No, that’s not quite right. Blue Thunder is a stone cold classic. Smells Like Teen Spirit was the lowest common denominator song in Nirvana’s catalog. As James pointed out in his write-up, it was always a blantant Pixies homage and wasn’t the definitive Nirvana song. It was just their biggest hit. It was also the song that turned them into the AC/DC of my high school and drove me farther down the ratholes of alternative music when I was a teenager. If I could thank Kurt Cobain for anything today, it would be for that.
I’m not usually one to argue with leaving off “obvious” choices, because I think that these lists should be subjective to the authors personal whims; however, Blue Thunder is one of the greatest college rock songs of that era and I assumed that was widely known. So leaving it off of the top ten list of a band that only recorded 3 albums seems wrong in all kinds of ways.
I absolutely love these types of reference sites. It reminds me of the 90′s when I would seek out books for similar experiences.
Wow, when I was listening to Portrait’s in Time, my daughter screamed “turn it down!” from the other room.
Who am I??
How did I not know about Metal-Archives!?! Thanks Wyatt! You’ve just destroyed my productivity for the next week.
As if David Fricke of RS can be trusted…
So this festival is pretty new and gets no love from Pitchfork or Stereogum, but Boston Calling actually has one of the most unique lineups this year. Death Cab, The Decemberists, Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, Tegan and Sara, Jenny Lewis…
That’s a bucking the trend lineup right there.
“Like magic eye paintings, tantric sex, or the poems of Paul Muldoon, frustration becomes a crucial component of the seduction, and not everyone has the patience to decide whether the payoff is worth it.”
I’m not sure who Muldoon is (I’ll have to look him up), but that’s a great line James Jackson Toth! Nice work! Kudos on the whole article.
Adrien, I agree with your assessment of the first seven albums as all individually flawed in their own ways, but in my opinion, Seventh Son has the worst song on any of those albums. Can I Play With Madness is absolutely embarrasing to listen to.
I contend that Somewhere in Time is the most consistently good of their first seven.
Oh man, I’ve been thinking a lot lately that you should start doing some metal in these lists and that Iron Maiden was a great place to start. Metal was the first type of music that I ever fell i love with, and it kicked off my lifelong passion. The first Maiden album that I heard was Somewhere in Time, so naturally it is my favorite, but I can’t really argue with your top 5. Brave New World could be a lot higher though…I think that’s the best of their later albums and rates pretty well alongside their early stuff.
So since you’ve been reading my mind lately, I can only assume that lists by Priest, Slayer and Mercyful Fate/King Diamond will soon be following…