Posts from 17th September 2001

Sep 01

Also not recommended:

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Also not recommended: Biggie – “Juicy”, Jeru – “Come Clean”, Royce – “Boom”, Dre – “Xxplosive”, OutKast – “Bombs Over Baghdad”, etc.

Clear Channel’s List of Songs With Objectionable Lyrics

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Clear Channel’s List of Songs With Objectionable Lyrics: A response to the events of September 11 focuses on the lyrics of 150 or so radio standards, including “all songs by Rage Against the Machine.” Lyric-broadcasting in times like this, where sensitivities are a bit higher than usual, is definitely a delicate balancing act—I had more than a few “is this okay?” moments during a radio program I hosted on Saturday —but on the flip side, I’ve been listening to the Temple of the Dog album all week (it kicks off with the currently blacklisted “Say Hello 2 Heaven”), and it’s been one of the few calming popcultural artifacts in my orbit. It’s the crassly stitched-together “disaster specials” (AC staples like Don Henley’s “New York Minute” or C. Dion’s “My Bleeding Heart Will Forever And Ever Go On, Even Though I Claim To Have Retired” with special news footage layered over the instrumental bits) that are completely abhorrent, capitalizing on last week’s events through emotion-jerking that can be teased as “lighting up the phone lines and coming up after “Alone” by Heart,” or squeezed between the traffic report and (the not banned!) “Let Me Blow Your Mind.”

Mike Ladd: Welcome to the Afterfuture

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Mike Ladd: Welcome to the Afterfuture: Ethan P. takes time out from baiting regulars on ILM and ILE and crosses the tracks to write for Pitchfork. It doesn’t read like a typical Pitchfork review, either, more like a swearier version of Hua Hsu’s impenetrable-but-exciting hip-hop writing for The Wire (right down to the token quotation of some ‘dense flow’ or other). Which is good, even if I’m no nearer guessing what Mike Ladd’s music sounds like.