"I was just besotted."
Rock music does not lack for tragic heroes
; perhaps none more doomed than Ian Curtis
, lead singer of Joy Division
, the post-punk precursor to Madchester's New Order
. Debilitating epilepsy, depression, charges of Naziism, an impending divorce -- 25 years ago, the day before the start of a US tour, Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his flat while Iggy Pop's "The idiot" played. His widow Deborah speaks in this new interview
in The Guardian
; is she drumming up interest for the new starring-Jude-Law biopic
posted by docgonzo
on Apr 11, 2005 -
"I felt like hurting someone before, now I feel like hugging people".
Only weeks after professing his belief in Jesus Christ, former Korn
guitarist Brian “Head” Welch
was baptized in the Jordan River
last Saturday. With “Jesus” tattooed across his knuckles and “Matthew 11:28
” along his neck, Welch received full immersion in the historic river
, along with 20 other white-robed Christians from a Bakersfield, CA church. Welch said the ritual baptism, “washed away his anger.” "My songs are God saying things to me, him talking to people. He's going to use me to heal people and people are going to be drawn to it, just watch, they will be.” For the latest information
(and a free mp3
) go to Welch's personal website, http://www.headtochrist
posted by matteo
on Mar 10, 2005 -
A relatively new genre
which continues to evolve in scope and definition, postrock is a treat to the ears. With bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor
, Explosions in the Sky
, Sigur Rós
, Do Make Say Think
, and Mogwai
at the helm, it has slowly grown in recognition through movie soundtracks
. Yes, there's quite a plethora
of postrock bands, but is anything necessarily revolutionary, or just a rehash of past ideas brought into contemporary context?
posted by Mach3avelli
on Mar 7, 2005 -
. Even in this age of crate-digger archaeology, especially when it comes to the roots of punk rock, this band of Bronx miscreants is little known except to cognoscenti. The stream of punk most identified with The Ramones (unapologetically crude three-minute pop singles, pop culture obsessed, based around fun, what Tom Carson called "deadly serious kidding") began with these guys first three albums
and lives on in the work of The Muffs, Nashville Pussy, The Supersuckers and countless others. A rock and roll treasure often overlooked.
posted by jonmc
on Jan 25, 2005 -
Before they were nobodies.
There are a few bands who never quite made it huge but influenced everyone who ever saw or heard them (the Velvet Underground, Capt Beefheart, Sonic Youth).
The best were The Replacements
. And recently from their defunct website comes a complete early show of theirs, broken up in bite sized chunks, via quicktime. (more inside)
posted by tsarfan
on Jan 17, 2005 -
New Canadian music
is infiltrating your culture with its neo-retro ways
, and you may not even know it! Hot Hot Heat
is too dance-rocky for it's own good, Joy Division-loving the Stills
are constantly mistaken for New Yorkers (thanks to touring with Interpol), and certainly Stirling
are too epic to be anything but Cure-loving Brits! Watch out for the seditiously warm synth-pop of Stars
and the society-destroying rock-folk of lesbian siblings Tegan and Sara
. While you're at it, keep tabs on Toronto super-supergroup Broken Social Scene
and the quirky, danceable girl-rawk of Metric
. This is the cell of the retro rock revolution you really need to pay attention to. The Strokes and their ilk have nothing on the Canucks.
posted by Kleptophoria!
on Nov 25, 2004 -
Trade in your Ashlee Simpson CD here..
A group calling itself HOPE (Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment) are offering to trade your Ashlee Simpson CD for one by one of Elvis Costello, The Ramones, X, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Mr. Bungle, Ray Charles, Abe Lincoln Story, Grateful Dead, Neil Hamburger, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Wilson. Next target is the film "Taxi"
posted by salmacis
on Nov 16, 2004 -
Ceci Nes't Pas Une Satanic Message
• "Years ago someone told me that if you played Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven song backwards that you could make out 'satanic messages'. It is not my opinion that Led Zeppelin and the other artists here were given some kind of evil power to make these backwards sounds have a satanic message. And, no, I did not create this to show the evils of Rock and Roll. Instead I made this flash piece for two reasons: 1. I was new to Flash and wanted to be better at it and 2. The reverse files sound cool. "
posted by dhoyt
on Oct 8, 2004 -
Danzig gets knocked out.
