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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and Paul Simon take in a Seattle Mariners game

I have a sudden urge to play The Jam’s “Thick As Thieves”.

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Not since Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Edgar Martinez were lighting up pitchers in the 1990s has Seattle seen this much star power at its ballpark. Three generations of rock royalty, Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and Paul Simon attended today’s Mariners-Rangers game at Safeco Field.

White just finished up a two-night residency at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. During night two, he dedicated his performance of “Steady As She Goes” to Vedder, who was in attendance.

Repoz Posted: August 27, 2014 at 06:32 PM | 200 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:07 PM (#4781116)
I forgot to include Material Issue among my '90s favorites. Bad me.

Also, in a drastically different vein, Electric Hellfire Club.
   102. Lassus Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:07 PM (#4781117)
Greg K - saw Blake Babies and the Mosquitos open up for the MAGNIFICENT Jellyfish in NYC.

Nerf Herder was a fave.

Tool and Everclear were fun around that time, too.

If anyone remembers Oranger they were awesome in that era.
   103. Greg K Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4781122)
Greg K - saw Blake Babies and the Mosquitos open up for the MAGNIFICENT Jellyfish in NYC.

I think I slightly missed my time. I really like a lot of early and mid 90s stuff, but didn't actually listen to music until 2000 or so as I was 3 when Blake Babies formed.
   104. Greg K Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4781123)
I remember in high school I had a album insert photo of Juliana Hatfield from one of her solo albums that I thought was the most mesmerizing photo of a woman ever taken.

...I was/am really into sweaters with holes in them.
   105. Shredder Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4781124)
Is This It and White Blood Cells were both released in the summer of 2001. That seemed like a significant moment. And still does, I suppose.
Not as culturally significant as those, but Spoon released Girls Can Tell in 2001 and Kill The Moonlight in 2002, while the Walkmen released Everyone Who Pretended.... in 2002. Pretty sure SFA released Rings Around the World in 2001-2002 as well. Those would probably all be in my top 40-50 albums of the decade. PJ Harvey released "Stories from the City, Stories From the Sea" in 2000, as did New Pornographers with "Mass Romantic". Den Bejar also released Destroyer's best album "Streethawk: A Seduction" in 2001. There's actually a lot of good music from that period. "Turn on the Bright Lights" was 2002 as well.
If anyone remembers Oranger they were awesome in that era.
They did a really cool cover of "Porpoise Song". I think I saw them open for Beulah sometime back in that era.
   106. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:22 PM (#4781127)
...I was/am really into sweaters with holes in them.


I can see this information being used for potentially sinister purposes.
   107. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:29 PM (#4781132)
I'm with you on that. Yo La Tengo is a really special band. And they are so smart, friendly, and musically literate that they seem to stand outside of normal trends and eras. Like Phish, but in a good way instead of a bad way.

Indeed. Yo La Tengo deserves props anywhere, but especially on a board ostensibly devoted to baseball.
   108. PreservedFish Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:41 PM (#4781141)
I've heard Yo La Tengo explained thusly: they were kind of like a Sonic Youth knockoff, but after years of doing things that way they realized that they weren't as good as Sonic Youth, they weren't as cool, and being the New Jersey version of Sonic Youth isn't much of an achievement, so they switched gears. And I think that happened around, I don't know, 1990. They still do noisy jams but even at their most aggressive they still sound sort of bouncy and friendly. I think the sound they settled on is more directly drawn from The Soft Boys or The Feelies, and they share a lot with Jesus & Mary Chain, Galaxie 500, Pavement, GBV and other contemporary bands. But they are uncommonly clever and flexible and inventive.
   109. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4781143)
1988-1994 had:
Achtung Baby
Girlfriend
Automatic for the People
Stone Roses
Bug
All of Nirvana
All of the Pixies
Exile in Guyville
I do not want what I haven't got
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, and Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black
Paul's Boutique, Check your Head, Ill Communication
American Recordings
Enter the Wu-Tang
Freedom
Daydream Nation, Goo, Dirty, and Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
Don't Tell a Soul and All Shook Down

Pretty amazing period for music.
   110. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:49 PM (#4781145)
1988-1994 had:

All of the Pixies


"Come on Pilgrim" says to hello.
   111. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:50 PM (#4781147)
Picky, picky.
   112. RJ in TO Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4781148)
Cardigans are probably a personal favourite.


