Who's your daddy? In the case of our cover girl, he's Papa John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. A rock royalty gem, Bijou Phillips blasted through the New York party world as a model. Now she lets glam photographer Ellen Von Unwerth get between her and her Calvins in an exuberant nude pictorial. Bijou is a fitting start to our music issue. Call it Woodstock: the Next Generation. The results of our readers' poll, decoded by 'staffers Barbara Nellis and Helen Frangoulis, pop up in The Year in Music (illustrated by David Cowles). It finds us between a Kid Rock and a hard bass (thanks to ODB). No one epitomizes the fusion of rap and metal better than Fred Durst. As lead singer for Limp Bizkit, he exudes power and rage in hits such as Nookie and Break Stuff. As a vice president at Interscope Records, he balances his emotions with intellect. Assistant Editor Alison Lundgren went backstage with Durst for the Q. and A. Big Bizness (before she got him into a Mansion party). To twist Shakespeare, the song's the thing. There's no better time to prove our point than in the list-o-rific year 2000. We asked Charles M. Young to poll musicians (from Brian Wilson to Slick Rick) for songs that put an extra spin on the earth's revolution. We stay in the deep end with the basso profundo pompatus of love, Barry White. The big man is back on the road, thanks to a boost from our favorite swizzle stick, Ally McBeal. In a 20 Questions by Julie Bain, White hangs tough--and woe to the man who tries to date his daughters!
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A Little bit of Mickey Department: Disney had Lou Bega customize Mambo Number 5, replacing the names of his women with Minnie, Daisy, Pluto et al. At press time, the reason was still a mystery, but Bega's album has gone triple platinum--which may be reason enough.
Second-guessing Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles is risky, to say the least. But when one is trying to reconstruct a vintage film to make it "the way the filmmaker originally intended,'' there are many pitfalls.
French Filmmaker Régis Wargnier's Indochine took a potentially fascinating setting--French Indochina before it became independent Vietnam--and did nothing with it. Wargnier has struck again with East-West (Sony Pictures Classics), which makes a turgid soap opera out of another recent chunk of history. In the wake of World War II, the USSR offered to repatriate longtime European exiles but then jailed or executed most of those who returned to their homeland. This film focuses on a young doctor (Oleg Menchikov) who is eager to start life anew in the land of his birth and learns all too quickly that the "new'' Russia is impoverished, corrupt and rife with spies and paranoia. Catherine Deneuve has a brief, thankless role as a politically active French stage star. The one pleasure in wading through this heavy-handed film (in which titles such as Two Years Later and Six Years Later turn up with discouraging regularity) is watching the luminescent Sandrine Bonnaire, as the doctor's French wife. [rating]1-1/2 bunnies[/rating]
Boiler Room (See review) Giovanni Ribisi is a college dropout who takes a job at a maverick brokerage house where the success rate seems too good to be true--and is. Ben Affleck has a showy cameo. [rating]3 bunnies[/rating]
Picture yourself belly-crawling under cargo nets in a purple haze as camouflaged marines lob smoke grenades. Or forming a human ladder in an attempt to scale a 12-foot wall covered in shortening. Or dodging rattlesnakes and Gila monsters on a seven-mile run through the Arizona desert. These activities, and other equally bizarre ones, amount to just an- other day at the races--the adventure races. Multisport adventure racing, a spin-off of the Eco-Challenge, is a down-and-dirty alternative to a 10K run--and it's hot. "The growth of adventure racing is phenomenal,'' says Michael Epstein, executive producer of the ten-city Hi-Tec Adventure Racing Series. The 1998 New York Hi-Tec race drew more than 150 teams. Last year the event sold out with 300 teams.
I was cool but concerned. The small plane I was piloting ran into heavy weather over the Himalayas last month, so I played it safe and landed in the valley below me. As I stepped out of the aircraft, I was surrounded by smiling people in saffron-colored robes, and an old man approached me. "Greetings,'' he said. "I am the Dalai Rama. Welcome to Tribet.''
What you're about to read is a hands-on guide to the clitoris. My goal is to give you some hints that will improve sex for your lover. That should make sex better for you too because the more turned on she gets, the more she'll let go.
