Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Rocks Requieum Part IVXIII v2...

Tossed a new post up at Newcritics and then discovered this story at CNN verifying what we already know; New music has no staying power and rock as we once knew is a cold dying neutron star spinning inside the remnants of it's own super nova. It sucks to be right, but it's also cool that records and bands that we were into and were slagged off in lieu of trendy bullshit pop music are the ones still moving catalog units at a decent click:

AC/DC's "Back in Black" 156,000

Metallica 275,000

Appetite for Destruction 113,000

Nevermind 143,000


Ace of Base's "The Sign" 5,000

Bobby Brown's "Don't Be Cruel" 5,000

Spice Girl's "Spice." 5,000

Mariah Carey's self-titled debut 5,000

The Backstreet Boys' "Millennium" 9,000

Rock and roll was/is the greatest music ever made. Too bad labels, technologists, and the assholes who run the big three radio conglomerates don't know this, or can't make the correlation.

Rock is dead, long live rock!


At 3:58 PM, July 17, 2007, Blogger Jackson said...

Well, once all the technologists get thir way, there won't be any value to music at all - enjoy it while it lasts. Again, I'm so glad I still got all my vinyl. One problem I face is that certain records, like Dan Baird's 'Love Songs For The Hearing Impared' never got pressed to vinyl - I fear for my CD copy which is getting real old. If you see any in the store down there, buy 'em up for me, I want to never have to worry about not being able to listen to that great record.

At 9:18 PM, July 17, 2007, Blogger Sharon said...

This may be one of the most random comments you'll ever recieve....but...I was wondering if by any chance you have a nephew named David? If so please comment me back. Thanks :)

- Sharon

At 10:38 AM, July 18, 2007, Blogger Tony Alva said...

Yes, I have a nephew named David. Do I get a prize of some sort?

At 1:21 PM, July 18, 2007, Blogger m o o k s u k i said...

great article on newcritics - rock is dead... so sad.

i was asked to learn a nickle back song for the band i joined recently. I was given the cd to learn the song... the only thing i learned... nickleback is one of the problems with rock today.

Theres a big difference between, say, being influenced by Aerosmith's drug addled days - and being influenced by Aerosmith's movie soundtrack era.

At 1:26 PM, July 18, 2007, Blogger fatsacca said...

Over the past few years most I the music I have purchased has been well aged. I put it into heavy rotation and then dump the stuff off on my 18yo spawn, in the hopes he and his bandmates will find inspiration in the classics of old and turn their backs on the likes of the heinous pop/punk pu$$ies of Green Day and Weezer. I think it is working. Among the many CD's he's rec'd are the Clash, the Replacements, Buzzcocks, Husker Du, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Pixies, etc..

At 2:11 PM, July 18, 2007, Blogger Tony Alva said...


It's great to hear you're alive my man. Hope all is well with you and your family. Sorry you have to learn Nickleback songs. I'd do'em acoustically and sing them using my best Kevin Cronin impersonation to piss people off or something. BTW, I shot an e-mail over to Jackson this morning letting him know I found a copy of UFO's "No Place to Run" album with Any Day and Mystery Train on it at some CD place in Japan. Can't wait 'til hits my door! You and him are amongst a handful who would understand what a find this is. The only decent non-MS album.

The sober movie soundtrack Areosmith is like a great band that's undergone the famed Ludovicko Treatment in A Clockwork Orange, completely absent of anything that might offend.


You are doing God’s work by handing those discs down to your progeny. Mine’s still too young, but she can identify a Pink Floyd song when one comes on the radio.

At 5:27 PM, July 18, 2007, Blogger Sharon said...

Awesome. I'm sorry if i'm bugging you. If he's the one we're both talking about then thats cool. He was a friend of mine from about 3-4 years ago, but i lost contact of him and haven't been able to find him since. I remember him telling me of his uncle, so i figured looking you up would probably be the only way i'd be able to get a hold of him again. If you know of an email or any way i can reach him please let me know.

- Sharon


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