Monday, June 23, 2008

It List: Monday

Tom Waits (Palladium): Tom Waits is coming to Dallas tonight and it's yet another obvious and classic example of an artist whose record sales do not necessarily reflect his actual cultural impact, judging by the wide spectrum of people that have been freaking out. I've never seen so many of my friends gladly pay 102 dollars (!) for anything. Not vintage wine, not Air Jordans, not stupid video games, not delay pedals, and not even a rare record that I can only assume does not have his music on it. I would hope that nobody would ever pay over a hundred dollars for anything released on Anti, aka Aging Rock Critic Music 101. Good taste prevents me from typing what I said out loud to a buddy after he excitedly told me how much he paid for his ticket, as if Mr. Waits and The Palladium ballroom were doing him a favor. And that's along the lines of what I said he should do at that price-- personally perform an enthusiastic and intimate sexual favor for everyone in attendance. I mean, who is this guy? The Eagles? Oh, wait. They were one of the first in a very long line of awful artists to cover his music.

Speaking of covering his music, people have been equally freaked over, albeit with an almost universal negativity, actor Scarlett Johansson's new Waits cover album, "Anywhere I Lay My Head." This record has been trashed by critics, but really it was dismissed long before it came out. I get it: an a-list actor's crossover into music is offensively smug, since she chose one of the last sacred characters of American Popular music. I just thought I'd take a minute to inject some sense into this blanket dismissal, as well as some good old fashioned devil's advocacy, and of course, the underlying and unspoken truth that these versions might be better than the Waits originals. We'll work up with some background, factoids and a little compare and contrast. This is my gift to all my favorite annoying Waits-heads, friends and family included, in the form of a special extended It List. You'll love it...

Waits, as an Artist

Waits is a good songwriter. I usually hate the "good songwriter" argument, the one I had heard countless times applied to Dylan and Neil Young by ignorant blowhard customers as they chatted with one another in the years I spent as a record store clerk. The argument is that yes, they are good songwriters, but suffer from the paradoxical affliction of interpreting their own work worse than anyone else in the world. The opposite is usually true and the work of all three men has been watered down by many a lesser artist, the end result inevitably choked with enough studio glitter to irritate your eyes and especially your ears. But at a certain point in Waits' career, his cartoonish over-singing sapped some of his authenticity, increasing the odds that others would be able to interpret his work to sometimes better effect.

He was kind of a lounge music joker before he met Kathleen Brennan, who hipped him to Beefheart, a true visionary that he's often compared to despite the fact that he somehow failed to recognize Beefheart, even though they shared the same manager for a time. But Beefheart was begotten not made, a true American orginal that came out swinging right out of the gates and onto his debut platter. He didn't have to build up to his strange atonal approach from some cheap nightclub act that borders on stand-up comedy.

Who Better?

Everyone has been up in arms about the sacrilege of this concept, as in "How dare Scarlett Johansson record these neo-standards by one of our greatest living treasures?." Examining the ways in which the work of Ann Margaret, Diana Dors and Eartha Kitt has been lionized not only as something other than kitsch but as some sort of previously unheralded genius might be a good way to evaluate how this project will age. Who would you rather do Waits covers? Until recently, it was quite a few ne'er-do-wells and credibility starved fools that had tried their hand at what is classically melodic yet lyrically treacherous material, which often puts extra pressure on the artist to breathe authenticity into this heartbroken hobo schtick. So who are we to believe has done this with any success in the past? The aforementioned Eagles? Springsteen? How about Rod Stewart's version of "Downtown Train?" Never really bought it. And as far as Waits himself directly participating in the recording sessions of those he has inspired, the man himself collaborated with Primus. Would any super-fans like to try to defend that? Scarlett Johansson would never collaborate with Primus, so she is much cooler than Tom Waits at least in that respect.

It is also worth mentioning The Ramones owe their last great moment to Tom Waits, and I owe it to them for forcing me to reconsider his work. I was introduced to Waits in my early teens by my family, specifically my uncle and father who tried to tell me how "weird" he was. Looking at a scuffed up cassette copy of "Big Time," I almost believed them. Then I heard some faux scatting and put the tape away for awhile. But the Ramones cover of "I Don't Want To Grow Up" is by far the best song on Adios Amigos, their last studio album.

Actor Versus Actor

If you want to compare the two as actors, consider that both have played piano players on film. But Scarlett is actually acting. In the Coen brothers severely overlooked "The Man Who Wasn't There," she brilliantly plays a painfully mediocre teenage musician, and you really suffer with her after a failed audition. Waits usually just winks his way through scenes with all the subtlety and self referential aplomb of an organ grinder and his monkey. He has starred in celebrated features by Jarmusch, Coppola, and Altman, but his acting credits also include "trombone player" or "drunken bar owner," neither of which is really much of a stretch.

Ulitmately, this is comparison is close to a tie since Johansson was in "Eight Legged Freaks," while Waits appeared in "Mystery Men." Waits' music is still his best possible contribution to any film, particularly the last segment in 1995's "Smoke," where "Innocent When You Dream" plays softly in the background and well into the credits. But Scarlett has starred in increasingly worse vehicles since "Ghost World," so maybe a superior version of one of his songs will end a Sony Pictures Classic in the near future, or maybe an updated documentary about Waits using only her music will emerge. I would enjoy that.

