By Nate Jackson
What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... More >>
53. Phil Collins, "Another Day in Paradise" 
52. The 5th Dimension, "Up, Up and Away" 
51. Olivia Newton-John, "I Honestly Love You" 
50. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On" 
49. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, "A Taste of Honey" 
48. Bobby McFerrin, "Don't ... More >>
Why do people hate Nickelback enough to craft petitions inveighing against their inclusion in the halftime entertainment of a regular-season NFL game? (Even the Black Eyed Peas' Super Bowl appearance didn't inspire such e-ire!) I tried to figure this out two weeks ago and maybe sorta did, at ... More >>
When the world last received a Beyoncé video, it was... well, it was about 10 days ago, when the sugar-rush clip for the thrill-a-millisecond "Countdown" arrived and brought with it some controversy about where she got her inspiration. In the video for the sumptuous "Love On Top," which more ... More >>
Whenever these tunes get played, I hide under a rock for four minutes--actually, five, just for safety's sake.
They are easily the seven worst songs in history.
(7) Mr. Roboto by Styx.
I would have ranked this a little higher, but its sheer kitschy audacity, pulled off in a sort of nouvea ... More >>
Long were the days when my nights when my days once revolved around you.
Cool Spotify timewaster of the day: If you search for "year:xxxx-xxxx" the browser will display the most popular songs released in that range in descending order. So what does this tell us about, say, this morning's heal ... More >>
ny.govBehold the menaceLadies and gentlemen, New York is at war.
The enemy is Giant Hogweed, by all accounts the most terrifying and malevolent plant in the universe. Specimens can grow as tall as 21 feet, and toxins in their sap, combined with exposure to sunlight, can cause blistering so s ... More >>
All one can really say about Superchunk's clip for "Crossed Wires" without massive spoilers is a brief outline of its concept: Laura Ballance attaches video camera to kitty's collar and lets it run free, hilarity ensues. (OK, I can say one other thing without spoilage: It's much better than Phil Col ... More >>
"In reality, there is no greatest of all time," wrote Prodigy, wisely from prison. This sort of wisdom resonates in a week during which Phil Collins says "That's All" (sort of) to his epic career, and the Dropkick Murphys make a confusing Billboard Top Ten debut with an album called Going Out ... More >>
Phil Collins is calling it quits. Or, as CNN puts it, "Fans of Phil Collins may be begging for just 'One More Night' now that the singing legend has announced that he's ready to retire from music." You must be thinking, surely this must be some kind of "Misunderstanding," but no, the legendar ... More >>
These days, there's nothing attention grabbing about rappers who sing, whether it's Andre 3000's amped squawk, an Auto-Tune-enabled Kanye West, or Lil Wayne's upcoming Riker's Island shower room spirituals. This week the canon sees new album additions from one-time Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Gr ... More >>
Lots of great stuff in this week's Village Voice, though it all kinda pales in comparison to the incomparable Ward Sutton, who imagines R. Crumb doing an illustrated history of Genesis -- that's Phil Collins' Genesis, not God's. Elsewhere in music, Harvilla checks out the tremendously profane ... More >>
Siobhan Magnus: hair for days. Photo by Michael Becker / FOX. Wow. Oh boy. Whoof. OK. This was definitely the worst episode of American Idol in recent memory and probably one of the worst of all time, Taylor Hicks season included. Everything was just wrong. The theme, Billboard #1s, was hopel ... More >>