Believe me, you didn’t miss anything.
There were always these kind of “punk-adjacent” rock bands in NYC as long as I can remember. For some reason, around 2000 they started to get signed and heavily promoted again.
It is kind of scary that this scene is something to be nostalgic about as all of these bands were trading all pretty much late-70s nostalgia to begin with.
I guess if I owned the Luna Lounge or was Julian Casablancas, I’d feel differently.
That is a big bowl of meh (except fur Der Strokes und Interpol).
La Cucaracha is awesome. Totally underrated. The Friends EP is even better!
Also, comparing Ariel Pink to Ween is like comparing Yngwie Malmsteen to Prince.
Yngwie is an incredible lead guitarist but he’s not a singer or a good songwriter or a producer and probably never contemplated dancing.
Sure, Ariel Pink is maybe on par with Ween in terms of wiseass mindfuckery, but Ween’s also brilliant in about seven other ways.
I think Steve Albini is a lot more convincing here when he is castigating the pre-interwebs music industry than when he is musing about the present. It’s definitely an active listeners’ paradise now. However, for any musician who didn’t establish a toehold pre-2000 or so, has a drop more shame than, say, Amanda Palmer or doesn’t have a trust fund, good luck!
And she still finds time to be a geologist!
“Its not perfect, but if you are going to stick your neck out, please gather your muscial facts correctly and present them with respect to someone who has achieved more in his life to date than most of our entire lives put together.”
That is just a variation of the “if you’re so smart how come you’re not rich?” canard that ruthless pricks like Sheldon Adelson have been trotting out since time immemorial.
CHEERS!: to not dicking around overall. The top 5 ARE the top 5! (I could quibble with the order a bit and I do think that Trick of the Tail is much better than Wind & Wuthering but I digress).
Also, cheers to actually making this list. More than any other prog rock band, their poppier eighties material has completely obliterated their seventies stuff in the world at large beyond core prog-rock fans. I’ve tried to describe Gabriel-era Genesis as sort of the Radiohead of their era to otherwise knowledgeable music fans and probably come off as Patrick Bateman-y since all they’ve ever heard is “Land of Confusion” or “I Can’t Dance.”
JEERS!: Way too hard on Nursery Crime & the ’83 s/t “Yellow Toys” album. Nursery Crime isn’t on the same level as the last 3 Gabriel albums but it’s not THAT far away! S/T is their best post-Hackett album in my opinion. Don’t let “Illegal Alien” dominate your opinion of it (or do, but imagine it as a Ween song).
7. Nursery Crime
5. Wind & Wuthering
4. Selling England By The Pound
3. A Trick of The Tail