Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bruce Sinofsky

There have never been more important metal filmmakers than Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger. Sure, McFadyen and Dunn are more metal, and Christopher Guest's one-off is in a class by itself. But no films nailed the substance of metal and metal culture more than Sinofsky and Berlinger's Some Kind of Monster and Paradise Lost trilogy.

People throw around praise about movies saving lives all the time, but Sinofsky and Berlinger's films did just that, casting a light on people and issues that were being ignored or vilified and changing them for the better. They kept the greatest metal band in the world together and kicked off arguably the most significant cultural movement in metal's past twenty years, leading to the exoneration of the West Memphis Three. Thank you for your work, Bruce Sinofsky, and for being a leading example of how great art can change the world for the better.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Joan Jett, "You Don't Own Me"

Lesley Gore, the most accomplished Sarah Lawrence literature student of all time, will be best remembered for "It's My Party," but I'd guess most dedicated music fans prefer "You Don't Own Me," one of the best (and earliest) feminist anthems that rock music has ever offered, still potent enough to star in an excellent Planned Parenthood PSA 50 years after its release.

Appropriately, future feminist icon Joan Jett covered it on her first album, Bad Reputation, announcing to the world what anyone who'd been paying attention to the Runaways already knew. She doesn't do much with it (why mess with perfection?), but it stands out as an exemplary case of Jett's punk-pop sensibilities, and of how Gore's music inspires, and will continue to inspire, girls to tell boys where to shove it. Thank you, Lesley Gore.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Oh Lucy, Can You Hear Me

Oh Lucy, Can You Hear Me
  1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, "Lucy"
  2. The Replacements, "I Will Dare"
  3. Bill Withers, "Lovely Day"
  4. U2, "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
  5. Shel Silverstein, "Dirty Ol' Me"
  6. Monster Magnet, "Space Lord"
  7. The Misfits, "Skulls"
  8. Iggy Pop, "The Passenger"
  9. Sinéad O'Connor, "The Emperor's New Clothes"
  10. Ernie, "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon"
  11. Têtes Noires, "Chains"
  12. Stevie Wonder, "Boogie on Reggae Woman"
  13. Pavement, "Date with IKEA"
  14. Elvis Presley, "Don't Be Cruel"
  15. The Meters, "Hey Pocky A-Way"
  16. Bonnie Raitt & John Prine, "Angel from Montgomery"
  17. The Weepies, "Gotta Have You"
  18. The Rolling Stones, "Loving Cup"
  19. Prince, "A Case of You"
  20. Jane's Addiction, "Ripple"
  21. Shane MacGowan, "Lucy"
Happy birthday, LAS.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Do Not Go Jenny Into That Good Night

Do Not Go Jenny Into That Good Night
  1. Pavement, "Gold Soundz"
  2. My Bloody Valentine, "Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)"
  3. The Church, "Under the Milky Way"
  4. The B-52's, "Roam"
  5. Morrissey, "Suedehead"
  6. New Order, "Age of Consent"
  7. David Bowie, "Life on Mars?"
  8. Nico, "These Days"
  9. The Wrens, "This Boy is Exhausted"
  10. Nick Drake, "Pink Moon"
  11. Queen, "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy"
  12. Nina Simone, "Pirate Jenny"
  13. Patti Smith, "Dancing Barefoot"
  14. The Velvet Underground, "Rock and Roll"
  15. Têtes Noires, "True Love"
  16. The Pretenders, "Back on the Chain Gang"
  17. The Grateful Dead, "Ripple"
  18. Soul Asylum, "Just Like Anyone"
  19. Local H, "For Lovers"
  20. The Replacements, "Nowhere is My Home"
Happy birthday, JA.