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Friday, November 26, 2004

Rolling Stone's List
Has everyone seen Rolling Stone's list of the Greatest Songs of All Time? Everybody is certainly entitled to their own opinion here, but come on, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"? James Lileks has a nice retort:
Anyway – “Like A Rolling Stone” is a rock song in the same sense that “Tommy” is an opera. A rock song rocks, and this is one instance where a tautology comes in handy. To name that tune a rock song, let alone the best, shows how much people have invested in the era, and why: because the music meant something, man. It was heavy, it was deep. Whatever. I remember when it came on the jukebox at the Valli, the air just left the room: oh great, six minutes of ORGAN music and nasally accusations. How did it feel? It felt boring, Bob
I never understood what people saw in Bob Dylan. For years, my favorite Bob Dylan song turned out not to be even him. I always thought that the song "Stuck in the Middle with You" was by Bob Dylan, but turns out that was Stealers Wheel. I should have known, because it seemed a little too peppy and light for him.

There is so much on this list that deserved to be commented on, but all I can say is that the Rolling Stones are the probably the best rock band ever, and their best song is "Tumbling Dice", which at 424, is ranked too low.

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