Johansson's Ultimate Triumph

It is not inconceivable that someone could like this album more than the originals. At its best, this record sounds like This Mortal Coil, and there are traces of that project's same haunting cover version revisionism since it was actually sequenced by T.M.C. mastermind, Ivo-Watts Russell. Even more impressive is the fairly decent production and guitar work, respectively by people from TV On The Radio and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, two groups who I don't not necessarily enjoy. In fact, that might be the larger miracle here-- an actor, a songwriter, a guitarist, and a producer, none of whom I consider truly great, got together to produce an end result is actually good or much closer to great than would be expected. This record had every reason in the world to suck, nothing at all going for it, and yet... it does not suck. Compare Johansson's album to her actor/musician contemporaries: Jared Leto? Juliette Lewis? Jason Schwartzman? No thanks.

Upon first hearing of this project, Waits diplomatically made the point that a singer must make the song his or her own. Johansson has certainly done that and that's why this impossibly risky project succeeds. In an earlier recording, she competently attempts Gershwin's "Summertime" to merely mixed results since she tries to go for the predictably slow, sultry interpretations of countless accomplished singers of decades past. Had she given it the frosty, post-coma performance technique utilized so well on this record, it would really stand out as something other than a tossed-off celebrity talent show bit.

With the question of authenticity removed from the equation, the overall concept is allowed to materialize. Waits spent too much of his career, specifically the first part, trying to find new ways to say "I'm drunk," and it can really wear thin as far as subject matter is concerned. When Johansson promises that she'll "drink you under the table" in "I Wish I Was In New Orleans," there is a simultaneous absurdity and believability in the boast. Are we to believe that this pampered New Yorker is forgoing another posh weekend on the Upper West Side to instead slum it in the alleys of our own modern Atlantis? Just the fact that her reworking of the song might give the listener pause to consider such things is reason enough to listen.

The diva in a snowstorm feel of the record sometimes sounds like something on Italians Do It Better, and though that's meant as a compliment, I've also heard it lobbed as an insult. The past ten years have brought us many anemic versions of classic songs by songstresses of varying talents, and Johansson fares better than many of them on her debut.

"Hey, Just Have Fun Out There tonight. You Deserve It."

So if you were one of the unlucky fans who didn't have the hundred plus dollars to spend on the non-paper tickets tonight, just rest easy knowing that you can make your way down to one of our few remaining record stores that sells new music and plop down a fraction of that for something you might ultimately enjoy even more. And if you are lucky enough to go, I hope you have fun, and I look forward to spending the rest of my week hearing your oral show reviews while defending this writeup.


Cool Out (The Cavern)

151 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, my good son. Definitely a better analysis of his music than this: http://www.dallasobserver.com/2008-06-19/music/tom-waits/

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coen brothers, come on now...

4:46 PM  
Anonymous damn gina said...

Damn DL, pretty much right on, though I feel like I've read this review before somewhere. Plus, it's more fun to masturbate listening to ScarJo.

Tom Waits is for people who like to smoke Chesterfields, drink bourbon, and read their favorite fatalistic poetry/prose to their friend in a funny old hat. Or is that Hunter Thompson fans? I get them mixed up.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous THE NEW ROCK ALTERNATIVE said...

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT?

SCARJO? PLEASE! IF I WANT TO READ HIGHLIGHTS FROM FUCKING 'ROLLING STONE' MAGAZINE, I'LL STROLL ON OVER TO MY PEPAW'S HOUSE AND PICK ONE UP.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sigh... Devil's Advocate indeed.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cliff notes please.. k thanx.. love yah

5:10 PM  
Anonymous brent said...

"lets just remember the guiding word of the summer tour"

PEHDTSCKJMBA: (peh-ska-jim-bah)

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was a teenage record store employee. any older than that and you'd have to be a sucker.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous fastlassie said...

Skim
Waits.
Skim
Skim
Skim
Hate.
Skim
Skim
Skim.
Scarlett.
Skim
Skim
Skim

blah.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nigga waz finna stick yo azz
look at his right hand balled up n shit

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good, thoughtful analysis. i havent heard the scarjo cd and dont really plan to. i think that tom waits fits denton folk just fine. hes weird and percieved to be obscure enough to appear non commercial yet his music is very easily accessible and not very challenging. why the fuck would anyone pay this much money for this show?

8:07 PM  
Anonymous ! said...

I just found out today that I think Jo Ann Harris is hot.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Grandpa VeeJayJay said...

"...the one I had heard countless times applied to Dylan and Neil Young by ignorant blowhard customers as they chatted with one another in the years I spent as a record store clerk."

That should be in your bio.

"The argument is that yes, they are good songwriters, but suffer from the paradoxical affliction of interpreting their own work worse than anyone else in the world."

An argument only a record store clerk would make.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but Scarlett is a horrible vocalist.
Summertime was ok but this album is terrible from beginning to end.
Compare her to her ex boyfriend Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars?
Jared writes and performs his own music. He's passionate about it
and has been given many awards by MTV Kerrang etc. So clearly it does NOT suck. Its very good in fact. Scarlett on the other hand should stick to her day job

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shittiest writer.

ever.

please cut it out, chris.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:41-

how bad do your lips hurt from trying to suck dick for a good review?

