i still contest that the best ten years in rock’s brief but torrid history are those crammed between 85 – 95, give or take a couple of years on either end depending on my ever non-commital mood. its hard to argue against the likes crooked rain, nation of millions, bee thousand, automatic for the people, double nickels (late 84 – close enough to 85), exile in guyville, loveless, appetite, etc. shit, even metallica put out a couple classic records during that time, see master of puppets and justice for all for evidence. i know those are fairly obvious examples, but you get the bigger picture. i just know you do.
i would be remiss if i didnt include the fathers of geometery rock , slint and their hypnotic yet challenging yet beautiful 91 release, spiderland to the above list. admittedly, i couldnt stand spiderland when i first listened to it. in fact, i dont think i made it past “don, amon.” to me, it was too precise, too calculated and cold, to truly grasp and get my head around. i think it was just my psychological state at the time that forbode me to giving into its every angular whim. it wasnt until a few years, and a copious amount beers later that i immersed myself into spiderland. it was right around the time i started losing faith in man kind that this shift in attitude towards spiderland happened. maybe it was not so much losing faith in man kind as it was i started realizing that most people are fucking morons. i say that with a grain of salt, sort of. this is not to say you have to embrace such a cynical outlook, as i do, to enjoy spiderland, but i think it helps. even if you have never listened to slint or spiderland you will know their work, cause its been copped, to some degree, by both the underground and the mainstream.
kent from tweez
rhoda from tweez
by the way, have you guys checked out the c.h.o.p.s. program yet?? donnie davies has got it all, and i mean all, figured out.? thats all i am going say.