April 24, 2002

New purchases: Radio 4's Gotham and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's B.R.M.C..

Radio 4 would be very good if they'd ditch their vocalist, who sounds like Iggy Pop as filtered through some retarded Spuds Mackenzie fratboy party-rock equalizer. It's a shame, because I like their instrumentation -- they rip off two of my favorite bands, Gang of Four and Public Image Limited. Highly danceable dub-punk, and there's even a Gang-like harmonica towards the end, but I can't get past that fucker's voice. Screw it, I'll listen to Entertainment.

I'm listening to BRMC now, and I like that much more. Jesus & Mary Chain meets Ultra Vivid Scene: a nice return to late '80s/early '90s "college rock" (i.e. "new music"; "progressive"; "alternative") (the kind they used to play on WDRE).