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04-25-08 Footnotes
Show 126: One Note Wonders and a Madonna Review
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1 Legendary hit-maker and label head Clive Davis announced that he’ll be stepping down from his post at Sony BMG. He’ll remain on as “chief creative officer,” but this is definitely a demotion for the man who broke the careers of Whitney Houston, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, and most recently, Leona Lewis. With Lewis on the path towards diva-dom, why’s Davis being pushed out now? Jim and Greg surmise that the music mogul just became too expensive for Sony? Davis is perhaps the perfect representation of the old way of doing business in the music industry. But with album sales down, music videos gone and music radio on the way out, it may be time for the old guard to change.

2 Fans of print music journalism will be disheartened by the next news item. According to recent reports, ad revenues for major music magazines like Rolling Stone, Vibe and Blender are significantly down this quarter. Only Spin is experiencing growth, but that’s after a dismal couple of years. This comes after the news of smaller titles like Harp and No Depression closing up shop. Jim and Greg speak with No Depression co-editor and co-founder Peter Blackstock about the magazine’s decision to cease publication. Blackstock sees this trend as evidence that there’s been a devaluation of the written word in our culture. But, he’s hopeful that the long-time alt-country title will be able to thrive on the web and in longer magazine/book form.

3 Rock and Roll is an art form that traditionally values change and transformation. But, there are a number of terrific artists and bands who have sustained careers by doing one thing really well. The best examples of these one trick ponies are The Ramones, AC/DC and Motorhead. Fans of these bands know that their sounds don’t change from album to album...but they don’t care! Jim and Greg celebrate these and other One Note Wonders. Here are their nominations:

Jim
Stereolab
The Strokes
Jesus and Mary Chain
Galaxy 500

Greg
Rage Against the Machine
Cocteau Twins
Run D.M.C.
Jesus Lizard

Jim and Greg are also joined by some listeners on the phone. Here are their favorite “One Note Wonders.”
The Smiths
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Beirut

4 If there’s any artist who is the opposite of a one note wonder, it might be Madonna. The pop diva prides herself on her chameleon-like ability to transform from one look or genre of music to another. So, how does she fare on her 11th studio album Hard Candy? Greg thinks not so well. Madonna teamed up with super-producers Timbaland and Pharrell to give her an up-to-date sound, but Greg thinks it’s more retro than cutting edge. For the first time the notorious button-pusher seems kind of bored to Greg. He gives Hard Candy a Trash It. Jim is shocked to hear this review. He had fun listening to Madonna for the first time in years. The beats are there, the grooves are there, and he recommends people Buy It.



Songs Featured in Show #126
Alicia Keys, “Fallin’” Songs in A Minor, 2001
Uncle Tupelo, “No Depression,” No Depression, 1990
The Ramones, “I Can’t Give You Anything,” Rocket to Russia, 1977
The Ramones, “Locket Love,” Rocket to Russia, 1977
The Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop,” The Ramones, 1969
AC/DC, “T.N.T.” T.N.T., 1975
Motorhead, “Ace of Spades,” Ace of Spades, 1980
Stereolab, “Wow and Flutter,” Mars Audiac Quintet, 1994
Rage Against the Machine, "Killing in the Name of," Rage Against The Machine, 1992
Cocteau Twins, "Cherry Coloured Funk," Heaven or Las Vegas, 1990
The Smiths, "Reel Around the Fountain," Reel Around the Fountain, 1984
Creedance Clearwater Revival, "Run Through The Jungle," Cosmo's Factory, 1970
The Strokes, "Last Night," Is This It, 2001
Run DMC, "It's Tricky," Raising Hell, 1986
Jesus and Mary Chain, "Upside Down," Barbed Wire Kisses, 1988
Beirut, "Postcards from Italy," Gulag Orkestar, 2006
Galaxie 500, "King of Spain," Today, 1988
The Jesus Lizard, "Gladiator," Liar, 1992
Madonna, "4 Minutes," Hard Candy, 2008
Madonna, "She's Not Me," Hard Candy, 2008
Shawty Lo, "They Know," Units in the City, 2007
Johnny Thunders, "Get off the Phone," LAMF Revisited, 1984
Tim Fite, "Hey Man," Over the Counter Culture, 2007
Disfear, "Testament," Live the Storm, 2008
The Kinks, "The Village Green Preservation Society," The Village Green Preservation Society, 1968
Nick Cave, "People Ain't No Good," The Boatman's Call, 1997


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