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 0Posted on Apr 23rd | re: Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop's B-List (78 comments)

Run Christian Run is exquisite.

I really want to see an SFA Worst to Best ranking on this site. That would make me happy and (hopefully) would turn the ig’nant on to their awesomeness.

 0Posted on Apr 23rd | re: Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop's B-List (78 comments)

Maybe you’re right – they are a slightly different thing. Though, I think like Radiohead, they may not have been given the chance they got had it not been for Britpop. The scene spawned a whole lot of bands that weren’t connected to the scene, sort of like how the Flaming Lips were signed to Warner Bros. during that frenzy to capitalize on alternative nation in the U.S. spawned by Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

Hmmmm.

 +4Posted on Apr 23rd | re: Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop's B-List (78 comments)

Where the flying fuck is Super Furry Animals?

A chronically overlooked band that has brought me much joy over the years. And their far more dependable than most of the Britpop A-listers – none of their albums are perfect, but they all have moments of pop brilliance. Many, many moments in fact.

For shame!

 0Posted on Apr 8th | re: Smash Turns 20 (27 comments)

I was in grade 6 when this came out (scary). The “Stupid dumbshit goddamn motherfucker!” bit from “Bad Habit” used to drive my friends and I absolutely bonkers. Definitely an early cathartic musical experience, the thrill of which I now realize I’ve been chasing ever since. Of the Big Three albums that turned me onto rock music (Nevermind, Dookie and this), that middle section of Bad Habit turned me into a rabid music fan.

Also, I’, having flashes of listening to “What Happened to You?” while playing devil sticks in bicycle shorts. Ah, childhood.

 +5Posted on Feb 6th | re: Jonny Greenwood Scoring Inherent Vice (3 comments)

I was already beyond elated about this film – PT Anderson? Back with Phoenix? Doing Pynchon??? – but now my head might explode before I get to see it.

 +1Posted on Feb 6th | re: The 10 Best Beta Band Songs (32 comments)

Nice try, but no. Dance O’er the Border is the least inspired and sloppy songs on that album AND in their entire catalogue. I’d choose Broken Up A Ding-Dong over that one, or The Cow’s Wrong, which is sublime and heartbreaking and totally deserves a spot on this list.

Also, Pure For? Really? Assessment, Space and Outside are all better songs by a mile – they’re what turned me on to the band and they’re songs I return the most often. I’d argue they’re three of the most rewarding in the catalogue. Heroes to Zeroes is definitely a pivotal album for me and opened up a whole new universe of indie and indie-inspired music (including Super Furry Animals, a band that deserves a Worst to Best write up here at some point).

WITH THAT SAID, six of the tracks on this, I think, are unfuckwithable. I’m really happy you did this list. Definitely an underrated band that I worry will be forgotten in 10 years.

 +3Posted on Dec 3rd, 2013 | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2013 (498 comments)

The ‘Gum hasn’t given much love to it, but I think that Foxygen album is the tops. Sad not to see it on this list.

Also:

1. Phosphorescent is way too low on this list (top 3 for me)

2. The David Bowie album is also a return that was way better than we had any reason to expect

3. I’m AMAZED that the Darkside album didn’t make it on this list, or any other EOY lists I’ve seen this week. That one’s been turning my mind inside out for months now

4. No Mikal?? What the deuce….

 +2Posted on Oct 20th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best Pearl Jam Songs (147 comments)

Yes! I think you nailed it, though you only gave three suggestions for spots 7-10 (that’s actually four spots).

STILL, your list is far less questionable than the one above AND basically the same as mine. If this were my list, it’d look like:

10. Last Exit
9. State of Love and Trust
8. Elderly Woman…
7. Given to Fly
6. In Hiding
5. Hail Hail
4. In My Tree
3. Black
2. rearviewmirror
1. Corduroy

I’d personally swap Black with Love Boat Captain and In Hiding with either Porch, Do the Evolution or Whipping but we need to consider historical importance AND quality of songwriting. So yeah.

 0Posted on Oct 20th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best Pearl Jam Songs (147 comments)

Glad to see In My Tree on here. ‘Tis my #1 fave.

Hail Hail and Elderly Woman should be on here.

And, frankly, I find it surprising that no one here’s mentioned Love Boat Captain. That’s one of their most impassioned, soul-exploding songs in their catalogue. It gets me every time.

 +3Posted on Sep 16th, 2013 | re: Trent Reznor Albums From Worst To Best (96 comments)

Ditto. I think Hesitation Marks is already way underrated.