Terminated for Reasons of Taste - Other Ways to Hear Essential and Inessential Music
In Terminated for Reasons of Taste, veteran rock critic Chuck Eddy writes that "rock'n'roll history is written by the winners. Which stinks, because the losers have always played a big role in keeping rock interesting." Rock's losers share top billing with its winners in this new collection of Eddy's writing. In pieces culled from outlets as varied as the Village Voice, Creem magazine, the streaming site Rhapsody, music message boards, and his high school newspaper, Eddy covers everything from the Beastie Boys to 1920s country music, Taylor Swift to German new wave, Bruce Springsteen to occult metal. With an encyclopedic knowledge, unabashed irreverence, and a captivating style, Eddy rips up popular music histories and stitches them back together using his appreciation of the lost, ignored, and maligned. In so doing, he shows how pop music is bigger, and more multidimensional and compelling than most people can imagine.
Acknowledgments xi Introduction. Sold a Decade at a Time 1 1. B.C. The Best Songs of 1930 11 Depression Music 13 Country Rap Prehistory 15 Country Songs I 17 Niela Miller: Songs of Leaving 25 '60s Catholic Folk Mass 27 Country Songs II 28 CB Jeebies 39 Can't Fool Mother Nature 40 Prog on the Prairie: Midwestern Bands Roll Over Beethoven 41 Past Expiry Hard Rock Dollar Bin 44 Sonic Taxonomy: Fake New Wave 56 Inventing Indie Rock 64 Urinals--No Age 67 2. 80s Sonic Taxonomy: Unsung '80s RB Bands 77 Country Rap: The 80s 85 Sonic Taxonomy: Old Old Old School Rap Albums 87 Public Enemy Do the Punk Rock 96 Beastie Boys: Lay It Down, Clowns 98 Aerosmith, Endangered No More 105 Metallica: Kill 'Em All Turns 30 110 Fates Warning and Possessed Open Up and Say ... Ahh! 113 Dead Milkmen vs. Thelonious Monster: Battle of the Lame 114 Einsturzende Neubauten / Killdozer: The Graystone, Detroit, 11 June 1986 116 New Wave uber Alles 118 Frank Chickens--M.I.A. 124 Owed to the Nightingales 127 Mekons Stumble toward Oblivion 130 Mekons: So Good It Hurts 132 Pet Shop Boys: 18 Shopping Days Left 133 Billy Joel: It's Not His Fault! 135 John Hiatt: Bring the Family 139 John Anderson Serves the Doofus Majority 140 Country Songs III 142 The '80s: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back 145 3. 90s TLC and Kris Kross: Women and Children First 157 Cause Effect: Trip 160 The Cure: Spectrum, Philadelphia, 16 May 1992 161 SOS from the Metal of Nowhere 163 Motorhead Uberkill 164 Pankow and Treponem Pal Ring in Desert Storm 168 How Nirvana Didn't Kill Hair Metal 170 Sponge: From Grunge to Glam 171 Radio On Reviews I 172 Travis Marries a Man! 178 John Mellencamp: Dance Naked 179 Sawyer Brown: Cafe on the Corner 181 Patricia Conroy: A Bad Day for Trains 182 Grupo Exterminador: Dedicado a Mis Novias 183 When FSK Plays, Schnitzel Happens 184 Radio On Reviews II 185 Alanis Morissette: Addicted to Love 189 4. '00s Singles Again: Backstabs in the Material World 197 Bruce Springsteen: Working on a Dream 202 Frat Daze, Clambake, Anyways, It's Still Country Soul to Kenny Chesney 204 Country Music Goes to Mexico 204 September 11: Country Music's Response 204 Battle of the Country Hunks 214 Country Songs IV 217 The Ladies of Triple A 222 Anvil Won't Go Away 225 Excellent Boring Metal from Germany 227 The Many Ideas of Oneida 228 Next Little Things 232 5. '10s Singles Jukebox Reviews 248 The Dirtbombs: Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! 252 Redd Kross: Researching the Blues 256 Mayer Hawthorne--Robert Palmer 258 Kanye West: VEVO Power Station, Austin, 20 March 2011 261 Taylor Swift and Ke$ha: Not So Different 263 Ke$ha: Warrior 267 Strange Brew: Metal's New Blare Witch Project 269 Metal's Severed Extremities 275 Walking Dead: The Divided States of Metal 278 Voivod: Target Earth 281 Merchandise: Totale Nite 285 Mumford and Sons: Babel 287 The Gospel Truth 289 Southern Soul Keeps On Keepin' On 293 Jamey Johnson Sprawls Out 297 Country Songs V 300 Bro-Country Isn't as Dumb as It Looks 302 Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves Are What They Are 304 When the Angels Stopped Watching Mindy McCready 308 Conclusion. I Am the World's Forgettin' Boy 311 Index 315