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

quit acting like you know these people.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, if you're getting any kinda (dwindling) industry bullshit "award" from mtv, kerrang (really?) etc.. et al.. then you (or your mighty, mighty heroes) really are sticking it up your own tailpipes, psychologically speaking................

maybe you should go sell some burger king w/puffy...............

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whatever, i'm going to see journey instead of paying for this crud. that's worth whatever money you can plop down--money or tom waits' fun fun fedora...

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing Tom Waits ever did was sing in that Doritos commercial.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that scarjo album is good, it's destined to be a cult classic, she just needs to fuck up her life so that the self hating hipsters can play the irony card they use to justify everything they do.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that scarjo album is good, it's destined to be a cult classic, she just needs to fuck up her life so that the self hating hipsters can play the irony card they use to justify everything they do.

12:35 AM  
Anonymous ed said...

too, too funny- love it.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the one thing tom waits could have done to help promote scarlett's cover cd is to play the shitty ass show he played tonight

12:42 AM  
Anonymous Nice Diary entry DL said...

I thought it was a pretty good show. He's definitely a better showman than any of the bland indie-rock groups or dj dance parties you guys are pushing. (Boris? C'mon...)

I like to get on WSJR to see what interesting shows are coming up. But you guys seem to posting later and later about the same scenes over and over.... and now you just wasted my time with an entire entry about how much better you are than Tom Waits fans.

Good bye WSJR... it's been fun... but your hipper than thou shit is boring.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

Correction: The album was "Small Change," not "Big Time."

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

boris is a new dj dance party band

1:14 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

well 1245, you should start getting your show info from the observer. I'm sure you'll have a blast from here on out.


You won't be missed!

1:40 AM  
Anonymous boris said...

It took 1600 words to say Tom Waits is overrated and Scarlett Johansen's covers aren't so bad? You probably spent more time writing that hilariously overthought essay than it would take to earn $102 and actually see the fucking show.
...which I did, and really enjoyed.

1:56 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

I thought Tom Waits fans would come off as more clever and literary. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.

2:06 AM  
Anonymous satan said...

the palladium is horrible. for 100 a ticket you would hope for AC let a lone sexual favors. the sound guy must have be fucking deaf or they didn't sound check.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fact: ScarJo has a rocking boobies.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool out was awesome, thanks WSJR!

9:03 AM  
Anonymous nickel said...

you probably think she's a good actor too.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous bill h said...

i'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a pre frontal lobotomy.
tom waits.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_0E7x3Nqys

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not going to be snarky, simply because I know that's what you're fishing for. I would like to ask, though: what living musician would you pay that much to hear? (or purchase a bottle of wine or stupid video game, I guess, since you brought those to the same level as seeing a concert in much the same way you tried to bring an actress with a album to the same level as a musical living legend.)

I had the cash and feel that Waits paid me back twice over the course of the nearly two and a half hours he spent on stage playing some of my favorite songs.

My initial reaction was I'd probably get one chance to see Waits in Dallas, my gut said it would be worth dropping a bill on, and my conclusion is I was absolutely right.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the smartest thing said on this topic was by 8:38 AM.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great and worth every penny.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Two and a half hours? God, that sounds awful.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Greensleeves said...

staying home sick today. I am about to eat cinnamon rolls and drink some milk.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

greensleeves, how you feelin' now, o.k.??

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tom waits for no one.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like somebody misses college! and being a record store clerk. unfortunately for you, writing a music blog pays less even than that. i didn't pay 100 bucks to see tom waits either, but i also didn't waste my time writing an academic essay for no grade.
ps: remember when you guys totally jumped the shark and did a movie review? hilarious. why ever did you stop?

11:44 AM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

Yes, but you did waste your time reading one, which is what I wanted you to do, so thank you.

I'm glad you remember the exact second we "jumped the shark." Since you're so intimate with every detail of our site's history, perhaps you can write a detailed essay. I would love to read it. Or maybe I wouldn't, since it sounds like the extent of your reading is old issues of TV Guide.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

Oh, and we've had two movie reviews. Both of them were fan-fucking-tastic.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually ALL the awards that 30 Seconds to Mars has won were voted on by the public. No industry moguls had a say in it. They were nominated and voted on by the public.
As I said before, Scarlett should stick to her day job.
Her vocals are so bad they sound like they are on the wrong speed.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

damn it, DL already said what I wanted to say. However, I do love the people who read us every day because they hate us so much. Really, you guys have made this site what it is today. Thanks!

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems to me there's just hate on waits for the sole purpose of being difficult and to get a little nonconformism practice under tha belt.

i mean come on?
this is all coming from some guys that tout the musical meanderings
of a band that do these super mario brothers "magic" nintendo songs.

i fucking forgot the name of that band
but i bet sr and dl
go home, close the the curtains and secretly listen to blackrider.
i'm sure it's a shitty thing to know that you will never ever have the poetry,creativity,balls,intelligence,integrity(i could go on)to make a piece of art remotely close to that.and that isn't even his best work.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually they can... all they have to do is get drunk and fart. i thought this 'essay' was brilliant. man, haters wanna hate, lovers wanna love.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read you every day because I love you so much. That's not sarcasm.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

I'm awesome at drinking and farting, so we got it!


