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  •  Best Of lists are stoopid (none)
    in that they presume to an authority they never earn. How the hell is there a best Rock Album ever made out of millions of albums which are all good IN DIFFERENT WAYS? And why did the critics back in 1980 all say the Greatest LP was Sgt. Pepper's, but now the critics all say it's Revolver/ OK Computer/ Nevermind?

    I don't write these diaries because I think I can find a definitive answer, they're just a drawing board for dialog so that people who know some music can learn about other music.

    So let me learn you real good. Just kidding.

    Of your first six bands, people all say the Germs (and Darby Crash) were as punk as LA got. Aren't the others all second wave, 80s bands? I love Bad Brains. Just as well, since I don't have any good ones.

    Of your second six bands, New Model Army were later. Yes, you have good taste, the others are all great but underated punk bands, except the Stranglers (despite 'Rattus' and 'Heroes') were not true punks but fellow travellers - like the Police, they were old schoolers looking for a break. Perhaps that's just a quibble,since they did knock out classics like 'Peaches' and 'No More Heroes', which is more than Sham 69 ever did for punk.

    "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Albert Einstein

    by Brecht on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 10:58:46 AM PDT

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    •  Best Of lists are amusing, but no more (none)
      And why did the critics back in 1980 all say the Greatest LP was Sgt. Pepper's, but now the critics all say it's Revolver/ OK Computer/ Nevermind?

      Different people, different generations. I would say it's Abbey Road. It seems like the Beatles are the unifying common denominator.

      Nice to see 999 mentioned. When I was in high school, I bought an album of theirs called Concrete because I'd heard the band's name, and the record was mid-line priced. Barely heard it mentioned anywhere else, but every track on it was great.

      I'm not black, but there are times when I wish I could say I'm not white. --Frank Zappa

      by Bob Quixote on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 01:22:54 PM PDT

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