Phil Collins

Girlpool on Their Formative Music Memories: ABBA, ‘Tarzan’ Soundtrack, Tone-Loc

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This week, Philly folk-punk duo (and one of our recent favorites) Girlpool released one of the year’s best debut albums, Before the World Was Big. On it, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker prove that all you need is two guitars, two chords, and two harmonizing voices, assuming you have a lot to say and an interesting way of saying it. Indeed the teenaged musicians do, and on a matter they’re uniquely qualified to speak on: yearning for childhood simplicity.
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Phil Collins Revisionism Must Be Stopped

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For anyone who lived through the ’80s, the unlikely figure of a small, bald Englishman is still a trigger for a whole lot of musical trauma. The ’90s found Phil Collins banished to outer darkness, seemingly forever — but for the last decade or so, he’s been slowly, creepily inveigling his way back into the world of music, like a sort of gated snare Voldemort. Earlier this week the New York Daily News suggested that Collins has “gone from reviled to revered,” and this revisionism has even spread to the halcyon pixels of The Awl, which yesterday ran a post by Alex Balk about the continuing Collins renaissance that concluded, “Grit your teeth or clench your fists, haters, but it doesn’t matter: Everything’s coming up Collins.” Enough of this. It’s time to fight back. Phil Collins must be stopped. Again.
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30 Great Songs by Terrible Artists

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Pretty much every good band has written its fair share of bad songs — for every “Eleanor Rigby” there’s an “Octopus’s Garden”; for every “Famous Blue Raincoat” there’s a “Jazz Police.” But what about bad bands writing good songs? There’s a theory that even the worst acts have at least one good song in them, so in the spirit of investigation, we thought we’d see if we could put together a survey of great songs by largely terrible bands. Here are the …Read More

10 Musical Genres That Should Never, Ever Be Revived

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Of all the press releases that landed in Flavorwire’s inbox over the long weekend, this was surely the strangest: an announcement proclaiming the return of the entirely unlamented Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, the dire neo-swing band that was briefly famous in the late 1990s for the song “Zoot Suit Riot.” It’s mildly terrifying to think that they still exist in 2013, as is the thought of their genre making some sort of post-millennial comeback. It’s such a chastening thought, in fact, that it got us thinking about other potential genre revivals against which we should be forever vigilant. Such as this lot, for …Read More

10 Musical Preferences That Might Get You Arrested (Or Killed)

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If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t quite stifle a rueful sigh at the news earlier this week that a woman in Colorado was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend after he refused to stop blasting Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” on the stereo. It seems there’ve been several such reports of late, and while there’s nothing funny about domestic assault, the whole thing did get us thinking about songs that have managed to get their fans into hot water. We decided to investigate further, and came up with this selection of music that has landed fans in trouble in various amusing, ridiculous, and/or depressing ways.
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