And thanks 1220... we love you too.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waites is the Adam Sandler of music......he's a scam artist. I really don't think anyone sincerely likes his music. He's probably laughing on his tour bus all the way to the next city counting his cash shelled out from some uptown buttholes hopped up on Paninis.

And that thing he did with Shaq and Axl Rose. What the fuck was that all about? Great Job....You blew it

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can love and disagree at the same time!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

I'm awesome at drinking and farting, so we got it!


And thanks 1220... we love you too.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scam artist?

you forgot about these guys
nouns group
rival gang
zanzibar snails
undoing of david wright
david virden and samantha moss
denton county revalators
baptist generals
the friends
recordhop
farah
nightgame
the great tyrant

whewwwwww! they get drunk and fart.thank god they can do something.
i was starting to worry for these people

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 12:52- whatever shitty band you're in, i hope it's working out for you. i would love to hear some recordings, you jealous, tiny piece of garbage.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, and way to pick on a bunch of groups that make zero dollars, so where's the scam? even farah and baptist generals who are on labels, I doubt they're paying any bills with music.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you want to about Waits, I refuse to give money to pedophiles

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH MAN I TOTALLY AGREE! GREAT TYRANT SCAMMED ME OUT OF $4 WHEN I BOUGHT THEIR 7". I BET THEY PUT THEIR MONEY IN GARBAGE SACKS IN THE BACK OF THEIR HUMMER AND DROVE OUT TO THEIR YACTS AND ROLLED AROUND IN THE MONEY

2:02 PM  
Anonymous superior cackling hen said...

I agree with 12:52


except for dave virden.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous prayer for animals said...

thanks for voting us best new band!

2:42 PM  
Anonymous prayer for animals said...

thanks for voting us best new band! really

2:42 PM  
Anonymous prayer for animals said...

thanks for voting us best new band! really

2:43 PM  
Anonymous JMJ said...

This is like "The Happening" of music reviews. You guys really need some kind of overlord to tell you when you're being a dipshit.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opinions.Everyone has them(almost everyone)Do they matter?No.Unless it is your own opinion.If you like something(music,art,books,food,clothes,dirt,tables,flowers,cereal bowls)then like it.If you hate something,hate it.Have an opinion,I either agree or disagree,which either means I like the same thing you do at the moment,or I hate it.My opinion is mine,and yours is yours,sometimes they match,sometimes they don't.No need for me to waste time trying to tell you you are wrong if I do not agree with your opinion.Who am I to tell you what to like or not like?If it makes you happy,or not,then so be it.
Someday,we will all be dead,mankind will be dead,and where will these trifling opinions be then?
Life is too short to be concerned about what the guy next you likes or dislikes.Use the time to enjoy the things you enjoy,stop wasting time trying to make others enjoy what you enjoy,or insulting others for not enjoying what you enjoy.
I will now make this whole post null and void by simply saying,this is just my opinion.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone who resorts to the old 'this is my opinion and everyone has one' arguement is too dumb to defend their own.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's literate, dumbass. self-edit already.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Nope. Both are adjectives. The one I used makes more sense in the context of my comment. Look it up. You lose. Again.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlKlTyA1uXM

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlKlTyA1uXM

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why exactly should I be on the defense because I like or dislike something?I will gladly speak to you about why I like or dislike something,I just do not feel the need to force my opinion on others.I could care less whether you like what I like or not.Really.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yacht. self-edit, now.

oh, and three p.m. totally deconstructed his own argument. WOW..

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he was known as daniel webster, toned flanger. why don't you look up? too late, you already did. fag.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you little bitches need to calm down. heres how...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlKlTyA1uXM

3:27 PM  
Anonymous M said...

Great article! Tom Waits is truly an abomination.

And 3:00 (just above) was way more taxing to read than DL's albeit lengthy "academic essay".

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ヨーロッパや日本でのツアーに比べて、アメリカでツアーをするに当たって、一番いいこと、悪いことは何ですか?

良い事はオーディエンスの顔が肉眼で見られる事。今ネット社会だから、全てパソコンのモニターの中で済まされて行くだろ?当たり前の事なんだけど、便利さの中でいろいろ大切な事が忘れられて行く。目と目を合わせるだけで、人はすごい情報量を感じる事が出来るし、そういった意味ですごい贅沢な暮らしをさせてもらってると感じている。悪い事はそうだなあ、メンバー、スタッフみんなの体がボロボロになって行く事かな。いつまで続けられるかもわからないから、早めに見ておいて欲しいね。ありがとう。

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

voted on by the public?! jesus, mary, and joseph! dude, if you really believe that, then i'm assuming you think we live in a democracy as well. your cluelessness does'nt astound me...

however puffy is taking applications.. GO NOW!!!!!!

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's strange news
from another star

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

soulja boy vs ice t

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

o.k. it's tuesday already. get on back to work, now. ya hear??

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's the pedophile story 1:10?

3:50 PM  
Anonymous atchley said...

3:00pm's post should have ended with "JUST SAYIN'!"

