Comments from Tom Breihan

Barry McGuire was 30, one year younger than the person who has the #1 song in America right now.
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August 14, 2018 on The Number Ones: Barry McGuire’s “Eve Of Destruction”
I'm already in the process of writing about 1,077 songs (and counting)! You want me to write about *another* song?!?
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August 10, 2018 on The Number Ones: Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe”
Damn you are *not* gonna like what I have to say about "Harper Valley PTA."
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August 9, 2018 on The Number Ones: Herman’s Hermits’ “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”
Have always been confused about how the tambourine man is supposed to play a song. Like how do you play an entire song on the tambourine? (Did not see fit to include this trenchant insight in the story.)
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August 7, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man”
I really like that album! That's the goofy part. There's just all this stuff in it that I hate and that I feel compelled to point out. Had this whole riff on the Travis/Mike Dean connection, the one strong line between Houston rap history and Travis himself, that I meant to include and totally forgot about when I was writing this. I'd love to know more about their working relationship.
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August 6, 2018 on Premature Evaluation: Travis Scott Astroworld
good call, enforced fuckin rule
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August 6, 2018 on High On Fire – “Electric Messiah”
Nah, actually, I'm judging them against every other #1 song ever, with no regard for the rest of the artist's catalog. And I think this song is just OK. (Thanks for the defense tho.)
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August 2, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beach Boys’ “Help Me, Rhonda”
Should've honestly include this in Furious Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geMIRS9NVlU Made my kids lose their minds in the theater.
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August 1, 2018 on Denzel Curry, Traveling At The Speed Of Thought
we're all good, bud.
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July 27, 2018 on Drake – “Nonstop” Video
Ain't getting no book deal on this. Have been told that people don't buy books of things that were already free on the internet.
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July 26, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Supremes’ “Stop! In The Name Of Love”
The whole Motown approach, taking talented kids and then drilling the fuck out of them, is pretty much exactly what the different K-pop agencies are doing in South Korea, except now they make them learn different languages too.
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July 26, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Supremes’ “Stop! In The Name Of Love”
This one, baby! Have fun being a piece of shit!
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July 25, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Eight Days A Week”
I think Tony Molina is better at short songs than Tierra Whack. This is not a popular opinion, but that's where I am.
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July 25, 2018 on Tierra Whack Gamed The System
My bad I should've called you "piece of shit."
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July 25, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Eight Days A Week”
the ketamine might've been subtle, but this dude wasn't.
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July 22, 2018 on Pitchfork Music Festival: Tame Impala & Courtney Barnett’s Aussie Rock Explosion
These are both great! I'll put them into contention for next week.
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July 21, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I think it's a really great song, but I'm trying to save those upper reaches for the truly exceptional. That's kinda hard during that period, since *so much* of what hit #1 is so amazing. But I can't spam those big numbers too hard or it won't mean as much when something really does reach it.
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July 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: Petula Clark’s “Downtown”
Step stools are extremely relevant because they're some shit you don't see and regularly trip over.
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July 17, 2018 on The Decemberists – “Once In My Life” Video
both of these videos are great, and i didn't know about either of them.
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July 6, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
holy shit, let's get back to this not being a thing.
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July 2, 2018 on Premature Evaluation: Drake Scorpion
Even if you were a committed folk or blues listener! Folk and blues didn't sound like *that*.
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June 28, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Animals’ “The House Of The Rising Sun”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU2mn_S0kls
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June 28, 2018 on Kendrick Discusses That Fan He Brought Onstage Who Rapped The N-Word
This is fair. If anything, he's SC-adjacent. Was iffy on putting Rich the Kid on the list for the same reason, since he's more of a regular Atlanta trap guy. But I do think their fans' ability to ignore those accusations is part of that same story.
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June 27, 2018 on Rico Nasty Is The Best Thing About SoundCloud Rap Right Now
Beats digging ditches.
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June 27, 2018 on Joe Jackson Dead At 89
When this came out, I was like, "Damn, Nas listens to Cannibal Ox." This was the correct response.
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June 20, 2018 on Nas Sounds Tired
buddy. you know how nice it would've been to *not* write about this shit today?
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June 19, 2018 on The Tangled Legacy Of XXXTentacion
The sad part is that no, they're not, not necessarily. He has a great many fans who might very well make her life hell.
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June 19, 2018 on The Tangled Legacy Of XXXTentacion
If there was an artist who could fuse all these genres, with energy and inventiveness and emotional force, without rapping about how his little emo bitch like her wrists slit, then yes, I would've been all over it. Thought about going into the idea that the creativity wouldn't exist without the toxic impulses but this piece was already fucking long enough.
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June 19, 2018 on The Tangled Legacy Of XXXTentacion
Kamasi got that premature evaluation. (I woulda picked it.)
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June 19, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Dark Thoughts At Work
I understand all of this, and yet I have never been less interested in hearing wealthy artists flex about their wealth. I know that the insane, vertiginous come-up is a huge part of the story with both of these artists -- maybe it *is* the story -- but I really don't want to hear anyone say "it's disturbing what I gross" like that is something uncomplicatedly good.
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June 18, 2018 on Premature Evaluation: Beyoncé & JAY-Z Everything Is Love
Yeah, late pass. I'm embarrassed, frankly.
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June 15, 2018 on Stream Rico Nasty’s Promising Major-Label Debut Nasty
I think that was my first day on staff! They stopped me from doing shit like that after about 5 minutes.
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June 14, 2018 on Drake Reunites Degrassi Class For “I’m Upset” Video, Reveals Scorpion Release Date
Thank you guys. Ain't nobody getting paid by the word.
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June 13, 2018 on Juice WRLD Turns SoundCloud Rap Into Toxic Emo-Pop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU2mn_S0kls
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June 12, 2018 on Weezer’s “Africa” Cover Is Their Biggest Hit In Years
Saw the Hold Steady's 6th show ever at the Ottobar, opening for the Oranges! (They also played their 2nd show ever in Baltimore, at the Talking Head, but I didn't go for some dumb reason.)
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June 11, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
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