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Here are just a few of the articles that have been published about the
"Crimes Against Nature" album and
"Mixes Against Nature" the EP with 8 remixes of
songs from "Crimes..."
Windy City Times
August 20, 2003
Allís Phair: Chicagoís Liz Phair
by Gregg Shapiro
Gregg Shapiro: Some of your songs have been covered by gay
men, including "Fuck And Run", which was done by
Frank Rogala on his
Crimes Against Nature disc . . .
How does it feel to have made that kind of connection with the queer
Liz Phair: It feels really good. My tour manager was asking me about that
the other night. He asked, "Do you have a really big gay following?" And I
said, Yeah, I think I kind of do, I think I have that. And he said, "Why do
you think that is?" And I said, I think it's because we both have a common
interest in getting the uptight sexuality of America a little looser." I
think they really appreciate the fact that I'm willing to push boundaries to
get people to accept wider ranges of sexuality and roles.
Frank Rogala - Mixes Against Nature (from Crimes Against Nature, the solo album)
Crimes Against Nature came
at a time when I was beginning to doubt if some evil Adult Contemporary
curse had been put
on the music scene since it had been a long while since any artist or album had made my
blood race. In all honesty, I had just about had it with compilations.
Ironically enough this the follow-up remix album to Rogala's debut named above is a
compilation of some of the better songs revamps and sometimes really revamped to show that
what Sting says about an album being only the foundation for the songs - that the songs
are actually written after they have been played twenty times in public and done in a
series of styles searching for the truly ideal one.
Vince Rogala toys with the eight tracks
consisting of four remixes of "Slowhand," two remixes of "F*ck
& Run", and two remixes of "Loverman". The
highlights are that most of the songs are redone from the ground up and from the inside
out. In much the respects of Trent Renzor who put out Fixed as a follow up
remix album to the "Broken" EP, Rogala has completely re-recorded these
songs to barely resemble their original incarnations on the original album. The
result is sometimes trying ("F*ck and Run" is a real stretch as it is
remixed into a complete 80's disco theme, when it originally appears in a simple rock
style) and sometimes a great stretch (the jungle revamping of "Loverman"
and the Techocolor Mix of "Slowhand").
Frank Rogala's three songs are carefully
handled and regrown by Vince Rogala. The result is an EP that can live without the
original and as a compliment of the intense and memorable work of the debut release by an
artist who should one day be seen for his immense talent and craft.
Los Angeles Times
Times Staff Writer
By MIKE BOEHM
ANAHEIM--A musician lucky enough to have a daring,
original idea usually runs with it. Frank Rogala crawled. In 1979, Rogala watched Dinah
Shore belt out a brassy number on TV and was struck that a woman could blithely sing the
boy part in boy-girl love songs but that a man crossing gender lines would raise eyebrows,
smirks and worse. "I think it was that stupid song that goes, 'I've got a gal in
Kalamazoo.' She was just smiling, beaming and singing it out like it was just
nothing," the veteran Orange County rock singer recalled. "I thought, 'No guy
would have the [guts] to sing a girl's song.' There was the undercurrent that lesbianism
was accepted, and it wouldn't work the other way around." Rogala decided to try it,
anyway. Now he will step on stage tonight in West Hollywood and give his first
live performance of "Crimes Against Nature,"
the remarkable album that grew ever so slowly out of that
moment. He has faced club audiences for 20 years as the front man of struggling,
do-it-yourself grass-roots bands. This time, with his new theme of homoerotic love as a
controversial wild card, Rogala doesn't know what to expect. What took him so long?
Mainly, he got sidetracked by years of striving for rock success by more conventional
means. He and his younger brother, Vince, started a techno-pop band called Exude in their hometown of Mackinaw, Mich.
They landed in Orange County in the early '80s and got national novelty-hit exposure in
1984 with a Cyndi Lauper parody, "Boys Just Want to Have Sex." As Exude morphed into the darker, more
rock-leaning NC-17, Rogala's gender-bending epiphany of 1979 remained on his list of
things to do. In 1994, the Rogala brothers and their longtime bandmate, Robin Canada,
began working with a novice film director on a feature-length documentary examining the
long odds of making it in the music business. (Director Dov Kelemer said the film is
almost done and he expects to soon seek distribution and opportunities to show it at film
festivals). The experience shattered any illusions the musicians had about success being
just one lucky break away. "It just knocked the pins out," Rogala said.
