Here's the top 11 bands from that era.
- The Cure
- Joy Division
- Depeche Mode
- The Bauhaus
- Sisters of Mercy
- Cocteau Twins
- Love and Rockets
- Siouxsie and the Banshees
- Nitzer Ebb
- Clan of Xymox
- Killing Joke
This summer has sucked as far as music goes. No, not everything is bad...but not until late July is there anything worth (Thom Yorke & Pharrell) getting excited about. If the record labels actually think I'd be dancing in the streets over Nelly Furtado or Dashboard Confessional, then they need to hire new interns in order to take a pulse about what customers are looking forward to. But that would mean they would actually have to know what they were doing...and that's a big stretch for an industry whose existance purely relies on the success of someone other than themselves.
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People are claiming to hear hip-hop's death rattle. I think their wrong. If they hear anything that might sound like a rattle, it's the fun-filled beats of our next artist. Meet Ugly Duckling. Three guys from Long Beach, who came together over ten years ago to form a group in the shadows of bands like Tribe Called Quest and de la Soul. But close to a decade later, a sound that was getting a little stale in the mid-90s is making a comeback like a mother...well you know what. One of the freshest and brightest hip-hop CDs of the year. And sure to make your weekend a bit more fun.
Listen to this...
Listen to this...
Buy Now: Ugly Duckling - Bang For The Buck
Buy Now: Ugly Duckling - Bang For The Buck
Once upon a time, a little band called the Status Quo did a song called “Pictures of Matchstick Men.” It was 1968 and everybody was either stoned or fighting Communism in a far off jungle. Little did they know that 20 years later, it would be covered and practically launch a career for a young David Lowery. At the time, David was singing for the group Camper Van Beethoven, who reached their first batch of notoriety with that song. Too bad they decided to break up because there’s no telling how far a band with a violin player can go. Well, flash forward to Lowery forming a new band called…Cracker. As alternative music hit the mainstream, Cracker made a name for themselves instantly with the hits "Teen Angst" and "Low. " They were minor hits at best only because they were considered grunge-lite when they were anything but. Sadly, the band seemed destined for rock mediocerdom. Only, no one told Cracker. Focusing more on the country side, they continued to release solid material until the sound they had cornered the market on, was suddenly being peddled by others like Wilco, Son Volt, and Ryan Adams. Ten years later, they were hip again. That is until now. Greenland is decent but you can feel them slowing down and starting to veer off into alternate directions, which can sometimes be good for a band but other times can be disasterous. For now, let’s just enjoy what we have.
How it compares...
How it compares...
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When people get sick then try to do things they used to, deep down inside you root for them to do a good job, but you know it’s never going to be as good as when they weren’t sick. This brings us to The Vines. Recently, the lead singer was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Now, he’s most likely had this all his life, including during the recording of the first two albums. And maybe, the reason those albums worked was because he was dealing with the fact that he felt different than the rest of the world and it came through in the music. But now that he knows he’s different than the rest of the world, he’s trying to sound normal…and it just doesn’t work. At all. The Vines started as this Nirvana meets the Troggs, genre-bending band. What they delivered this time around doesn’t even deserve…
….to be mentioned in the same paragraph as those bands. Oddly at 13 songs, this album barely clocks at 28 minutes. Glad to see they put so much effort into it.
How it compares…
It seems every band under the sun reunites eventually. The Pixies, Janes Addiction, Alice in Chains all faded gracefully but returned for reunion tours and albums. Even the most unlikely reunions have come to fruition. The Sex Pistols scoffed at the idea now get together for shits and giggles at least once a year. Van Halen refused to ever reunite with David Lee Roth but has done so twice now. Even the Police refused to ever get back together but went against their word when they played the Hall of Fame induction. So who is left? Who is the Holy Grail of reunions? It is none other than the Smiths. Apparently just last year, a British festival offered them one million dollars to reunite for 3 songs. They turned it down. People online have claimed they would pay as much as $5000 for tickets to the concert. But Morrissey hasn't even flinched at the thought. Our only hope it seems is a Hall of Fame reunion, which would be 2010 at the earliest. So I guess we wait. Until then here are the 11 best Smiths songs from their brief 5 year career.
