2. Jimmy Buffett — "Cheeseburger in Paradise": It' s a sin how much I hate Jimmy Buffett. I mean, I get the allure of what he's selling: beaches, cheeseburgers, paradise, etc., but it doesn't really add up to anything more than inane jingles for the restaurant chain he was waiting to open.

1. Cheap Trick — "Hello There": I said it all before, but here's the recap: cock rock, big hair, bad writing, worse guitars, phoning it in. 'Nuff said.

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ogt92
ogt92

I came to rant about this horrible premise, and top 10 selection, but after reading the comments, I feel bad for Brian. When you turn 21, give me a call, I'll take you for your first drink. Until then, stick to writing about emo or teen pop bands... something in your wheel house.

Dee
Dee

Paint by numbers critique. Thanks for being a cliche..

Jim G.
Jim G.

After spending much of my 46 years pursuing a career in music, as well as knowing some of the performers this so-called "writer" whines about in his diatribe, I can say unequivocally that Brian Bardwell is an unmitigated idiot.

Robin
Robin

There is an old saying that goes: "Those who can't DO, teach." Think of all the Golf Pro's at country clubs who were never really good enough to be playing on the circuit with Tiger and Phil. They arent good enough to be a pro, so they teach. There is a new saying that goes: "Those who can't do anything at all, become lame music critics" I appreciate guys like you everytime I order a Starbucks from someone like you. Im sure you make a great Latte at your other job. Thanks for the laughs. Good luck on your next career move.

kevintonight
kevintonight

You don't get to work with George Martin and John Lennon if you don't have something going on. Are you really this obtuse? I don't know whether to classify you as a mouth breather or an extra chromosome piss freak. I am thinking my friend you walk in both worlds. Good luck being a moron...

Dfactor
Dfactor

Hey Bardwell, you wrote..."but that's all about to change now that the guys have wrapped up work on the updated version of In Color. But since the album hasn't been released just yet...."(snip)

Not sure what you're going on about - Cheap Trick *did* re-record "In Color" - they did it over a decade ago with Steve Albini - it's here: http://www.xtrmntr.com/cheaptr...

Paul
Paul

What a clown! You obviously know nothing about Cheap Trick. Do some freakin' research before writing an article next time. It looks like you just skimmed over their Wikipedia page. Cheap Trick is one of the most influential rock bands ever, and they STILL rock. Their recent albums are critically acclaimed.

Dan
Dan

Let's see, I can do one of three things:

A. Listen to Bardwell and acknowledge that Cheap Trick is a band who never had what it took;B. Listen to my own opinion that they are one of the great American bands with over 10 albums that I would definitely call "classic."C. Listen to the following individuals who has either expressed their admiration for Cheap Trick or acknowledged them as a major influence:

John Lennon, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Joe Perry, Slash, Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Billy Corgan, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tommy Lee, Rivers Cuomo, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Joe Elliott, Dave Grohl, Joey Ramone, Rick Springfield, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Conan O'Brien, Steve Colbert, George Martin, Geoff Emerick, Vince Neil, Scott Weiland, Michael Stipe, Chrissie Hynde, Ann Wilson, John Bon Jovi, and Paul Westerburg.

Hmm. OK, twist my arm, I'll choose B and C. Tough decision.

(sarcasm meter at full strength, Bard, in case you were clueless- oh, wait....)

Stewbabe1961
Stewbabe1961

I agree with Dan. Cheap Trick's still a fantastic band even though Bun's not currently touring with them. I wish Theo was back at New Times!

Blow Me
Blow Me

Bardwell, you're a jackass masquerading as a writer.

 
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