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Rock, Rot & Rule

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04.22.11
Scharpling & Wurster, Rock, Rot & Rule
1999 | Label: Stereolaffs / The Orchard

Eminently quotable, this is perhaps the most incisive demolition of pop music criticism it has ever been my pleasure to bust a gut over. If you're a friend or foe of rock critics, this is essential listening. It's from WFMU DJ Tom Scharpling's hysterical call-in show, the modestly titled "The Best Show on WFMU," and the guest this particular night is a fellow named Ronald Thomas Clontle (actually Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster) who has… read more »

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A perfect hit

Caustic712

Chances are you either know this guy, or you are this guy. Ideal for listening after you've read about 100 music reviews with pretensions to knowing it all.

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Mighty funny

Gigi62

If you've spent you're whole life loving underground er whatever music and have extensive useless knowledge (i.e. yer a music geek)--his satirical writing is a little slice o' heaven.

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Stay with it.

Jo-Mama

OK, I took the risk because it was just one download. Though it was pretty stupid at first. Then they started taking phone calls from listeners... I hate to use the word Kaufmanesque, but I can't think of a better way to put it. Tony Clifton would be proud.

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Hey Polkatura

Billsen

You do realize he's not being serious, correct? He's *joking*. All of his mini-reviews are full of BS (Loved the Neko Case one saying that she's lost much since the Velvet Underground). Billsen

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The Cure are English!

polkatura

I haven't listened to this yet, but I was just reading Clontle's article here on emusic - http://www.emusic.com/features/spotlight/289_200703.html - and came across the following quote on Bloc Party: "...it's impossible for me to listen to these English newcomers without hearing the indelible mark of post-punk founders the Cure. I'm afraid what we have here is just the latest example of a U.K. band appropriating the sound of one of America's best." Does a guy who supposedly wrote anything "ultimate" on music actually not know that The Cure are not American? What the? Sorry, I know this isn't a review, and I'm being pedantic, but I couldn't find a spot to reply to the article and it was bugging me.

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Brilliant

androx

If you've been lost in a sea of music talk and criticism and no longer know where to turn, I urge you to heed the wisdom of R.T.Clontle as he finally, ultimately, DECISIVELY answers the questions of our time: What is it to rock, to rot, to rule?