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TOM WAITES IS DEFENSIVE RANGER.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HOPE THE WORLD BLOWS UP SOON
ALL THOSE DAMN SCAM ARTISTS AND CRITICS AND PEDOPHILES RUNNING AROUND THESE DAYS

SOUNDS LIKE SOME ONE JUST NEEDS A GOOD FUCK

4:47 PM  
Anonymous romeo rose said...

this is an article written by one person. which means one opinion. which means every comment is some other opinion voicing why they think they're right.

i would say that if your opinion was decent, you'd probably be the one with a website, and everyone would comment on your opinions. but, this guy isn't right about tom waits, either.

now i guess i'm just playing the part of the comment-er. i should really get my own website...

tom waits is incredible. i can't count how many times i've had a conversation with someone who 'doesn't know who tom waits is', and after i ramble off a couple covers, they realize they love the songs.

i would assume that everyone on here would jump on the waits wagon, seeing as how you're all balls-deep in indie rock, who's schtick is bad singers/good songwriters.

i'd compare that to bob dylan, but i'm pretty sure everyone here is too cool for him, too...

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its not hard to get a website, whether your opinions are shit or meaningful... i give those who run this site no more credence than i do any other joe schmoe...

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah it's really funny how this site was nothing and then here come the anon comments and it's huge.then two guys get an ego trip and start believing they are the opinion authority.too bad their music doesn't get this much attention.

oops just sayin my opinion and all

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't even read their posts. I go straight for the comments. where else are people talking about music while I'm at work? (Besides Denton RC which isn't anonymous.)

5:34 PM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

5:27, you wouldn't say that if you knew how hard it was to be the "opinion authority." Oops, your opinion is welcome here, just like everyone else's. Just don't fool yourself into thinking you're saying anything daring or revelatory.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Denton Rock City isn't anonymous at all, no way. Why don't you try asking all those stupid motherfuckers what their real names are? Oh, I absolutely promise everyone will be really forthcoming, tell you their real names, and not throw smartass sand in your eyes and avoid the question.

It's really funny that a bunch of dickheads with little nicknames post their opinions about music online have a problem with a website featuring dickheads with nicknames who post their opinions about music online: Now who's who?

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the authors of these posts on WSJR didn't have backbone this site would not be worth reading. It seems the point is to get people thinking and communicating about shit, so nicely done.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous nickel said...

tom waits > nouns group dood

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

woah, nickel is on to something here. way to go. how does it feel to blow everyone's mind like that?

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the anonymous commenters know how much free publicity they have given the nouns group. maybe that's why they never play to an empty room, even on a weeknight. who knows?

5:51 PM  
Anonymous fastlassie said...

I totally picked up an unscratched "Small Change" for like 6 bucks in Austin last weekend.
Does that discount my already lack of cool points? Does it help it more if I bought a Cohen record too?

BTW, while I don't agree with the review, it was well written at least. I'll agree to disagree.

and I'll agree with nothing else.

(fuck this post is too too productive)

6:06 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Uh, reality check, dickface: we ARE the fucking tastemakers around here. If not us, then who? The Observer? The aging DRC hipsters? Face the facts, DL and myself are in the unfortunate position of being both smarter AND cooler than everyone else in town, and because of this, we have to write this blog where we hold all of your hands and guide you through the local music scene. We didn't ask for this power, but now we have to deal with the responsibilities that go along with it.

Remember when Daniel got all pissed off at Mr. Miyagi for making him paint fences all day because he didn't understand that Miyagi was actually teaching him some very valuable lessons about discipline, mental toughness and hard work. This blog is sort of like that, and you'll understand what we're trying to do some day. I promise.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

and sorry.... we are having a bit of trouble with comments right now, so if you typed a comment and it didn't appear after you submitted it, just give it another try.... we are NOT erasing anything.

You really shouldn't have a problem, but I just wanted to point this out in case it happens to you. probably won't though.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rah rah rah

we're going to smash the oink's

rah rah rah

we're going to smash the oink's

Oooooaaaaaah up scumbag, up scumbag!!
see here teddy bear, come here....

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr. miyagi = GAY

7:07 PM  
Anonymous gregor said...

boy I wish I could get back the time it took me to read the Tom Waits article I just read

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ask the worm in the tequila for your time back, hippie.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous gregor said...

little bitch 7:25 way to call me out
you better hide your name ill burn your house down

7:46 PM  
Anonymous gregor said...

little bitch 7:25 way to call me out
you better hide your name ill burn your house down

7:51 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Gregor: the best way to get that time back is to keep making comments on here! Way to go!

7:52 PM  
Anonymous gregor said...

little bitch 7:25 way to call me out
you better hide your name ill burn your house down

7:53 PM  
Anonymous gregor said...

you cant get time back
dumb ass
dont you know anything

7:57 PM  
Anonymous gregor said...

you cant get time back
dumb ass
dont you know anything

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it must be sweeps week

stoned guy is actually coming out to mingle with the,ya know,little guests!

wow and look at him shine!!!he's witty! he's clever!he's a stooonnneddranger!yummy

8:02 PM  
Anonymous thanks said...