Many people who write to the Advisor about sex seem to expect their partners to know what they like in bed without being told. I've discovered an effective form of nonverbal communication that might be helpful. The other night, as my wife was giving me head, she reached up and put her fingers in my mouth. I asked her to mimic what I was doing to her index finger, and she agreed. When I licked the side of her finger, she licked the side of my erection. When I opened my mouth and blew gently on the tip of her finger, she opened her mouth and blew gently on the tip of my erection. You get the idea. It was absorbing because my wife had to focus on what she was doing to stay in sync with me, and I was in control of my pleasure. She says she has learned a lot about what makes me feel good, and we didn't have to exchange a word. The next time we'll change places and see how good I am at following directions.--J.S., Torrance, California
In the dawn of a February morning in 1976, Jesse Tafero, his girlfriend Sonia Jacobs and her two children were asleep in a Camaro at a Florida rest stop. Walter Rhodes was with them. Two police officers approached the car on a routine check. One of the officers, Phillip Black, spotted a handgun on the front seat, confiscated it and returned to his police car to run a background check. Rhodes said Tafero shot Black four times, then shot his partner, Donald Irwin, through the eye. Both police officers died. Tafero was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder.
What's the scariest aspect of the new century? A special millennial issue of Time magazine suggested the answer when it asked, "Can I Live to Be 125?'' At about the same time, Scientific American speculated that people someday may routinely be able to regenerate lost body parts, undergo radical transplants (of the head, for instance) and dramatically lengthen their life spans. Far-fetched? No, Americans are on a roll. The average life span in 1900 was 47, in 1998 it was 76. The population over 85 is growing faster than any other age segment in America, and by the year 2040 there will be 16 million people past that age. We may indeed reach the stage where, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, we are forever old. This is not good news.
"During this time of year, do not walk or jog in your neighborhood or anywhere else on a regular schedule. Consider wearing body armor, including at home. Do not put on or take off your body armor in public, including parking lots and public bathrooms.''
Rowland Evans, and Robert Novak have been around forever, like those two uncles down at the end of the dining room table who have an opinion on everything. They have wielded major clout in the Beltway--and beyond. Their jointly reported and written newspaper column ran for 30 years--longer than any other joint report. At the peak of its popularity, the column appeared in 300 newspapers throughout the country. Then they showed up on TV, becoming regulars on CNN, covering political campaigns and conventions and sparring on The McLaughlin Group, Evans and Novak and their current CNN show with Al Hunt and Mark Shields. Their newsletters, magazine articles, books and commentaries are ubiquitous. Michael Kinsley once said, "Their column can place an item on the Washington agenda.'' One column based on Novak's 1978 interview with Deng Xiaoping helped open the way for normalizing relations with China.
Nineteen ninety-nine was Limp Bizkit's year. White rap, pimp rock, rap-rock, rock metal, hip-hop and roll. Dub it what you like, if you've breezed through a college dorm, peeked into a teenager's bedroom or flipped on MTV's Total Request Live lately, you've likely heard the high energy sound of Limp Bizkit. You've struggled not to get the chorus of the band's biggest hit so far, Nookie, stuck in your head: "I did it all for the nookie/Come on/So you can take that cookie/And stick it up your . . . yeah!/Stick it up your . . . yeah!/Stick it up your . . . yeah!''
Song is a powerful art form able to affect your emotions in almost any situation. We wanted a list of the five greatest from people who play songs for a living. The musicians all griped. Why five? they asked. How can you limit us to that?
In the Wine Country of northern California, 1974 must have been a vintage year--if not for wine, then certainly for Brande. That's Brande Roderick, who left the vineyards behind three years ago and is now looking to taste the fruits of an acting career in Los Angeles. You may have already seen Brande in the background on Babylon Five (she was an alien) or in Armageddon, in commercials for Dr Pepper, Snickers or the Duke Nuke'em video game--or more recently in featured roles on such television shows as Beverly Hills 90210, Love Boat and Two Guys and a Girl. The roles are getting bigger, and so are her goals.
