This is one of those albums where I was much more interested in the comments than the actual article (nothing against the author, though). Because I believe for those of us who really lived this album, this era, it was a transcendent, life-changing and often life-affirming experience (even through all of it’s inherent darkness). Very pleased to see exactly what I expected while reading the comments. I don’t have much to say that hasn’t already been said. Just that I LIVED this album. Lived it for several years, in fact. It was there through good times, enjoyed with friends at parties and on road trips. But more importantly, it was there through the bad, like a favorite warm blanket that you could always crawl under to make yourself feel better. Or at the very least, feel like you had someone who felt as shitty as you did that day.
Early Korn albums, and some songs in particular, are actually quite good. Everything up to Issues for me is still easily listenable. And I feel no embarrassment in saying so.
Great article, well-written, with really solid song choices. I enjoyed this a lot.
Uhh, I would argue that ‘Clint Eastwood’ is easily the second most recognizable song in Albarn’s career. And truthfully, other than the “woo-hoo” portion of ‘Song 2′, which became ubiquitous though it’s use at sporting events, ‘Clint Eastwood’ may be his most well known song. I know people from multiple generations who know all the words to ‘Clint Eastwood’, including Del’s rap. Not sure the same can be said for ‘Feel Good, Inc.’ or ‘Song 2′. I agree that it’s an arguable point, though. And ‘Feel Good, Inc.’ is a truly great song (even though I think the Dela rap isn’t as good as most of what Del did on the first album, and that the song is just as good without it).
And they still have one of the worst band names in the history of music. It’s just dumb.
It’s the all-hours, non-stop, anything can happen, lets have a party and throw in some random jams, too, that makes ‘roo better for me. And I loves me some Coachella and Outside Lands (one is in my backyard, one a half day’s drive), but ‘roo definitely has the best vibe of any festival I’ve been to.
Yes, I get it. They succeeded beyond measure.
Yes, I get it. It succeeds beyond measure.
That is one of the worst “songs” I have ever heard. Even as a throwaway soundtrack song attempting to be “funny”, it’s still awful.
Never mind…. it’s posted up above. I saw it someplace else. Heh.
The lyrics make a lot more sense when you know what he’s singing about. There’s a behind the scenes video for the making of this song that gets into it pretty deep.
Personally, I think a lot of y’all are straight trippin’, or very jaded at the least. This is an incredibly solid song coming from a band with a career full of incredibly solid songs. For them to still have this in them 30 years in gives me great hope for the new album.
No, it’s his whenever he feels like dusting it off and putting it on. Looks like this year will be one of those times.
Mike Vallely is a bad mother fucker. Fiercely original and full of just don’t give a fuck. But all… this… just doesn’t even make sense. It like, broke my what the fuck o’ meter.
Prince is the mother fucking shit. That is all.
Not sure I agree with picking apart an artist to this extent simply because they were nominated in a Grammy category that you don’t agree with. I mean, Sara Bareilles gotta eat! And it’s not like put herself in that category, she was voted there. If anything, you should have a problem with the process, not the result.
Anyway, I wouldn’t call myself a “fan”, but in a world filled with “artists” that I find near to completely talentless and get next to no joy from, Sara Bareilles doesn’t seem so offensive to me. At least she’s doing her own thing instead of sounding like whatever her label A&R tells her to sound like this week. And she keeps her damn clothes on, too.
Does that mean she deserved an Album of the Year nomination? Probably not. But I still don’t believe the nomination justified the number of words you gave to it in this article.
Being a slightly romantic fellow, I find this song rather good (it’s older, though): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkOKCWDJ4iA
Damn… I thought I had every known version of Black Star.. I’m going to have to hunt those down!
I’m sure you meant Dark Star, and I really didn’t want to correct you, but it was hard to let that one go.
Right, because until ‘Somebody Told Me’, the last 100 years of popular music contain exactly zero asshole songs.
True. But that doesn’t make it any less great.
Smile Like You Mean It or this list is invalid. Otherwise, I don’t hate most of your choices. 2014 is the year of the Killers, btw. A friend and I decided this the other night. So your list was most serendipitous.
Sold out in record time. See ya there the first weekend.
Fuck, I really should proofread when posting in the middle of the night.
Oddly amusing is generally how I roll. Thanks for take the seconds to clarify, but I was mostly just rambling at the anonymous down voters. I do that sometimes.