First Band on the Moon was an absolutely wonderful pop-esque album, which I still greatly enjoy listening to.
   113. Booey Posted: August 28, 2014 at 05:55 PM (#4781150)
The real wasteland in music is the period from about 1998 until 2002.


I remember the late 90's and early 2000's for all the catchy, fast tempo songs, many of whose bands had numbers in their names (Third Eye Blind, Eve 6, Blink-182, Matchbox 20). The Barenaked Ladies "One Week" and Jimmy Eat Worlds "The Middle" seem like the typical type of songs that were hits from the era - fast paced and fun to sing along with. Even the songs with lyrics that weren't exactly kid friendly - Third Eye Blinds "Semi Charmed Life', Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy", etc, seemed upbeat and happy. I actually enjoyed the music from this time period. It wasn't deep or ground breaking, but it was fun.
   114. McCoy Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:02 PM (#4781152)
I have one album from two of the embarassing names listed but I do not have multiple albums like I do for the one I'm not saying and so far the name hasn't come up.
   115. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4781161)
Jimmy Eat Worlds "The Middle"


"The Middle" reminds me strongly of the Redskins' first single, "Peasant Army." Which is a good thing -- both are fine songs.

Similarly, Blur's "Boys & Girls" reminds me of the Vapors'* "Spiders."

When things like that start happening, you know you've listened to waaaaay too much music over the years.

Or maybe it was something by Duran Duran that reminds me of "Spiders" ...



Edit: Yeah, I think it's "Hungry Like the Wolf." The song I swear "Boys & Girls" cops from is Spizz Energi's "Soldier Soldier."



*Not a '90s band, of course, but extremely underrated. That first album in particular is a gem.
   116. PreservedFish Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:31 PM (#4781169)
Some guesses for McCoy:

Hootie and the Blowfish
Faith No More
Alanis Morisette
Mariah Carey
Ace of Base
Kenny G
Bush
No Doubt
Aerosmith
LeAnn Rimes
Goo Goo Dolls
Korn
Garth Brooks
   117. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:34 PM (#4781172)
Creed, maybe? (I own their first album, having liked a couple of the radio singles. Hey, broken clocks, etc.)

(Similarly, I really like Bush's "Glycerine" & "The Chemicals Between Us." No accounting for tastes, including one's own.)
   118. Booey Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:51 PM (#4781178)
People have a hard time admitting it cuz most their stuff is crap, but Bush and Creed both had a few legitimately good singles.
   119. tshipman Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:52 PM (#4781179)
People have a hard time admitting it cuz most their stuff is crap, but Bush and Creed both had a few legitimately good singles.


Bush is okay, but Creed always ####### sucked.

   120. Kurt Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:56 PM (#4781183)
I must be getting soft in my old age, but I don't think any of the names in 116 are especially embarrassing. Maybe Kenny G.
   121. PreservedFish Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:59 PM (#4781185)
I must be getting soft in my old age, but I don't think any of the names in 116 are especially embarrassing. Maybe Kenny G.

Well, people had already guessed MC Hammer and Hanson, so I had to go to a level of slightly less embarrassing artists. Besides, who's to say what McCoy thinks is embarrassing?
   122. tshipman Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:01 PM (#4781188)
How is No Doubt embarrassing? They're one of the best bands of the 90's. Tragic Kingdom is probably the best album of 1995.
   123. Booey Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:11 PM (#4781195)
Bush is okay, but Creed always ####### sucked.


Yeah, but not quite as bad as their reputation. From what I've seen, excessive Creed hate is largely retroactive too. Everyone talks now about how awful they are and no one admits to ever liking them, but they were huge for a few years; SOMEONE was buying their albums (lots of someone's, actually). I don't remember much criticism back then (except from die hard Pearl Jam fans who thought they were a rip off). Time sure hasn't been kind to Creed, but 1997-2001 still happened.
   124. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4781196)
A Perfect Circle released Mer De Noms in 2000 and Thirteenth Step in 2003.
   125. RJ in TO Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:18 PM (#4781199)
People have a hard time admitting it cuz most their stuff is crap, but Bush and Creed both had a few legitimately good singles.


Machinehead convinced me to buy a copy of Bush' Sixteen Stone album. I sold the album at a used store the next day. God, was the rest of that dreadful.
   126. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:19 PM (#4781201)
Nothing embarrassing about Faith No More.
   127. PreservedFish Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:23 PM (#4781202)
How is No Doubt embarrassing? They're one of the best bands of the 90's. Tragic Kingdom is probably the best album of 1995.


