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Record Geek Heaven’s Top 10 Cheap Trick Songs

February 1, 2013

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Last week, a certain publication that focuses solely on classic rock published a list of the “Top 10 Greatest Cheap Trick Songs”. The list – which named several mediocre Trick songs, excluded tons of classics, and frustratingly named their most overplayed song (“I Want You to Want Me”) as their greatest – was an outrage to my band, The Dead Girls. Personally, I was outraged enough to actually make my own list. Though I realize this will probably shake things up even more, I could not let that list be, as far as I know, the only top ten of Cheap Trick songs in existence. It excluded so many songs that for me define Cheap Trick and make them stand so far out from the pack of everyday “classic rock” bands. I felt it had to be done. (more…)

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Mission Immersion 11.0 – 666 by Aphrodite’s Child

January 30, 2012

Vertigo 1972

I’m not quite sure how one ends up really liking progressive rock, but I know that when I first heard it, I wasn’t much of a fan. For instance, when I first tried listening to Rush, every bone in my body and every instinct I had told me to hate it. But, for some reason, I could never get enough of songs like “Freewill”, “The Spirit of Radio”, and “The Camera Eye”, and that list has grown substantially over time. Rush is an odd case, too, because it seems for every person who says they like Rush, about 15 say they hate them – which can’t really be true, since Rush is one of the biggest selling rock bands of all time. SOMEONE bought those records, and at this point in my life, I’m happy to say that I am one of those people.

Rush is a special case, though – they are the everyman’s prog rock band. Sure, they have some weird, geeky shit, but their best stuff also incorporates bits of pop and other more accessible types of music, which is one reason why they have been able to maintain such popularity over the years. The term “progressive rock” generally refers to the inaccessibly weird – stuff like Van Der Graaf Generator, Popol Vuh, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Can, and even the first few Yes records are good examples. Especially in the cases of Van Der Graaf Generator and Yes, this is abrasive and bloated music, usually most appreciated by scholars of music theory or just plain music nerds. There is no formula to these songs, only the state of mind that whoever wrote them was in at the time, and stream-of-consciousness composition takes precedence over any sort of pop rules.

Not to say they created the genre, but with 666, a Greek band called Aphrodite’s Child set a new standard as to how far the prog rock ideal could actually be taken. (more…)

The Best of 2011: Part Two

August 31, 2011

Fat Possum Records

YuckYuck

Earlier this year, I wrote a pretty lukewarm review of this record. At the time, I liked it, but I couldn’t find justification for how derivative it is – it sounds like a mix tape I made when I attended high school in the mid-to-late nineties. However, I soon realized that’s not a bad thing. It might be if the songs were second-rate rip-offs, but they are not – they are top-notch, grade A rip-offs. (more…)


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