Friday, May 18, 2007

Stephen King's Best Rock Songs

Stephen King must be programming the music for the major networks' sports coverage.

In a recent Entertainment Weekly, King delivered up his list of the 24 greatest rock songs ever made. According to King, they might as well have stopped making music around the late 80s because I don't think anything on the list even comes close to being recorded in the last 17 years.

While I liked the fact that he had some surprising selections (Lyres, Wanda Jackson, Willie Alexander, Mickey Hawks!) the list sorta flies in the face of the stated criteria of avoiding "tunes that have been played to death".

Um, okay. So the list contains three of the most played Elvis songs (I love The King but three of 24?), the most overused 60s drug trip tune of all-time ("In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" which is used every time a character does shrooms or trips, even as recently as this week's ep of HOUSE), and overplayed Beach Boys, Beatles and Sex Pistols tracks. ("Pretty Vacant" is a much better rock song than the overrated "Anarchy".)

But really Steve. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band makes the list with the cheesiest piece of Jersey shore bar band drivel and somehow you left of the Ramones – a band you claim to love?

Are you really telling me that "The Dark Side" is a better rock song than "Rock and Roll Radio", "Rock N Roll High School" or "Sheena is a Punk Rocker", to name but a few?

Somewhere Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee are rolling in their graves.

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