I’m going to try and write in a serious way about a mindless pop-rock song, about how the dark clouds of good taste sometimes part and let the stupid sun shine in. I’m going to use the sentence “Josie’s on a vacation far away” as well as “I don’t wanna lose your love tonight” and keep a straight face while I am writing them.
I’m going to tell you a few things about “Your Love” by The Outfield.
Released by English trio The Outfield in 1985 from their album Play Deep, the song reached #6 on the United States Billboard…
Hi, my name is Daniel, and I edit online literary journals.
I’ve edited literary journals on the web since the late 1990s. Journals and websites with stupid names like Ducky and Unpleasant Event Schedule and We Who Are About To Die.
Along with the poetry slams, online lit journals saved poetry from tweedy, elbow-patched irrelevance in the mid-1990s. I know this because I was there. I’ll go one step further: online lit journals are the beating heart of contemporary literature, and I’ll stand on Helen Vendler’s coffee table in my orthopedic shoes and say that.
It’s not the path to…
There are certain albums I pair exclusively with cassettes. Maybe I am thinking about this, since we’re in the midst of a modest cassette tape revival. For cassette listeners of a certain age, myself included, we continue to dub copies and take out write-protect tabs in our dreams.
My personal cassette canon includes Squeeze’s Singles 45s and Under,which one hot afternoon fused onto the top lip of the stereo in my 1972 Ford Country Squire and remained there for months. There’s R.E.M.’s Reckoning, which I purchased after hearing “Radio Free Europe” on a college kid’s stereo. …
Three years ago, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” complete with a reissue of the single’s original artwork for Record Store Day’s Black Friday and a Queen-endorsed brew, aptly named “Bohemian Lager,” made in — where else? — the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.
Over the years, the Freddie Mercury-penned song has evolved from a radio staple to competition showcase for melismatic singers everywhere to something akin to public domain. There’s countless parodies: “Bohemian Carsody,” a car-themed parody by the all-female comedian troupe SketchShe, has racked up almost 30 million hits. There’s also ascience-themed…
I have a rule that states that in rock music, there are Ethel Merman singers or Fozzie Bear singers. This rule applies only to singers with careers that begin after April 1970, the month the Beatles broke up. I call it The Ethel-or-Fozzie Rule.
In this rule, I attempt to demonstrate divide in singers among showtune histrionics (Ethel) and holier-than-thou groans (Fozzie). To skeptics, I refer to the episode of The Muppet Show, in which Merman sings a medley with the Muppet troupe, among them Fozzie.
The first Ethel Merman Band, formed in April 1970, is Queen.