Comments from Tom Breihan

John Wick is a man of focus, determination, sheer will -- something you know very little about.
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May 16, 2019 on Metz – “Pure Auto” Video
It's not an oversight. I actively decided not to post it.
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May 14, 2019 on The Number Ones: Blue Swede’s “Hooked On A Feeling”
i'm not really that fascinated with mac demarco tbh
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May 10, 2019 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I got "Jungle Boogie" as a 9 but it's on the precipice.
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May 10, 2019 on The Number Ones: Cher’s “Dark Lady”
I want you guys to understand something: There are so many great Rap City freestyles that I didn't even include the one where Beanie Sigel says "do the right thing like a spike lee joint, bang the thing in his right knee joint"
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May 10, 2019 on Watch Beast Coast Bring Back The Rap City Basement Freestyle
jay critch trying to ride that tjay buzz rn
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May 8, 2019 on Get Used To Lil Tjay
They are literally only a cover band. That's their whole concept. They play goofy snot-punk covers of old '70s and '80s pop songs.
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May 7, 2019 on The Number Ones: Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”
It definitely was, tho I didn't remember the Brolin angle until I'd already written the rest of it.
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May 7, 2019 on The Number Ones: Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”
Burnette was working in an era when pop singers very, very rarely wrote their own songs. I'm pretty sure this was widely known. More than anyone else, the Beatles changed that. So largely because of his own old band, circa-'73 Ringo was operating in an era when pop music really *was* understood as a vehicle for personal expression. So even though Ringo didn't sing the original version, his take on it looks nastier today, at least to me.
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May 6, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ringo Starr’s “You’re Sixteen”
also gilman st when op ivy was happening, forgot that one.
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May 3, 2019 on The Number Ones: Al Wilson’s “Show And Tell”
Also I wasn't 21 yet, and I probably couldn't afford a single drink in there, but I still should've tried it.
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May 3, 2019 on The Number Ones: Al Wilson’s “Show And Tell”
I could've! I was in NY summer 2000! But I just didn't. Dunno man, I fucked up.
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May 3, 2019 on The Number Ones: Al Wilson’s “Show And Tell”
oh jesus. off the dome: - revolution summer dc hardcore - late 80s uk acid house - early/mid-60s mod, when it looked like quadrophenia - late-70s doing-it-in-the-park hip-hop - mid-90s get-buck gangsta-walk memphis rap - mancuso loft-era disco - circa-67 san francisco psychedelia - funkmaster flex at the tunnel - mid-60s motown, when they'd do those revue shows - early-90s riot grrrrl, like those international pop underground shows
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May 3, 2019 on The Number Ones: Al Wilson’s “Show And Tell”
"Sweet Home Alabama" is a 10 because it obviously fucking slaps. Sometimes you guys think too hard.
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May 2, 2019 on The Number Ones: Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker”
You gotta see strollers up-close in-person to know if that's the one you wanna get. You're gonna be spending a lot of time with those things, and you need to know if you can figure out how to fold the thing up right.
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May 2, 2019 on Offset Wanted In Felony Phone-Smashing, And Everyone Involved Looks Terrible
Farley is absolutely the Paul, the one who wanted so badly to be liked.
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April 26, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ringo Starr’s “Photograph”
I don't know what you were doing in the early '90s, but nobody thought Beavis and Butthead's shirts were cool.
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April 22, 2019 on The Number Ones: Grand Funk’s “We’re An American Band”
Louis CK isn't a musician with a #1 song.
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April 16, 2019 on The Number Ones: Stories’ “Brother Louie”
Titanic early scenes are drippy, well-staged melodrama imo.
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April 12, 2019 on The Number Ones: Maureen McGovern’s “The Morning After”
You gotta work pretty hard to say that race is not implied in a story about a man named Leroy Brown from the South Side of Chicago.
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April 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”
Y'all can say what you want but "Shambala" goes so hard.
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April 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”
His highest-charting solo single, at #26. Would've been such an obvious 10.
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April 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”
Damn, you're right, my whole headline is wrong now.
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April 9, 2019 on Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Is The Shortest #1 Single Since 1965
I think the fact that he got Esoteric to write his raps is better than if he wrote them himself tbh.
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April 8, 2019 on Watch John Cena’s Glorious Return To Rapping At Wrestlemania
ah yeah, that should be on there.
