*Like its fierce

*See you

*Make me this anxious

*Just play for the love of playing

*When she needs me

*Writing mushy notes and passing them to her in cla...

*Tell him Hof sent ya

*Best looking readers

*The milk-toast wannabees

*Friends were reinventing and regurgitating punk

1. I ask you to do one effing thing
2. Did you?
3. The socks betray him
4. There will be none of that
5. Leave notes in his shirt pocket
6. Trained in the gentle art
7. Put me in coach
8. Our species may, in fact, survive
9.Swarm Swarm
10.During the wooing
11.BUT not private enough
12.The bottomless appetite
13.The first time we forget
14.This is a nice litmus test
15.To get the ball rolling
16.She invited you back to her place for coffee
17.Mary Magdalene or Eva Braun
18.It will only smell and make you queasy

   Thursday, May 11, 2006

What sound will be on the radio in 2008?

Things are starting to settle down here in NC... time to continue (and finish up) our Top Ten Most Recent Important Artists (with a debut album released in 1990 or later).

Pulling up in third is an artist who truly has no fear. Over twenty years ago an artist rose out of Detroit and proved to not only set the bar for his peers... he started putting out albums that were years ahead of their time. If you wonder what popular music sounded like in 1987, you only need to listen to Purple Rain (released in 1984). If you wonder what popular music sounded like in 1994, you only need to listen to the Batman Soundtrack (released in 1989).

Prince has always been taking all that was done in the past and cooking it into music that would be what was played on the radio years later. Prince showed us that an artist can be so far ahead that at the time he sounds retro or just plain insane. I remember hearing the Batman Soundtrack for the first time and thinking, "what the hell is this crap". Little did I know all of pop music would sound like that album in the early nineties.

As Prince faded away in a sea of religion, lawsuits and left reality behind another artist came in with the same bravery. Another artist came on the scene that refused to play one style of music. Another artist came that sounded retro while actually setting the scene for what would be on the radio years after the album release. This artist is the Prince of his generation.

I welcome this artist to the number three spot in our Top Ten List. There is no doubt that Beck has been one of the most important artists in recent times.

Born the son of Scientologists, Beck Hansen grew up in Los Angeles under the screen of a musician father and an artist mother. His mother exposed him early to a wide palette of musical styles. One day playing jazz, another hip hop and yet another playing Latin beats, his mother started pouring in the ingredients that would ultimately become the puree of Beck.

All of his musical explorations have had a simple compass that made everything he did grounded. Beck is one hell of a song writer. Starting with strong lyrics, Beck had the foundation to frame-up any song....

Paper Tiger (by Beck)

Just like a paper tiger
Torn apart by idle hands
Through the helter skelter morning
Fix yourself while you still can
No more ashes to ashes
No more cinders from the sky
All the laws of creation
Tell a dead man how to die

O deserts down below us
And storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the sun

Looking through a broken diamond
To make the past what it should be
Through the ruins and the weather
Capsized boats in the sea

O deserts down below us
And storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the sun

WeÂ’re just holding on to nothing
To see how long nothing lasts

O deserts down below us
And storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the sun

This high-school drop out left home to travel and live in Germany and New York City. In those days he found punk and anti-folk and added them to his already full plate of influences. After returning to Los Angeles he started playing on the streets, in small clubs and coffee shops.

In 1993 a small label snatched him up and released a single that later would be his biggest hit... "Loser". Nobody heard "Loser" until Geffen picked him up and the song appeared on his first hit album, Mellow Gold. Any talk of one-hit wonder was silenced when he followed up with an even better album (Odelay) in 1996.

Since he has been ahead of the pack. Sea Changes hit the shelves years before male ballads in the crooner style were allowed back on the hit charts. His most recent album, Guero is a stunning tidal wave of sound and words. Do you wonder what sound will be on the radio in 2008? Listen to Guero. Beck already knows.

Here is the list so far:

3) Beck
4) Dave Mathews
5) Ani Difranco
6) Rage Against the Machine
7) Smashing Pumpkins
8) Tori Amos
9) Eminem
10) Pantera

There are only two artists left to fill the number two and one spots.... Who has been more important than the other eight already on the list? Who has been more important than nine of them? Stay tuned to see who will be number one.... Tool or Radiohead.

there are 8 doodles

At 1:45 PM, Blogger VegasGustan said...

I have to agree with you on this one, although I thought he would inch out Tool...oh well.

I know you rarely respond to comments, but have you listened to Prince's new album and if so, what did you think?

At 1:49 PM, Blogger hofzinser said...

I have not BUT I did get the new TOOL (10,000 days). It is even better than the last one (Laterus). They were just in your neck of the woods to boot.

Picking the order of these last three has been very VERY tough.

What did YOU think of the most recent album? Was it the God-heavy concept album I heard about?

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Cyrus said...

Um...who's Tool?

At 11:14 PM, Blogger hofzinser said...

Um... don't hurt my heart, cyrus. Tell everyone you are kidding.

At 1:29 AM, Blogger VegasGustan said...

It is pretty good, certainly no where as good as his 80s and early 90s stuff. However, it really is not God-Heavy at all. It is actually pretty overtly sexual. "Black Sweat" is a straight-up let's get naked and be animals song. It is worth a listen, but I don' think I would buy the whole album.

TOOL, on the other hand, is great! I had to work the night of their show and I am still pissed that I missed it. I read a review from a local free paper that said it was freaking sweet. Oh well...

The only other new album I've heard is Pearl Jam and it is a lot better than their last couple of albums. You SHOULD get that entire album.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger AnonymousCoworker said...

I really liked Laterus (Lateralus?) and have been thinking about picking up the new album. Do tell, is it awesome?

At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Cyrus said...

Is it 2008 yet?

At 7:50 AM, Blogger hofzinser said...

shut it, cyrus, and go buy the new Tool album... then email and thank me.


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