Now, I know that most of you probably aren't big on violence, however, I find a little jolt of comfort in seeing Danzig
dropped with one punch. It's like being back in high school and seeing a bully knocked out by a geek he'd been picking on. (NSFW - violence and language)
posted by fizz-ed
on Jul 15, 2004 -
Nick Hornby discusses pop music in this NY Times essay:
"Maybe this split is inevitable in any medium where there is real money to be made: it has certainly happened in film, for example, and even literature was a form of pop culture, once upon a time. It takes big business a couple of decades to work out how best to exploit a cultural form; once that has happened, 'that high-low fork in the road' is unavoidable, and the middle way begins to look impossibly daunting. It now requires more bravery than one would ever have thought necessary to try and march straight on, to choose neither the high road nor the low. Who has the nerve to pick up where Dickens or John Ford left off?
In other words, who wants to make art that is committed and authentic and intelligent, but that sets out to include, rather than exclude? To do so would run the risk of seeming not only sincere and uncool - a stranger to all notions of postmodernism - but arrogant and vaultingly ambitious as well."
posted by grumblebee
on May 26, 2004 -
was a Texas based rock and roll singer best known for the immortal rebel anthem "I Fought The Law,"
. Considered by many to be the heir to Buddy Holly as the king of Texas Rock, he built on Holly's style with songs like the aforementioned "...Law," "Jenny Lee," "Love's Made A Fool Of You," and the 2 1/2 minute masterpiece "Let Her Dance." And then it ended, at age 22
, in very weird circumstances
. Over the years, interest in Fuller and his work has ebbed and flowed, and plenty of archival material
surfaced, but the mystery of his death remains unsolved, although many have speculated
. Ann odd end for a footnote character in rick history, but who was bound for more
posted by jonmc
on May 7, 2004 -
"Who is this Loretta Lynn chick, anyway?". Jack White
, in a skintight, red cowboy suit
, seemed a little nervous when he came out to introduce his opening act. So nervous, in fact, that the White Stripes frontman offered a cautionary preface of sorts to the massive huddle of young fans at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. "Now I want you all to be very nice to my next guest. I think she's the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century
,". The crowd looked around at each other, visibly puzzled.
, Loretta Lynn
has found her Rick Rubin
. Finally. Much like the producer who revitalized
Johnny Cash's career
with spare, homespun recordings
, White has raised the notion of Loretta Lynn
as a hip, renegade country artist. The transformation is of the same magnitude as Emmylou Harris's ethereal work with Daniel Lanois
in the mid-'90s.
posted by matteo
on Apr 27, 2004 -
Li'l G n' R -
the first ever Guns N' Roses Kids Tribute Band. Check the audition video here
(quicktime). They're playing CBGB's in a couple of weeks. Only $5, c'mon NYC MeFi'ers....one of you has to go and report.
posted by Ufez Jones
on Feb 4, 2004 -
The Greatest Week in Rock History
(Salon link) - 34 years ago today, Billboard Charts had a outstanding album lineup - perhaps not the best albums ever, but for a single point in time, arguably unmatched for quality, originality, and longevity. Take a look back at the roster: the Beatles
, Led Zeppelin
, Tom Jones
, Creedence Clearwater Revival
, the Stones
, the Temptations
, Blood Sweat & Tears
, Crosby Stills & Nash
, and Easy Rider
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 20, 2003 -
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.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 19, 2003 -
The closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind was on individual bands in the 'Blonde on Blonde' album. It's that thin, that wild mercury sound. It's metallic and bright gold, with whatever that conjures up.
Bob Dylan 1978
Blonde On Blonde
--Seven mixes, four or five covers, four or five women, some missing photographs
and one leather coat... (story within)
posted by y2karl
on Nov 19, 2003 -
Tired of your mullet and acid-wash jeans being sneered at in the local gay bar? Wishing that there was someone other than Rob Halford
out in the metal scene? Pink Stëël
is for you, my gay heavy-metal-loving brethen! Be out, be proud, and crank up "We Fight For Cock!"
posted by Katemonkey
on Jul 10, 2003 -
Lists may not be everyone's thing, but I love this stuff. Not the prettiest of sites but Julian White has collected End of Year music polls from many different publications, ranging from the now-defunct Select to the Village Voice to The Face.
The NME Readers Poll (Pop Poll
) is one my favourites. Bjork was 1993's most Desirable Human Being which I find a little strange - much happier with 1990's choice. Aahh Betty Boo...
posted by jontyjago
on Jul 2, 2003 -