I'm pretty neutral on them, but I could see why someone would consider them embarrassing.

Nothing embarrassing about Faith No More.

Oh, I really dislike Faith No More. Although come to think of it I only really know their one hit single. Which I really dislike. But I do share a mutual friend with Mike Patton, and the report was that he disliked Faith No More himself.

Hootie and the Blowfish was my best guess though.
   128. PreservedFish Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:26 PM (#4781205)
Time sure hasn't been kind to Creed, but 1997-2001 still happened.

Couldn't you say the same for Nickelback? I will give anyone that says they hated Creed the benefit of the doubt!

Now I'm going to stop being that annoying negative guy. Sorry everyone! Let's talk about happy things.
   129. Booey Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:30 PM (#4781208)
Couldn't you say the same for Nickelback? I will give anyone that says that hated Creed the benefit of the doubt!


Yeah, Nickelback is in the same boat as Creed. No one admits to ever liking them, but they somehow sold a sh!t ton of albums and got tons of radio play for their singles. That means lots of people are lying. ;-)

(not here, just in general)
   130. Booey Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:33 PM (#4781211)
Machinehead convinced me to buy a copy of Bush' Sixteen Stone album. I sold the album at a used store the next day. God, was the rest of that dreadful.


I like Glycerine and Little Things too. The non hits are indeed terrible, as are the rest of their albums (with the exception of The Chemicals Between Us and Letting the Cables Sleep from the Science of Things).
   131. McCoy Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:58 PM (#4781220)
How is No Doubt embarrassing? They're one of the best bands of the 90's. Tragic Kingdom is probably the best album of 1995.

It's also their only good album and it also doesn't really age well.
   132. tshipman Posted: August 28, 2014 at 08:03 PM (#4781222)
It's also their only good album and it also doesn't really age well.


?!? Doesn't age well!?!

"Just a Girl", "Don't Speak" and "Spiderwebs" are fantastic and would be #1 hits if they came out today.

Their other albums are more uneven, but I will take Tragic Kingdom against any of the hipster doofus crap cited in the thread.
   133. Booey Posted: August 28, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4781228)
Agree with tship that liking No Doubt and especially Tragic Kingdom is nothing to be embarrassed about. They're not one of my favorite 90's bands and it's not one of my favorite 90's albums, but it's a very good one and I think it's aged just fine.*

* As has Gwen Stefani, herself, actually. She looks just the same now as she did 20 years ago.
   134. McCoy Posted: August 28, 2014 at 08:37 PM (#4781237)
Ska has aged well?
   135. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:07 PM (#4781250)
Ska has aged well?


THe 2Tone stuff, probably. Not that I've listened to it in decades. No Doubt ... I couldn't say. "Just a Girl" is a pretty decent single, but nothing else of theirs I've heard ever did much for me.
   136. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:10 PM (#4781252)
I will take Tragic Kingdom against any of the hipster doofus crap cited in the thread.


"Hipster doofus crap"="stuff nobody spoonfed me at the time & that didn't get played at the mall," I suspect.
   137. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4781253)
Another bit of hipster doofus crap from the '90s I think highly of -- Linoleum's first LP, Dissent.
   138. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:51 PM (#4781272)
As long as we're talking about 90s stuff we're supposed to feel guilty about liking but don't, my nomination is all the Doug Hopkins-penned songs from the Gin Blossoms' New Miserable Experience. "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You" are two of the best and most underrated singles of that decade. Those two plus "Lost Horizons" and "Hold Me Down" are sad, sad, sad songs written by a very broken man.
   139. Kurt Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:59 PM (#4781275)
Ska has aged well?


Your unnamed embarrassment is 311, isn't it?

Edit: Or Sublime. No shame in either of those.
   140. toratoratora Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM (#4781291)
Nothing embarrassing about Faith No More.

