Monthly Archive: January, 2012

The Most Inconsequential “Greatest Hits” albums Of All Time

Bend over and take one for the team Record Buying Public! The following are my picks for the most ridiculous, pointless and downright silly “greatest hits” compilations of all time. But you know… Continue reading

New Order

New Order is just one of those bands; you know what I’m sayin’? When I was very young I was introduced to New Order through Power Corruption and Lies and, of course, the… Continue reading

Is There Anybody Out There?

Looking forward to the next U2 album? Nope, me either, Pal. They haven’t been relevant since 1992 and I don’t suspect they’ll be able to pull off another reinvention a-la-Auchtung Baby. So they’re… Continue reading

Worst Album Covers, Part Deux

  These really speak for themselves… Good GOD, this dude looks like one of those mutants from Escape From The Planet Of The Apes! EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kinda like this one, actually… Is that guy… Continue reading

What makes a great album?

Going away on a little trip and will have no time to blog, so I’m gonna steal a pretty terrific article from the United Kingdom’s Guardian that’ll hopefully keep y’all entertained until I… Continue reading

“Greatest Hits” Albums

I have been quite vocal about my distaste for these packages over the years, and for a number of valid reasons, I think. A greatest hits album usually spans an artists entire career,… Continue reading

The 50 Best Progressive Albums (#40-#31)

#40. The Village Green Preservation Society, The Kinks: Everyone knows this is Ray Davies ode to England’s naïve and pastoral past, held together with clever character sketches. Everyone also knows that it was… Continue reading

The “Coolest” Album Of All Time?

BAND: The Stooges ALBUM: Funhouse RELEASE DATE: 1970 “LAAAAAAWWWWWWDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!” So begins TV Eye, the third track on this remarkably intense album by perhaps THE best, and certainly most important, punk rock band of… Continue reading

Top 40 “New Wave” Songs: This Ain’t No Disco!

Ok, so let’s all just pretend we know what the definition of the term “New Wave” is. Let’s also say that, even though artists like Bowie, Roxy Music, Kraftwerk and Iggy Pop had… Continue reading

Joe Jackson 1979-1983

It’s a shame Elvis Costello and Graham Parker released stellar albums at the same time Joe Jackson released Look Sharp!, his debut, in 1979. Parker unleashed Squeezing Out Sparks, arguably his finest, and… Continue reading