Contact Us    
I Got No Kick Against Modern Rock

Dr. Spin looks at the bands of the 21st century.

by Dr. Spin
April 21, 2003

Bookmark and Share

I Got No Kick Against Modern Rock_Dr. Spin-Dr. Spin looks at the bands of the 21st century. Dr. Spin,

What I’m trying to say is there is too much **** on the radio today. Do you know similar bands to the Dandy Warhols and what is emo actually? I'm real tired of boring rap and pop stuff and overrated bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Coldplay, Massive Attack and Metallica what do you think about them? And if you like them, why and what do you think about the Dandy Warhols? And do you know what I have to study to become a music critic or columnist?

Dear Nameless,

I think emo is a type of flightless bird similar to an ostrich. No wait, that’s an emu.

To be perfectly honest, I am the wrong person to be asking these questions; my musical taste is decidedly old school. I lean heavily on the classics, such as the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones, etc. While I’ve heard of most the bands you mentioned, I must confess I haven’t heard much by them. Yet in the name of journalism I’ve sampled some of their music to offer my critique.

You’ve lumped quite an interesting group of bands together; I’m not sure how Coldplay and Metallica relate to each other. I have never been a big fan of Metallica, mainly because I’ve never been a big fan of Heavy Metal in general. Coldplay, to me, sounds too similar the Dave Mathews Band, and I actually have trouble distinguishing them on the radio. Queens of the Stone Age seems like another band continuing the evolution of the grunge/alternative movement started by Nirvana and Pearl Jam. They’re good, but not distinctive. I still prefer Nirvana and Pearl Jam to their many successors. Massive Attack has a very techno/electronic music sound, and that’s a genre I’m not big on. I do like the Chemical Brothers and I prefer their work over what I heard from Massive Attack.

As for the Dandy Wharols, they seem a very imaginative band and I may have to invest into their music further. I admit my knowledge of modern bands is somewhat limited; as I stated in my debut column, my expertise of Rock spans from the sixties to the eighties, with my knowledge and interest generally petering out around 1995. This leaves me at a disadvantage for recommending other similar sounding bands, but you might want to check out the White Stripes (who I enjoy) and Wilco. Older bands you may find interesting are the Velvet Underground (who were created in part by the man who the Dandys took their name from) and the Rolling Stones circa the “Sticky Fingers” album (cover designed by Warhol!). I also hear hints of Neil Young, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and R.E.M. Suffice to say the Warhols are diverse in sound and that is a rarity in today’s music.

Finally, if you seriously want to be a bona fide rock critic, and not a hack writing a column under a pseudonym, I would look in to journalism and music theory classes. Good luck on your career path, and may you always find good music.

Post a Comment

Send Us Your Opinion
(Comments are moderated.)
Your Name:*

Your E-Mail Address:*
(Confidential. Will not be published.)


Note: In order to control automated spam submissions, URLs are no longer permitted in this form.

Please type the letters you see above.


Bookmark and Share

RSS Feed for Dr. Spin: RSS Feed for Dr. Spin
Sign up to receive an e-mail notice when new articles by this author are published. Your address remains confidential, and you may cancel at any time. A confirmation email will be sent.

Your e-mail address:
I Got No Kick Against Modern Rock
po Books
Now Available!

Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.

A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.

More Information.

More by Dr. Spin
Last Time Around
Dr. Spin ends his column
by Dr. Spin, 1/23/06
An Eclectic Group of Letters
Dr. Spin answers questions on Gospel music, jam bands and more.
by Dr. Spin, 12/26/05
Voices and Videos
On attractive female singers and what makes a good music video.
by Dr. Spin, 12/12/05
Dress For Success
What do musicians' outfits tell you about their music?
by Dr. Spin, 11/28/05
Should you listen to H.I.M?
A concerned fan questions a band's loyalty.
by Dr. Spin, 11/14/05
A Brief History of Modern Music, Part II
Part 2 in a series
by Dr. Spin, 10/3/05
A Brief History of Modern Music, Part I
Dr. Spin helps a fellow POer define the terms of contemporary music.
by Dr. Spin, 9/19/05
» Complete List (101)

RSS Feed for Dr. Spin: RSS Feed for Dr. Spin

Recently Published
View Article Remembering a Lesser-Known Carroll
A tribute to Carroll Spinney
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/13/19
A Godwink Defined
Making sense of the coincidences of life
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/6/19
Making Deposits in the Blessing Bank
A grateful heart is a great investment
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/27/19
A Shepherd in Sneakers
Celebrating the ministry of Fred Rogers
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/22/19
Feeding Our Nightmares
The dangerous diet of late night news
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/15/19
Saluting Puget Sound Honor Flights
Pledging allegiance to our Veterans
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/8/19
The Tale of the Flameless Taper
An All-Saints Day Reminder
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/1/19

Get the Partial Observer's
'recently published' headlines via RSS.

RSS Feed for Recently Published PO Articles    What is RSS?

Reproduction of original material from The Partial Observer without written permission is strictly prohibited.
The opinions expressed by site contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editors.
Copyright ©2000-2019 partialobserver.com. All rights reserved.
Home · Site Map · Top