In the interest of all thing negative and reductive, here’s a response to the top ten albums of 2008 as chosen by Penusfork. 10.DJ/RuptureUprootI did like the “Brooklyn Anthem,” despite the carpetbagging. But while most tracks are accomplished dancehall-dubstep-electro hybrids, I still can’t get the memory of bad drum n’ bass/jungle out of my head […]
http://youtube.com/v/IFvKGDplH24 #9 in the “You Had Them All Wrong” 80s bands’ list. SBMs were best known for the non-hit wonder, “Wild Blue Yonder,” but their full-length stateside debut is stellar all the way through. I never got to see them live, nor did I care for anything they did after this, but I did see […]
http://youtube.com/v/yTvgKFbelkw In an 80s documentary on the Fairlight, he said: “I’m certain the third world is going to have an increasing influence on our culture; and in music, a very vigorous hybrid will be produced, which is based on this non-european influence, and new technology, which is going to get cheap, and this facility will […]
http://youtube.com/v/JlRobLl4pGA #7 in the “you had them all wrong” 80s bands list. Sure, CH wrote perfect but airless pop on their debut. Yet a few songs hinted darker streams flowed through Neil Finn, and he let loose with the darkness on their subsequent and best album, “Temple of Low Men.” Not your average pop by […]
http://youtube.com/v/VseqOCfUlyI #6 in the “You Had them All Wrong” 80s list. Forgive me – their debut sounded as if Elizabeth Fraser had joined the Comsat Angels. All went downhill afterward.
http://youtube.com/v/sET1lhBMNiU #5 In the “You Had Them All Wrong” 80s bands list: Not because I like it, because I don’t — I never liked Ministry — but because it’s hilarious to think Al Jourgenson (sic?) so successfully fooled so many into buying his tough-guy image and sound for later Ministry albums. Knowing this video first, […]
http://youtube.com/v/LcZmSu9s2KU #4 In the “You Had Them all Wrong” list of 80s bands Many bands tried to rewrite Beatles’ songs; most went back to pumping gas. PS rewrites “Hey Jude,” and theirs is the better song; a gorgeous, romantic breakup song both piquant and shimmering (“you’re still in love/with Hayley Mills”)