Pickin’ On Pitchfork, Volume 3

Wanna see what Pitchfork was like way back in 2001? Well, you can, because some enterprising (re: bored) dude has somehow retrieved the old site and it’s a bit of a revelation, I must say. Not so much the erudite assholes they would become, Pitchfork 2001 reads like a collection of essays by real live music nerds operating out of their garage, and the reviews are all the better for it. More tongue-in-cheek with a whiff of sarcasm, and hardly any “you-should-like-this-because-I-know-better-than-you” stuff. Also of interest, there are reviews on the old site that didn’t make it to the archives on the new site.


And for your amusement, here are some albums that Pitchfork rated 0 out of 10:

Sonic Youth: NYC Ghosts and Flowers
Kiss: Music From The Elder
Jet: Shine On
Flaming Lips: Zaireeka
B.T.O.: The Best Of…

No matter how terrible B.T.O. was, any album that contains “Takin’ Care Of Business” doesn’t warrant a zero. A 2, maybe, but not a zero.

Lastly, here are a few albums that received a perfect score, 10 out of 10:

The Cure: Disintegration
Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street
Galaxie 500: On Fire
Spiritualized: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
The Stone Roses: Stone Roses
Beatles: Every album from Rubber Soul through Abbey Road
Radiohead: The Bends, Kid A, OK Computer
XTC: English Settlement
The Who: Odds n Sods
Television: Marquee Moon
Kiss: Alive!

Hard to argue what’s here, although I was surprised as HELL that “Odds N Sods” received a perfect score. The reviewer even went so far as to state that it’s “probably the best rock and roll reissue since Iggy and the Stooges’ 1997 mix of Raw Power!”