Posts Tagged Beck
Beck is one of the most creative, successful and eclectic musicians of the last 20 years. He first came to fame as a face of Generation X with “Loser” and has since swung from hip-hop inspired music to folk tendencies. He has experimented in so many different styles that I felt it necessary to post two videos from vastly different records.
The Apples in Stereo have been a big influence on independent music as one of the founders of the Elephant 6 Collective. Singer and songwriter Robert Schneider formed the band in 1992 and they have continued with very few breaks since. He also produced many of the other Elephant 6 bands. For the sake of balance, here are two Apples in Stereo clips.
“So,” you are doubtless saying to yourself, “what exactly is a Rock and/or Roll Battle of the Bands All-Star Tournament?”
Well, your inner monologue, I’m glad you asked that question. The tournament is primarily a great way to waste time, have fun arguments and watch old concert footage. Secondarily, it is about forcing pieces of art to compete with one another.
“Got it,” your inner voice continues, “But what is your criteria for putting this bracket together?”
First, may I just say that you ask yourself very sharp questions. Second, the bracket was constructed in a painstaking and exhausting process of brainstorming, Google searches, and chatting with other people. In order to have a wide variety of competitors, the decision was made early on to have a narrow definition of rock in order to get more contemporary artists. That means leaving out many acts before Elvis and a lot of soul and pop music. Also, in order to have a more varied field, certain eras and sounds are represented by only one or two artists. For example, Pink Floyd, Rush, and Yes are representing prog rock, so Genesis, King Crimson and other influential bands are not on the list. Artists are only represented once in the tournament. So The Beatles are in, but McCartney, Lennon, and Harrison are not in as solo artists. Ringo was going to miss the cut either way. It also meant cutting out personal favorites in favor of acts with more critical acclaim and historic importance (The Police, I’m looking at you). Artists were then ranked from 1 to 128, and placed on a bracket, which is being finalized now.
Selections and ranks were based on historic importance, legacy, longevity, image, classic albums, and, of course, opinion. Additionally, artists received points for marrying underage girls, drug overdoses, one-armed drummers, fan deaths at concerts, attacking fans, attacking photographers, beating record execs with bottles of Moet, having a 747 with your band’s name emblazoned on the side, 666 tattoos, early deaths, good hair, choking on puke, choking on someone else’s puke, spontaneous combustion, multi-necked guitars, political or censorship battles, and other legend-building behavior.
And with all that being said, a look at the 28 seed