"The blinders that kept us going were taken off." Consequently, NC-17 has not played in four years. Rogala
first threw himself into work on the documentary. Eventually, he realized he needed to
fill the musical void left by the band's continuing hiatus. Off the shelf came the pet
idea he owed to Dinah Shore. But first, Rogala had to reckon with the consequences.
"Do I do this great artistic idea and bring up all these questions, and maybe
problems, or do I not do it, or [do it and] try to be coy about it? And it's not just me
involved. When you're in a marriage, it's both of us." "Be honest," was his
wife's answer, Rogala said. "She would never want to make me lie about it." So
Rogala embarked on his album, knowing that when it came out, he would too. In a recent
interview at his house in a nondescript tract but lent secluded character thanks to high
hedges and an oasis-like koi pond in the frontyard, Rogala acknowledged it is more
difficult to talk about bisexuality in a mainstream newspaper than in the gay press
interviews he has done. As he sat on his living-room floor, the tall, slim singer first
tried communicating gingerly, in the indirect language of pop-cultural allusion and
inference: "On a spectrum of Bon Jovi to Elton John, I'm closer to Mick Jagger or
David Bowie," he said with a nervous grin. After noting that it was vital that nobody
feel he had made his album as a mere joke or novelty, he submitted some plainer, if
complex, facts: "I'm a married guy in a committed relationship for
If, he added, the right man had come along before the right woman, that relationship would
have been homosexual. "I don't see sexuality as a black-and-white issue." After
giving himself the green light, Rogala said, he looked for ways to "take [familiar]
songs and make people hear them in different ways." He didn't want "Crimes"
to be a gimmick, but a strong, all-around musical and emotional statement. "What
would be the most embarrassing girls' songs to sing, where you would be most vulnerable? I
started looking for the most pathetic, codependent, sick, politically incorrect songs, and
I took it from there." Rogala's wife, Nancy, suggested two of the titles that are
among the album's standouts: Liz Phair's "[Expletive] and Run" and
Louis Jordan's swing-era nugget, "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?"--which
Rogala learned from a version by Dinah Washington. Rogala's musical partners were
supportive too. His brother, Vince, started tuning in oldies radio and passing on song
possibilities that would fit the concept. As co-arranger, Canada helped perform radical
surgery on the famous hits chosen for the album. "Crimes Against Nature" spans
pop history from the 1940s, with Jordan and Billie Holiday, through the early rock
girl-group era of the Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back" and the Crystals'
"He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)." It winds up in the modern-rock '90s
with songs by Phair, Nine Inch Nails and the Gear Daddies. Rogala drastically reworked all
of them to achieve an aura of abject, suffering romanticism. Rogala sings in a grainy,
low, theatrical voice that sometimes brings to mind Nick Cave or Lou Reed. He invests "Is
You Is" with howling paranoia and a garage-rock drive. "He Hit Me," a
Gerry Goffin-Carole King composition that is sheer thematic poison (guy smacks girl around
for seeing somebody else, she takes it as a sign that he really cares), is awash in weird,
spooky aura. In a masterstroke, Rogala redeems the number by respecting its profession of
love, warped as it might be. His "He Hit Me" is the affecting confession of a
pathetic but loving heart. "My personality is masculine and dominant. I'm not a
submissive person at all," Rogala said. "With these songs, I have to surrender
myself to feeling things in a different way than I have." Two of the 11 tracks on
Rogala originals, including the deliberately incongruous last number, "I'm
Feelin' Fine," a catchy, sunny, UB40-style reggae song that captures a moment of
happy calm amid life's pressures and demands. "There's been a dark cloud hanging over
the gay community with AIDS, and there was a lot of dark stuff going on in the album. I
wanted to leave you feeling good with a positive song at the end. It was an old Exude song
I could never get Vince and Robin to record.
