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November 3, 2006

Proving your own irrelevance

Filed under: Music — Tom @ 4:25 pm

How does a magazine prove how irrelevant they are? By making lists, of course! This week’s list (because there are lists every week, dozens of them, it seems,) is from Stylus and this time around they cover “best live albums of all time.” How do they prove their irrelevance? Take a look and see. Sure, some good choices, but it’s mostly a “look how hip I am” type of list, leaving off one of the best live albums of all time (this is acknowledge by most knowledgeable music fans,) Iron Maiden’s Live After Death. It should be a crime to leave this absolutely jaw-droppingly awesome live document (and yes, it really is truly live – no overdubs) off a list of most-essential live albums. But, of course, it looks a lot cooler to put the piddly little Radiohead EP, I Might Be Wrong, on the list than Radiohead. Sure, I like it, but one of the best? It hardly ranks as one I even think of listening to, period. Which one is more important? Live After Death, without a doubt. This list is a sham.

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1 Comment »

  1. I agree with at least half of their choices, but the fact that they put a lot of smug self-important indie releases just shows how desperate they are for street cred.

    In all fairness, it’s entirely possible that they’re not familiar with that Iron Maiden album. I’ve never heard it it.

    Comment by Chris — November 3, 2006 @ 5:36 pm | Reply


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