Oh--You Mean Those Beatles
Cotton Mather: Kontiki (Deluxe Edition) (Star Apple Kingdom)
Pieced together in 1997 from impulsively conceived, doggedly recorded scraps of DAT and four-track by Austin mastermind Robert Harrison and a Memphis tape wizard who loved how Big Star the band was, Cotton Mather's second album caught the attention of some British Beatles fanatics d/b/a Oasis, who brought them over to open and even generated some U.K. sales. While allowing his vocal resemblance to "John Lennon with a Southern accent and a head cold," Harrison's extensive notes don't cite the Beatles much even though "My Before and After" resembles "Ticket to Ride" more than its supposed inspiration "(Reach Out) I'll Be There" and "Private Ruth" echoes "For No One" straight up. Harrison is no more a genius than Noel Gallagher, so though the lyrics aren't spaced-out gibberish or obvious pap, they're unequal to the music‑-which definitely beats, for instance, the last three songs on the first Big Star album, and even more remarkable, kind of makes you appreciate Oasis. (N.B.: I'm recommending the Deluxe because it's new and much cheaper, not because I expect ever to listen to its alternates and new ones for anything except the research I presume is now complete.) B PLUS
Oasis: Stop the Clocks (Sony BMG '06)
One of the many things I never got about this band was where the Beatles were. Where was the ebullience, the wit, the harmonies, God just the singing, and, uh, the songwriting? Cotton Mather made me understand that when Oasis say they love the Beatles they really mean they love the post-Help!, pre-Sgt. Pepper Beatles. Since that span encompasses Rubber Soul and Revolver, many would say tally ho, but (a) not me 'cause I love the Beatles start to finish and (b) only if you're writing songs as good as, uh, "We Can Work It Out." Instead Oasis, meaning loudmouth bro Noel Gallagher, write songs that resemble "We Can Work It Out" in thickened texture and momentum but not depth or charm, then add arena size in the swagger of the drums and the bigged-up vocals themselves. This band-selected best-of‑-two discs lasting 87 minutes, like an old-fashioned double-LP except it's only 18 tracks‑-capture their sonic moment as fully as any freelance music historian needs. A 2010 package repeats 11 of these songs and adds 16 others‑-too many, I say. Also, it omits the opening "Rock 'n' Roll Star." If ever there were guys whose message to the world is summed up by an opener called "Rock 'n' Roll Star," it's these bigheads. B PLUS
Same to ya, buddy. Haven't read more than the first sentence of your posts in months and haven't missed an important thing, far as I can tell.
'Spend more time listening to music in its variety, responding to it, and less calibrating it.'
Fu*k off! The polls have nothing to do with Xgau--bar showcasing many albums he has enjoyed and critiqued positively. And, as for putting off new users, give me some goddamn evidence--even, some statistics! Either take part or don't; don't be a dick about it.
I appreciate, that some people may find the lists boring. I find some of the topics of conversation on this board boring, too (often involving periods of time I have no knowledge of, or listing songs in lists, that have no meaning, or which make no sense to me [probably, my fault]). But, I would never ask anyone to stop, as I find that sort of behaviour dickish! Oh, no, let's not talk about this--or, don't say that--as it's boring. Fuuu*k oooff!
I enjoy making lists a. because I find it fun, b. because it opens up my ears even more, makes me listen harder, and I often realise I like/dislike something more, than I thought. I understand, that some people find sitting at their computer, inserting albums into a list, tedious.
Republicans for Voldemort (stole it off a bumper sticker this weekend)
Community Service (band members met in jail)
Richards Dick (Stones cover band)
Take Three Capsules By Mouth Daily (trance rock)
Ronnie and the Pilgrims of St. Michael (male French-language Supremes cover group)
the Poorly Hidden Pregnancies
Runners-up: Farley Granger & the Celluloid Closets, Skronk Merchants, the Aw Shucks, Ready Set Forget, the LBJ Pez Dispensers, Hee Ha Ho Ha, She Fakes He Doesn’t, Mitch McConnell, Poll-Override [math-rock], the Hesitation Wounds and Give It To Me Dr. Murray
Possible black metal battle of the bands: Kristallnacht v. Dachau Deathstar
I don't like the polls myself. I don't find they provoke interesting conversation[...] Everyone will do what they want, but I definitely check out for anything to do with polls.
spending all of your time carefully rearranging your baseball cards
Me as a 9 year old. And I say that with great affection.
Still got all of them except the ones my first wife threw out. My first CD player came from selling doubles of Carl Yastrzemski's rookie card.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.