For more than a year since the album's release, Rogala has worked on his own,
painstakingly placing "Crimes" in record stores across the country and trying
unsuccessfully to open a more reliable pipeline by persuading a national distributor to
pick it up. He says he wants to avoid having the record isolated in "a gay music
ghetto," but he has taken the obvious course of promoting the CD to the gay press.
Susan Frazier, general manager of Goldenrod Music, which specializes in distributing music
of gay and lesbian interest, says Rogala faces an uphill struggle. Frazier likes what
Rogala has done musically but declined to distribute it because of her doubts that it can
sell. "The biggest problem we've had has been getting the gay male audience to want
to buy something other than dance music," Frazier said from her office in Lansing,
Mich. "Until we see a demand, [an album like 'Crimes Against Nature'] will be hard to
pick up." Jeffrey Newman, a New York City-based music writer who contributes to more
than 30 gay publications, said gay-male love songs are "becoming more commonplace,
and people aren't looking at it as cross-eyed as they used to. But [Rogala's record] is a
bold move. Frank is trying to attract a mainstream audience and at the same time grab the
gay audience. It's hard to sell a rock or alternative release to a gay audience, or [a
male singer's openly homoerotic album] to a mainstream audience." Rogala says he
"was more surprised than disappointed" to find that there was no readily tapped
gay constituency for male-to-male rock love songs. Recognizing commercial realities, and
nodding to his '80s dance-pop work with Exude, he recently put out "Mixes Against
Nature," with reworked, dance-club-ready versions of several "Crimes"
songs. Rogala said he delayed performing "Crimes
Against Nature" live because he was too absorbed
balancing do-it-yourself record promotion with his day job as a legal assistant in Newport
Beach. He hopes tonight's show at Luna Park will lead to a series of live dates this
spring. Most of the NC-17 members are in his backing band; Vince Rogala, who produced the
"Mixes Against Nature" record and plays sax on "Crimes," says he didn't have
time to rehearse a part but will serve as roadie. Frank Rogala isn't sure what to expect
as, for the first time, he faces an audience in the role of homoerotic lover. "It's
going to be interesting. I don't know if people will be uncomfortable. I'm really curious
to find out." There are signs that bias against homosexuals is slowly wearing away,
but Rogala is glad he didn't wait any longer to act on that cue from Shore. "It was
important to go on the record while there was still a risk, rather than hiding and being
afraid to do it. When an idea like that comes to you, it's a gift. And I would have felt
like such a chicken if I hadn't taken advantage of it." "Crimes
Against Nature" is available from 2166 W. Broadway,
Suite 268, Anaheim CA. 92804, by telephone at 1-888-Frank-CD, by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Web site:
* Frank Rogala plays tonight at Luna Park, 665 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m.
The American Spectator
Crimes Against Nature
Rogala is the lead singer for experimental rockers NC-17
on a solo effort here. All of this is recorded in a patchy, strung out sounding
conglomeration of tunes that work out quite nicely. From covers of Nine Inch Nails to the
Pointer Sisters, to originals, Rogala keeps everyone guessing where he is going next. the
use of mandolins, and dobros bouncing off of synth sounds and J.J. Cale strung guitar
sounds make for some very original arrangements. Rogala uses his voice in the predictable
growl of punk but stretches often enough to show he really can sing. I like this approach.
Do another one Frank; I've got some choice cover ideas for you.
Mixes Against Nature
Gays and Drag Queens and Cover Songs, o-my! "Mixes Against Nature" are remixes
off Frank Rogala's (NC-17) first
solo album "Crimes Against Nature."
These are all "female" songs sung most seductively by a
male. Excellent for gay nightclubs - can't think of much more fun than getting
down with a bunch of boys to Liz Phair's "F*ck and Run" redone and
remixed. Also "Slowhand" and "Loverman"
receive the full treatment.
Anybody Listen" which depicts
the struggle of independent musicians. Apparently the story of NC-17 is told herein, with
interviews of music industry execs and the press interwoven into the story line.
One would have to do a double-take looking at promotional photos of O.C.'s Frank Rogala
as a solo artist sporting a trendy short hairstyle and goatee. Could he really have been
the lead singer for NC-17, the guy with the long hair and
jeans torn at the crotch?
