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Archive for June, 2011

The Cure v. The Smiths

This isn’t my competition, more like a side game.  Nerve posted this article, but I thought it was relevant.

The Cure v. The Smiths (Nerve)

I’m in The Cure camp on this.  While I like some of Johnny Marr’s guitar work, I can’t stand Morrissey.  I know he’s Irish — don’t care.  That’s why I put the Cure in my playoffs and not The Smiths.  I’m sure Morrissey is loosing sleep over that, but he can soothe himself with a big pile of money, I’m sure.  And for those of you who prefer The Smiths and their irritating lead singer, write your own damn blog.

P.S. Gonna try to finish the next game soon.  Hopefully this weekend.  I’ve been busy.

P.P.S. And if you like The Cure, be sure to vote for them here

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Bad Religion rules

I saw Bad Religion at the KROQ Weenie Roast yesterday.  Bad Religion played and they were awesome.  I didn’t put them in the playoffs this year, mainly because they slipped my mind, but also because I’m not sure how popular they are outside of Southern California.  Here, they are punk rock legends.  Real warriors and elder statesmen who continue to tour and put out great albums.  They just did a 30th anniversary tour, for cryin’ out loud!  I think their new stuff is pretty strong, and the crowd loved them at the concert (although they were not the headliners).

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Joy Division v. the Cure

If there was a band that deserved to be in the hall because of one song, I’d say it was Joy Division for “Love Will Tear Us Apart“.  Nevermind the influence they’ve had on U2, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead and the Killers (not to mention New Order). This was their only song that topped the charts, and that was only in New Zealand and France.  But what an amazing song.  Dark, moody and atmospheric, the lyrics are rather gloomy, but something about the music is…, kinda pretty.  This is not to say the rest of their catalog isn’t pretty strong as well.  Very few bands with 2 original albums (and an EP) have as much influence they have.  Two movies have been made about them in the past decade, and they seem like they’re the most covered band since the Beatles.  They’re kinda like the Velvet Underground for the 80’s; not many people bought their records, but everyone who did started a band.   But if there were one song that perfectly encapsulates a band and anticipates the direction music was to take in the next 10 years, I’d say “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” is it.

If Joy Division was a cult band built on misery, The Cure picked up that ball, ran with it, and surprise, became a big, popular band.  Many have imitated (or played tribute to) Robert Smith and his band (not just musically, either), but few have managed to copy his success; 18 albums in Billboard’s top 200, 13 songs in their hot 100.  To call them the most famous goth band ignores the range of their music, shifting from gothic to poppy, melancholy sad songs and the occasional pretty little Lovesong.  And they weren’t the first band to go a little overboard with stage makeup, but every emo band (Are you listening My Chem?) owes them a debt of gratitude, not to mention The Smashing Pumpkins, 311, and Interpol. Even though they have kept a low profile recently, if the band decides to hit the road and tour again, undoubtedly legions of pale skinned, makeup clad fans would line up to see them.

Don’t cry, I know it’s a tough choice, but you can do it!

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