Melvin Bliss

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    People Who Died, Circa 2010

    Jay Reatard, gone but not forgotten.​It is depressing but accurate to note how inexorably the internet bends toward death, and how much of the work of professional critics these days is announcing it, verifying it, and making sense of it (often in that order, unfortunately). Michael Jackson, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    RIP Melvin Bliss, Creator of "Synthetic Substitution"

    Wax Poetics reported yesterday that Melvin Bliss, singer of one the most sampled songs of all time, 1973's "Synthetic Substitution," has died. The list of artists who've borrowed from the track is long and overwhelming: Ultramagnetic MC's, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Gang Starr, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Saying Goodbye to Teddy Kennedy--We Dare You to Play "Holiday in Cambodia" Tonight

    Goodbye There will inevitably be a prankster-coward contingent pumping our local jukeboxes with Dead Kennedys' anthems through the weekend. As it is, half a day after the 47 year Senator's passing, such poor-taste giggling has already flooded Twitter, Mary-Jo-Kopechne-as-Trending-Topic and all. Eve ... More >>

  • Music

    September 7, 1999

    Making an Old Bag New Again

    Desco Records and Breakestra Put Funk Back on the Good Foot