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I was in college when Mental Jewelry came out and can confirm that album had a decent amount of buzz around it. “Pain Lies on the Riverside” was a good little jam. However, when Throwing Copper came out and “I Alone” started getting play on MTV, they were a joke. “Lighting Crashes” is so over the top and tries way too hard. Our Lady Peace were much better and had better songs.
I agree. It’s funny that they always have this ROCK OUT attitude in all of their photos. Then you put on the album and it sounds like 80′s era Fleetwood Mac.
BTW, our US soccer jerseys look like Russian flags. What’s up with that?
I love this column. It’s so refreshing for some reason. Perhaps too many idiotic debates about Coldplay or Mumford. I must say having pre-teen girls and being exposed to much more pop music than I would ever normally be, it’s fun to be back listening to some of this stuff. Sure, a lot of it is terrible, but a lot is great. Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is fucking fantastic.
Black Keys albums best to worst:
1. Rubber Factory
4. Magic Potion
5. Attack and Release
6. El Camino
I get with Pinko is saying. Maiden isn’t the best example but he’s right about Dio. I fucking love Dio and there’s no doubt it’s fucking cheesy. Just watch any of the the old videos and there’s no denying it. Somehow these early 80′s metal bands were able to straddle the line between camp and being fucking incredible at the same time. WASP, early Motley Crue, King Diamond, etc. And I’ll throw GWAR in as an example of something meant to be enjoyed entirely ironically.
Live after Death goes on the shortlist of greatest live albums (metal or not) ever released. It’s easily up there with the Allmans Live at Fillmore East, Live at Leeds, Okonokos, and few others. It’s greatest hits album for their classic period with many of the songs coming across better than the album versions. The Churchill Speech to open it up leading into “Aces High”, the incredible live version of “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Bruce Dickinson’s between song banter: “Scream for me Long Beach!!!!” Just amazing.
Looks like Mr. Murphy could stand to do a little more walking and less subway riding.
I was in my 2nd year of college when this came out. I remember it being all over MTV but nobody was listening to privately in their dorms/cars/apartments. For whatever reason it seemed cooler to be into the 1st Weezer album and the Smashing Pumpkins than to listen to Dookie. I’ve never been a fan.
It’s not the exact same note.
Where’s “Feedback” or “Drums”???????????