Spot The Essential, Seminal, How-Could-These-Imbeciles-Have-Forgotten? Popular Song:
A well-made list, specially if it's authoritative and includes no less than 500 songs, is just asking to be cruelly inspected for omissions, ridiculed for certain inclusions and generally derided. This one is, admittedly, a toughy. But perhaps way too US-centric and too Rockist. I mean, honestly, sometimes you Yanks act as if you'd invented Pop music! ;) (Via the newly-discovered Rivurcated Bifets.
Is It Better To Look Marvellous Than To Sound Marvellous?
Like The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop and (controversially) David Bowie, Patti Smith
, specially when photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe
, looked way cooler than she sounded, imho. What other rock legends were more beautiful than the music they made? And, conversely, which artists' music was better than the image they projected?
Thankfully, Grand Master Peter
is back to his old tricks! [Requires Shockwave and speakers, not to mention a good memory and a high Rawk tolerance threshold.
Start Me Up Or Shut Me Down: Is Music Compromised And Cheapened By Its Use In Commercials?
The Doors' John Densmore
, writing in The Nation
about why he refuses to accept Apple's and other companies' generous offers to use his band's songs, certainly thinks so. Is this an admirable example of integrity; precious vanity or just downright jejune?[More inside