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1412 O St.
Monday: The Hollisters
with The Sissies
Takeover with Level
Thursday: live karaoke
440 S. 11th St
Monday: open stage with
Tuesday: Unplugged with
Wednesday: Leroy and
Thursday and Friday: Inca
901 O St.
Friday: Ripple Effect
226 Centennial Mall
with Coal Chamber and Life of
The Zoo Bar,
136 N. 14th St.
Monday: Dixon Jane
Tuesday: Natty Nation CD
Wednesday: Brave Combo
Friday: FAC with Radio
King, Baby Jason and the
Spankers with Scarlet Runner
12**1 and R streets
Masquers’ One-Act Play
12*k and R streets
Tuesday: Sheldon Solo:
Carol Haerer, The White
Sunday: Weldon Kees exhi
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By Jason Hardy
When Jeffrey Loos was 14-years-old, he
bought his first record. It was a copy of the Rolling
Stones’ “Satisfaction” on a 45.
Loos has since expanded his collection and
now owns almost 30,000 records, which are all up
for sale at Backtrack Records, 3833 S. 48th St.
Since it opened 10 years ago, Backtrack
Records has supplied Lincoln’s music lovers with
countless rare albums, rock memorabilia and
quality used records as well as used compact discs,
tapes and even some videos.
Loos, the owner of Backtrack Records, said
that within a month he will expand his sales to
include music lovers of a global market via the
World Wide Web. It’s a big step for Loos consider
ing it wasn’t too long ago that he didn’t even know
how to turn a computer on.
“I took a six-hour class and just decided to
learn how to work a computer,” Loos said. “Then
when I got in there I realized what I could do.”
What Loos wants to do is make the records that
are packed wall-to-wall in his store available to
people around the world with a Backtrack Records
Web site (http://www.backtrack-records.com/).
“It’s such a wide-open market. People in dif
ferent places want different things,” Loos said.
He said that some items, like a Matthew Sweet
album, are readily available in Lincoln, but cannot
be found so easily in other places. He said that is
where his Web site would come in handy.
“It’s just another way of communicating with
people that can link us to share things and trade
things,” Loos said.
While Loos said he is sure the Web site will
help his business, regular sales have been consis
tently good over the past 10 years.
He said the reason for the store’s success was
that he bought only quality used records and
backed them up with a guarantee.
“The secret to running a vintage record store is
buying quality stock,” Loos said. “I have regular
clientele. People know that I sell quality. I don’t
He said most of the records in his store were
bought from people who brought them in because
time constraints kept him from going to auctions
and other sales events.
Loos said there are generally three types of
people who shop in his store: people who want
collectable items, people who just care about the
music and those who dabble in a little of both.
“That’s a good market because I’ve got guys
who don’t give a damn about a record, but they’ll
give me $20 for it because it’s a picture disc and
they collect them,” Loos said.
He said he always gets a kick out of the people
who come into his store and he enjoys helping .
them fmd what they are searching for.
“You get to see everybody, from state
senators to people in bands,” Loos said.
He said that one time a man came in
who had broken up with his girlfriend
and hadn’t seen her for 10 years. She
was coming to Lincoln for a visit
and the man wanted to try and win
her back with the help of a partic
ular song, but he couldn’t find it
anywhere. After a little searching
Loos found the album and pre
sented it to the love-sick client,
who gave him $20 for the $8 -
Loos said he hopes to
someday expand his shop to
better display his merchandise as well as include
“I enjoy the rock ’n’ roll memorabilia as much
as the records,” Loos said.
He said he wants the space to sell everything
from magazines to vintage coke machines and gas
. Until then, he said, he will continue doing
good business by keeping up with the times and
diversifying his musical selections.
Also, with 30,000 records on ha said
there is always more organizing to be done.
“I’ve been in the business for
haven’t touched my 45s,”
Loos said. “You
in music market
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NEW YORK (AP) - If an
allowance didn’t limit her, Ryan
Boucher would quickly expand her
music collection beyond the Spice
Girls, Sublime and Mariah Carey. At
least the 13-year-old girl can go to the
maU and dream about compact discs.
i “I go in and I can stare at them for
five hours—not buy, just stare at them,”
the Rye, N.Y., resident said. “Itfcso
difficult to decide cm just one.”
Ryan and her girlfriends are
behind a big change in the music
Females bought more music than
males last year for the first time since
the recording industry began keeping
statistics. Teen-age fans of the Spice
Girls, Hanson and the Backstreet Boys
are leading the way.
Female buyers outnumbered
males by 51 to 49 percent, compared to
a decade ago when men outnumbered
women buying music by 57 to 43 per
cent, according to the Recording
Industry Association of America.
“It does seem that there are a lot
more women in the store than there used
to be,” said Michael Williams, general
manager of Tower Records in Long
Beach, Calif. “The music, more than in
the last number of years, seems to be
It’s no stretch to declare women the
taste-makers in today’s music scene.
Pop music and heart-tugging ballads -
think Natalie Imbruglia and Celine
Dion - are in style. Heavy, dour rock is
Although statistics from phone
surveys showed only a slight increase in
die number of teen-agers buying music
last year, their role in making hits of the
“Titanic” soundtrack and Aqua’s
“Barbie Girl” have made the industry
Girls have power-just as the Spice
Asia Werner’s been-buying a lot
more music than usual lately, but her
heart belongs to the Backstreet Boys.
The 14-year-old girl gives a you-have
no-clue look to anyone who wonders
why. Just look at their pictures.
1 Her friend Rachel Colon scanned
a Manhattan store last week for Spanish
music and rock CDs from Bush and
Oasis - and for fellow customers.
“There are hardly any good-look
ing guys here,” Rachel complained.
Giris screaming for Frank Sinatra,
Elvis Presley, the Beatles and the
Backstreet Boys are part of music’s his
tory. More than ever before, they have
role models-to scream for, too.
Jewel, Fiona Apple, Sarah
McLachlan and the Spice Girls all
established themselves in the past year.
McLachlan’s Lilith Fair, a concert tour
featuring female artists, was the sensa
tion of last summer.
“There have been some pretty
potent female artists out over the last 18
months that young women have really
gravitated toward,” said Polly Anthony,
president of Epic Records and 550
Music, both Sony labels.
Many of the videos on MTV these
days feature female artists, said Judy
McGrath, MTV’s president It wasn’t so
long ago where that was unusual, she
said. Now there’s less polarization
between the sexes musically, and
female fans are more comfortable
asserting themselves, she said.
“You don’t just like your
boyfriend’s music,” McGrath said. “The
guys don’t call the shots anymore.”
VH1 two months ago began airing
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videos by female artists. Only women
perform at this month’s “VH1 Honors”
“If you want to call it a bandwag
on, we’ve jumped upon it,” said VH1
executive Jeff Gaspin.
New York’s WHTZ radio sensed a
mood change two years ago and
switched from alternative rock to Top
40. Now, 70 percent of its telephone
requests are from females, said
Program Director Tran Poleman,
“The kids were into die angst-rid
den rock music for a while, but it just
got too depressing,” he said. “People
wanted to hear something more upbeat
“It was a horrible year for harder
rode,” Tower’s Williams said.
Pearl Jam's new album fell flat The
testosterone-fueled Lollapalooza tour
was a bust and may be abandoned this
summer. Rock accounted for46 percent
of music sales a decade ago; last year,
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