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To be honest this criticism applies to most TED talks which are always big on cool sounding utopian ideas that vaguely promise to CHANGE EVERYTHING FOREVER and also completely short of any sort of real world application.
Because it’s Videogum and these lists seem designed to inspire mild contention I was expecting something stupid like Goat’s Head Soup put down as their worst or Majesty’s Satanic Request as their best. Way to defy expectations gang!
I can’t be bothered making a list but my current favourite Bjork song is Heirloom off Vespertine. I listened to that song probably 200 times last year.
The 1977 ST has the world’s most adorable song on it aka. an 11 year old Bjork singing Fool on the Hill in Icelandic. Look it up.
Separator might even be my favourite Radiohead song ever.
I feel awful but I kind of didn’t like it! I say this as a giant fan of both Beck and the song Sound and Vision.
I find that the most fascinating thing in the world: when you’re at a music festival or whatever and you’re watching a mediocre band like Mumford and Sons that you’re not that into and seeing people just going fucking crazy over the most boring, middling music.
I’m kind of jealous in a way: imagine being able to get that much enjoyment and feeling so much passion over something as empty as a Mumford and Sons song!?
I agree 100% with the part about indie culture and mass culture being able to mix and even merging etc.
That said, this article is almost certainly “trolling for pageviews”.
Yeah I agree that this article is pretty hypocritical. Stereogum are surely one of the biggest internet propagators of all the nonsense they complain about in this article (jumping on stupid genre trends, buying into media narratives about certain bands, mocking once hot bands once their moment has passed etc etc.)
For a long while there You and Your Sister was my favourite song of all time. Bell’s solo album is such a painful reminder of what could have been.
Motel Blues is a cover of a Loudon Wainwright song.
Shit yeah “Stroke it Noel” fucking rules. More songs about masturbation should have string sections.
Write a single song that’s not absolutely fucking terrible?
So basically every band anywhere ever used to have another name or two before settling on their current one.
Next in Stereogum lists: BANDS WITH DRUMMERS
“It may sound like something you might dig up on an early-’00s retro cocktail-lounge trip-hop compilation”
What the shit does this even mean?? I have suspected for a while that Stereogum has been slowly turning into the hilarious early naughts version of Pitchfork that everyone makes fun of and this does not detract from that argument (see also that unreadable nonsense on that Thom Yorke post the other day).
There still time to steer the ship away from that iceberg guys!