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

From the Archives: Andy Secher (2003)

Andy Secher, Hit Parader By Steven Ward (November 2003) Steven:   How long have you been working at Hit Parader and what was your job title when you were first hired? Andy:   As amazing as it may sound, I’ve been working at Hit Parader for nearly 25 years…which is truly incredible when you consider that I’m 32 years old. Uhh–first part right, second part, not quite. When I was hired, I guess I … Continue reading From the Archives: Andy Secher (2003)

From the Archives: John Kordosh (2004)

The Zen of John Kordosh: Inside the Hallowed Halls of ’80s Creem By Anthe Rhodes (May 2004) John Kordosh can blindside anyone with science or pop culture. He was Creem‘s quick-witted everyman who went willingly into those good and not so good nights with the full gamut of musicians. Kordosh, however, has followed a completely different career path than his counterparts. Starting out as a chemist for Dow … Continue reading From the Archives: John Kordosh (2004)