Probably the best piece I’ve ever read on this site. You’re dead on about the fact that the band gets lumped in with a lot of the radio garbage we hear now. I always thought “Badmotorfinger” was a better album and I was slightly disappointed when “Superunknown” came out but after I listened to it for a week or two I became totally immersed in it. “The Day I Tried To Live” is still brilliant after all these years and “Mailman” and the title track are about as good as the band ever got. IMO, Soundgarden were the best band from Seattle and never really got the respect their peers got. And your article made me realize that’s still the case.
Nice piece about Aloe Blacc. “Good Things” was a great modern soul album. I loved the guy’s voice and his attitude. There are a lot of excellent Youtube clips of him doing material from that era. I thought he was going to be one my new favorite artists. I also told a lot of friends to check him out. Then when the “Wake Me Up” EP came out I was kind of stunned. It was lame and I just assumed that it was some kind of one off soundtrack thing. A little while after that he was on Dancing With The Stars singing it and I knew something had to be up. Now that this latest piece of garbage came out I’m going to have to bail. That stupid “The Man” song played nonstop during the NFL playoffs. It’s a real shame that a unique talent has disappeared into commercial purgatory.
Wow. This list is all jumbled up. i agree with number one and the top 8 are okay but “Piece…” is number 2. “Powerslave” was weak and a huge disappointment when it came out. Good tour but lackluster album. And “No Prayer…” was actually not that bad. “Tailgunner” was a cool song at the time. That album was also a nice surprise because a lot of people thought Bruce was gone after his first solo album which kind of helped that release do well on the charts. And “Fear…” was pretty decent too. I would say that was probably the band’s last good album. That’s why your list is sort of odd. Eddie wouldn’t even stick around for the last several releases.
Nice article. One thing that really made the band blow up was their mud throwing performance at Woodstock. After that, I think they really became iconic. For a little while anyway. One thing that happened that is kind of funny is I saw them play Lollapalooza the week before and they killed. They went on second or third that day. I remember when they hit the stage kids were feverishly jumping over walls and racing to their seats to fill a half empty amphitheatre. What stood out was how much fun they were having and also their musicianship. In comparison, the Beasties hit the stage a couple of hours later and actually tried to make jokes about how Green Day sucked. What was even more pathetic was how they could barely play their instruments during “Sabotage”. After that day you knew the band were going to be huge.
Not 10 songs by Kanye? What the hell? Don’t let Pitchfork, NPR, or Rolling Stone beat you in the horsesh*t sweepstakes.
It is the best cut on the album.
All this Kanye worship bullshit is just stupid. I don’t give a damn if you’re trying to be ironic or serious. Your creditability is going to suffer for it in the long run.
Geez. Pitchfork marketing has seeped into the brains of the Stereogum voters.
Kanye’s media team strikes again! In case you didn’t know, that album was a huge flop. Anyway… Sky Ferreira & MBV definitely. I will also give you points for keeping JT at the bottom.
I suspect all of McCartney’s Spector bashing contributes to the myth that “Let It Be” is not one of their best. Besides the 2 huge hits, the album has a lot of great songs on it. I like the way Phil put it all together also. I did not dig the “Let It Be…Naked” that much. It just sounded like all the bootlegs most of us have had for years. I would never say it was better than “The White Album” or “Abbey Road”, but I would say to me that it stacks up really well against all the “hairy Beatles” LP’s. And to even imply that any of the mop top releases are better is just ridiculous.
SNL is content to keep bringing sh*t acts to perform as musical guests.I’m not a fan of Timberhype but he is usually very good on the show. Although last time it was kind of weak compared to his previous appearances.
When you’re career has been dead(justifiably) for 15 years where else can you go?
I have to agree with most of this list but Mellon Collie was a big disappointment for me. I thought it should have been one album(which is the case with a lot of double LPs). It still had a few moments but I think Gish should be number two. Great article BTW.
I was a big fan of Nirvana and most of the bands on this comp but I also think the Uncle Tupelo cover was the best song on the album. Also the unwarranted bashing of the Goos on a collection that featured several bad to mediocre recordings is kind of odd. Yeah “Iris” sucks but “Superstar Car Wash” is an underrated power-pop gem. Ironically, the Soul Asylum track you mentioned(& featured) was particularly loathsome(google the reviews) and cemented their legacy of never having another hit CD. Regardless, this is one of the best charity projects ever.
These lists are always made to stir up sh*t. Overall there are the usual suspects and certain picks that only bandwagon music lovers pick. But I have to also chime in and say “Star” is a great underrated album that really holds up especially in comparison to say “Stankonia”, which was great for the time but sounds very dated now. And yes “Let England Shake” is very far from being PJ’s best album.
This album was so huge at the time(I believe it had the Soundscan first week sales record with Snoop Dogg, 900,000 in a week). The local record store I worked at the time sold out by 3 pm the day it came out. I remember at the time kind of being disappointed in it. The band really had a hard rock following(especially Stone & Jeff from the MLB days), and this album is not really very heavy except maybe “Go” & “Animal”. Personally I wish they would have stayed in that genre. “Daughter” still makes me cringe to this day. If we’re going to compare, every Soundgarden and Nirvana release is a lot more interesting than this album. Just my opinion.
