Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and with it, the unofficial end of summer. So, in hindsight, what was the Song Of Summer 2014? “Fancy”? It was probably “Fancy.” What else even came close? “Anaconda” arrived too late, “Happy” peaked too early … ” “Rude”? “Problem”? Eh. Feel free to shout out your own Songs Of The Summer in the comments. As for Songs Of The Week? See below.
In the single greatest book ever written about rock music, 1991′s Rock And The Pop Narcotic, Joe Carducci described AC/DC thusly: “They kind of took the lumpen stomp of Slade and sort of added the blues croak of early Savoy Brown (Chris Youlden) and came up with a raw, narrowly focused, grittily compacted hard rock sound somewhere in the vicinity of the intersection of blues and metal at boogie … They became so popular by 1980, that today, if you cut open young execs, young housewives, rappers, house mixers, salsa fans, hip hopsters you’ll likely as not find that about fourteen rings back there’s a layer of molten rock sediment spewed by this Australian eruption.”
Tonight, MTV’s Video Music Awards go down at the Forum in Inglewood, California. This year, the pre-ceremony preparations and parties have been unusually calamitous: Nicki Minaj’s backup dancer was bit by an anaconda, Iggy Azalea fell off the stage, and Suge Knight got shot! So we can only hope things go more smoothly when the festivities are underway. There are some prominent questions: Will Beyoncé be doing a medley of Beyoncé songs as part of her Video Vanguard Award reception? Who will win Video Of The Year, and where would that vid have ranked in our Countdown of Video Of The Year winners? And most importantly: Will Weird Al perform? We’ll be watching those storylines, keeping track of all the night’s winners, and compiling videos and GIFs from the big event, right here.