A longtime music journalist, whose work has appeared in/on MTV Hive, Thrillist, American Songwriter, Paste, the Hartford Courant, and the Food Network.
30 Years Ago: Nirvana Shakes Everything Up With ‘In Utero’
They hoped to widen their sound and broaden their scope by scaling things back.
Sugar Ray, ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers
British artist Joe Jackson’s timeless 1978 classic, ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?,’ may be one of the greatest jilted-lover story songs of all time. It’s got that universal theme of a guy, down on his luck with women, seeing his ex-girlfriend with another man -- and actively imagining what she’s doing with him.
Oasis, ‘I Am the Walrus’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers
Britpop sensations Oasis owned the 1990s with their sneering and searing brand of Union Jack-wrapped rock 'n' roll. There was just something so cool and, like, British, about them -- sorta the way we feel about the Who and the Rolling Stones.
Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, ‘Handle With Care’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers
Jenny Lewis is one of the most talented female singer-songwriters out there in the indie rock world today. As the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, she found an adoring fan base; and when the band split, she went solo and put out this genuinely great (and well-received, critically) solo record, ‘Rabbit Fur Coat,’ with the Watson Twins (identical twin sisters singers). Everything on the debut was just fan
Counting Crows, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers
Let’s just get this out of the way: We really like the Counting Crows. In fact, the first three albums they released in the '90s still get plenty of spins around here. But sometime after the turn of the century, things took a turn for the worst.
Type O Negative, ‘Summer Breeze’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers
If heaven truly does exist, the waiting-room music directly outside the Pearly Gates is likely Seals And Crofts’ ‘Summer Breeze.’
Uncle Kracker, ‘Drift Away’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers
Dobie Gray’s classic rendering of Mentor Williams’ ‘Drift Away’ back in 1973 is pretty much the epitome of a hit song, top to bottom. It’s got that great little Stephen Stills-esque guitar lick in the intro and one of the most memorable, sing-along-able choruses ever written (“Give me the beat, boys and free my soul / I wanna get lost in your rock and roll / And drift away”). It also made Gray a s
The Lemonheads, ‘Mrs. Robinson’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers
One of the brightest, catchiest albums of the alt-rock ’90s, the Lemonheads’ ‘It’s a Shame About Ray,’ came out in 1992. It spawned a pair of Modern Rock Top 10 songs in the title track (which went to No. 5) and an amped-up cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s super-popular ‘Mrs. Robinson’ (which hit No. 8).
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, ‘Wildside’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers
Not for nothing, but Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch scored a No. 1 single in 1991 on the Billboard Hot 100 (‘Good Vibrations’). For those of you that don’t know, ‘Marky Mark’ was the alias of Mark Wahlberg -- who ended up recasting his career as an actor and, somewhat surprisingly, a really good one at that (see his roles in ‘The Departed’ and ‘The Fighter,’ among others).
William Shatner, ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers
William Shatner is many things to us. He’s that frantic guy on the plane in one of the best-ever ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes. He’s Captain Kirk on ‘Star Trek.’ And he’s that affable dude who seems content just jawing with his 1.6 million fans all day and night on Twitter. But a rock singer?