I don’t know what to make of this. On one hand you have a group of very successful, influential musicians like Flea and Thom Yorke collaborating for the first time. On the other hand the music of these two in particular is radically different from each other and it will be interesting to see how the combinations play off each other. I’m not saying that it will turn out bad or good, that remains to be heard. What I am saying is that they will bring a wide range of influences to the table and I wonder how they will fit different ideas together. I actually am looking forward to this.
I think that RHCP will definitely get in. But I find that getting in the RoR is like something cool for some artists but something astonishing to others. Yeah its cool to see your favorite (or not so favorite) artists get in. Its the thrill of it and their fans are happy for them but what else can it do? Add more status to the band? For bands like Led Zeppelin they hardly need the boost of being in the Rock and Roll HoF. They are already legendary. It doesn’t matter. But for bands who are lesser known it can be a good thing. But I have to say that LL Cool J shouldn’t belong because he is a rapper. He is not in the rock genre. I have to agree with the Sex Pistols on the Rock and Roll HoF…
Man this takes the cake for sure.. I would really hope that Thom of all people would say “sorry, ive got plans for the next year or 2″ and can’t make any of these Hot Topic shows. I don’t really know if he has sold out though..I mean he’s rich he can do whatever he wants. He doesn’t need the money. I really can’t pinpoint a reason for being involved with Twilight (unless he likes the series) but I hate Twilight and I agree that I hope Tweens don’t show up to Radiohead shows. That would be ridiculous. Some of the lesser known bands like Grizzly Bear, whom I have never heard of, probably need the money so they get a pass this time.
I like Sunn O))) and all but this is ridiculous. No, i don’t think the band are sellouts at all. But I do think their music could have been used in a better commercial..if you can call it that. It did nothing to sell me those pair of jeans. It failed at its intended purpose: to get me to by those jeans. A girl dressed in black flailing around like a dying fish is not a good way to sell a product. I don’t even know why the band agreed to do this. Maybe it was their label, who knows. This kind of music is not meant to be used for video of any kind. It is only meant to heard in a specific environment like a dark room or something. I wouldn’t be suprised if they lost sales in jeans because of this..but then again there have been countless commercials that air that do everything BUT sell a product. So actually those jeans might sell. Who knows…
Rob Z is right about how Joy Division songs should just be left alone and not covered. I think the JD songs come from a certain perspective only Ian Curtis and co. can really understand. For others to try and cover songs they don’t really get (not saying that i do just for sake of argument) takes the original intent or meaning out of the song, even if you do a straight cover. Only the band can know and have that aura about their song. But Broken Social Scene can cover the song all they want, I will stick to the originals though. It actually makes me listen to the originals more.
Let me say that I love Muse and have seen them live and it was amazing. I am all for good music getting its due and becoming popular..as long as the artist or artists don’t sell out. That would be lame. But, to add to Ted’s post about the hypocrisy, it is true that they are signed to Warner Bros. Records and have huge recording contracts, but as long as they have complete artistic control over their music, who cares? Muse want to keep their integrity as a band and make music they want to make. I also want to point out a bit of irony in that when Muse played the VMAs I love how their song Uprising talks about people not being controlled, but they are playing on MTV..just kinda funny but it contradicts what i just said. Just funny..nothing really behind it though
The first poster, Bob, is right. We should not discuss the merits of the list because it is music. That is all it is. Each song has it’s own merit to everyone, for one reason or another. There is no definite answer to this “list” as is obvious. I understand the purpose of debate but I could make my own list and could conjure up a debate of my own without the aid of a huge magazine name. There are an infinite amount of things to be said about the Beatles and their music and to put a list together of what are their best songs only serves that point. Everyone has their own opinion on the band but like Zappa said “writing about music is like dancing about architecture”.
Muse is known for taking a new direction as their career progresses. From Showbiz to Origin of Symmetry, you hear a more metal/hard rock transition from Showbiz’s piano domination. Absolution and Black Holes and Revelations are more of their “epic” sound coming through predominately. This trend has reached a climax (or a starting point?) for Muse’s sound especially with the 3-track opera-type song Exogenesis. Altough I think that the band need to break new ground musically, I didn’t really like what I heard from this album although I have only heard “US of Eurasia” so I can’t really say this without more information. I will probably pick it up when it comes out.
I don’t think that kurt’s likeness would be in the game without some kind of approval from his estate. I have to side with Activision on this one. It would take a lengthy amount of time to get everything needed to get Kurt in the game like motion capture, etc. All of this could not happen without the approval of the head of Cobain’s estate which is Courtney Love, unfortunately. She needs to get a grip on reality and realize that she did make the decision. Personally, I think she is just blowing smoke on a non-issue, although i sympathize with those that dislike the options of the Kurt avatar in the game.
You can make the FAKE Kurt sing any song you want. It is just an avatar to give the song (and point of the game ie a real band playing) more substance. The developers chose someone with a storied past and it so happens that who they chose is dead. Why is there not the same uproar over Johnny Cash? You can make Johnny sing any song in the game. They are both gone. It doesn’t matter what you make the FAKE, NONLIVING characters do. Its a game with a huge selling point: play as Kurt Cobain. That is just it…you PLAY as them and nothing more needs to be said about it.
I actually agree with Trent but at the same time disagree as well. I don’t necessarily agree with the bashing of Cornell as he was only trying to expand his creative potential, something Reznor should compliment him on. I do agree with Reznor that he resisted his label’s input to put out something he thought was something new and innovative. I actually think that Reznor should take a page from Cornell and expand his musical horizons beyond industrial beasts and angst to try somthing entirely new. Hopefully this “end of NIN/ Hiatus” will do something to accomplish this.
The top 20 is comprised of stuff you will only find on the radio (minus Radiohead). None of the bands, besides them, I have never liked. The lone fact that this music is played on the radio means it will be on the “top whatever” list at any given time. These lists are made up of music that are hits on the radio,no matter the station, with Animal Collective on the alternative stations and Jay-z on the hip hop stations. Its really anything that people will listen to and not look for something better in a given genre. Instead of Animal Collective, try Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and, although i don’t listen to hiphop, you could try Nas.