I’m kind of a so-so Pearl Jam fan, but I love “Corduroy” far more than any single piece of “classic” rock. For once, Pearl Jam really beat Led Zep, Neil Young, etc., at their own game, and decisively. Just a mind-blowingly perfect piece of music.
I think he means funny “weird,” not funny “ha ha.”
: causing laughter
: odd or strange
: not well : somewhat ill
Yeah, I’m gay too, and I think it’s silly to worry about him saying “suck my cock.” People need to save their rhetorical ammo for real homophobia. Besides, I have a hard time finding him very threatening.
Mind is blown. Can’t believe that their comeback single is so good.
Amazing historical fact, but the song is just kind of blah.
Whip-Smart is definitely underrated. “Supernova” would be on my list of 100 best songs of the 90s. It’s weird that Exile in Guyville is the only one that ever gets remembered.
As for Whitechocolatespaceegg, I’d say that’s a harder call — quite interesting, but not on the level of Exile and Whip-Smart, though I’d be interested to hear a more extended argument for why it’s great. Maybe I should listen to that album again (it would be the first time doing so since the 90s).
It’s silly to have a played-on-the-radio requirement for something to be eligible for song of the summer. I mean, people probably listen to internet radio way more than actual radio now anyway, and there’s no real real “overground” or “underground” anymore — it’s all one big mish-mash, with artists and sounds moving back and forth (for better or worse). Also, why bother having a poll to pick an “ubiquitous hit,” since it’ll be pretty obvious what’s “uniquitious”? I want to know what the Stereogum community thinks is the best summary song this summer, not what they think will be endlessly played on the radio (which they’re probably not even that good at judging anyway).
I voted for Sia, but for the record, “Talking Backwards” is the song of the summer.
Great artists tend to be pretty sensitive. I mean, the novelist Claire Messud had a similar reaction during a pretty friendly interview earlier this year, since she felt she was being treated like a “woman writer” rather than just a writer. And just think about *every single moment* of Don’t Look Back.
Because what the world needs now is another washed-up alt rocker copyright troll, like I need a hole in my head.