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?
A lot of artists have covered this. This is one of the better versions I heard by Night Beds:
Thanks Stereogum for giving the album of the week to the label(Sony/BMG)paying for your ads. At least this time you’re not hiding it. As a long time Prince fan myself I have no idea why he would choose to help someone who is not worthy to carry his guitar pick. I guess he needs the money. Her and the 10 producers Sony paid for thank you Prince for trying to act like she’s a real artist and not just some prepackaged product.
This is really a terrible joke that sets a bad precedent that will basically ruin any real performers ever consider doing the halftime show. So many idiots in the media bitched when the older legends would perform, so for the last couple of years we’ve had 2 artists in a row lip-sync their performances and no major publications or websites would dare criticize either one.
As a long time Prince fan(as many others are around here) I’m always disgusted by the fact that he only wants to collaborate or align himself with silly pop girls(Stefani, TLC, etc…) instead of actual talented artists who might help him get out of this creative rut he’s been in for the last decade. What in the hell can this kid bring to the table musically? Twenty producers that are exactly what Prince bitches about when he talks about today’s pop stars? She’s also on the most corporate label there is that’s also known for payola type practices. He needs to wake up. There’s only so many of his die-hard fans left.
She’s as manufactured a “pop star” as Adele was. You failed to mention she was sued for taking full credit for writing and producing her album(and lost BTW). That’s why she hasn’t had a real follow up. No Wyclef or anyone else to write her “hits” for her.
Props to Jim Rountree. Their cover of “Girl U Want” is really great.
They have always been one of my favorite bands. After seeing them live on the Badmotorfinger tour, I was sure they were one of the best bands ever. I’ll give you credit for most of this list but “Fell On Black Days” annoys me as much as “Black Hole Sun” and really the rest of their underwhelming “Superunknown” album. I remember most of the long time fans were pretty disgusted with the mainstream sound of that album. It really pales in comparison to their real masterpiece “Badmotorfinger”. You did pick 2 of the best cuts on SUK(how ironic). “Head Down” and “The Day I Tried To Live”(great lyrics), as well as the title track are about the only things worth listening to for me. After a few years I personally think “Down On The Upside” is actually a better album than SUK, but nothing they’ve ever done comes close to BMF.
01. JC Pose
02. Rusty Cage
03. Hands All Over
04. Room A Thousand Years Wide
05. New Damage
06. Slaves & Bulldozers
09. Beyond The Wheel
10. Mind Riot
I pretty much agree with the top 3(One By One is definitely #4), although the first album probably isn’t as “slick” and it was surprisingly solid when it came out. Also I saw them live at the beginning and the end of that tour. They were impressive opening for Mike Watt before the album came out, but a year later they really brought an intensity that I haven’t seen many bands have. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Dave fired the drummer(William Goldsmith) and brought in Taylor(who is a great personality but not much of a drummer). I’m sure Grohl played drums on the second album even though he’ll probably credit Hawkins.