Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs

By Phil Freeman

Featuring unique contributions from today’s best track critics, Marooned is a revealing image of the present nation of dad track feedback. A follow-up and homage to Greil Marcus’s rock-and-roll vintage Stranded, Marooned asks an analogous query: What album could you carry to a desolate tract island, and why?WITH ESSAYS through: Matt Ashare * Tom Breihan * Aaron Burgess * Jon Caramanica * Daphne Carr * Jeff Chang * Ian Christie * Kandia loopy Horse * John Darnielle * Laina Dawes * Geeta Dayal * Rob Harvilla * Jess Harvell * Michaelangelo Matos * Anthony Miccio * Amy Phillips * Dave Queen * Ned Raggett * Simon Reynolds * Chris Ryan * Scott Seward * Greg Tate * Derek Taylor * Douglas Wolk

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1981. ————, “Panama” (Warner Bros. ). 1984. ————, “Hot For instructor” (Warner Bros. ). 1984. ————, “I’ll Wait” (Warner Bros. ). 1984. JULIETA VENEGAS, Bueninvento (BMG). A singer-songwriter (and accordion participant) who’s Mexican in that she used to be born in Tijuana, yet American sufficient to wish to reshape rock in her personal photo. in this album, Café Tacuba aid her, yet she doesn’t actually need them. 2000. VENOM, Welcome To Hell (Neat). An absolute loss of a recording funds and goals past their technical features wound up founding a genre—black steel.

1980. RADIOHEAD, okay laptop (Capitol). those art-school Brits rose out of the UK’s indie scene and reinvented art-rock, taking bits of red Floyd and bolting them onto dissonant guitar rock for a rustic that stored attempting to inform itself it’d outgrown such issues. 1997. ————, Amnesiac (Capitol). On child A, they attempted to shrug off every thing they’d performed sooner than, yet they couldn’t fairly be ready to enable pass of melody. 2001. RAMMSTEIN, “Du Hast” (Polygram). 1997. THE RAMONES, “Bonzo is going to Bitburg” (Sire). 1985. THE RAPTURE, Echoes (Mercury).

We’re phrases with no rhyme. ” “Rainbow at midnight” could be a midget’s metaphor for a lifetime of D&D delusion he’ll by no means in achieving regardless of his vocal chops and leprechaunish stature, however the existential pleas for freedom will be comforting and cathartic as i attempt to sleep via a lonely evening. Plus, in contrast to so much songs approximately lengthy nights, he doesn’t elevate women. I’ll be pining for sexual companionship lots with out musical encouragement. The inspirational kabooms of “Stand Up And Shout” may still end up a convenient reminder that i want by no means stick with principles back, yet its actual worth comes from Dio’s virtually orgasmic urgings: “You’ve acquired desire—so permit it out!

In a fashion, it’s as resistant to time as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little megastar. ” it's a approximately clean slate. and since it has so little to provide, its shallows turn into depths in case you examine them for too lengthy. The influence of this makes me dizzy. What needs to it suppose like for the narrator of this track, understanding that she is going to almost immediately commence descending from heights she will be able to by no means wish to determine back in her lifestyles? The track won’t say, or can’t; the singer is aware what the tune is riding at, and has the expertise to make the track stand by itself legs.

Unexpectedly, jungle signified prior (signposts from pop historical past, fairground-ready keyboard hooks, and helium-pitched vocals transmuted Saturday-morning cartoonishness into Saturday-night fever), current (constant mutation, attached to a scene taking place correct now), and destiny (aggressive technological savvy). It was once standard adequate to snatch onto and alien adequate that i'll study its principles, then declare it as my very own. It used to be, briefly, every little thing i wished song to be, no longer least simply because for a very good whereas it felt love it was once nonetheless turning out to be, nonetheless altering, as but now not tied all the way down to a definitive, diminishing-returns model of itself.

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