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