Perhaps this is an indication of the versatility Rogala represents as an artist
featured in an upcoming documentary entitled
Rogala was the once-upon-a-time lead singer of Exude. Remember their hit song,
"Boys Just Want To Have
Sex?" It remained in the international top 200 for over
five years as an independent single. Exude also once won
acclaim as winners of MTV's "Basement Tapes" competition.
Now Rogala has released the full-length CD, Crimes Against
Nature, experimental rock music, including piano, dobro and violin. Its moody
music to suit most tastes. If you'd like more information contact I.E.M., (714) 995-0471
River Cities News
Crimes Against Nature
Exude Music 1996
If you think the dramatic vision of the angel on the cover of this CD is any indication
of its content you're wrong! It's not all Gothic, mind you, though some of it could be.
Rogala is to be commended on the eclectic assortment of instruments he has compiled to
achieve the variety of sounds and styles on his first solo album. From standard tools of
the trade, aka guitar, bass and drums; to piano, mandolin, sax, and dobro, Rogala
consistently proves that his music has instrumental value, as well as
"alternative" appeal. His voice also carries many distinctive qualities, showing
his versatility and influences.
The tone of Crimes Against Nature seems to be
very mellow for the most part. Tracks like "Lover Man" and "The
Avoid Song" evoke a sort of dreamy mood, whisking the listener away to the realm
of the smoky blues lounge of the forties, while tracks three and seven are borderline pop
rock. However, Rogala's cover of "Closer" (originally done by Nine Inch
Nails), is just, uh, indescribable. Yet his cover of the old song, "Slowhand,"
is fabulous! Who would have ever thought you could rave to this song. It could, quite
possibly be even too good for KALA's Prince Albert.
But that's not all. Rogala took a stab at ska too. Apparently he'll try anything once.
Ya gotta love it. His influences reflect everything from country to techno, blues, reggae,
and beyond. There is truly something here for everyone, no matter what your musical
The Blade Magazine
Crimes Against Nature
If you're tired of the oh-so-clean disco tinged sound one associates with gay-oriented
music, a listen to Frank Rogala's "Crimes Against
Nature" is a refreshing difference. With a sound somewhat reminiscent of
Nine Inch Nails and Iggy Pop, Rogala has created a unique sound. A critic once described
Iggy Pop's "The Idiot" as "cabaret for necrophiliacs," because of the
dark sound. The same can be said for Rogala's album.
An interesting aspect of the production of this album is Rogala's deliberate "low
tech" approach. So much music is now created in studios with a technically perfect
sound, using computers and midi sequencers. There is a sterile quality to works created
under these near-perfect conditions. Rogala has rejected this approach, recording his
album in his garage, using out-of-date equipment. Normally this would be considered a bad
thing, but Rogala uses it to his advantage, producing an engaging album, warm yet
From the excruciatingly slowed down version of "My Boyfriend's Back"
to the more smoke filled seedy nightclub sound of "Lover Man" to the
upbeat "F*ck and Run," this album exudes originality. While Rogala's
approach may not be for everyone, it's definitely a breath of fresh air from what is
normally defined as gay-oriented music.
ROGALA "Crimes Against Nature"
TOM ROBINSON "Having It Both Ways" and
Unfortunately, these accomplished artists remain fringe players in the universe of pop
music because both are unafraid to be up-front about their sexuality. For the record,
Robinson's bi, and he may be one of the best artists you've ever heard. And his 12th album
- a juxtaposed mix of socio-sexual and political issues - artfully proves it. Some may
know Rogala through his involvement with the infamous rock band NC-17.
The concept of his industrial-styled album is to morph songs your ears think they know -
"My Boyfriend's Back," "Slowhand," and "Is
You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby," - into man-to-man barnstormers. Both CDs are
unique aural experiences that are worth the effort to track down.
Texas Music News
"Crimes Against Nature"
This is an EXTRAORDINARY CD with a blend of Frank Rogala originals and new and old
tunes we all know. It begins with an original version of "My Boyfriend's Back,"
and "Nine Inch Nails "Closer." The CD ends with two originals, "The
Avoid Song," and "I'm Feelin' Fine." The music ranges from
industrial, jazz, and rock through-out the CD.