I was surprised to find out that Waits did that Rod Stewart song.
I was more surprised to find out that Stewart's version is actually way better than the original fecal pellet gravel ballad.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous gregor said...

you cant get time back
dumb ass
dont you know anything

8:17 PM  
Anonymous gregor said...

you cant get time back
dumb ass
dont you know anything

8:25 PM  
Anonymous 111 tears said...

110 comments or 110 dollars?

NO YOU MAY NOT DRINK WHILE MR WAITS PERFORMS

8:29 PM  
Anonymous gregor said...

you cant get time back
dumb ass
dont you know anything

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Uh, reality check, dickface: we ARE the fucking tastemakers around here. If not us, then who?"

Oh Jesus-age-christ-on-a-crutch, will you listen to yourself?

Did you ever think, when you were a tender lad with a gentle soul, filling yourself with the right music, the right movies and books--everything that impresses a first date or makes friendships easier to make--did you EVER, in your wildest fantasies, hope to make such outrageous declarations?

You're the deciders?

Nah, you're just Animal Farm now.

and from the sound of it, there's just no reasoning with you. You won't realize that your stamp of approval is already turning into a kiss of death.

Being the devil's advocate for the sake of writing is fun, for sure...but it gets tiring and slaughters your attempts to be legitimate arbiters of all things cool. No Country for Old Men was not a good movie, Scarlett Boobs-n'-Butt made a decent record, etc... I can't catalog your missteps (short time listener, first time caller.)

But today you actually dropped my jaw.

"DL and myself are in the unfortunate position of being both smarter AND cooler than everyone else in town"

That's so sad.
What a drag.
I just checked the comments today because, when I was a tender lad, I would have spent a week giving blood to see my "hero" Tom Waits.
But I'm not so tender, and the thought of paying over a hundred dollars to see a millionaire play a show that I should feel oh-so-blessed to see sounded downright depressing.
Pixies reunion depressing, but much much more expensive.
Still, the little kid in me was kicking and whining, so I hoped to see some "what a letdown!" feedback.

Instead, I got
"We didn't ask for this power, but now we have to deal with the responsibilities that go along with it. "

Yuck.

Take a breather, guys. Go back into yourselves and re-invent. You wanted to go down this path of smug glory and the peripheral pussy that does not come with it, and I completely understand your decent into the middle of the movie of your life. Like any drug movie, you're at the part where things start to go bad and the movie isn't as fun.
There are chunks of good still floating somewhere in your intentions, but I'm worried that you might have just jumped a shark called intervention. (groan)

But seriously, slap yourself in the face, take a breath, and slap harder. If you want to delete this comment and keep it to yourself, please do. I don't know why I want to help you. This might be the part of the movie where you're coked up and dancing and I can't get through, but you'll learn soon enough.

"you'll understand what we're trying to do some day. I promise."

I don't believe you.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good god 8:37 will you marry me?

first intelligent thing i've heard in oh so long

8:46 PM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

8:37-
So if you're admitting you won't ever understand what we're trying to do, then why are you giving us advice?

You missed the humor in SR's comments, so your pep talk is in vain. To top it off, you don't have any true insight into what our lives are actually like.

If you think our approval is the kiss of death, be sure and spread the word to the bands, labels, and PR companies from all over that country that mail us albums and promotional material. They don't seem to think so.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

8:46-

If that's the first intelligent thing you've heard in a long time, a long-winded rant based on an incorrect interpretation of a Stonedranger comment, that's a shame.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bob dylan's 119th dream...................

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you believe in spelling descent correctly???

9:29 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

"it must be sweeps week."

8:02, I can't tell if you are trying to dis me or not, but I honestly laughed out loud when I read that. Post of the day!


8:14, I can't tell if you're serious or not, but I actually went on Seeqpod and listened to both songs today, and guess what-- I DO like the Rod Stewart version better. Honestly.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous 9:38 a.m. said...

hey since you're all pretty active, why don't either sr or dl answer my calmly posted question back from this morning:

is there anyone you wouldn't think twice about paying $100 to see this day in age that might actually come around? obviously waits wasn't your cup of tea to begin with, but i'm curious who you'd drop a benjamin to see perform.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"THHHEyyy don't theem to thiink thooo."

Thanks for proving my point even harder with your "Nuh-uh, we are importhannt..."

Yes, I will spread the word! I'll spread the word to all of those awesome soon-to-be-defunct flavor of the day "labels" that send you all of the awesome swag! How fuckin' cool are you? It's like you still work at a record store, but you never have to clock in. It's like christmas every day in your living room, but for shitty, dick-sucking and DESPERATE bands.

Nerds. Nerds. Nerds.

And believe me, boys, I can cut through the sub-text of the irony of the "get it?" with the best of 'em, but there was no other way..
No other way...
Unless I was in the room with you nerds while you wrote:
"Uh, reality check, dickface: we ARE the fucking tastemakers around here. If not us, then who? The Observer? The aging DRC hipsters? Face the facts, DL and myself are in the unfortunate position of being both smarter AND cooler than everyone else in town, and because of this, we have to write this blog where we hold all of your hands and guide you through the local music scene. We didn't ask for this power, but now we have to deal with the responsibilities that go along with it."

I'm afraid that I might have needed some italics or a few exclamation marks to excuse this joke, but you were not joking.

