Worst Songs Ever: Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposed toContinue reading “Worst Songs Ever: Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors’”

More autumns for the patriarchs

After more than forty years of a Castro as president of Cuba, the National Assembly of People’s Power has, well, assembled to pick a successor. Mimi Whitefield: “The significance of this event cannot be overstated. The new leadership is composed of individuals who did not participate directly in the armed insurrection against the prior governmentContinue reading “More autumns for the patriarchs”

You could put some joy upon my face: The #1 dance singles of the 1990s

If the seventies chart I listed yesterday proved more conservative than the eighties one, then the nineties Hot Dance Singles charts of the nineties is a return to a survey replete with pop hits whose remixes crossed over to clubs and few of the house, techno, and jungle innovations about which Simon Reynolds and MichaelangeloContinue reading “You could put some joy upon my face: The #1 dance singles of the 1990s”

Barbara Bush — RIP

As readers know, I came of political age during the Poppy Bush years, and it was bizarre even then to watch handlers, insofar as the president gave a damn about them, try to turn them into Ron ‘n’ Nancy Part II. Her frizzy white hair and penchant for blue dresses suggested an amiable grandma type,Continue reading “Barbara Bush — RIP”

Self-righteousness only The Village could love

“[James] Comey isn’t just the kind of writer who quotes Shakespeare, but the kind who quotes himself quoting Shakespeare,” Carlos Lozada writes in a delicious review of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership that is by far the most penetrating dismissal of its author’s insufferable demonstration of the political utility of wearing sackcloth. IContinue reading “Self-righteousness only The Village could love”

Love to feel the passion: The best #1 disco tracks of the 1970s

“Billboard magazine’s dance/disco chart, which began in 1974 and ranked the popularity of tracks in New York City discothèques, expanded to feature multiple charts each week which highlighted playlists in various cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Phoenix, Detroit and Houston,” Wikipedia states. In 1976 Billboard debuted “National Disco Action TopContinue reading “Love to feel the passion: The best #1 disco tracks of the 1970s”

‘Isle of Dogs’ sets out to prove who’s man’s best friend

As cinema, Isle of Dogs is Wes Anderson’s loveliest and most assured film to date. Stop-motion animation, terrain once ceded to the late Ray Harryhausen, becomes in Anderson’s hands a medium suppler than the direction of actors in real time. In this story about a Japanese mayor’s crypto-fascist attempt to wipe out disease-ridden dogs alreadyContinue reading “‘Isle of Dogs’ sets out to prove who’s man’s best friend”

The best #1 dance tracks of the ’80s

I’ll consider the previous decade this week. Let me begin with the decade when I came of age. Some of these hits were unknown to me — Anthony and the Camp’s “What I Like,” come forward. To the extent it was possible I avoided obvious pop hits; I was not going to list “Sledgehammer” orContinue reading “The best #1 dance tracks of the ’80s”

Singles 4/13

Credit radio play for “Be Careful” for warming me toward Cardi B’s solid Invasion of Privacy. This week’s, in fact, offers several tracks I wouldn’t mind blasting as Miami evenings get less windy: Shawn Mendes’ blowzy “In My Blood,” the first semi-convincing demonstration that he’s figured out how to steal from other artists he watchesContinue reading “Singles 4/13”

Worst Songs Ever: Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposed toContinue reading “Worst Songs Ever: Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’”

Americans lead coalition in effort to Do Something

The drums of war beat again, and with John Bolton in charge of the National Security Council it’s 2002 all over again. Larison connects the dots: Trump’s statement announcing the attack contained a lot of the usual moralizing rhetoric we have come to expect from presidents when they start unnecessary military interventions. At one point,Continue reading “Americans lead coalition in effort to Do Something”

Worst Songs Ever: Barry Manilow’s ‘Ships’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposed toContinue reading “Worst Songs Ever: Barry Manilow’s ‘Ships’”