Thursday, November 20, 2003

So, Rolling Stone has released its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Consider me decidedly unimpressed; this has got to be one of the most predictable, pedestrian such lists I've ever seen. Interesting that a mag so obsessed with what's "hot! now! wow!" constructs a top 16 in which the most recent album came out in 1976 (and even that's a comp of Elvis tracks cut for Sun in the '50s). The only albums in their top 20 from the last 25 years are Nevermind at #17 and Thriller at #20. But, really now: Hotel California at #37 yet Sign "O" the Times at #93 and no R.E.M. in the top 100 at all? Pathetic; their attempt to prove that they're still down with rock history smells awfully mothballed. Let's not speak of it again, shall we?

Addendum: Erik pointed out that I somehow overlooked London Calling. So let's recap: it's "a top 16 in which the most recent album came out in" 1980. Woo. Still not impressed.

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