Random Thoughts
I've had a couple


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" I think that bootlegs keep the flame of the music alive by keeping it out of not only the industry's conception of the artist, but also the artist's conception of the artist. I think a lot of artists would like to keep the scruffy moments away. There's that self-editing thing and, with all due respect to great artists, a lot of times their own instincts aren't as righteous about the music as someone else...I'd rather have a lot of scattered stuff so that someday, maybe even in fifty years, someone will be looking at the work of, say, Bob Dylan and all of sudden hear something that might have been lost forever had somebody not grabbed it somewhere and put it out"


-Lenny Kaye

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There have been as good, but never a better performance in film than Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood.
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IN MY OPINION....



Greatest Guitar Heroes

1. Jimmy Page
2. Keith Richards
3. Jimi Hendrix
4 Slash (Guns & Roses)
5. Eric Clapton

Worst: Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)

All Purpose Front Man
1. Bruce Springsteen
2. Mike Jagger
3. Bono
4. David Bowie
5. tie Peter Gabriel &
Jim Morrison

Worst: Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)

Drummers

1. Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)
2. Levon Helm (The Band)
3. Keith Moon (The Who)
4. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
5. Stewart Copeland (Police)

Worst: Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)

Singers

1. Van Morrison
2. Mick Jagger
3. James Brown
4. Otis Redding
5. Elvis Presley

Worst: Roger Daltry (The Who)

Bass Players

1. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
2. Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
3. Jamie Jamieson (Motown)
4. Larry Graham (Sly Stone)
5. Graham Maby (Joe Jackson)


Worst: Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols)



Rock Spouses/Girlfriends

1. Paulina Porizkvoka (Ric Ocasek)
2. Jerry Hall (Mick Jagger)
3. Bebe Buell (too many to list)
4. Christie Brinkley (Billy Joel)
5. Sweet, Sweet Connie (Grand Funk)

Worst: Yoko Ono

Keyboards

1. Benmont Tench (Heartbreakers)
2. Richard Manuel (The Band)
3. Gregg Allman
4. Leon Russell
5. Roy Bittan (E Street Band)

Worst: Ray Manzarak (Doors)


Best Dressed

1. David Bowie
2. Mick Jagger
3. Puff Daddy
4. Robert Palmer
5. Chris Isaak

Worst: Elton John

Overrated

1. Joni Mitchell
2. Dave Matthews Band
3. tie: Jefferson Airplance
Pink Floyd
4. Eddie Van Halen
5. Elton John

Best Woman

1. Bonnie Raitt
2. Aretha Franklin
3 Gillian Welch
4. Patti Smith
5. Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
6. Debbie Harry (Blondie)
7. Lucinda Williams
8. Shebly Lynne
9. Sheryl Crow
10. Courtney Love (Hole)

Your Day Will Come

1. Peter Case
2. Richard Thompson
3. Julian Cope
4. Jonathan Richmond
5. John Hiatt
6. Maceo Parker
7. Graham Parker
8. Paul Weller
9. Lyle Lovett
10. George Clinton

Disappointing Careers

1. Perry Farrell
2. Thomas Dolby
3. Fine Young Cannibals
4. Michelle Shocked
5. Mark Knopfler
6. Soul II Soul
7. De La Soul
8. George Michael
9. Johnny Marr
10. Tom Scholtz


Best by decade & Best Album (non corresponding):

1960's

1. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
2. Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
3. The Beatles - White Album
4. Neil Young - After the Goldrush
5. Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
6. Led Zeppelin - II
7. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
8. James Brown - 20 All Time Greatest
9. Paul Simon - Graceland
10. The Who - Who's Next

Toughest ommissions: Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers, Credence Clearwater Revivial, The Kinks, The Doors, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, The Animals, Ray Charles

Worst:

1. Fleetwood Mac
2. Black Sabath
3. Pink Floyd
4. Vanila Fudge
5. The Beach Boys


1970's

1. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
2. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
3. The Clash - London Calling
4. Bob Marley - Live
5. Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedos
6. Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
7. The Sex Pistols - Never Mind...
8. Lou Reed - New York
9. Joe Jackson - Look Sharp
10. Elvis Costello - My Aim is True

Toughest Ommissions: The Band, J. Geils Band, Graham Parker, The Ramones, The Pretenders, Blondie, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The B-52's.

Worst:

1. The Eagles
2. Rush
3. Chicago
4. Steely Dan
5. Jimmy Buffett

The 1980's

1. U2 - Joshua Tree
2. R.E.M. - Out of Time
3. Beastie Boys - License to Ill
4. The Smiths/Morriseey - Bona Drag
5. Guns & Roses - Appetite for Destruction
6. Prince - Purple Rain
7. The Stranglers - Aural Structure
8. Bonnie Raitt - Nick of Time
9. Talking Heads - '77
10. The Eurythemics - Be Yourself Tonight

Toughest Ommissions: Peter Gabriel, The Replacements, Simply Red, UB40

Worst:
1. Billy Joel
2. Bon Jovi
3. Poison (proxy for all Hair Bands)
4. Bryan Adams
5. Mike & The Mechanics

1990's

1. Nirvana - Nevermind
2. Pearl Jam - Ten
3. Paul Weller et al - Wild Wood
4. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
5. Rage Against the Machine - Rage...
6. Lenny Kravitz - Mama Said
7. Lyle Lovett - ...and his Large Band
8. Nine Inch Nails - Downward Spiral
9. Los Lobos - Will The Wolf Survive
10. Gillian Welch - Time the Revelator

Toughest Ommissions: Simply Red, Rancid, Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Worst:

1. Limp Bizkit
2. Metalics
3. Yanni
4. Goo Goo Dolls
5. Mariah Carey

The 2000's

1. The White Stripes - Elephant
2. Nickle Creek - Nickle Creek
3. Green Day - Dookie
4. Arctic Monkeys. Whatever....
5. Mary Guathier. Mercy Now.
6. Miranda Lambert. Kerosene.
7. The Gourds -Haymaker
8. The Felice Brothers - The Felice Brothers
9. John Hiatt - Bring the Family
10 Hayes Carll - Trouble in Mind


Worst:

1. Dave Matthews Band
2. Coldplay
3. Jack Johnson
4. John Mayer
5. Matchbox 20

2010s

1 JJ Grey & Mofro - Lochloosa
2 Elen Jewell - Sea of Tears
3 Jackie Greene - Gone Wondering
4 Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits
5 Sturgill Simpson - Meta Modern Sounds of Country Music

Worst:

1. Imagine Dragons
2. Cardi B