***sorry for the delay...first blogspot was down...then ezarchive****
Why do people love Morrissey? And I don’t mean, why do they love his music? I mean why do people cry hysterical tears when they see him sing as if their parents were just killed in a car accident? I like his music…I don’t break out the Kleenex box when Everyday is Like A Sunday bursts through the stereo speakers. So what is it? Is it his masculine charisma? Doubtful. The guy’s a sworn celibate. Is it the smooth texture in his voice? Possibly. The guy can definitely croon like nobody’s business. Or is it the fact that the guy seems to be one of the few singers who can emotionally connect with his audience? No, it’s none of these.
People love Moz because he’s a passionate singer.
No matter what the guy is singing about, he makes you believe that he’s in love with the subject matter. Whether he’s singing about gang violence, fat people, hairdressers, or even the Bush administration, Moz makes you believe that this subject is his one true love and he would die just to prove his undying love to it. But maybe it’s more than that. Maybe it’s that Moz really does love everything and everyone. Maybe he’s in love with the world. And it’s hard to hate a man who has nothing but love in his soul. (if I write like moz sings, think it will boost my readership?)
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How it compares to his other releases…
The Arcade Fire isn’t an unknown band but their first EP may fall in that category. Before they wowed the music snob intelligentsia with their upbeat Talking Heads-splashed funeral parades, they were still exploring their off-beat yet quirky sound. This EP isn’t for everyone. It’s a great find for fans of The Arcade Fire and music snobs who are too good to listen to music that mainstream music snobs listen to. But if you're intrigued, what you will find is a solid collection of songs that would lay the foundation for the music that lies ahead.
1.Funeral – B+
For your listening pleasure...
CDConnection: Arcade Fire E.P.
*Sorry had a problem in a copy paste accident. This will be the last retro review before some new ones tomorrow.*
Remember how embarrassed our parents became when we asked them questions about the 60’s? “Did you ever smoke pot? Did you ever burn your bra? Did you ever own a Volkswagon van?” Imagine how difficult it is going to be for us when we have to answer our kids when they ask, “Why did people in the year 2000 have such bad taste?” And, no, I’m not talking about George W. Busch. I’m talking about the fad that has overstayed its welcome. They are five young men with tendencies toward pedophilia. That’s right, it’s the Backass Boys.
1. The Call – This Ricky Martin-influenced opening…sucks.
2. Shape of My Heart – Chinese water torture has a better rhythm than this song.
3. Get Another Boyfriend – Is this a cover of Matthew Wilder’s “Ain’t Nuthin’ Gonna Break My Stride?”
4. Shining Star – Does anyone else find it disturbing that these men, who are in their late 20’s, have a loyal fanbase of 12 year old girls? Eminem is a bad influence because he uses four-letter words, but allowing MTV to use the Backstreet Boys to promote statutory rape is okay. Our society really has its priorities out of whack. I guess it makes sense that George UU. Bush won the election.
5. I Promise You – Sad, sappy and crappy.
6. Answer To Our Life – I don’t know about you but the answer to my life would be to hang these gents by their ears from a playground swing set and throw razor blades at them…forever.
7. Everyone – This song softly weaves in the style of El Debarge with its NKOTB musical composition.
8. More Than That – I hate this song. This is about as bad as it gets.
9. Time – I was wrong. This is worse.
10. Not For Me – You took the words right out of my mouth.
11. Yes I Will – Let’s all review the rules for justifiable homicide. I think we can make a case.
12.It’s True – If you take a moment and you actually pay attention to the lyrics, you realize that they say the exact same thing in every single song. “I love you. You’re wonderful. There will never be another one but you.” Now this becomes profoundly disturbing, since there are 5 guys singing the song to one person. Of course, unless they’re singing the song to each other.
13. How Did I Fall In Love With You – I’ve decided not to review the last song, because I’ve wasted enough of my life listening to this CD already.
How this album ranks against her other releases…
1. Millenium (C)
2. Backstreet Boys (C-)
3. BLACK AND BLUE (D)
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1. Dave Grohl - Baby Hold On (Eddie Money cover on Craig Kilborn)