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March 21, 2019 on The Number Ones: Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock”
and superstition! fuck. my hands just cramped up typing all this shit, but i got love 4 the completists.
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March 21, 2019 on The Number Ones: Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock”
I didn't start noting non-#1 top 10s until I'd been doing this column for months. But I *did* go back and decide which songs were 10s. So here's the complete list of top-10 10s: duane eddy - rebel rouser ray charles - what'd i say, pts. 1 & 2 the drifters - save the last dance for me ray charles - georgia on my mind the miracles - shop around roy orbison - running scared ben e. king - stand by me roy orbison - crying patsy cline - crazy the tokens - the lion sleeps tonight roy orbison - dream baby brian hyland - sealed with a kiss ray charles - you don't know me the miracles - you've really got a hold on me skeeter davis - the end of the world the chantays - pipeline the drifters - on broadway sam cooke - another saturday night the surfaris - wipe out stevie wonder - fingertips, pt. ii the crystals - then he kissed me the ronettes - be my baby the kingsmen - louie louie lesley gore - you don't know me the animals - the house of the rising sun the honeycombs - have i the right the shangri-las - leader of the pack the kinks - you really got me the temptations - my girl the rolling stones - the last time the beatles - ticket to ride the rolling stones (i can't get no) satisfaction the righteous brothers - unchained melody bob dylan - like a rolling stone james brown - papa's got a brand new bag, pt. 1 the rolling stones - get off of my cloud the shangri-las - i can never go home anymore the vogues - five o'clock world stevie wonder - uptight (everything's alright) nancy sinatra - these boots are made for walkin' the beach boys - sloop john b the rolling stones - paint it black the beatles - paperback writer four tops - reach out i'll be there count five - psychotic reaction neil diamond - cherry, cherry the beach boys - good vibrations the supremes - you keep me hangin' on the temptations - (i know) i'm losing you buffalo springfield - for what it's worth four tops - bernadette aretha fraklin - i never loved a man (the way i love you) aretha franklin - respect bobbie gentry - ode to billie joe diana ross & the supremes - reflections smokey robinson & the miracles - i second that emotion otis redding - (sittin' on) the dock of the bay the rolling stones - jumpin' jack flash jeannie c. riley - harper valley p.t.a. marvin gaye & tammi terrell - you're all i need to get by diana ross & the supremes - love child steppenwolf - magic carpet ride marvin gaye - i heard it through the grapevine the temptations - cloud nine dusty springfield - son of a preacher man tommy james & the shondells - crimson & clover the isley brothers - it's your thing desmond dekker - israelites jackson 5 - i want you back led zeppelin - whole lotta love simon & garfunkel - bridge over troubled water jackson 5 - abc norman greenbaum - spirit in the sky simon & garfunkel - cecilia the temptations - ball of confusion (that's what the world is today) the five stairsteps - o-o-h child stevie wonder - signed, sealed, delivered (i'm yours) jackson 5 - i'll be there janis joplin - me & bobby mcgee the kinks - lola the temptations - just my imagination (running away with me) ike & tina turner - proud mary marvin gaye - what's going on bill withers - ain't no sunshine isaac hayes - theme from shaft marvin gaye - inner city blues (make me wanna holler) al green - let's stay together bill withers - lean on me hot butter - popcorn the temptations - papa was a rollin' stone curtis mayfield - superfly marvin gaye - trouble man
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March 21, 2019 on The Number Ones: Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock”
damn i got my absurdist characters mixed up.
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March 21, 2019 on Watch Nardwuar Interview A Confused Blueface
I mean I am definitely still thinking about it.
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March 20, 2019 on Meet Dave, The Post-Grime Future Of UK Rap
They didn't have any top 10 songs! NIN's highest-charting single is 1999's "The Day The World Went Away" (#17), and Manson, as far as I can tell, has never charted on the Hot 100, probably thanks to the '90s practice of not making singles commercially available.
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March 19, 2019 on The Number Ones: Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”
Jim is too well-adjusted and also too insincere to make hardcore. If he made music it'd be some Shins-ass indie.
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March 18, 2019 on Choice To Make – “Think Twice” & “Composure”
"I never sleep, cuz sleep is the cousin of death" --Pitbull
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March 15, 2019 on Watch Better Oblivion Community Center Play “Sleepwalkin'” On James Corden
Vastly important song, great video, I really don't like listening to it. That and "Pause" were the only tracks I ever skipped on the Together Forever comp.
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March 14, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”
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