RIP Chris Cornell


Wow. Just… wow.

You know, when I was younger I wanted to grow up and be Chris Cornell. I was extremely disappointed to discover the job had already been taken.

Now that it’s open again I doubt I could fill his shoes.

I’ve gone on record as saying I wasn’t a huge fan of King Animal, but I was looking forward to its followup. I’m disappointed that I’ll probably never hear that now.

Hope you enjoy my hastily thrown together playlist.

 

 

Soundgarden Superunknown

Soundgarden Down on the Upside

The Where’s My Shirt Tour

#Top15onthe15th

Rock on the Range 2013

The Best Singers


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I really enjoy “Best of…” lists. And I never shy away from the chance to do one for my blog.

My “Best Guitarist’s” post from last week managed to stir the pot and spark a bit of conversation. I’m hoping this post will do the same.

Of course, the problem with a “Best Singers” list is similar the problem with a “Best Guitarists” list: What am I judging them on? Do they get points for creativity? Lyrics? Emotion? I try to weigh several factors and think I came out with a list that should have something for everyone.

But I’m sure I missed a few

 

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, About 12 billion others) – I like Mike Patton. He’s a phenomenal singer with a very impressive range. He should be higher on this list but I hate is that he has the same effect on grown men as the Jonas Brother’s have on 13-year-old girls.

GG Allin covered in his own shit and still singing.

GG Allin covered in his own shit and still singing.

GG Allin – To this day he’s the only man I’ve ever seen take a shit on stage and not miss a note. Not that that’s a good thing, but it is really impressive.

Simon & Garfunkel – These two were way more than the sum of their parts. Paul Simon always wrote great songs, but they never shined as bright without him harmonizing with Art Garfunkel.

Tom Waits – Anyone who can have such a long and prolific career while sounding like they’re gargling gravel and broken glass is OK in my book.

Layne Staley (Alice in Chains, Mad Season, Class of ’99) – The thing that always impressed me most about Staley was how he could take songs like “Rooster” and “Would?” that were written by Jerry Cantrell and pump so much emotion into them.

Meat Loaf – I’ve heard a few people say that they don’t enjoy the way Meat Load mixes opera singing with hard rock. That usually ends the conversation for me.

Adele – I love that deep, smoky, soulful voice. She sings like a black girl. Which makes me think I must be racist because I didn’t put Tina Turner or Gladys Knight on here.

Elton John – I want to make a gay joke here, but I’m not that crude. So I’ll just let Tenacious D do it.

 

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, Solo) – Not only does he have the most impressive set of pipes this side of 1988, he also writes some of the craziest lyrics this side of Dax Riggs.

Leonard Cohen – In ‘Tower of Song’ he sings: “I was born like this I had no choice, I was born with the gift of a golden voice.” But I’ve heard some of his older stuff and I don’t think he really started to shine until the mid-Eighties.

 

For more of these lists check out:

The Best Bassists

The Best Drummers

 

The Best of 2014


The best thing about the end of the year is all the “best of” lists that help you catch up on the great music you missed in the past twelve months. My favorites so far are the ones from Loudwire.com here and here. As these are my favorite thing about New Years, I though I would try one myself.

Best of 2014:

11) Marilyn Manson “Deep Six” While I don’t expect The Pale Emperor to be 2015s album of the year, I was pleasantly surprised by this track. It’s actually pretty good. Which is more than I can say for most of what Marilyn Manson does these days.

 

10) Bastard Friendly Lost in Translation Hahaha. Just kidding. This band sucks.

 

9) BABYMETAL

 

8) Alice in Chains “Phantom Limb” The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here came out last year, but I only saw this video a few weeks ago. Just like all the other videos from that album, it’s pretty amazing.

 

7) Faith No More “Motherfucker”

 

6) Kyng “Electric Halo” This is one that slid under my radar until I got to the “best of 2014” lists. Now I can’t get it out of my head.

 

5) Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt (2013) Pearl Jam deserve a big pat on the back for doing something they haven’t done in 20 years and releasing an album worth listening to. Way to go guys! I knew you had it in you!

 

4) Killer Be Killed

 

3) The Last Internationale Usually when I hear about a drummer’s side project I think… well, I don’t really give it any thought. But when that drummer is Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave I figure it’s worth a listen. This band doesn’t disappoint.

 

2) The Pretty Reckless Going to Hell

 

1) Monster Magnet “The Duke” A few sites have called this the best video of the year. And I’m inclined to agree with them.