Off Topic with WeeFuse: These are not opinions, these are facts.
It will come as know surprise to a few of you who know me off-line that my nickname in college was “The Instigator.” I received this title both for my ability to conceive of and mastermind the implementation of dorm-centered pranks as well as my ability to casually toss out a statement that I knew would set people at one another and then sit back and watch the fun. Today I am going to indulge in the latter vice and the topic, as it often is in this series, will be music. My popcorn is ready, feel free to futilely refute me in the comments section!
- The Beatles ceased to be a rock and roll band after the release of Rubber Soul.
- Nothing Eric Clapton did after Cream was as good as what he did with Cream.
- The two best male voices in the rock/pop era belonged to Roy Orbison and Sam Cooke.
- The tree best female voices in the rock/pop era belong to Sinead O’Connor, Imelda May, and…wait for it…Kelly Clarkson.
- American Hardcore Music = Minor Threat. It’s really that simple.
- The greatest rapper? Rakim.
- You can be a Christian who plays rock, you can be a Christian who rocks, but “Christian Rock” is not a thing.
- Johnny Cash was not a country artist, he was Johnny Cash.
- The Clash are still “the only band that matters.”
- This is the best rap song you’ve never heard by the best rapper you’ve never heard of.
- October 16th will mark 40 years (that’s not a typo) since the Rolling Stones released a listenable album.
- It’s been almost 35 years since Elvis Costello released a listenable album, and I LOVE Elvis Costello.
- This guy will never be a star- and that’s everything that’s wrong with the music industry. And everything that’s right.
- With the exception of the Stooges and the Ramones, there was no worse decade for American Rock and Roll than the 1970s.
- Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” is the best movie soundtrack ever written. The end.
- Worthwhile American Jazz is buried the the same grave as Miles Davis.
- The best “Boston band” ever…was from Cambridge.
- Generally speaking, more members a band has above three, the worse it gets.
- Having done this, the Black Keys can do no wrong in my book. It gets better the louder you turn it up, by the way.
- Everyone, please, shut up about the Flaming Lips.
- Be suspicious of anyone using the word, “bluesy.” They mean this, not this. There’s a bit of a difference, no?
Finally, I’ve seen James Brown, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, and Chuck Berry live and I once got to work for the Ramones- your arguments are invalid. But give it a try anyway!