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March 9, 2002
Am I the only person in the world who has not jumped on the Alanis Morissette bandwagon? She's number one and I really don't understand why. I have heard her new single, "Hands Clean", about a dozen times and it is so completely forgettable that I couldn't hum it for you. I couldn't tell you the chorus (did you notice how musically it's hardly there, by the way?), I couldn't tell you one lyric, I don't even remember where she says "Hands Clean" or if she sings it all.
Jagged Little Pill was alright. I first heard "Ironic" and "Hand in my Pocket" and I liked 'em, but then I heard "Head Over Feet" and cowered in a corner every time that horrendous verse to chorus chord change came up. I mean, ICK! That is just so not pretty to listen to!!! Nor is her wailing "It's all your fault!" in the same blasted key and then dropping back with zero transition back into the verse....
Here's someone who takes Alanis hatried to a new level. And he makes a good point: In "Ironic", she manages to use the word ironic improperly about 800 times...
Bottom line: she's alright. But number one? I don't get it. Ah well.....
*sniff* *sob* Am I old? I am one of those folks with a huge nostalgia for vinyl. Seven inches were the bomb....twelve inches were an extra-special treat. And I remember them being dirt cheap; as the article mentions, it used to be easy to hear a song on the radio and then pick up just that one song without buying the whole album. These days the CD Singles are 5, 6, sometimes even 10 bucks; when the whole CD is a few dollars more, what is the point of just buying the single?
One thing the article doesn't mention: what about b-sides? Hrmmm? Vinyl singles always had the fun advantage of rare tracks on the flip side, a track you wouldn't find on the full-length LP and was often just as good (if not better) than the A-side. It was a chance for artists to put out songs that they couldn't fit on an LP or just to have some fun with the extra track.
My most recent single purchases: "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliot and "Desert Rose" by Sting. No "b-sides" (what should we call 'em now? "bonus tracks"? ACK!) on either; just remixes. And sure enough, the Missy Elliot single appears to no longer be available. Well damn y'all to hell, record execs.
Viva la single!
This is a blog. It's where I can go on and on about whatever I want to. For this site, it will be about music. What about music, I am not sure. But I am going to start with this:
DJOktober's song of the week:
I'm off for now; more later, I am sure.