May 10th, 2006

music

Justification

For the benefit of those who are defending it, here's what Q magazine had to say about Paul Simon's Songs from The Capeman in their list of the 50 Worst Albums Ever:

The musical based on a Puerto Rican gang member's life was Broadway's biggest ever flop. Salsa singer and future Mr. J Lo Marc Anthony was aiding and abetting.

That's weak sauce. It doesn't say anything at all about the album. OK, so the show was a flop, but so what? I've heard flops with good scores, and hits with crappy ones.

I myself have not heard the album, so I have no opinion one way or the other. I would suggest, however, that the presence of one good song on an album wouldn't necessarily be enough to keep an album from being one of the worst albums ever; I might even argue that an album with one good song is inherently worse than one with none, because of the squandered opportunity and/or talent that one good song represents.

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Ten random things: May 10

Ten of the most influential people in the world, as identified by Time magazine:

  1. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (President of Iran)
  2. Ma Jun (Chinese water quality activist)
  3. Michelle Wie (golfer)
  4. Steve Wynn (Las Vegas casino owner)
  5. Rob Pardo (World of Warcraft game designer)
  6. John Roberts (Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  7. Bill James (statistician)
  8. Ian Fishback (U.S. Army whistleblower on prisoner abuse)
  9. Jim Sinegal (CEO, Costco)
  10. Will Smith (actor)

Time's list of 100 people includes, by my count, 105 people. Go figure.

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