Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Other people's discussions

I was testing the new web search engine Snap by searching for Embarrassing LPs, and it was quite powerful, but what is better is that I found this.

So while we're not the only people having this conversation, we at least aren't admitting to owning "Tuvan throat music", which would be a 0 CD even if burned genre.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Lest We Forget...

Oh! What crimes are committed by the words "tribute album"? That is a tribute by many artists covering songs by one artist, rather than the covers albums by artists.

For instance, I'm Your Fan, the Leonard Cohen tribute featuring the likes of Tori Amos and other such muesli-worriers, which while alright isn't actually worth buying. Then there was that Gram Parsons one with Beck and a few alt-countryers (yawn) and numerous tributes to the Sex Pistols and The Damned. The very worst one, and one that sealed my dislike of a former transient housemate, was that fucking rap/RnB tribute to Phil fucking Collins, Urban Renewal. One word: Urrrgh!

Remix albums should have the highlights downloaded off iTunes or burned from a friend.

So tribute albums: none thanks.

Covers albums can be OK: Bowie's Pin-Ups is pretty good; Duran Duran's Thank You had potential but was fucked up by the rap covers. The rule would seem to be - and I don't generally hold truck with this, but in this instance it's very necessary - if general consensus says that it's a *must* own, then I say it's a *may* own.