In one of the more interesting combos I've ever seen, I caught Faith No More, Anthrax and Public Enemy on a triple bill in some ######## dive ballroom of of Florida Avenue in DC back in the day. That was one eclectic and wildly mixed crowd-everything from Uzi toting Crack Lords to the leather/pierced with ink and three feet purple mohawks punkers. The whole show, I was waiting for a riot to break out
   141. Booey Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4781295)
"Hey Jealousy"


Absolutely. I'd probably put it somewhere in the top 25 rock/alt songs of the decade. Most of the Gin Blossoms stuff is a little too soft for my tastes, but that song and a few others are gold.
   142. dirk Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM (#4781297)
has no one mentioned counting crows? that's my guess.
   143. Shredder Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:47 PM (#4781298)
Your unnamed embarrassment is 311, isn't it?
Hey, Do You Right is still a great song.
   144. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4781303)
Counting Crows as the one he's embarrassed to admit to? Counting Crows are awesome, and Adam Duritz is a musical genius.
   145. dirk Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:58 PM (#4781307)
i agree!
   146. PreservedFish Posted: August 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4781312)
I can't say much about the Counting Crows, as I don't know their music well, but I'll say that at the time my friends and I would have been embarrassed to admit that we listened to them. For me they were like Dave Matthews Band ... kind of girly, I guess.
   147. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM (#4781328)
90's stuff that I still listen to: those two Dylan albums of acoustic traditional songs; In the Aeroplane over the Sea; Bjork; the Divine Comedy's A Short Album about Love, PJ Harvey. I was listening to a ton of hip-hop, but it was mostly DJ-based (still is): Z-Trip, Cut Chemist, Kool Keith, Coldcut. I put on Exile in Guyville once in awhile. Some very good jazz was happening - Don Byron and Joe Lovano and Maceo Parker and Maria Schneider all put out multiple fine albums during the decade. I know I played Wilco's Being There a ton at the time, but not so much anymore.
Good collections still getting repeated listens: the Anthology of American Folk Music; the first Stax/Volt box set; and Beg Scream and Shout! (Rhino soul/R&B collection packaged like a lunchbox).
   148. Greg K Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM (#4781338)
"Just a Girl", "Don't Speak" and "Spiderwebs" are fantastic and would be #1 hits if they came out today.

My favourite was and still is "Sunday Morning" which along with the Cardigans' "Lovefool" are karaoke musts for me if there's ever a singin' night going down.

Tragic Kingdom was my first CD as it happens.
   149. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 07:47 AM (#4781462)
Oh, I really dislike Faith No More. Although come to think of it I only really know their one hit single. Which I really dislike. But I do share a mutual friend with Mike Patton, and the report was that he disliked Faith No More himself.


The Real Thing is one of the best albums ever. My god man listen to it at least once and tell me it isn't fantastic from the opening chord to the last.
   150. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:47 AM (#4781476)
1988-1994 had:
Achtung Baby
Girlfriend
Automatic for the People
Stone Roses
Bug
All of Nirvana
All of the Pixies
Exile in Guyville
I do not want what I haven't got
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, and Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black
Paul's Boutique, Check your Head, Ill Communication
American Recordings
Enter the Wu-Tang
Freedom
Daydream Nation, Goo, Dirty, and Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
Don't Tell a Soul and All Shook Down


...And Justice For All and Metallica were both released in that time frame, as well.
   151. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:48 AM (#4781477)
The Real Thing is one of the best albums ever. My god man listen to it at least once and tell me it isn't fantastic from the opening chord to the last.


Maybe a little hyperbole, but, yes, The Real Thing was/is a great album.
   152. Lassus Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4781514)
311 in 1994 was one of the more fun shows I'd ever been too (I'm pretty sure it was a $4 show at La Luna in Portland), although as the years went on I definitely slunk away from admitting that.

A lot of people I've respected have liked the Counting Crows; I considered a buzzsaw battling a nail gun a more attractive sound.

Don't Tell a Soul was deep decline phase. All Shook Down doesn't exist. Yes, I will be that guy.
   153. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4781515)


Maybe a little hyperbole, but, yes, The Real Thing was/is a great album.


Just a little worked up that Faith No More was included on the 'to be embarrassed about' list.
   154. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4781517)
OTOH, a lot of the really popular music from 88-91 was truly terrible. MC Hammer, Michael Bolton, Don Henley, Milli Vanilli...

In high school I got really into classic rock and motown largely because the top 40 songs were awful, and I wasn't cool enough to be aware of bands like the Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.
   155. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:44 AM (#4781525)
OTOH, a lot of the really popular music from 88-91 was truly terrible.


