Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

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When I was in high school, I had a regular column
in the sports section of the school newspaper (The
Sentinel
) called ‘Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down’. It was
easy to write and people liked it, so I recreate it here
for you now, as a quick guide of some of my likes
and dislikes in the world of music…


THUMBS UP: Disco (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Prog


THUMBS UP: The Flying Burrito Brothers

THUMBS DOWN: The Eagles (^)


THUMBS UP: The Beatles (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Oasis


THUMBS UP: PJ Harvey

THUMBS DOWN: Joanna Newsom (^)


THUMBS UP: Iggy Pop (^)

THUMBS DOWN: G.G. Allin


THUMBS UP: Off The Wall

THUMBS DOWN: Thriller (^)


THUMBS UP: Jungle Brothers

THUMBS DOWN: NWA (^)


THUMBS UP: Gregg Allman (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Cher (^)


THUMBS UP: The Fillmore (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Slim’s


THUMBS UP: Bluegrass In The Park

THUMBS DOWN: Ticketmaster (^)


THUMBS UP: The Doors

THUMBS DOWN: Jim Morrison, poet (^)


THUMBS UP: ‘Fire On The Mountain’

THUMBS DOWN: ‘Dark Star’


THUMBS UP: Blue Note (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Free Jazz


THUMBS UP: Cold Fact (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Coldplay


THUMBS UP: Keith Richards (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Toby Keith


THUMBS UP: Canned Heat

THUMBS DOWN: Canned ham (^)


THUMBS UP: Lester Bangs (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Richard Meltzer


THUMBS UP: Willie Nelson in concert

THUMBS DOWN: Shuggie Otis in concert (^)


THUMBS UP: LPs (^)

THUMBS DOWN: CDs


THUMBS UP: Rick Rubin

THUMBS DOWN: Phil Spector (^)


THUMBS UP: Nigel Tufnel (^)

THUMBS DOWN: David Coverdale


THUMBS UP: Joy Division (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Throbbing Gristle


THUMBS UP: Saxophone

THUMBS DOWN: Bagpipes (^)


THUMBS UP: Ice Cube, rapper (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Ice Cube, actor


THUMBS UP: Johnny Rotten

THUMBS DOWN: Sid Vicious (^)


THUMBS UP: Freedom Rock (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Jam bands


THUMBS UP: Willy Wonka (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Christopher Cross


THUMBS UP: Roky Erickson’s comeback

THUMBS DOWN: Sly Stone’s comeback (^)


THUMBS UP: The Rat Pack (^)

THUMBS DOWN: The Brat Pack


THUMBS UP: Jimi Hendrix

THUMBS DOWN: Jimmy Buffett (^)


THUMBS UP: Dave Davies (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Dave Matthews


THUMBS UP: Beastie Boys (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Eminem


THUMBS UP: Al Green

THUMBS DOWN: Weird Al (^)


THUMBS UP: Pearl Jam’s first 3 albums (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Pearl Jam’s last 3 albums


THUMBS UP: AC/DC (^)

THUMBS DOWN: R.E.M.


THUMBS UP: New wave Bono

THUMBS DOWN: Statesman Bono (^)

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13 Responses to “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

  1. hambone Says:

    I’m with you on a lot of these — but thumbs up to “fire on the mountain” and thumbs down to “dark star”?!? “fire” strikes me as jam-band noodling, whereas “dark” (along with “playin'”) is the dead’s great vehicle for psychedelic exploration. but that’s me. great post/idea. cheers.

    • dkpresents Says:

      Thanks for the comment. I actually saw the Dead do a killer live version of ‘Fire On The Mountain’ so it’s stuck with me as a favorite. Definitely jam-band noodlish, but in Jerry’s hands on a good day, it could be transcendent. I know a lot of the true Deadheads love ‘Dark Star’ but it’s never clicked with me. Cheers!

  2. cordell Says:

    thumbs up: thriller
    thumbs down: dangerous

    thumbs up: dave matthews (but not too up)
    thumbs down: diamond dave

  3. functional hermit Says:

    Down on Slim’s? I’m surprised. And also surprised you didn’t select Birdsong for your GD thumbs down selection…La la la la….LA…..

    • dkpresents Says:

      I’ve seen some good shows at Slim’s, but I can’t stand that room. The floor is concrete, there are about 20 poles between the bar and the stage, and the stage is about 2 inches off the ground. By the end of a show there I feel like midgets have been pounding on my lower back with sledgehammers for two hours…

      Oh, and I love ‘Birdsong’ – I laugh out loud every time I hear it…

    • World B. Furr Says:

      Birdsong has ben a long-running joke between me and my friend, Jerry-Garcia-photo-guy (who you’ve both met). Almost always a 1st Set closer, it was the perfect song to run to the bathroom and beat the halftime crowd.

      On Saturday night, he and I saw Tom Petty. Shortly before the concert started I leaned over and told him “I hope Petty plays Birdsong about halfway through the show.”

  4. devil dick Says:

    hmmmmm…. couple of thumbs down i have an issue w/… but you know what they say about opinions….

    :)

    respect!

  5. Jo in LA Says:

    World B. Furr didn’t have an objection to GG Allin. Speaking of long standing jokes…GG is one of ours! I got a hold of a GG Allin movie from a friend at work and I’ll never hear the end of it.

  6. Dilapidus Says:

    R.E.M.’s first two, Chronic Town (EP) and Murmur are absolute classics, but it’s your store, blaspheme all you want.

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