And I'm not kidding.

Fuck you.

Cunts.

And listen numbnuts, I do understand what you were Trying to Do.

You don't understand how off course you got.

Sadly, I do have insight into what you lives are truly like.

And you replied exactly how your characters should.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous s n'g rockmyface said...

I once paid $160 for a concert... I think it was worth it.
I mean how many opportunities do you get to see music legends that are probably going to die sometime in the near future.
I think it was a small price to pay for the greatness that it was.

by the way the show was simon and garfunkle

11:05 PM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

So, 10:03, you seem to really concerned with the level of quality here, and you apparently do know what our lives are like. We're looking for someone like you. You're hired. The "Fuck You. Cunts." is a little extreme, though. We usually strive to be a little more thoughtful than that. Usually.

I'm glad you cornered us into replying "exactly" as we "should." Very diabolical.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Scarlet Johannsen said why she sang Tom Waits songs?

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=scarlett%20johansson&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

garfunkel

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he he

we shot jr has become the new observer.
not saying much

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's my opinion, take it for what it's worth.

things I like to read on WSJR:

local show listings
local band CD and live reviews
commentary on local music
the comments section

things I would rather read elsewhere:

long reviews and previews of national acts
interviews with national acts
being told what national acts I should be listening to
movie reviews

It makes sense to talk about the things in the top category anonymously, but everything else I'd rather hear about from some one with some history and credibility. But, hey its your site do what ya want. Just trying to be constructive.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:13:

if by 'the new observer', you mean wsjr now does what the observer USED to do, which was to inform the community about interesting, stimulating, and GOOD music,

then yes. i see your point.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when did the observer ever do that?all i ever read in the last 14 years was centromatic write ups with that same cornkits picture.well save for the last year or so and now it's record hop and how they recorded with albini and how someone proposed to someone..
so that was supposed to stimulate my mind?you guys are all gross.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

never gonna get it

1:48 PM  
Anonymous fastlassie said...

AND THEN A SATELLITE CRASHED INTO DENTON AND IT WAS ALL OVER.
NO MORE ROUND TABLE SPITTING
NO MORE INSANITY!!!!

geeze some of you people just need anti-depressants and/or a handjob from your boy/girl-friends like whoa.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rival gang rules

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shoot the messenger, not the subject.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just sayin'.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ching

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ciao

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, you all don't get it!

MOM, The Undoing of Davidwhateverthefuckhisnamewas and some bunch of DJs from NY- that's REAL art!

Tom Waits
He's gonna be
just dirt in the ground.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm.....................

you mean helmet-head and floppers w/crayons?

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Uh, reality check, dickface: we ARE the fucking tastemakers around here. If not us, then who? The Observer? The aging DRC hipsters? Face the facts, DL and myself are in the unfortunate position of being both smarter AND cooler than everyone else in town, and because of this, we have to write this blog where we hold all of your hands and guide you through the local music scene. We didn't ask for this power, but now we have to deal with the responsibilities that go along with it."

Interesting: self-parody as an attempt to deflect and diffuse one's worst fears about others' perceptions. Unfortunately the parody is all too close to the truth, thus rendering it more uncomfortable than ironic and humorous.

Interesting.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dr. freud meet dr. blog. "interesting." suck it, egon spangler.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

uh... i was being serious, dude.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous captain progeria said...

yes yes yes a million times yes! fuck waits, dylan, and young

5:21 PM  
Anonymous captain progeria said...

yes yes yes a million times yes! fuck waits, dylan, and young

5:23 PM  
Anonymous and fuck these people too said...

