Friday, November 11, 2005

The First Recorded Instance Of Reasonable Contrarianism
As we've probably mentioned previously, we agree with this Anthony Miccio fellow on a lot of things (a possible exception being My Humps*). And here is Mr. Miccio talking, a month and a half ago, about Courtney Love's last record:

"I've found that albums that inspire indignant, negative reviews are just as likely to be powerful experiences as five-star polltoppers. It takes energy to inspire outrage and offense, to earn a 'fuck you' from cultural watchdogs - 'this is not what music is supposed to be like.' It's not enough to be mediocre, you have to STAND OUT to get an D+ or one star. The most flagrant example of a trend someone despises (especially if that person's tastes don't really match yours anyhow) is probably the one you should check out."


And yet, does this mean we should be listening to the new Bloodhound Gang record right now? Scientifically speaking, it is rivaled only by Limp Bizkit's Results May Very as the worst record this century. The critics have deemed it "uncomfortably embarrassing," "pity-inducing," "painful," "right up there with finding poo funny" and "marginally more welcome than a Jerky Boys reunion." A Jerky Boys** reference? Short of confirming that a record does, in fact, cause internal bleeding, that's about as damning as it gets.

And yet, again, we are strangely compelled to listen now to the Bloodhound Gang record now. First, because we too kind of liked the last Courtney Love record. Second, because we kind of liked The Bad Touch. And third, because we'd kind of like Anthony to be right on this one. Only this one though. Because we're still fairly certain that the last Puddle of Mudd record, without having actually heard it, was truly awful.

If we get around to it in the next week or so, we'll report back with our findings.

On a side note, if there's an enterprising young university student out there studying pop music or media or pop culture or some such nonsense and is in desperate need of an easy thesis topic, how about taking a look at the seven best-reviewed records of the 21st century and asking what we might learn about music criticism and music critics from said albums and said reviews? We're thinking namely numbers one, two, three, six and seven. Though four and five are probably another worthy discussion altogether.

*Why does this have its own Wikipedia entry? Who took the time to create this? And at what point does an encyclopedia begin to include too much information?
**We totally forgot they made a Jerky Boys movie. And we had no idea it starred Alan Arkin. And - holy crap - Alan Arkin's middle name is Wolf.

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