Give Kimmel credit for bringing him on and being friendly but still pretty much standing his ground unlike Letterman wussing out on the Palin thing a couple of years ago. He also wasn’t fawning all over him the way Fallon did Miley Tuesday night either.
As some other posters have stated, this album has been reviewed a few times over the last couple of weeks. Nonetheless, if there’s ever been an album that every music lover on the planet should check out… This tour was also unreal and I just saw their reunion a few months ago and the band is better than ever live. I know Dulli been doing other collabs lately but I hope he goes back does a proper LP with the band. Everyone should also check out “Black Love” if you haven’t already. Equally brilliant and almost a bookend to “Gentlemen”.
I remember when it was released it was one of the albums that were part of the deal Matador had with Atlantic Records. They had no idea how to market the album but it did get them on a big tour which killed. I’ve been a fan for life since. One of my favorite albums ever. A f*cking beautiful masterpiece.
Nice article but your list is almost upside down(IMHO). As far as the hate goes I think like you stated in your article that the band has never not been successful. One or two less than well received albums is about it. As far as what’s going with them now, they just put out their worst album by far(No Line…) and have kind of turned their back on the die hard fans by putting out overpriced reissues and charging $250.00 for tickets.
I was a member of their original “Propaganda” club, which was only 20 bucks a year and you got 4 program-type newsletters annually and first crack at concert tickets. They also carried that over to U2.com which was free to register at the time and you were able to secure tickets. Now I think the fan club is 50-100 bucks, depending on what level you join. Bono has also been one of the flag wavers for the crooks at Livenation/Ticketmaster. Going against the wishes of Springsteen and many other credible artists. A while later he is championing the rights of artists to get paid for radio play, which is probably what sunk U2′s last release. Having No Doubt and Black Eyed Peas opening for you instead of Public Enemy and Big Audio Dynamite(Zooropa Tour) is also polarizing to the older fans.
Regardless, Rick Rubin was supposedly going to work with them and I think that would really help. Unfortunately he just wants to collect checks for working with hacks like Kanye and Kid Rock.
Anyway, here is my list which is close to a lot of others:
1 Achtung Baby
2 Joshua Tree
3 Unforgettable Fire
4 Pop(most underrated)
5 Rattle & Hum(studio songs are good)
8 How To Dismantle…
10 All That You Can…(Really weak, especially now)
12 No Line…(2 decent songs maybe)
13 Passengers(not a real release by the band. You might as well add Mission Impossible Theme)
Geez… Every year we hear this crap and then whatever trend is popular at the time disappears and everyone goes back to guitars. Part of the reason for the upswing in electropop is because it’s cheaper for the record labels to record and market(just like hip hop). You can put on a guitar oriented album like “Axis: Bold As Love” now and have your mind blown. There’s something about that kind of music that’s timeless. 20 years from now, no one is going to be looking forward to the Icona Pop reissue the way most of us are towards the “In Utero” remaster.
Stereogum just can’t go against Jay Z or Kanye. Forget the fact that Jay wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire. He is a kook and has no cred(neither does his wife) with anyone who is a real musician. Even with Rick Rubin he delivers another dud. Sites like this and Pitchfork just get paid to hype him and Kanye up to the middle class hipster set. Congrats to QOTSA for not kissing his ass and saying something true about his giant ego.
Why are you even mentioning her on this site? The Tom Petty comparison was ridiculous. TP has been on the road 40 years and Sheryl Crow screwed everyone she could to get to the top. You know she’s never actually written any of her songs right? Look it up. Especially her first 2 albums.
Someone had sent me an advance of “Nevermind” and I made sure I told all my cool friends about it so I could beat the media to the punch. Of course I never realized how big Nirvana was going to get. So by the time “In Utero” came out, I was kind of burned-out on them and I was sick of seeing Kurt Loder ramble about Cobain and Courtney on MTV every hour.
So I was pleasantly surprised by how edgy and solid the album was. “Scentless Apprentice” quickly became one of my favorite angry songs to listen to. “Pennyroyal Tea” was probably the most “Nevermind”-type song and I loved it also. The whole album just sounded damn good. Albini and Scott Litt did a great job. At the time most of the people I knew who were into music had moved on and only cared about Pearl Jam and all the Nirvana clones like Bush. Nirvana had kind of become the band no one liked anymore. And that made them even cooler.
I remember looking on the Billboard charts after the album had been out for a while and seeing it sold only 2 million copies and Bush had sold 6 million of “Sixteen Stone”. It didn’t really sell huge until Cobain’s death. How pathetic. People didn’t know sh*t about music then either. Looking back, it’s evident that Nirvana were way better than really any other band at that time(except maybe Soundgarden). Every release, and especially “In Utero” is beyond brilliant.
Okay, Monae is probably a nice person, but let’s stop with the hype. How many people are there? 20?