Too often in this day and age, we get so caught up in the new releases of the week, in which records Pitchfork just elevated with a “Best New Music” tag, or in what’s going to score high on our year-end lists, that we forget to discuss or delve deeper into the classics that built the foundations for everything music is today. Last week, as Drew and Jason scoured the boards for a new hip-hop reviewer, for someone who could bring a much-needed voice to a genre that never gets enough credit, discussion, or exposure around these parts, conversation sprung up about where else AbsolutePunk could expand. And one of our users (big shout out to George) noted that, while our forums act as a melting pot for all sorts of genres—hip-hop included—older music is left almost entirely outside the fold.
Enter “My Back Pages,” a new collaborative feature between myself (Craig) and one of our latest staff additions (Chris, welcome) that will survey a landscape of renowned classics and unheralded gems alike...most of which no one around here ever writes a word about. The rules are simple and loose: we won’t cover anything from this millennium and we will avoid all or most AP.net favorites—though we might make an exception if something is nearing a milestone anniversary. Beyond that, anything is fair game, so if you have an album, artist, or genre you would like to see discussed in this feature, feel free to throw us a few recs. We’ll be working on shaping what we want this thing to to be in the next few weeks, and user comments, suggestions, and overall participation are absolutely pivotal to that.
So sit back and strap yourselves in as we traverse the back pages of popular music, from rock ‘n’ roll to R&B to folk and alt-country, from meticulous studio productions to raw and spontaneous live efforts, and perhaps most importantly, from our speakers to yours.
Now without further ado, we give you a Rdio playlist of songs from some of the albums we will be featuring in the future. Enjoy, and check back on next Tuesday, February 19th for the inaugural edition of "My Back Pages."
this sort of sounds like what i did with retro reviews except not necessarily a review. i mean, the retro reviews were less traditional in that sense anyway, i basically just talked about records i really liked and about their impact.
Yeah I'd say that's not too dissimilar form what we'll be doing.
While I am totally amped for this feature, one thing that's always confused my about this site is the implied need for exposure of other genres. While I appreciate that diversity is important and people do have varied musical tastes, this site is aptly named absolutepunk so I don't understand why there needs to be more hip-hop/country/R&B/whatever reviews.
Putting it simply, if I wanted to get updates or album reviews for another genre, I would go to a website dedicated to that.
I don't mean to sound pretentious or bigoted or closed-minded (although I'm sure I do) but I simply can't grasp the need for threads about Frank Ocean's new album or fun. at the grammies.
This site is not constrained to one genre or style of music, despite the title. If you haven't noticed that then quite frankly you haven't been paying attention. Personally, I would love to see this site move in a direction where it covers all other kinds of music equally alongside the typical AP.net stuff. And there are some who agree with me, and certainly some who don't, but this is primarily designed to expose people to new music they haven't heard before, and I don't think that's ever a bad thing.
I follow the twitter and when I see something that's interesting I come in and view the thread. I joined very late last year, so I'm not a veteran member or particularly or active and I don't browse the forums.
I'm all for music diversity and equality, perhaps I just haven't appreciated how absolutepunk works, it was just my impression that it was punk news I guess (then again there is punknews for that...)
And I definitely agree about exposure, I've discovered a good few bands through absolutepunk and I think it's absolutely great!
Yeah Punknews.org is definitely a different kind of site. Still very good obviously, but they do something different than what we do.
Awesome man, looking forward to talking about these records with all of y'all when the feature launches!
Cool feature. I hope some people will mention not only the "mainstream" classic albums, but also the "punk" classics. I'm talking about the Descendents, the Ramones, Bad Religion, Social Distortion...
Look at the playlist. We may not be covering the artists you mentioned but quite a few of these picks fall under the "punk" umbrella: The Clash, The Replacements, Sonic Youth, Husker Du, Television (sort of), etc.
However, we are trying to stay away for the most part from artists that users on this site are generally pretty familiar with. And I'd bet that way more people on this site have heard a Ramones or a Bad Religion record than a Pulp or a Slint one.
The other concern would be (and this is probably due to my being on mobile where that playlist isn't showing) that this idea turns into a weekly discussion of the same old classics everyone already knows about (I.E. Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, etc). Everybody already knows about these things. I'm hoping this column will introduce me to some bands from other eras that I haven't heard and could potentially love.
I hope so too.
Check out the playlist; this isn't the RS 500 list by any means. There are no Beatles, no Beach Boys, no Dylan solo records, no Hendrix, no Zeppelin, only one Stones record, and it's missing countless other "classic albums," and is far more diverse than anything RS would ever publish.
Yeah, I get what you're trying to do and I think it's amazing! Very cool feature but I feel like half of the users here don't know anything about the bands that influenced the bands they listen to. I mean, Tom from blink said there would be no blink without no control from Bad Religion, I'm pretty sure 90% of this website hasn't heard that album. And there would no Green Day if the Descendents would not have exist. And let me not begin about the Ramones. I just think it would be nice if some people would focus on that. But other than that, I'm really looking forward to this feature, great idea!
There would be no blink or Green Day without The Replacements either, and there would also be no blink, Green Day, Bad Religion, Descendents, or Replacements without The Velvet Underground and The Clash. Stay tuned.