Off the top of my head, can't that be said of just about any 4-year period? Sturgeon's Law, etc.
   156. Flynn Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:49 AM (#4781533)
Faith No More are flat out the most underrated band of the 90s. They had their big hit with Epic and the Real Thing went platinum, but Angel Dust, King for a Day...Fool for a Lifetime and Album of the Year were all as good/better albums that didn't really sell because they were a bit too much of a mindfuck for the general public.

Also surprised that Mike Patton didn't like being in the band, I guess that's a personality thing since the band pretty clearly changed creative direction after TRT in a way that was clearly his doing.
   157. Lassus Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4781535)
I loved Faith No More, but I'm not entirely sure they aged particularly well. (Granted, few bands do.)

I saw Patton in a solo/piano show... I dunno, maybe New Year's Eve performance at the Knitting Factory in the mid-aughts(?) and his Fantomas/screamo thing really bothered me as a singer, particularly because his actual singing voice was so strong and in tune.
   158. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4781536)
Some popular music is always terrible, but I think there are periods when higher quality music becomes more mainstream. e.g., 88-91 was terrible, but 91-94 was more mixed after Nirvana hit it big.
   159. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:52 AM (#4781538)
I've always liked We Care a Lot.
   160. A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4781546)
@rossmartialarts

@scottstapp Bringing our son "Creed" 2 your show tonight - we all love you hoping to introduce him to his hero 2nite
   161. Ron J2 Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4781547)
#129 I'm guessing my nephew will admit to liking Nickleback. Unless he chose a song he hates for his ringtone.
   162. A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM (#4781552)
@robwhisman

reminder: the best way to say benedict cumberbatch is to the tune of photograph by nickelback
   163. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4781559)
I've always liked We Care a Lot.


Same here. Different singer, I guess -- seems like his first name was Chuck, maybe.


Edit: Wikipedia tells me Chuck Mosley. Dunno why he left (or was kicked out) or what he did afterward. Sort of Faith No More's Pete Best, I suppose.
   164. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM (#4781602)
Also, how can this be a BTF music thread about the 90's, and no one has mentioned Pavement yet? Slanted and Enchanted and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain were also released in the 1988-1994 timeframe.
   165. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM (#4781638)
I have no shame about listening to 90s stuff that I loved then and still have a visceral connection to. Just checking the music on my phone:

-lots of Everclear
-Pearl Jam's first 3 albums
-Stone Temple Pilots' first 2 albums (my first CD purchase was "Core")
-Guns N Roses' both Use Your Illusion albums
-New Radicals
-Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation"
-Spin Doctors' "Pocketful of Kryptonite"
-Better than Ezra
-Days of the New (still my go-to music when I'm feeling depressed)


Stuff I didn't listen to at the time, but have gotten into since:
-Ben Folds
-Dog's Eye View
   166. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4781644)
Also, how can this be a BTF music thread about the 90's, and no one has mentioned Pavement yet?

Because it's so obvious it doesn't need to be said!

Second Janet Jackson. The singles from Rhythm Nation and her s/t album are terrific.
   167. Lassus Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4781658)
I was convinced Rhythm Nation 1814 was as early as 1987. Yikes. Anyhow, that is indeed an awesome album.
   168. PreservedFish Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4781670)
Has McCoy been back yet? I'm really banking on Hootie and the Blowfish here.
   169. Lassus Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4781673)
Did anyone guess Spin Doctors?
   170. bunyon Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM (#4781691)
People should be embarrassed that they think anyone should be embarrassed about the pop music they listen to.


Anyway, with that out of the way, one of the best concerts I ever saw was Barry Manilow. My mom made me go. The guy was awesome on stage.

It's music written by people and performed by people to entertain other people. If you're entertained, great. If not, fine. No need for anyone to be embarrassed.
   171. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4781693)
Spin Doctors crossed my mind, but that's it. Their two biggest (AFAIK) hits I liked just fine.
   172. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4781694)
one of the best concerts I ever saw was Barry Manilow. My mom made me go. The guy was awesome on stage.


You definitely shouldn't be embarrassed. You should, instead, be dead.
   173. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4781700)
Did anyone guess Spin Doctors?
Liz Phair? The Offspring? Collective Soul? Fiona Apple?
   174. bunyon Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4781702)
You definitely shouldn't be embarrassed. You should, instead, be dead.

No, the second Ozzy show I saw is the one where I should have died. Girl threw up on me and I was nearly hit by a flaming piece of garbage thrown from the upper deck. Good times.
   175. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4781708)
Anyway, with that out of the way, one of the best concerts I ever saw was Barry Manilow. My mom made me go. The guy was awesome on stage.

