Thanks to BlueJ615 for sending this in!- John Doe plays Liz’s dad on Roswell.
The article is located at rollingstone.com.
The John Doe Thing
Spin Art, 2000
Here’s hoping that before John Doe focuses on being a full-time character
actor, he knocks out a few more albums as strong as this one. The ex-leader
of classic Los Angeles punk band X clearly still has some wonderful, rootsy
music in him. On Freedom Is . . ., he’s backed by some of L.A.’s stronger
players, including drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and guitarists
Michael Ward (Wallflowers) and Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Beck), and aided and
abetted by co-producer Dave Way (Macy Gray, Christina Aguilera). On “Ever
After,” Doe rocks out with his X-ex Exene Cervenka; he shows a world-weary
side on the musically peppier “Beat-up World.” “Too Many Goddamn Bands” ends
with these inspired lines: “The bottom drops out/The juice runs out/The power
goes down/Everything has that sucking sound.” The John Doe Thing’s commercial
prospects may be limited, but there’s no sucking sound here. (RS 849)