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'ou will draw upon that, especially
Then you're talking about someone
iho's trying to get over their first rela-
onship or something like that."
Dr. Drew, on the other hand, has the
xperience to make judgments, though
e rarely does. "My job is to be the doc-
>r," Dr. Drew said. "That usually
,quires objectivity beyond personal
xperience, although Adam tries to dig
out of me. With the TV show, we pull
eoplesout of the audience. It's human
eings sharing human experiences. You
an put celebrities in that seat, listeners
1 that seat ... you can put anybody in
nat seat and they'll have something to
ay. If they're honest, they'll have some-
ring to share."
As Dr. Drew mentioned, guests,
egardless of Carolla' opinion, offer
omething valuable and unique to
Loveline.""The best guests are the ones
vho are going to have the greatest impact
n young people when they drop their
elebrity veil and reveal their humanness.
>omeone who young people look up to

who, all of a sudden, starts sharing the
fact that they've had similar experiences
that led them to whatnot," Dr. Drew said.
In the past, these highly effective
guests have been everyone from Clive
Barker to Bobcat Goldthwaite, though
bands' like Korn and Goldfinger fit in
well with the alternative rock format of
the station. Dr. Drew, who particularly
liked guest Rod Stewart, has his own the-
ories as to why "Loveline" works so well
with fans of the alternative music scene.
"I think you can break life down into
three main segments," Dr. Drew said.
"From 12 to 40, you're thinking about
relationships and sex. From 40 to 60,
you're trying to secure your financial sit-
uation and raise a family, and from 60 to
90, you're thinking about medical prob-
lems. If you want to reach a population
that's worried about relationships, go to
where they gather, which is alternative
radio."
Like Dr. Judy, Dr. Drew's and Adam's
purpose for reaching these people is to
lend a helping hand. "My mission is to
improve the human condition. We've
got a huge mess on our hands and we're
stuck in a quagmire if we don't do
something to help out. Talk to them

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about their reality. My thing is to create
relationships, stabilize relationships, so
people know how to have a family, so
they can raise children successfully, so
they can be empathic and we can
restore domesticity to this culture," Dr.
Drew said.
But, despite the similar goals of both
radio shows, Dr. Drew and Adam are
disturbed by their competitors' meth-
ods. "Every other show I've heard talks
about explicit material just for the sake
of hearing the dirty words and being tit-
illated," Dr. Drew said. "We are there to
drive the culture in the direction of san-
ity and we only talk about this stuff
because we have to."
Though Carolla didn't completely
agree with Dr. Drew in this case, he
offered his own opinion on other rela-
tionship-oriented call-in shows.
"There's a lot of impostors that have
popped up nationally in the past few
years. I don't take any credit for con-
ceptualizing "Loveline," but I don't
think there's anybody out there who

does what Drew and I do any better than
Drew and I. I would welcome any chal-
lengers who would try and dethrone us
in this particular area of talk radio."
In Dr. Drew's opinion, the reason that
the others don't come close is that they
miss the
essence of the
show. "You It's hu
absolutely have
to have a med- beings Si
ical doctor or
physician on human
the show. No
weird psycholo- expe ri n4
gists or psycho-
analysts," Dr[C
Drew com-
plained.
" Y e a h ,"
Carolla chorused. "They screw them-
selves when they get a 'Love Doctor!'"
For now, we can continue to enjoy
hearing both the psychoanalytic
"LovePhones" and the medically ori-
ented "Loveline" on the radio.

D.

"Loveline" can additionally be seen on
MTV and may even stop in Detroit as,
according to Dr. Drew, the television
version of "Loveline" is planning on
touring. But, in Dr. Drew's opinion, the
audience will probably always be rela-
tively similar,
regardless of
wan location. "When
we first went to
syndication, I
was looking for-
ward to hearing
the diversity
es, across the land
and I was
Drew Pinsky shocked to find
Loveline" host out that it's all the
same,' Dr. Drew
said. "TV's a lit-
tle different. It's more inner city and
more rural, while radio seems to be
more suburban. The problems, however,
are not subsequently different ... they
just are more grotesque in inner city
and rural populations."

By Brian A. Gnatt
Daily Arts Editor
"All aboard for Night Train," screams
James Brown at the beginning of his
soul classic "Night Train." Although the
godfather of soul wasn't talking about
the not-so-fine ghetto wine by the same
name, the phrase still fits to describe
the powerful effects and pungent taste
of the sassy grape wine.
Other, more recent rockers have cho-
sen to profess their love for the rot-gut
wine. On Guns N' Roses' "Nightrain,"
off the band's debut album "Appetite
for Destruction," AxI Rose sings:
"Loaded like a freight train / flying like
an aeroplane / speeding like a space
brain / one more time tonight / I'm on a
Nightrain / bottoms up / I'm on a
Nightrain / fill my cup / I'm on a
Nightrain."
Who would have ever thought a drink
that tastes like gasoline and packs a
potent hang-over would be such an
inspiration? Someone must have, and
that's why cheap wines, most with high
percentages of alcohol, are such hits
with liquor stores and economical
drunkards around the country.
For those who don't care for the taste
of beer or hard alcohol, those who can't
afford to buy quality alcohol, or for

those who simply like the taste and
effects of drinking cheap wine, usually
out of a bottle with a screw-off cap,
there's a line of alcoholic beverages just
for you that adds a splash of color to
liquor store shelves everywhere. Best of
all, the bottles come in various shapes,
sizes and colors; the wine comes in dif-
ferent flavors and most important, vari-
ous strengths so everyone can find one
to their liking.
From the bright rainbow colors of
MD 20/20 (a.k.a. Mad Dog) to the
lighter, pastels of Boone's, ghetto wines
look quite similar to wine coolers or
even Kool-Aid. But don't be deceived
- their punch is stronger than Bartles
and James or the Kool-Aid Man.
Ranging from about five percent alco-
hol (similar to beer) to 18 percent
(about half of hard alcohol); cheap
wines offer easy, economical and color-
ful ways to get drunk.
The fact that the wines are cheap;
easy and appealing are some of the rea-
sons many young people enjoy drinking
the less-than-tasty beverages. When I
first started drinking, Mad Dog was my
drink of choice. And I thought it was
great; memories of skipping high
school and watching reruns of "Alf"
with friends and a bottle of Wild Berry

20/20 -life didn't get much better. But
as I got older, and my taste buds refined
a bit, I realized Mad Dog and
Thunderbird weren't the best drinks in
the world, but that they're not all that
bad either.
Years later, the occasional bottle of
wine still hits the spot. Now, however, it
usually includes ridicule by friends and
other onlookers who respond with the
customary "Mad Dog? Yuck!"
Nevertheless, cheap wine will always
have a place in my heart, even though I
have moved on to some finer forms of
fermented fruit drinks, like Franzia,
a.k.a. "wine in a box."
While all wino-wines may get a bad
rap for being a little pungent, there still
are better cheap wines. The Michigan
Daily taste-tested a number of the
area's top-selling rot-gut wines to find
which ones are the best bargains in the
cheap wine market.
The Test
Finding cheap wine isn't a problem
in Ann Arbor. Just about every beer,
wine and liquor store sells some varia-
tion of the drink, most for less than $4.
While all of our;selections aren't avail-
able at every store, they are all available
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