By: Christian Calson
Crimes Against Nature
Recorded at intervals when not filming a documentary about being in the band
NC-17, Frank Rogala's solo album did everything right for me. Start
off with a Nine Inch Nails' cover, then a
Pointer Sisters' cover then a Broadway standard,
and top off the album with more covers and two original songs.
"Closer" is courageous and should be hailed. It should be hailed
firstly because Renzor never puts out sheet music for his songs, and secondly because
NIN's version left very little to the possibility of being topped. It was...
"Slowhand" (i.e. "I Need a Man With A Slowhand"
is hilarious and almost impossible to distinguish. Bordering on annoyingly over done
techno, the cover is still prime.
"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby"
brings new jive to the
disgruntled and disrespected lover's gripes. Speaking of love's gripes, there is "Stupid
Boy." The only track easily distinguished as a ballad, "Stupid
Boy" highlights Rogala's full and masculine voice that he often hides with
industrial-type effects. With a full string arrangement and a drum track that's a spin on
a traditional ballad drum beat.
also reeks of the same raw sexuality and raw musical
style "Is You Is..." did so well. "Lover Man" does it even better.
When the sax solo comes in, you best run for your heart's sake. My stereo was steaming so
bad I had to unplug it. You go Boy!
I forgot to mention that the album opens with a new version of
Back." I hope you have put down the magazine and are on your way to the record store
by now, because I don't know what more it could take.
"F*ck and Run" is also excellent.
(the reggae/watch out Ace of Base track) finishes off the album,
but only after "Don't you Make Me High"
(in all of it's 1980's glamour
and tragic passion). Rogala mixes, produces, engineers, cooks breakfast and irons the
The upcoming documentary on the experimental band's struggle if anything like this
album, will be a cardinal sin to miss. Supposed to be a cross between "Truth or
Dare" and "Roger and Me", it will go to expose how insanely
almost-impossible the chances are that a band will reach any kind of fame in Los Angeles.
Just check the discount compact disc bins and see plain evidence of this. Sometimes the
variety and talent in those bins far exceeds that on the shelves.
Search and find "Crimes Against Nature,"
or just call his management about getting a copy at (714) 995-0471.
May 1, 1996
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
By Robert Kinsler
"Crimes Against Nature" I.E.M.
[Photo Caption Reads: Frank Rogala: The NC-17 lead
singer has a winner in "Crimes Against Nature"]
The experimental rock of NC-17 has never quite fit in with
the pure pop, punk or ska styles that have tended to define the local music scene since
the early 1990's.
So it's not surprise that NC-17 lead singer Frank Rogala's
first full-length solo effort, "Crimes Against
Nature," should not be any more predictable. Although the 11-song disc
features several cover tunes - including works by everyone from Nine Inch Nails to the
Pointer Sisters - Rogala never lets loose of his distinctive approach when singing any of
Although Rogala uses the upper range of his voice in singing an especially pretty
version of "Stupid Boy,"
he usually takes
a more Cure-ish approach in using the bottom of his vocal range.
There are plenty of winning moments on "Crimes Against
Nature," and original arrangements of mandolin, guitar, bass, piano and
any number of instruments help insure no two songs sound alike.
July 5, 1996
The Daily Breeze/News-Pilot
Friday, July 5, 1996
M U S I C
"Crimes Against Nature"
Rating: * * * *
Every once in a great while an album comes along that's so strikingly offbeat that one
feels compelled to draw attention to it. This solo album from the leader of Orange County
indie band NC-17 sure fits that description.
Consisting mostly of cover versions, "Crimes Against
Nature" contains a reading of The Angels 1963 classic
Boyfriend's Back" that twists the song's sassiness into darkly malevolent shapes
thanks to a mournful vocal and a surging inventive string arrangement.
Then there's a throbbing rendition of the Pointer Sisters' hit
bursting with every industrial-techno trick in the book, with Rogala's electronically
altered vocal bringing a palpable menace to the song's provocative lyrics.