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AC/DC
The Band
The Beach Boys
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Jackson Browne Buzzcocks
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The Clash
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Tom Petty
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Prince
Queen
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Simon & Garfunkel
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Phil Spector
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Steely Dan
Rod Stewart
U2
The Velvet Underground
The Who
The Yardbirds
Neil Young
ABC
Aerosmith
The Allman Brothers Band
The Animals
Adam Ant
Anthrax
The B-52's
Burt Bacharach
Badfinger
Bauhaus
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The Beautiful South
Jeff Beck
Beck
Big Brother & the Holding Company
Big Star
Bjork
Black Flag
Black Sabbath
Blondie
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blue Oyster Cult
Blur
Boston
The Box Tops
Billy Bragg
Bread
Brinsley Schwarz
Tim Buckley
Buffalo Springfield (Revisited)
Buffalo Springfield
Jimmy Buffett
Kate Bush
Butthole Surfers
John Cale
Camper Van Beethoven
Can
Captain Beefheart
The Carpenters
The Cars
Cheap Trick
Chicago
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The Dave Clark Five
Petula Clark
Cocteau Twins
Leonard Cohen
Phil Collins
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Jim Croce
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Culture Club
The Cure
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The Damned
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Dead Kennedys
Deep Purple
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Geils
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Stevie Nicks
Harry Nilsson
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No Doubt
NRBQ
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Oasis
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The Offspring
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Robert Palmer
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Pavement
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Liz Phair
Phish
Gene Pitney
Pixies
Poco
The Pogues
The Police
Iggy Pop
Portishead
The Pretenders
The Pretty Things
Primal Scream
Primus
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Pulp
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Radiohead
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Rancid
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Lou Reed
REO Speedwagon
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Weezer
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XTC
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Nico
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The Only Ones
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Palace
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Pezband
Poison
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Queensr�che
? & the Mysterians
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Ratt
Ride
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Sandie Shaw
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Michelle Shocked
Shoes
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P.F. Sloan
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The Sneakers
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Soft Cell
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Spandau Ballet
Sparks
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Spin Doctors
Spirit
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Superchunk
Swell Maps
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Take That
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Teenage Fanclub
Them
Throbbing Gristle
Throwing Muses
Johnny Thunders
The Toasters
Tool
Tortoise
The Troggs
Dwight Twilley
UB40
Ultravox
Unrest
The Vaselines
Bobby Vee
Suzanne Vega
White Zombie
Tony Joe White
Whitesnake
Wilco
Jesse Winchester
Johnny Winter
Robert Wyatt
999
A.D1984
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Adam & The Ants
The Adicts
The Addix
Adrenalin
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Albertos Paranoias
Amber Squad
Angelic Upstarts
Antisocial
Arctic Frost
Art Attacks
Atrix
ATV
Auntie Pus
Automatics
Avant Gardener
Axidents
Bastard
The Bears
Bee Cee Cee
Belsen Horrors
Bernie Torme
Blanks
Bleach Boys
Blitz
Blitzkrieg Bop
Blunt Instrument
Boomtown Rats
The Boys
Bullets
Buzzcocks
Cane
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Celia & The Mutations
Cheetahs
Chelsea
The Cigarettes
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Cockney Rejects
Cock Sparrer
The Cortinas
The Crabs
Crass
Crisis
Cuban Heels
Cyanide
The Cybermen
The Damned
Dangerous Girls
The Darlex
Dave Goodman
Dead Fingers Talk
Deaf School
Defiant
The Deleted
The Delinquents
Demolition
Demon Preacher
The Depressions
Desperate Bicycles
Doctors Of Madness
Dole Q
The Drive
Drug Addix
Drug Squad
The Dyaks
The Drones
The Drills
Eater
Elton Motello
Epileptics
The Exile
The Fakes
Fenzyx
Flowers Of Romance
The Flys
The Freeze
The Front
Fruit Eating Bears
FX
Generation X
Great British Heroes
Grinder
Hammersmith Gorillas
Headache
The Heat
Henry Essence
Holly & The Italians
Horrorcomic
Ian Dury
Innocents
Intravein
The Jam
The Jerks
The Jermz
The Jets
Joe Cool & The Killers
Johnny Curious
Johnny Moped
Johnny & The
Self Abusers
The Jolt
The K9's
The Killjoys
King
Last Words
Le Ritz
Leyton Buzzards
Lightning Raiders
Living Daylights
Lockjaw
London
London PX
London SS
The Lurkers
Machines
Magazine
The Maniacs
Martin & The
Brownshirts
Matt Vinyl
Meat
The Mekons
The Members
Menace
Metal Urbain
Misspent Youth
The Mistakes
Model Mania
The Models
Motorhead
The Mutants
Nazis Against Fascism
Neo
Neon
Neon Hearts
New Hearts
Nipple Erectors
The Nosebleeds
The Now
Nuffin
Open Sore
The Ordinarys
The Outcasts
The Outsiders
The Panik
Passion Killers

Patrik Fitzgerald
Penetration
Plastic Bertrand
The Physicals
The Pigs
The Plague
Plastix
The Pork Dukes
The Prats
Predator
Prefects
Pseudo Existors
Psykik Volts
Public Zone
Pure Hell
PVC2
Radiators From Space
Radio Stars
Raped
Razar
Red Letters
The Reducers
Revenge
Rikki & The Last Days
The Rings
The Rezillos
The Ripchords
Roses Are Red
Rowdies
Rudi
The Ruts
Sahara Farm
The Saints
Satans Rats
The Scabs
The Scars
Schoolgirl Bitch
Scrotum Poles
Security Risk
Sex Pistols
Sham 69
The Shapes
Sick Things
Siouxsie & The Banshees
The Skids
Skinflicks
Skrewdriver
The Skunks
Slaughter & The Dogs
The Slits
Snatch
Snivelling Shits
The Sods
SOS!
Spitfire Boys
The Spurts

The Squad
Stage B
The Stiffs
Stiff Little Fingers
Stinky Toys
The Stoat
Stormtrooper
The Stranglers
The Straps
Studio Sweethearts
The Subs
Suburban Studs
Subway Sect
The Surprises
The Sussed
Swell Maps
Tax Exiles
The Television
Personalities
Terry & The Idiots
The Table
The Tickets
The Tights
Transvision Vamp
Trash
UK Subs
Ultravox
The Unwanted
U Samples
The Users
The Valves
Vermilion
Vibrators
V2
Vice Creems
Vice Squad
Victim
Victimise
Vile Bodies
The Violators
W12 Spots
Warsaw Pakt
The Wasps
Why Control
White SS
Wire
The Worst
Wreckless Eric
X Ray Spex
XS-Energy
Xtraverts
The Zips
The Zones

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot X

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope,they are just before XTC...

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot Rudimentary Peni.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot having a life.

2:02 AM  

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