Some internet discussion (Twitter is/is not killing the music press or whatever) recently quoted the first paragraph of a memorable Beastie Boys profile:
At 32 minutes past two the morning of 16 January 1987, two Beastie Boys broke into my West Hollywood hotel room and dumped a wastebasket of extremely wet water on my head, my bed, the carpeting and my Converse All-Stars. (I’d stupidly left the chain-lock unsecured, and I suppose they bribed the night clerk into giving them a key.) Earlier that evening, after Pee-Wee Herman had visited their dressing room and before they appeared on Joan Rivers’ show, the Beasties were tossing parsley at me, dropping ice cubes in my hair, and “dissin’” (graffiti-artist lingo for “saying bad things about”) my brown socks and flannel shirt. I interpreted all of this to mean that they did not like me.
The interesting part is that the article is posted in its entirety, in a clean and very readable wordpress template. And it is not alone, I think there might be hundreds of other memorable music press articles in this blog, called “The Beat Patrol”. And forget the “hundreds”. There are, as I write this, 1578 posts under the “music” category, divided in several subcategories (24 posts just for Leonard Cohen). And there are many more music posts in categories not grouped in the main “music” branch: Stax, Rockabilly, Motown etc.
By the way, there is much more to the site than transcriptions of music magazines, but you can check this for yourself. And, considering that the authors published thousands of posts but absolutely did not care to provide any “about this blog” information, I think it is fair to assume that they don’t really like “explaining” what they do.
A list of their currently most popular posts:
- Jim Morrison – Poems from “Wilderness”
- Chuck Eddy – “Lay It Down, Clowns!: The Beastie Boys Take Over?” (1987)
- Prince and the Revolution – “Parade” (1986) (Rolling Stone Review)
- Gregory Corso & Allen Ginsberg – “Interview with William S. Burroughs” (1961)
- Jann S. Wenner – “John Lennon: The Rolling Stone Interview” (1971)
- The Beach Boys – “Smile” (Unreleased – 1967)
An excerpt from the Parade review:
‘When Doves Cry’ and Purple Rain, the blockbuster it introduced, weren’t even Prince’s best work. That had been achieved one record before — on 1999. A febrile double album of extended dance pieces, it featured his best song, ‘Little Red Corvette,’ and an example of his musical wit, ‘1999.’ A lover of ‘60s pop, he built ‘1999’ around the central riff of the Mamas and the Papas’ ‘Monday, Monday.’ To complete this tribute-by-triangulation, Prince has now written for the Bangles ‘Manic Monday’, which bears a melody almost identical to ‘1999’ but omits the founding riff that would link it to its original source.
(Link: The Beat Patrol)