Comments from Tom Breihan

Thank you! No book plans. I have been told that collections of things available for free online don't sell. Also, it's hard enough writing these things; I don't wanna also deal with agents/editors/publishers.
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November 15, 2018 on The Number Ones: Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
you really might wanna change that screen name to whitemusicfan.
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November 15, 2018 on The Number Ones: Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
jesus, you're right
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November 14, 2018 on Sheck Wes Has A Story
I was tall the whole time. And nobody knew.
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November 14, 2018 on Sheck Wes Has A Story
Just top 10. But yeah, it's another new thing I'm trying, mostly because I didn't like the idea of not mentioning "Magic Carpet Ride" at all. We'll see if it sticks.
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November 14, 2018 on The Number Ones: Diana Ross & The Supremes’ “Love Child”
"Love Child" is 1000% a better song than "Hey Jude."
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November 14, 2018 on The Number Ones: Diana Ross & The Supremes’ “Love Child”
That's a great story. The way people integrate people into their lives and let it affect them > pop music (and I LOVE pop music). Even the worst songs on this list have some of the most heartfelt, glowing YouTube comments from people who remember dancing to those songs at their weddings or hearing them at their grandmothers' houses.
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November 13, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”
Got it from Rob Sheffield's piece on the song, and I prefer to believe the legend: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/hey-jude-at-50-celebrating-the-beatles-most-open-hearted-masterpiece-714736/
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November 13, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”
I love that book. Also, Chuck Eddy was the first person ever to hire me to write about music.
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November 9, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Rascals’ “People Got To Be Free”
damn everybody's copyediting me this morning.
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November 8, 2018 on Watch Morrissey Cover The Pretenders On James Corden
"Fly" didn't chart, but it would've been an 8.
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November 7, 2018 on The Number Ones: Hugh Masekela’s “Grazing In The Grass”
I love a whole lot of versions of Bacharach songs, but I don't love the Bacharach aesthetic as a whole. Some of the Dionne Warwick stuff is cool but that whole crushed-velvet lounge-pop thing has never really drawn me in.
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November 6, 2018 on The Number Ones: Herb Alpert’s “This Guy’s In Love With You”
My position is: If I didn't know the album existed when I wrote last week's AOTW, then it's eligible for this week's. And since I came up with the damn column and have written literally hundreds of them, I get to make the rules.
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November 6, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Vince Staples FM!
It was a helpful way for me to mark songs to delete.
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November 2, 2018 on The Number Ones: Archie Bell & The Drells’ “Tighten Up”
next week! we go thursday to thursday with this bad boy.
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November 2, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I am getting to that point. It's like how I instinctively gave every song 1 thru 5 stars when I first got an ipod.
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November 2, 2018 on The Number Ones: Archie Bell & The Drells’ “Tighten Up”
Probably too high, yeah, but I'm sentimental like that. "Stand," which peaked at #6 in 1989, would've also been an 8. Might've gone as high as 9 for "The One I Love," which peaked at #9 in 1987.
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November 2, 2018 on The Number Ones: Archie Bell & The Drells’ “Tighten Up”
honestly tho it's crazy that REM ever got as close as they did
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November 2, 2018 on The Number Ones: Archie Bell & The Drells’ “Tighten Up”
You might wanna skip the "Laffy Taffy" entry once we get to that.
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November 1, 2018 on The Number Ones: Bobby Goldsboro’s “Honey”
And the guy who marketed Ellis as Orion also released "Harper Valley PTA," which will be in this column in a couple of weeks.
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November 1, 2018 on The Number Ones: Bobby Goldsboro’s “Honey”
Loretta Lynn made snarling pop-country 50 years ago. Use your head.
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October 29, 2018 on Pistol Annies – “Got My Name Changed Back” Video
No, this has been the plan for at least a few weeks.
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October 26, 2018 on Stream Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, & Lucy Dacus’ Debut Boygenius EP
I wrote a big feature on the industry behind this kind of movies a few years ago: http://grantland.com/features/a-look-how-ripoff-factory-called-asylum-makes-mockery-box-office/ That same movie studio is now more famous for the Sharknado series. Too bad John Fred didn't have a Sharknado in him.
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October 26, 2018 on The Number Ones: John Fred And His Playboy Band’s “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)”
Then don't read it, bitch. (I like my new nickname tho.)
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October 26, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye”
You're still going to be pulling this shit when I get back to "Lean Back," aren't you
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October 25, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye”
I have given 10s to three Beatles songs. As of right now, only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones (who also have three) have multiple 10s. Kid Rock doesn't have any #1 singles, but his highest-charting song ("Picture" with Sheryl Crow, #4 in 2002) would've been an 8.
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October 25, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye”
It's my column, I can do whatever I fucking want.
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October 22, 2018 on The Number Ones: Lulu’s “To Sir With Love”
I have been told that people don't buy book versions of things that are available for free online. But thank you!
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October 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Box Tops’ “The Letter”
Chilton sells it. That's the difference.
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October 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Box Tops’ “The Letter”
Publicist tells me it won't actually be for sale until next year.
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October 19, 2018 on Massive Attack’s Mezzanine Now Available As Spray Paint
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