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Love the props thrown Atlantic City’s way. Probably the high point of the 90′s Band.
Also, Ronnie Hawkins is from Arkansas.
While I acknowlage the fact that these lists are entirely subjective, I seriously can’t see including Ophelia on any Top Ten list, especially at the expense of Chest Fever, When You Awake, King Harvest, Jawbone,, This Wheel’s on Fire, Tears of Rage, Rag Mama Rag….. pretty much anything off the first two albums, and you can tag Strawberry Wine and Daniel and The Sacred Harp on there too. Also, It Makes No Difference, while containing one of Danko’s finest vocals, is too overwrought lyrically to stand amongst the best of The Band’s work, especially so near the top.
dammit, here I thought I was gonna be the cool one…
Minor (no pun intended) correction, but I’m fairly certian that the picture on the cover of ‘Minor Threat’ is not Ian MacKaye, but rather his brother Alec, taken while he was napping during one of those marathon HarDCore shows at Wilson Center. That’s the story I was always told anyway.
100% with you on this list, which means I’m going to have to be twice as nitpicky and critical of the next one.
I’d have put Gold and Rock N Roll a bit higher, Love is Hell and Cold Roses a little lower. Other than that, pretty much spot-on. Nothing as egregious as Monster’s rating on the REM list at least.
Anyone else suprised to see The Alarm so high on this list?
So I get that the albums from REM’s ‘middle period’ are never going to be as cool to like as their early work, but putting ‘Monster’ and ‘Out of Time’ so low makes the rest of this list impossible to take seriously.
VU without Cale would be like The Beatles without Lennon.
I’d love to, but honest to God, that’s just one of those stories you hear over the years. I want to say I read it in a review for “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” but I couldn’t swear to it at this point..
This may be because I was a bit young for Appetite to have changed how I listened to music, but I’ve always felt the albums mythic status to be a bit overstated. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great rock and roll record, but it seems like it gets held in such reverence at least partly because the band never did anything nearly as worthwhile. Lies was a hodgepodge, and I know the Illusion albums have their fans, but they’re bloated and self-important in all the places Appetite was lean and hungry.
To draw a paralell, consider the Stone Roses first album (not to only use bands with the word ‘roses’ in their name, but…). Is it a great album? Absolutely. Is it one of the greatest albums of all time, as British music rags keep insisting? No, it’s not. Does it seem to grow in stature when stacked up next to the band’s other work, resulting in people inflating it’s importance? I’d say so.
One man’s opinion.
Don’t really have a problem with the first part of this list (though, personally, I’d flip Yield and Riot Act), but the top four need rearranging. I’d actually call Vs. their best album, but I can see making an arguement for Vitalogy. Under no circumstances would I put No Code over Vs. though.
I think that’s up there with The Smiths. I remember reading a few years back that Farrar tried calling Tweedy (I think it was after Joe Strummer died) and Tweedy answered with “You know what Jay? I’m not sure I ever want to talk to you again.”
Personal vote for Isolation, but Love Will Tear Us Apart is always going to be the consensus for Joy Division’s signature song.
Wasn’t it NME who ranked the first Arctic Monkeys album the third best British album ever, the week it was released? And do the Stone Roses even think they wrote two of the twenty best songs of the last 60 years? It’s JUST possible these guys lack perspective, although to be fair, this is a list of 20 excellent songs. All you need to do is remove the ‘greatest’ tag.
I suppose if you spend 30 years playing guitar in one band, either you’ll never be able to play anything that doesn’t sound like that band, or you’ll have a pretty good backlog of riffs that wouldn’t have worked with that band. Sounds like a case of the latter here. Although hearing Michael Stipe singing this could have, at the very least, spiced up some of those snoozer late-period REM albums.
I’ll start by saying I’m not really a fan of either artist, though I do respect them both for doing thier own thing, with little to no regard for commercial considerations, over the course of their respective careers. That being said, this is the kind of dispute that almost makes me long for the days when MTV was the only place to catch music videos. ALMOST. I’ll explain:
Back then, this video would never have been made, simply because no one would ever be able to see it. Remember when The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” video came out ( 1997, I think) and was only shown between 2am-6am, with a disclaimer placed before it? This turkey would never have made it past the nearest trash can to the door. These days, with MTV showing zero music, the internet is where most of us watch videos. On one hand, this is awesome, because it lets the viewer find and watch videos they want to watch, as opposed to content being dictated at the corperate level. On the other hand, the availability of so much content means that a shocking and controversial video has a better chance of being seen, with quality (muscial or cinimatic) being secondary in many cases.
Now we come to Wayne’s response. Much less a defense of the video’s artisitc merits than a ‘ha ha, look at all the views we got’. Did he truly believe in what was shot (whether what we saw was the final cut or not), or was he trying to stir up controversy for publicity’s sake? To me, that cheapens the music video as an artistic medium (stop rolling your eyes), as well as the song, if only by proxy. One man’s opinion.
Haven’t heard anything else of the alleged reunion album, but this reminded me of the Black Eyed Peas at the Super Bowl, i.e. “who are those guys dancing around with Will.i.am and Fregie?” Cee-Lo was always the stand-out member of Goodie Mob (while he was in the group anyway), but this was a bit much.
actually, ‘mosh’ derives from ‘mash’, but it’s a corruption of an olf Jamacian term for dancing.
way too believeable.