Monthly Archives: May 2010

Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot

Cor. The lead track from Daydream Nation, considered by many (but not by me*) to be Sonic Youth’s finest album. I’d just turned 21 when this came out in October 1988. I wasn’t a teenager. But neither were Sonic Youth. … Continue reading

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – You Trip Me Up

They had a brilliant idea, the Reid brothers: sticking a layer of white noise over the top of what were basically Ramones/Spector-ish pop songs. It doesn’t sound like much, but it resulted in at least three of the most thrilling … Continue reading

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The Four Tops – If I Were A Carpenter

Something of a standard these days, If I Were A Carpenter is most often treated in much the same way as Tim Hardin’s original version: as a rather gentle, folkish pop song. In The Four Tops’ hands, however, it’s something … Continue reading

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Marnie Stern – Ruler

Ooh, Marnie Stern. I was just reminded of her after listening to Deerhoof. And I was reminded of Deerhoof after listening to Erase Errata. Who I was reminded of after listening to Rolo Tomassi*. It’s like falling down the stairs. … Continue reading

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Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

Almost everything about this performance is wrong. Particularly Bryan Adams’s terrible voice. Yet for years I’ve had a soft spot for this record simply because I think that, in other hands, it has the potential to be a great song. … Continue reading

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Randy Newman – A Wedding in Cherokee County

The only thing that could explain why Randy Newman isn’t a massive star, or at least held in the same high regard as, say, someone like Joni Mitchell, is that the majority of the listening public are fucking idiots. That … Continue reading

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Cable – Ring of Fire

Things that keep this song from straying into the all-too familiar ‘indie band does novelty cover version’ thing: The cloppity drums. I love that drum sound. For me, it’s the best thing about heavy metal. The singer’s unstudied nonchalance. The … Continue reading

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