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90′s alt rock artists more relevant today than Billy Corgan:
The Flaming Lips
Yo La Tengo
Built to Spill
That reggae-pop tune “Rude” about marrying the girl is blowing up pretty big. Has way more of a SOTS feel. Love the Future Islands but definitely not feeling it as song of the summer.
If I went to someone’s house and they had on a Coldplay album I would think their taste in music is highly questionable and would be slightly embarrassed for them.
This is great. So looking forward to this album.
Maybe you’re from England or Europe, but in the States hardly anybody bought a Blur album prior to “Song 2″ becoming an alt radio smash. The classic Blur albums were completely unknown. I kept seeing on MTV about the Blur vs. Oasis feud and couldn’t understand how the band behind “Wonderwall”, Champagne Supernova”, etc could be competing with some unknown British band. Elastica got a few songs on the radio, but Pulp was unknown. Same with almost all of the bands mentioned this week. I think the whole Britpop influence is overplayed as far as the US goes.
I love The Verve’s Urban Hymns. Richard Ashcroft can write amazing ballads. “Lucky Man” is such a great song along with “Sonnet”, “The Drugs Don’t Work”, and of course “Bittersweet Symphony.”
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