Downloading music is the hottest thing going on the Internet--even hotter than sex. According to a survey conducted by industry analysts at Jupiter Communications. Net surfers plug "MP3'' into their search engines more often than they do that other three-letter word. For those of you who are new to cyberspace (or who are wondering what could be more enticing than playboy.com). MP3 is a compressed digital audio format that produces near-CD-quality sound. We're high on MP3 for a couple of reasons: First, it allows us to store the equivalent of ten albums on a single CD. And second, it exposes us to a new world of independent musicians who previously had no way of reaching the masses with their work. Of course, if it were up to record companies. MP3 would go the way of the eight-track. They hate the format, claiming it breeds piracy (not to mention a loss of cash, if musicians can offer their tunes directly). "It's the wild, wild West,'' says Ann Greenberg, senior vice president of marketing and business development at CDDB, the most comprehensive music database on the Net. The suits, musicians and dotcoms are shooting it out to develop a copyright protection standard that will benefit all parties, including music fans. Greenberg says. The effort, labeled the secure digital music initiative by the Recording Industry Association of America, is expected to be wrapped up by the year's end. In the meantime, there's plenty of digital music for the taking (and buying). In fact, with a little patience and the right software, you can turn your PC into a veritable jukebox. A few things to know before you get started: There are several downloadable digital audio formats. MP3 is the most popular, with more than 500,000 tracks available on dozens of websites. (See Where the Tunes Are on page 150.) Other options include Liquid Audio, A2b. Microsoft's MS Audio and Sony's Atrac3. Although (concluded on page 150) I want my MP3 (continued from page 112) many big-time artists offer tracks that can be downloaded, most of the tunes you can grab are by bands you've never heard of. Obviously, you're going to have to endure plenty of junk to get to the jewels. And downloading is not always an easy process. Using a 56kbps modem, a single file took an hour to hit our hard drive, compared to the one-minute download time for the same tune on Playboy's Tl lines. (Our guess: The serious audio downloaders are not the most productive employees.) Internet ramps aside, enjoying music on your computer requires special software. Although there are separate products for playing and decoding digital audio files, we recommend the all-in-one programs MusicMatch Jukebox and Real Jukebox for the PC and SoundJam MP for the Mac. These programs not only let you download and play back digital music and spoken word files efficiently, they also let you copy tracks from compact discs onto your hard drive, a process know as ripping. Until we all enjoy high-speed access to the Net, ripping is the best reason to get onto the MP3 bandwagon. With a few mouse clicks, you can compress ripped music files to less than half their original size. That means you can store huge amounts of audio on your computer without eating up much hard-drive space. Connect a pair of multimedia speakers, and that jukebox scenario becomes a reality. Of course, you can also free yourself from the computer with one of the many portable MP3 players on the market. Although some, such as Sony's 64-megabyte Music Clip, offer only onboard storage, most combine internal memory with removable storage cards (priced at $50 for 16 megabytes and $100 for 32 megs). Either way, you'll need at least 32 megs to enjoy an hour's worth of tunes on the go. Getting the music from your hard drive to a portable player requires more software (usually supplied with the gear) and more patience. It can take a couple of minutes to copy a song from one device to the other. We recommend a player that connects to your computer via USB cables. It will speed up the download process, leaving more time for the hunt.
When John Cage, the deeply conflicted lawyer on Ally McBeal, began to psych himself up by dancing in the bathroom to a Barry White song, baby boomers everywhere smiled. From the first few notes-- "We've got it together, baby...''--that velvet voice, purring with sexual confidence and authority, had the power to transport viewers for a moment back to the days of bell-bottoms, smiley faces and the sexual revolution. That voice, which became a popular recurring theme on the Fox TV show, attracted a new generation of fans. Barry White, 55, has become the timeless symbol of love.
For years, BMW denied it would ever build a sport utility vehicle, but the company grew weary of watching its customers migrate to Daimler, Lexus, Range Rover, Jeep and even Lincoln. After three years and reportedly $1 billion in development, the BMW X5, with its focus on drivability and handling, is arguably the only vehicle a company with BMW's hard-earned reputation for roadholding could have produced. The North American Car of the Year jury classifies most SUVs as trucks; the panel considers the X5 a car. BMW calls it a sport activity vehicle. Developed from the outset to make light work of nominal off-roading (only about four percent of luxury SUV owners brave the boondocks in their vehicles anyway), the X5 provides nearly all the road-gripping driving pleasure BMW buyers expect. Built in Spartanburg, South Carolina (where the company also produces its sporty Z3 roadster), resembling a 5-Series station wagon on stilts and packing a 282-horsepower, 4.4-liter V8 and full-time four-wheel-drive, the X5 is every inch a BMW. After spending a few hours easily navigating a mucky, deeply rutted off-road course, we hosed off our new X5 and stormed around the tricky Road Atlanta racetrack, lapping at speeds that would have landed a tip-prone, conventional SUV on its roof. Along with nearly neutral handling (the all-wheel-dive torque split is approximately one-third front, two-thirds rear) and precise rack-and-pinion steering, the X5 is equipped with BMW's Steptronic five-speed automatic (or you can shift it yourself), four-wheel ventilated-front and solid-rear ABS brakes with Hill Descent Control. You'll also get Dynamic Stability Control--a computer-controlled system that measures the X5's cornering speed, steering angle and driver input in nanoseconds, then automatically applies the right throttle and braking combination to keep the X5 on its intended path. In contrast to most truck-based rival SUVs, the X5 feels and drives like a BMW 540i--it's just a little shorter and wider and you sit a little higher. You have to hand it to BMW for successfully creating an occasional off-roader that will run with any sporty four-door--or perhaps we should say it's a quick, stylish four-door sedan that you can take nearly anywhere. However you put it, the X5 is the best all-round sport-utility we've ever driven. The base price of an X5 is $49,970. Options include an activity package with rain-sensing wipers, a headlight cleaning system, electrically adjustable heated front sport seats and a ski bag. There's also a sport package with upgraded suspension, plus 19-inch high-performance wheels and tires. BMW's sonar-based Park Distance Control, a heated steering wheel, a 12-speaker stereo and an onboard GPS-based navigation system head a long list of add-ons. Maintenance is free for the first three years or 36,000 miles. A six-cylinder version (it'll be just under $40,000, we're told by BMW) will follow, along with an even higher-performance M-version, just in time to battle Porsche's planned SUV in 2001. It should be quite a war.
