The only important thing right now is that Question Mark's house burned down, and he needs our help. Check out the video and info at 96tears.net.

The only important thing right now is that Question Mark's house burned down, and he needs our help. Check out the video and info at 96tears.net.

I talked to him, and checked the address, and the money does get right to him. You can also contact him with letters of support (and checks) at:

Question Mark and the Mysterians

P.O. Box 96

Clio, MI 48420

Believe me, he could use your support right now.

In lesser news: I am the last person in the world who will tolerate stolen music, and the thought of intellectual property rights disappearing makes me physically ill. I don't even like the subscription idea. But we really have to rethink this digital rights management (DRM) thing.

Congress is trying to pass legislation to require copy protection technology, and it means well. But we'd better be clear about this before a move that radical gets made.

I am thinking it comes down to two things.

First, any song should be downloadable to any device, from any site—legally, I mean. Paid for.

The DRM technology, from what I understand, will not allow that.

And second, I believe that any kid who wants to steal something will find a way to do it. We can teach them ethics, but we'll never be smarter or faster than they are. And in many cases the kid stealing is doing it for sport and probably wouldn't have bought it anyway.

We may lose thousands of sales to the younger audience for emerging bands if there is limited access to the independent digital distributors.

There needs to be a dialogue on this. Right now.

See you on the radio.

COOLEST GARAGE SONGS
1. "Stephen, Stephen," Apples In Stereo
2. "Goodbye Rock And Roll Band," the Novaks
3. "Teenage Head," the Morlocks
4. "Sayonara Blues," the Woggles
5. "Within You Without You," the Beatles
6. "Ain't No King of Rock and Roll," the Nomads
7. "Long Live the Weekend," the Living End
8. "Favorite Son," Green Day
9. "Runnin' Around," New York Dolls
10. "So Romantic," the Charms

COOLEST GARAGE ALBUMS
1. "Broken Boy Soldiers," the Raconteurs
2. "CBGB Forever," various artists
3. "State of Emergency," the Living End
4. "Strange Magic," the Charms
5. "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This," New York Dolls
6. "Last Man Standing," Jerry Lee Lewis
7. "Shine On," Jet
8. "Rock and Roll Backlash," the Woggles
9. "Sinner," Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
10. "Love, Not Reason," the Paybacks