Monthly Archives: February 2019

You talked until your tongue fell out: The Cure B-sides

Among contemporaries no other band released so many non-album songs that conjured a world within a world: exploding boys, feet thrown, upstaris rooms, exploding boys. Perhaps Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe came closest. Until 2004’s Join the Dots compilation, I depended on the Standing on the Beach cassette and the assorted cassingles and CD singles for this list (“Lovesong,” “Never Enough,” and “High,” I’m looking at you). Dip in — this is a daffy world.

1. Throw Your Foot (The Caterpillar 12″)
2. This Twilight Garden (High)
3. Snow in Summer (Just Like Heaven)
4. The Exploding Boy (In Between Days)
5. Mr. Pink Eyes (The Love Cats)
6. Halo (Friday I’m in Love)
7. Harold and Joe (Never Enough)
8. 2 Late (Lovesong)
9. 10:15 Saturday Night (Boys Don’t Cry)
10. Just One Kiss (Smith, Tolhurst) –
11. The Upstairs Room (The Walk)
12. The Dream (The Walk)
13. Happy the Man (The Caterpillar)
14. Burn (The Crow soundtrack)
15. A Chain of Flowers (Catch)
16. A Man Inside My Mouth (Close to Me)
17. Speak My Language (The Love Cats)
18. Lament (The Walk)
19. Ocean (The 13th)
20. A Foolish Arrangement (A Letter to Elise)

Ranking Best Actress nominees, 2010s edition

Not a great decade, and it’s not over yet. Thus far young Saoirse Ronan has given two of its most indelible performances while Meryl Streep, a star instead of an actress at last, gave three of her most insufferable star turns, and I don’t include the worst performance and least deserving (not often the same thing!) by a Best Actress winner since Hilary Swank in 2004, awarded to her because apparently she needed a third Oscar. Continue reading

Ranking #1 number-one R&B singles of 1982-1983

This list boasted a couple unfamiliar tracks: Gladys Knight and the Pips’ ebullient thick-bottomed “Save the Overtime (For Me),” their biggest hit since the Ford years; and Deniece Williams’ Marvelettes cover, an effort I’d expect from a hard-working student for whom inspiration comes in fits. Continue reading

Ranking Best Actor nominees, 1950s

In which Marlon Brando, with help from Montgomery Clift, Paul Newman, and James Dean, began the decade revolutionizing screen acting, only to watch Charleton Heston win his only competitive Oscar in the kind of historical role for which the Academy has always been a sucker (Brando tried it to uneven results in Julius Caesar). Continue reading