Recently I read an article on Glorious Noise about the Regrettes. I love that kind of music, but it also always transfers me back to the late 80s, early 90s and the hights of Brit-Pop. One of my favorites of that time was Elastica, with their fresh, alternative understanding of pop music.
Who remembers the ESTRUS label? Great inspiration in the 90s, with such fantastic bands like The Mono Men, The Makers, and Man Or Astroman. Not to forget the unbelievable quirky Mummies or Von Zippers. And although the only album by The Astronettes is not on the label, I bought it from their mail order service.
For a lot of people, music is kind of a religion. If you’re into Vinyl, every other format is doomed. I f you’re into High Resolution, MP3 is the devil. You love Alternative Rock? Mainstream is forbidden.
Ben Ratliff is certainly not one of this kind. He’s been a principal jazz critic of the New York Times for the past 20 years, but he is equally comfortable with other genres like pop, hip-hop, punk, metal, classical or world music. This makes him and his book outstanding. If you’re not into reading about music, Ratliff’s playlists at the end of every chapter alone is worth this book!