By Sean Manning
Tune defines us. to come the prefer, we’ll stick up with zealous ardour for the performers and bands that we like . . . and heap aspersions and mock upon those that dare to put their allegiances above our personal. In Rock and Roll Cage fit, today’s best cultural critics, humorists, tune newshounds, and musicians themselves take facets in thirty of the all time juiciest “who’s higher” musical disputes.
Marc Spitz at the Smiths vs. the therapy: “If the Smiths are its James Dean, the remedy are the Marlon Brando of contemporary rock.”
Gideon Yago on Nirvana vs. Metallica: “Here is why Nirvana will continuously be a greater band than Metallica. It’s no longer simply because they hit tougher (they do). It’s no longer simply because they're tighter (they’re certainly not). . . . It’s simply because Metallica is essentially approximately respecting rules—of steel, of creation, of technicality—and Nirvana is ready breaking these principles down within the pursuit of innovation. Metallica was once steel. Nirvana was once anything else.”
Touré on Michael Jackson vs. Prince: “[Prince] used to be the wild son of Jimi, the more youthful brother of Rick James and Richard Pryor, the ultrasexual black Casanova who advised you up entrance that he had a filthy brain . . . Michael held the other allure. His track was once usually approximately escaping via dance or being hopeful concerning the international, and he came upon as super-innocent.”
Russ Meneve on Bruce Springsteen vs. Bon Jovi: “I fairly, really suggest it whilst I say, Mr. Springsteen, no disrespect . . . you're a legend. yet within the conflict a da Jerz, while that thick chemical-waste smoke clears and the overly sprayed mall hair components, the Jov guy is the final guy rockin’.”
Whitney Pastorek on Whitney Houston vs. Mariah Carey: “Frankly, dry recitations of figures are only too simply negated through easy such things as, say, citing someone’s terrible flavor in picking out motion picture roles. Watch, I’ll do it without delay: definite, Mariah has seventeen no 1 singles, and Whitney merely 11. yet Whitney made The Bodyguard, that's essentially a vintage, and Mariah starred in Glitter, a sizeable suckfest of crapitude that are meant to disqualify her at the spot.”
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