Not a Fan

One should not speak ill of the dead, of course, especially of the recently dead, but it does not follow that one should speak well of them, or speak of them at all. Personally I was astonished at the amount of coverage given to the death of David Bowie. One might have thought he was really a figure of world historical importance such as David Beckham ...


Roger Waters

Mr. Waters, Tear Down Your Own Wall!

I watched Pink Floyd's trippy rock opera The Wall on VHS at least a dozen times as a kid. So when I heard that Roger Waters was dragging The Wall Live stage show out of the 1980s and bringing it to Atlanta last month, I had to buy two ...

Jesus Returns (in a Tour Bus)

Christian rock is just like any other music that sucks, except it’s played for Jesus. The other night I peeked into our local arena and found it filled to max capacity for the "€œWinter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular."€ Maybe ...

Davy Jones

Don”€™t Stop Daydream Believin”€™

They were completely fake, they were mostly unlovable, other people wrote their songs"€”and they were still better than The Beatles. I don"€™t give The Monkees much thought, but surely one must have a heart of stone to read about ...

Rammstein

Made in Germany, Stayed in Germany

Rammstein’s “Mein Land” is the single from their recently released greatest-hits album, Made in Germany. It may be a first in recent history—a popular song which expresses right-wing sentiments. The song’s meaning has been ...

Kurt Cobain

Smells Like Dead Junkie

It’s been 20 years since Nirvana’s Nevermind album and its breakthrough single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” were released. The scrawny corpse of Kurt Cobain, the Man Who Refused to Be Marketed, is being repackaged and remarketed, ...

Katy Perry

The Boredom of Whoredom

A good woman is hard to find, especially if you’re a rigger. That’s my job, though—I climb high steel in arenas and rig tons upon tons of concert equipment. The more vacuous the music, the more dazzling the doodads. Over ...

Rebecca Black

Becky Black’s “€œFriday”€: Pap Music’s Weak End

As an aficionado of the atrocious, I thought I"€™d sneak a peek at Rebecca Black's song "€œFriday."€ For those too engrossed in such small matters as Libya to notice, the song has been almost universally derided by "€œnegative ...

Why I Quit Touring with The Black Eyed Peas

Last year I toured with the Black Eyed Peas on their Japan/Australia run. It was dubbed The E.N.D. - World Tour, which was appropriate. The production is a dazzling metaphor for the end of civilization. As I get older, I frequently ...


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