Covers of songs by Liz Phair, Nine Inch Nails and even, bizarrely,
obscure 1960 R&B novelty "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?" all
get the Rogala treatment: intense, often distorted vocals, creative re-arrangements and
That's "Crimes Against Nature": a fascinating assortment of male
torch songs, dark, driving dance tracks and string-driven alternative rock. Unusual barely
begins to describe it. Send $10 to I.E.M., 2166 W. Broadway, Suite 268, Anaheim, CA 92804
if you are intrigued.
Crimes Against Nature
Here's an eye-popping jaw-dropper. Rogala, formerly lead singer of
EXUDE and currently with LA experimental/alt band NC-17, whipped up
this naughty little confection during down time in the filming of Lost... (a
feature-length documentary on the music industry featuring NC-17).
Essentially a collection of inspired covers, Crimes takes girl-group classics
Boyfriend's Back" and "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)"],
standards ("Loverman" and "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby")
and recent alt-rock nuggets such as Liz Phair's "F*ck and Run" and Nine
Inch Nails' "Closer" and soaks them in moody, homoerotic atmospherics.
Dark, foreboding, seductive and funny, Crimes Against Nature
is a provocative, one-of-a-kind effort.
. . . Oh Elton [John]! if you want to know how to do it right I recommend taking a listen
to Frank Rogala's Crimes Against Nature. Sure, nine of the album's 11 songs are cover versions, but oh,
what daring choices and interpretations! I promise you, you'll never listen to
standards such as "Lover Man," "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My
Baby," and "Don't You Make Me High,"
girl group gems such as
Boyfriend's Back" and
"He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss),"
current favorites such as Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" and
Liz Phair's "F*ck
and Run," in the same way again. As if to anticipate our every need and
want, Rogala has also just released Mixes Against Nature, which has eight remixes of three of
Against Nature's cover tunes. So if you think that the
version of The Pointer Sisters's "Slowhand" on
Crimes is something, you should hear the four
remixes on Mixes!
- "Mixes Against Nature"
- by FRANK ROGALA
- Frank Rogala caught the attention of the music industry with his stunning album
"Crimes Against Nature." Notable for it's dark twist on such sunshine-inspired
tunes as "My Boyfriend's Back," it quickly became a critics' fave. Now, Rogala
takes another surprising twist on this album of remixes that reinterpretes some of the
tracks from "Crimes" and make them much more accessible to the gay dancefloor
crowd. His delightfully danceable cover of "Slowhand," by the Pointer Sisters
was one of the few songs on the original album with strong dancefloor potential. It's been
wisely remixed here by Frank's brother Vince Rogala (all remixes on this album have been
done by Vince) in four flavors for maximum effect. The "Lush Mix" sets Frank's
deep, growling voices upon an irresistable array of synthesized disco beats. The
"Extended Mix" takes it's even further with strong tribal beats and a Hi-NRG
reminiscent of mid-80's clubfare by the likes of Bronski Beat or
Dead Or Alive. The
mingling of Frank's deep voice with these beats makes a for a surprising sound. You
wouldn't think they'd work so well together, but you'd be wrong. "Slowhand" is
also presented in the "Pop Radio
- Mix" and the "Technocolor Mix," a trance-like & trippy New Wave
version where Vince has more fun with the synthesized voices and freaky beats.
- A surprising pick for this remix album is "F*ck And Run." The
Club Mix" reveals an eclectic sound with a gay dancefloor sensibility. It's a more
sophisticated feel along the lines of New Order or
Swing Out Sister. There's also a
"Boyfriend Radio Safe Mix" for radio play.
- The third and final song mined for the remix album is "Loverman," Rogala's
sexy, masculine take on the classic Billie Holiday tune. In the "Jazz/Jungle
- is careful not to stray too far from the original as he puts forth a softly danceable
and romantic lounge mix complete with piano and sax. The "Slow Dance Mix"
doesn't even attempt to include club beats. It's a gorgeous piano ballad that remains true in
spirit to the original cover on "Crimes Against
- "Mixes Against Nature" succeeds in reinterpreting some already unique musical
fare without compromising the artist's integrity. Worth checking out even if you aren't
particularly into 'Remix' albums... and if you still haven't picked up "Crimes
Against Nature" you are missing out on one of the most inspired albums of the '90s.