I'm not a huge Billy Joel fan, but I went with a friend to a concert in 1989 and he was great.
   176. PreservedFish Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4781711)
People should be embarrassed that they think anyone should be embarrassed about the pop music they listen to...

It's music written by people and performed by people to entertain other people. If you're entertained, great. If not, fine. No need for anyone to be embarrassed.


I am interested by the phenomenon of guilty pleasures. I've worked in fancy restaurants where the staff, after 5 hours of playing beautiful, delicious and expensive food, could not be more excited to eat chicken fingers and ranch dressing. Guilty pleasures are real pleasures and instead of hiding them we should examine them and figure out why they are so satisfying.

With that said, there is terrible art in this world, and life is more entertaining if people can mock each other for their taste in art. If we're all so mature that we just validate each other's decisions, or just calmly keep the subjectivity of it all forefront in our minds, well, that's hella boring.
   177. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM (#4781728)
In that picture above, Paul Simon looks like Jimmy Buffett having an allergic reaction.
   178. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4781729)
If we're all so mature that we just validate each other's decisions, or just calmly keep the subjectivity of it all forefront in our minds, well, that's hella boring.


Using the term "hella" & being older than, I dunno, 8 -- that's eminently mockable.
   179. Flynn Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4781744)
Don't infringe on my culture, jerkwad. Norcal 4evs.

Edit: Wikipedia tells me Chuck Mosley. Dunno why he left (or was kicked out) or what he did afterward. Sort of Faith No More's Pete Best, I suppose.


Mosely was kind of a nutjob, possibly with some substance abuse issues, and Patton was just better in every way as a singer and lyricist, so it was an easy call. But yeah, We Care A Lot is kind of a nice song to have as your legacy. Patton's lyrics are famously stream of consciousness, so it's the one FNM song that kind of has something to say.
   180. bunyon Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM (#4781749)
With that said, there is terrible art in this world, and life is more entertaining if people can mock each other for their taste in art. If we're all so mature that we just validate each other's decisions, or just calmly keep the subjectivity of it all forefront in our minds, well, that's hella boring.

Oh, mock away. I'm not saying we should appreciate each other or anything. If you like Hanson, well, I think you have lousy taste and, if the occasion arises, I may tease you.

But that is me judging you. If you like Hanson, why would you judge yourself badly for it? Enjoy it.
   181. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM (#4781754)
"MMMMbop," or whatever it's called, is probably a good pop single, but I find it sort of repellent. OTOH, just yesterday in the aftermath of this thread, via YouTube I was digging up all sorts of singles by various '90s one-hit wonders that I happen to like a lot but that I'm sure are actually no better than that one -- "She's So High," "Hey Now Now," "Lullabye," "Mambo No. 5," "Steal My Sunshine," "Graduation Song," etc.

Sometimes a piece of pure pop floss hits you right in your sweet spot, & there's not a whole lot you can do about it.

(This, of course, is how I rationalize my unholy fondness for "We Didn't Start the Fire.")
   182. PreservedFish Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4781770)
I have decided that I will listen to that Faith No More album with an open heart!

Patton is certainly a talented guy with catholic interests (although I can't really listen to his avant-garde stuff) and maybe I underestimated his influence in the band.

But man, you guys really like "Epic?" To me it is the ugliest hodgepodge of styles. It's basically proto-Korn but with that awful ponderous piano outro, those blaring horns. Patton's plodding pseudo-rapping. Just yuck.
   183. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:03 PM (#4781773)
Can't say I sit around & listen to it on a regular basis, but yeah, "Epic" is fine by me.

Of course, the Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life" & LFO's "Summer Girls" are fine by me, too, & even Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," so ...
   184. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:11 PM (#4781782)
This is like the anti-repoz thread.
   185. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4781795)
You're ignoring all the "hipster doofus crap," as described by Mr. Reverse Elitist (evidently) tshipman.
   186. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:31 PM (#4781800)
173 - Hey - Liz Phair's first album and parts of the next two hold up.

I don't understand Mike Patton. Like, there's something going on there that's over my head. That said, Lovage was fun.

The Cardigans were great (esp. First Band on the Moon, but also their prior stuff and Gran Turismo. Only time I ever sang karaoke, I did Lovefool and butchered it.

gef - Yeah, you're in the right territory wrt what I mean by dance-punk. DFA stuff in general (LCD Soundsystem being the peak of that bunch).

