori the musician left everyone else in the dust, taking her poetic lyrics and clever sense of melody to a new level. She also gave her ever-present piano a new voice by experimenting with acoustics and fuzzboxes, and by playing the often underappreciated instrument the way a guitarist manipulates an axe. While *Little Earthquakes* gave Tori shock value, *Choirgirl* proved that she's an enduring talent with her feet firmly on the ground. (Atlantic, 1998) [RD--Randee Dawn]"

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