- © Copyright 1998 OUTVOICE!! - Reviewed by Daniel Jenkins
River City Reader
Frank Rogala Crimes
Against Nature ---- Exude Music
If you think that the dramatic vision of the angel
on the cover of this CD is any indication of its content, youre wrong! Its not
all Gothic, mind you, though some of it could be. Rogala is to be commended on the
eclectic assortment of instruments he has compiled to achieve the variety of sounds and
styles on his first solo album. From standard tools of the trade, aka guitar, bass and
drums; to piano, mandolin, sax, and dobro, Rogala consistently proves that his music has
instrumental value, as well as alternative appeal. His voice also carries many
distinctive qualities, showing his versatility and influences. The tone of Crimes Against
Nature seems to be very mellow for the most part.
The Avoid Song, evoke a sort of dreamy mood, whisking the listener away to the
realm of the smoky blues lounge of the forties, while tracks three and seven are
borderline pop rock. However, Rogalas cover of Closer (originally done
by Nine Inch Nails), is just, uh, indescribable. Okay, let me give you a clue: if
youve ever heard anything by John Tesh, you get the picture. Yet, his cover of the
old country song, Slowhand, is fabulous! Who would have thought you could rave
to a country song? It could, quite possibly, be even too good for KALAs Prince
Albert. But thats not all. Rogala took a stab at ska, too. Apparently hell try
anything once. Ya gotta love it. His influences reflect everything from country to techno,
blues, reggae, and beyond. There is truly something here for everyone, no matter what your
musical preference is.
by Leslie Perrigo
TOP 50 POP/DANCE
||If I'm Not In Love
||Ace Of Base
||If You Could Read My...
||Ultra Nate / Amber
||Something Inside Me
||F*ck And Run
||Hold On To Yourself
||Daryl Hall /John Oates
||If I Had The Chance
||Set Me Free
OUTVOICE!! January 5th - January 11, 1997
Here are your top 20 votes for Best Album of 1996:
1. SEASICK - IMPERIAL TEEN
2. Bilingual - Pet Shop Boys
3. In Through The Out Door - Boys' Entrance
4. Hi! How Are You Today? - Ashley MacIsaac
5. Wish I'd Taken Pictures - Pansy Division
6. Sinnerman - Extra Fancy
7. Peace Beyond Passion - Me'Shell Ndegeocello
8. For Those About To **** **** (Vinyl Ep) - Pansy Division
9. Call The Doctor - Sleater-Kinney
10. Foxy Lady - RuPaul
11. Your Little Secret - Melissa Etheridge
12. Truth From Lies - Catie Curtis
13. Dilate - Ani DiFranco
14. Limboland - Betty
15. Captain, My Captain - Team Dresch
16. Snarkism - Tribe 8
17. Just Fred - Fred Schneider
18. Chainsaw Kittens - Chainsaw Kittens
19. Crimes Against Nature - Frank Rogala
TOP TEN TRACKS AND ALBUMS
Here's the regular weekly Top 10 Tracks and Albums chart. Thanx to everyone who sent in
votes this week. Send in your votes each week to email@example.com.
Top 10 Tracks:
1. TWISTED (EVERYDAY HURTS) - SKUNK ANANSIE* (1st week at #1)
9. The "Avoid" Song - Frank Rogala~
2. Heartcatchthump - Chainsaw Kittens+
3. Daddy Do Go Down - Boys' Entrance~
4. I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks - Bloodhound Gang*
5. HEADBANGER - PANSY DIVISION
6. Cripple And The Starfish - Antony*
7. SOUL IN A BOX - BOYS' ENTRANCE
8. Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Madonna*
10. Desafinado - Astrud Gilberto & George Michael*
Top 10 Albums:
1. EVITA - SOUNDTRACK* (1st week at #1)
8. Crimes Against Nature - Frank Rogala~
2. BILINGUAL - PET SHOP BOYS+
3. FOXY LADY - RUPAUL+
4. Chainsaw Kittens - Chainsaw Kittens~
5. IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR - BOYS' ENTRANCE
6. Passing Open Windows - David Palmer & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*
7. Legacy - Michael Callen*
9. SINNERMAN - EXTRA FANCY
10. FOR THOSE ABOUT TO **** **** (Vinyl Ep) - PANSY DIVISION