I'm no No Doubt / Stefani fan, but maybe should be - they/she had a bunch of good songs.
   187. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:32 PM (#4781803)
If anyone wants to play LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge" at my funeral, I won't object. Of course, I'll be dead, but even if I weren't I wouldn't object.
   188. PreservedFish Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:40 PM (#4781817)
Speaking of bad taste, and of funerals, when I was a child my mother told me (several times) that she wanted me to have "MacArthur Park" played at her funeral.
   189. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: August 29, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4781857)
I still carry a torch for Nina Persson and The Cardigans. "Carnival" is one of my favorite album-openers ever (from Life, it may be the adorable way she clears her throat in the beginning), and her and Nathan Larson (of Shudder to Think) do an excellent cover of "The Bluest Eyes in Texas" from the Boys Don't Cry soundtrack.
   190. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: August 29, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4781917)
173 - Hey - Liz Phair's first album and parts of the next two hold up.
Yeah I have her first two. :) I was just combing my own collection for things from that period that seemed at least possible McCoy might be referring to.
   191. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4781923)
Speaking of bad taste, and of funerals, when I was a child my mother told me (several times) that she wanted me to have "MacArthur Park" played at her funeral.


If they played it at mine, I'd be happy I was dead.
   192. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: August 29, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4781934)
People should be embarrassed that they think anyone should be embarrassed about the pop music they listen to.


Music/artists I enjoy, or have enjoyed that the hipsters here would likely mock me for:

Neil Diamond
Rush
Cherry Poppin Daddies
Herman's Hermits
The Hooters
ELO
Three Dog Night
The Wallflowers
Barenaked Ladies

Hell, I suppose The Clash is too mainstream for most here.

   193. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: August 29, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4781935)
Speaking of bad taste, and of funerals, when I was a child my mother told me (several times) that she wanted me to have "MacArthur Park" played at her funeral.


If they played it at mine, I'd be happy I was dead.


Jurassic Park on the other hand...
   194. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 29, 2014 at 03:43 PM (#4781947)
I like this McArthur park cover.

Neil Diamond
Rush
Cherry Poppin Daddies
Herman's Hermits
The Hooters
ELO
Three Dog Night
The Wallflowers
Barenaked Ladies
I like work by most of these, to varying degrees, and own some Rush and ELO. And a lot of dorks like BnL (I do not).

As to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies - I got in a conversation about them the other day (prompted by an AV Club article). I liked half of the stuff mentioned in that article from that revivial/period - CPD are decidedly on the side of what I did not dig.
   195. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 03:57 PM (#4781953)
Neil Diamond
Rush
Cherry Poppin Daddies
Herman's Hermits
The Hooters
ELO
Three Dog Night
The Wallflowers
Barenaked Ladies


Diamond is fine by me. ELO I regard as one of the best singles band of the '70s.

Most of the others have at least one song I really like, except for Cherry Poppin' Daddies, whom I wouldn't know if they set up outside my cubicle right now & played their entire catalogue (given their ghastly, ghastly name, though, I'm prediposed to wanting them tortured slowly before being killed), & Rush, in whom I've never had even an scintilla of interest.
   196. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: August 29, 2014 at 04:07 PM (#4781959)
except for Cherry Poppin' Daddies, whom I wouldn't know if they set up outside my cubicle right now & played their entire catalogue


Zoot Suit Riot

Revival swing later transitioning to ska. I liked the former version.
   197. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: August 29, 2014 at 04:12 PM (#4781961)
Or, alternatively

Grapefruit Diet

Yes, I'm also an unabashed Weird Al fan.
   198. PreservedFish Posted: August 29, 2014 at 04:24 PM (#4781971)
Diamond is fine by me. ELO I regard as one of the best singles band of the '70s.

These were the two artists in that list that I was going to note as being actually extremely hipster-friendly.
   199. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 04:26 PM (#4781973)
Someone forgot to tell the Wire (the band, not the TV show) list, where I got roundly thrashed for sticking up for ELO a few years back (as well as for the Cars & A Flock of Seagulls). The bruises have yet to fade ...
   200. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 29, 2014 at 04:28 PM (#4781976)
I think ELO has been "cool" for awhile. The Cars not so much (though they were a hell of a singles band).
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