From the Archives: Five Most Questionable Pazz & Jop Winners

(Results up to 2002, obviously out-lamed several times since.) 01:  Gangsta’s Paradise (welcome to the happy music) Total tripe!!! 02:  Eternal’s 1st hit (straight music rip off of the 23rd psalm) unbelievable, God- you are owed royalties! 03:  Anything by Feargal Sharky (recorded while gargling through an air fan) 04:  Anything RnB from L.a (not enough vocals please add another school choir) 05:  Modern vocal latin pop house – Shakira-Lopez-aGuileera-Martin … Continue reading From the Archives: Five Most Questionable Pazz & Jop Winners

From the Archives: Five Favourite Liner Notes

01:  13th Floor Elevators / The Psychedelic Sounds of… 02:  Nation of Ulysses / 13 Point Plan to Destroy America 03:  Royal Trux / Singles Live Unreleased 04:  Frank Zappa & the Mothers / Freak Out ! 05:  To Live and Shave in LA / An Interview with the Mitchell Brothers COMMENTS: no idea who actually wrote these things. Korzybski might be a candidate for #1 and Gurdjieff for #4. … Continue reading From the Archives: Five Favourite Liner Notes

From the Archives: Five Favourite Rock Books

More 2002-2003 fun. Image above (March 2019) is from Chuck D’s Twitter feed, a picture of his music bookshelf. The entire photo, blown up, is worth a look. Of interest to at least eight or nine respondents to this question, is a title by another Chuck (top row, 14th from the left). 01:  As Time Goes By–Derek Taylor 02:  Punk Diary–George Gimarc 03:  It’s Too Late to … Continue reading From the Archives: Five Favourite Rock Books

From the Archives: Five Rock Critic Clichés That Most Make Your Skin Crawl

01:  Diva! 02:  Emo 03:  Stonesy 04:  Reviews that don’t review the record, or even worse when they only give good reviews. 05:  Any reference to MTV’s self penned version of music history. COMMENTS: 1. Stop it!!! 2. I hate that guy. 3. Yeah, but not in a good way. 4. I don’t need to hear about you trip to the store to buy the record. Zine’s that give everything … Continue reading From the Archives: Five Rock Critic Clichés That Most Make Your Skin Crawl

From the Archives: Five Poppiest Art Rock Songs

Recently came across my archival stash of Top 5 lists from the early (pre-blog) days of rockcritics.com. If there are no objections from the cheap seats, I’m going to re-post a bunch of them here, starting with what was one of my Five Favourite Topics Ever Submitted. I’m posting each list as is—no editing or re-formatting (tempting as the latter may be), though I’ve removed … Continue reading From the Archives: Five Poppiest Art Rock Songs

On “the unruly curiosity of the UK music press” (new book edited by Mark Sinker)

Recently finished reading A Hidden Landscape Once a Week: The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s, which Wire magazine has helpfully reprinted excerpts from. Carefully compiled and edited by Mark Sinker, funded through Kickstarter, this bulky compendium of essays, interviews, and panel discussions opens up the story of the British music press during its pre- and post-punk heyday, focusing primarily (though … Continue reading On “the unruly curiosity of the UK music press” (new book edited by Mark Sinker)