Music critic criticism
12/29/98, Jim "Reverend Horton Heat" Heath, Via Internet
Why is Robert Wilonsky so hard on me? I am just a local artist who is
trying to feed my family. Sure, I may play concerts all over the United
States and abroad, but I still like to think of myself as a local guy. I
live in Dallas. I love Dallas.
In a recent issue of the Dallas Observer, Robert
seemed to be dancing on my grave with the reports of Reverend Horton
Heat getting "dropped." I long for the good old days when the Observer
music writers were on the side of local artists instead of the
big-business types at the major labels.
Robert called my album "filler." But if Robert could
write at least one song as good as any of the songs on Space Heater, he
could have his own silly band. Now that's a scary thought!
In the "Dude, you dropped" section of Street Beat,
Robert starts with that "sources close to the band" stuff, and it makes
me ask one question—why in the heck didn't he just call me on the phone
to get the real story? It's not like I'm friggin' Cher or something!
Instead, he writes falsities and insults.
Maybe Robert should think about shoring up some of
those old journalistic abilities. He's not good enough to do his own job
right, yet he can critique the job that I'm doing. It's people like
Robert Wilonsky who love to destroy a good local music scene.
But I'm in good company. When Frank Sinatra died,
Robert had this great idea. I could just hear him thinking, "Remember
when I gave Frank Sinatra that bad review? Now that he died, let's run
that same article about how much his last concert in Dallas sucked."
One night at Sol's Taco Lounge, Jeff Liles came up
to me and said, "Robert Wilonsky just saw you come in the front door, so
he quickly left out of the back." Well, Robert is not that stupid after
all. So let it be known that when Robert Wilonsky loses his job, I will
reflect and be a little sad. Because that is the kind of guy that I am.
I'll save my dances for joyous times. And I'll be back reading the
end letter, and the "Jeff Liles" mentioned is Cottonmouth, TX, a famous
local spoken word guy from Dallas, who by the way, I believe came up w/
the name Reverend Horton Heat and help the Reverend get started....