In 1999 the idea of using the Internet to make music more democratic was still in its infancy. Although the Net was a boost to indie artists, concert promoters and established musicians with a passion for technology, it's still too soon to say if downloaded music is a fad or the future. One thing that wasn't a fad was the greeting Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band received from fans across the country--including those in New Jersey, who, in hours, bought out the first 15 nights of their reunion concerts. No wonder our readers chose it as the concert of the year. Other reunions of note: Blondie, J. Geils, Guy, the Bangles and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Not surprisingly, there were veteran groups with something new to say.
She Declared herself emancipated from her famous parents at 14 and started living on her own in New York City. Is it any wonder she ended up walking on the wild side? She modeled for Calvin Klein, was a regular on the A-list party circuit as a young teen and made frequent tabloid headlines for her alleged psycho-brat behavior. She pulled a Drew Barrymore and entered rehab at 17. Since then she has devoted herself to her work. Her first album, I'd Rather Eat Glass, was well received critically, and she's acted in four movies to date. Media reports say she's still no angel, so we were expecting her high spirits. We discovered, however, a thoughtful, world-wise young woman, who, at the age of 20, is ready to make an entirely new splash with her appearance here.
You've rigged your computer, connected a mean pair of multimedia speakers and have established you Net connection. Now it's time to hunt for music. Here are some starting points. Most offer free downloads as well as music files for a fee (generally starting at about a buck a track).
Miami to Capetown and New York to Sydney are the flights that try men's souls. Going first class on Singapore Airlines from San Francisco to Hong Kong (14 hours and 45 minutes) also gets wearying, but at least you've changed into the Givenchy pajamas provided in the airline's complimentary travel kit. (First class round-trip costs $7340.) But what if you're not flying up front with Donald Trump and the Sultan of Brunei? There's no reason why coach can't be comfortable--with a few creative carry-ons. For laptop portability, nothing beats the IBM ThinkPad 240. At less than three pounds, this mini-notebook is preloaded with Windows 98 and a 64MB memory that can be expanded up to 192MB. Most portable DVD video players incorporate an LCD screen. Sony's PFD-V30 works with special viewing glasses, such as Olympus' Eye-Trek, which create the illusion of a 62-inch screen. It also plugs into the video output jacks on most TV sets for home use. Additional creature comforts to tote include a fleece neck pillow that easily houses a cozy fleece blanket, silk-lined deerskin slippers that can be stored in their own traveling pouch and a moisturizing face lotion by Aramis. The neck pillow inflates after you've removed the blanket and the lotion also has an SPF of 15. A bottle or two of Glaceau Vitamin Water will leave you perky upon arrival. Our favorite is the one that combines vitamin C with acerola extract; other waters include a B-complex mixture that is more easily absorbed than pills and one with vitamins A, C and E, plus calcium. All are healthful and refreshing-- consumed cold, of course. --DAVID STEVENS
If you've ever flipped through a book looking for the juicy stuff, J.H. Blair's The Good Parts (Berkeley) belongs on your night-stand. William Styron, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison and Joyce Carol Oates are among 50 contemporary American writers whose erotic excerpts are featured here. They break taboos, quicken the pulse and make you sweat. All that in one sex-filled volume. Hint: Start on page 63.
Quote: "I think the pill altered female thinking. When you think that millions of women where taking daily hormones, you cannot deny that it must have changed their personalities. I truly don't think feminism would have reached such absurd proportions if there where no pill. It must have had an effect." -Roman Polanski