Thursday, June 14, 2007

Making Hamburgers Out of Sacred Cows

The Guardian has published an article detailing albums that are overrated to other musicians of note. The musicians include Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Billy Childish of Thee Milkshakes fame, and Craig Finn of the Hold Steady.

If the artists don't interest you, you should read for the quotes alone. They include such gems as:

- They're totally overrated. Plus they covered Scarborough Fair. I don't understand why people still play their music in nightclubs - it makes me really angry.

- The Beatles were the victims of their success. This is middle-of-the-road rock music for plumbers. Or people who drive round in Citroens - the sort of corporate hippies who ruined rock music.

- Lyrically, it's banal and doesn't say anything beyond "greed is bad". Radiohead are the 21st-century Floyd, which says it all really.

- In America when you're growing up, you're subjected to the Doors as soon as you start going to parties and smoking weed.

- Trout Mask wasn't a work of untutored genius, it was untutored crap

You have to read the article to get full context. I will say that the guy from Battles is just being a hater because the Strokes are successful even though Battles is better.