Archive for December 3rd, 2009

Aught Lang Syne: Musical Artist of the Decade

Ten years can be an eternity in music. Ten years after The Beatles released Please Please Me, they had become the biggest band in the world, recorded 12 more albums, and been broken up for three years. Ten years after Elvis came onto the scene and practically invented rock and roll for most of the country, he was an old clown singing boring movie soundtracks. Ten years after Nirvana released Nevermind, Courtney Love had more or less undone the grunge movement with the help of her band Hole.

The lesson: It’s really hard for a band or performer to be good for 10 years. This is probably why we end up remembering decades for small snippets: The 1970s are forever linked to disco, which was popular for a little over two years. The 1990s are best remembered for grunge’s dominance, which was waning by 1994. It’s hard to the think of a similar “moment” from the 2000s.

What we instead remember, with regard to music, are acts. Think of the ’50s and you think of Elvis, the ’60s and The Beatles, the ’70s and Led Zeppelin (or The Clash, or Pink Floyd), the ’80s and Guns N’ Roses (or Bon Jovi), the ’90s and Nirvana, etc. I’ve hypothesized about how this decade will be remembered musically, but that may be less important than who this decade is remembered for. What band or performer had the best decade from 2000-2009? Well, before we breakdown the list of contenders, let’s go over the criteria: Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, Week 9 Review

I look at our team and see four guys and one girl who have won before. I look at the other team and see one lying slut, some weird, creepy goth chick, and Casey. —Kenny

 

If I lose to Casey I should just crawl into the fetal position and die. —Susie

The week off last Wednesday certainly wasn’t pleasant, especially given the cliffhanger the last episode ended on, but it definitely paid off with a great show last night. The two elimination challenges that MTV decided not to show us two weeks ago opened this week with a bang: The tug-of-war between Susie and Kimberly—in the rain—seemed to go on forever, with both of them bloody and worn out (and yet still oddly attractive), until finally Susie (as I predicted) pulled the rope away from Kim.

The challenge between Dunbar and Johnny was slightly less epic, and more disconcerting to the Challengers, as Johnny sent Dunbar home (as I did not predict). This, of course, left the Challengers with the less-than-intimidating roster that Kenny described heading into the last challenge before the final.

KellyAnne smartly realized that, as this team is probably not going to win any challenges, her best chance at adding to her own bank account is to beat Susie and get her money, so she volunteered to go into the Ruins—if, that is, it’s up to her. Continue reading