Sunday, October 21, 2012

Top 5 Musical Finger Wags of 2009

With all due respect to Stephen Colbert, I'm being totally serious. This list has been sitting on my notepad for ages, I've forgotten it more than once. Hearing a few of the songs on my mp3 rotation sparked its memory, no Americans scored on the weekend for once and here we are.

Long story short, this sassy nag is specifically meant to scold my fellow Americans for shockingly ignoring some instant classic tunes back in 2009. Why that year? Because it was a particularly gruesome case of widespread music fouls. For crying out loud, Miley Cyrus has two top 10 hits, while just one of these five perfect singles barely touched the top 100.

#5 - "Hip Hop Saved My Life" by Lupe Fiasco

I don't get it. This song doesn't just have smash hit written all over it, it could probably be adapted into a fine movie. Hell, I might one day write the screenplay myself. It all seems obvious to me. But nope, this jam with heart didn't scratch the charts.




#4 - "Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups

When did America stop rocking like it mattered, stop letting the distorted guitar do the talking? So what, Nickel-freakin'-back can have four songs hit the top 50, but this dynamic brain blender can only reach No. 92 despite a fairly aggressive marketing push? It's enough to make a guy want to mosh.
 



#3 - "Fences" by Phoenix


While it seemed everyone in the world was slobbering all over this French band's breakout disc back in 2009, they all somehow appeared to completely miss the runaway best song on the album - if not also one of the very best few of the entire year. At the time, the NME review stated rather exactingly that this lush groove 'contained a future-funk breakdown Jamiroquai would cut off his penis to own'. Any other questions?
 



#2 - "Exhibit C" - by Jay Electronica


With his long-awaited first album supposedly nearing release, I can still listen to this absorbing autobiographical tale of being obscenely  talented while homeless that was actually cut together in a 15-minute hurry. It certainly does not sound it; if Jay's debut CD comes anything like this musical subway ride, we won't be ready for it. How this only managed to scrape the rap chart 100 is beyond me. My 300,000,000 or so homies need a lyrical gospel slap.




#1 - "How I Got Over" by The Roots


This track did not even break the Billboard top 100 on the rap chart. All I can say is: America... are you friggin' serious?




- Greg Seltzer

20 comments:

Will Parchman said...

I still contend that The Roots' Things Fall Apart album is the greatest hip hop record of all time.

Jamie said...

Our music tastes align perfectly. Nice.

MSA said...

Check out the Fences Boombass Remix if you get a chance. Sublime....

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Will: It's seminal, fo sho. But I think my #1 pick would be College Dropout.

@ Jamie: You know what they say about great minds...

@ MSA: Will do, thanks!

brian said...

college drop out the greatest hip hop album of all time? really?

Greg Seltzer said...

Yup. No joke.

Alex Larsen said...

I like Graduation better than College Dropout, they are both great albums tho.

Fernando Rivas said...

Spot on and the How I Got Over album was an instant hip hop classic. Unfortunately rap on the radio is complete trash, however College Dropout is far from the greatest hip hop album. Paid in Full, Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, hell How I Got Over are all better albums off the top of my head.

Greg Seltzer said...

Not for me, though Paid in Full is right there with it. I'd also put Black On Both Sides and It Take A Nation... right up near the top.

Alex Larsen said...

A couple albums I would like to add to the list and see what people think of them: Reasonable Doubt and Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. Those are two of my all-time favorites definitely.

RobUsry said...

How I Got Over and Hip-Hop Saved My Life are 2 of my favorite all-time songs. Great list, Greg.

Anything from Lupe's F&L and The Cool are underrated by the mainstream.

Matt said...

36 Chambers?

Greg Seltzer said...

Not to say that I shun the harder stuff, but I am a little more likely to gravitate toward stuff with a groove to it.

Matt said...

I think that's a little too much love for Silversun Pickups. To me they sound like the even whinier younger brother to Smashing Pumpkins.

Greg Seltzer said...

Younger brother I get, but NOTHING is whinier than Smashing Pumpkins. Anyway, I love them both very much-ly.

Matt said...

Agreed about SP. Gish was a very very good album.

Also, interesting fact: both 36 Chambers and Low End were released on the same day back in whatever year that was -- 1991? (Damn I feel old.) That was a good day for hip hop.

Jay Eychaner said...

If you can't find anything whinier than Smashing Pumpkins, you clearly weren't friends with emo kids in the late 90s.

Matt said...

Hah. I'm too old. By the late 90's I was back listening to the whiny shit I liked in the 80s -- The Smiths, for example. But Smashing Pumpkins I'd still say can whine with the best of them, especially anything post-Siamese Dream.

Greg Seltzer said...

Maybe I should make this Whiny Cut of the Day week...

Matt said...

Good start on whiny cut of the week. Tomorrow could be anything by Radiohead or Arcade Fire.