Monthly Archives: March 2011

Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em

Band: MC Hammer Album: Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em Best song: Uh, yeah. Worst song: See above. In the span of my life, 1990 was one of the stranger years in music. A lot of great music came out that year, but they were hardly heard by a lot of people. Instead, the general musical […]

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As Nasty As They Wanna Be

Band: 2 Live Crew Album: As Nasty As They Wanna Be Best song: Oh come on. Really? Worst song: See above. I know this sounds condescending, but I want to explain this for fear of sounding like a racist, a moron or some other such bad thing. I dated a girl for a bit who […]

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The Land of Rape and Honey

Band: Ministry Album: The Land of Rape and Honey Best song: The title track is epic. “Stigmata” is pretty brutal (in a good way). Worst song: The whole album is worthwhile. As I write this, I’m 30 years. I’m of the philosophy that there’s no time like the present; I think the Internet is our […]

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The Lonesome Jubilee

Band: John Mellencamp Album: The Lonesome Jubilee Best song: Awful. None. Worst song: The whole album is poopy. In the pantheon of my early memories, one of the most striking is that of Harold Washington’s death. Harold Washington was Chicago’s first black mayor and an extremely popular mayor, at that. In office for four years, […]

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The Final Countdown

Band: Europe Album: The Final Countdown Best song: Title track. Come ON. Worst song: The rest of the record is pretty bad. I’ve already mentioned my lack of early “happy” memories in my bit about 1984, but my absolute earliest memory is that quite simple: Hockey. The earliest clear memory in my head is going […]

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