December 14, 1979
You may have noticed that we never tag music with a genre. The reason for that is simple; genre’s are marketing tools so that people who like music – but don’t love it – can be told what it is that they like.
For us, there are only two genre’s of music; the kind we like, and the kind we don’t like. We spend all our time focusing on the music we like, and no time on the music we don’t.
Here’s a prime example of a band that, in my opinion, is mis-labelled. The Clash are almost universally referred to as a punk band, however to me they’re simply a great band. I don’t even know what punk is, to be honest with you. Is it the frantic three chord brilliance of The Ramones? Is it the McLaren manufactured boy band, the Sex Pistols? Is it Blondie? The Talking Heads? Black Flag? To my ears, those bands have very little in common.
London Calling is one of my desert island albums. For 36 years, it’s been in my top 5 albums of all time. A true masterpiece from stem to stern.
All along, all I’ve really wanted to be is a writer. So now I tell people that’s what I am, even though I haven’t earned a dime being a writer.
That being said, I’ll confess that once a day, every day, I wish I was still a musician. That was the one time in my life when I was cool.