First of all, what a hypocrite this author is regarding who writes “nonsense” lyrics – he tries unconvincingly to excuse Liam’s nonsense rhymes on “Supersonic” while criticizing Cobain’s rhymes on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” I get that this author is biased towards Oasis but I did not expect this Nirvana-trashing stuff. Gimme a break with this crap implication that Oasis lyrics had more/deeper meaning than Nirvana lyrics. Oasis lyrics were optimistic. Nirvana’s not so much (and Cobain was rather autobiographical with his lyrics). Both were hugely influential so there’s no need for this kind of unfair trashing to be part of this Oasis story.
But the other thing that irks me is Noel Gallagher not having a clue what he’s talking about in saying Cobain “had everything but was miserable about it,” which is so absurdly false. Someone needs to get Gallagher a copy of the definitive Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven – then he’ll realize how wrong he was. Those two had a lot more in common regarding rough childhoods than Gallagher apparently realizes. And I’d argue that Cobain’s upbringing and road to stardom was tougher than Gallagher’s.
By that logic, then “About A Girl” shouldn’t be on here either – even Krist thought it was a Smithereens song when he first heard it. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” may rip off “Debaser” but to say Nirvana “recorded” 10 better songs? And “Serve The Servants” is one of them? I don’t think so. “Aneurysm” belongs up there, or even “Dive” for that matter. (The rest on the list are good choices, I’ll give you that.)
Starts out kind of Ride-ish. I dig it!
KIND of surprised, I meant.
King of suprised Cloud Nothings didn’t make this list. Great band!
I don’t know how anyone missed this but Korn’s self-titled debut album had nothing to do with starting rap metal “in earnest” or at any point. It’s the nu metal trend that they started, at least commercially, as Coal Chamber (live) and a few other bands were doing guitar solo-less super-downtuned heavy nu metal stuff around that time too. (And for the record, I don’t think any one band can claim they started a rap metal trend, but Biohazard gets my vote for getting the first mainstream exposure, followed by RATM and Downset.)
There may be Pavement songs with vocal harmonies that I’ve forgotten about that one isn’t it, sorry – it’s just Malkmus singing falsetto-style there (in singular notes).
I’m with you for the most part on this. Guyville is truly incredible, especially for a debut album. But I don’t really agree with your comparison of Phair’s vocals with Gordon or Malkmus. She may sing sometimes like she just woke up, but unlike those two, she sings in tune/on key (on purpose); those two often sing out of tune (Gordon doing the more punk thing) on purpose. (And it works for everybody.) Plus, there are vocal harmonies on Guyville (ex. “Never Said”) you’d never find on Sonic Youth or Pavement records. That said, this and Whip Smart are my go-to Phair CDs (or cassette tapes – yes, I bought the latter on tape and still have it but should probably upgrade to vinyl for that, Guyville or both when I can afford to.).
The bass player (Ken Casey) is the leader of the band and co-lead singer, along with Al Barr.