Gut Rumbles

September 26, 2005

horse shit!

How can anybody post this list and leave Paul Simon, James Taylor and Stephen Stills out of the top ten?

Neil Young? Kurt Cobain? Led Zeppelin? What are these voters smoking?

Fuck. Why don't you add Tupac Deadman to the list, too? HIS music will last forever. How about Barry Manilow? Or maybe a REAL talent, such as Bobby Goldsboro?

My aching ass.


they got pete townshend, so that meets with my approval...but no willie nelson? i mean, i know he's country, but he's one of them cross-over artistes no?

Posted by: erica craps on that list! on September 26, 2005 07:55 AM

bastards. These are the same people who listen to Britney Spears, too, I'd wager.

Posted by: caltechgirl on September 26, 2005 10:38 AM

Paul Simon? James Taylor? Stephen Stills ?

Damned hippies! Ptui!

Pete Townshend? Damned homo, double ptui!

Posted by: Bane on September 26, 2005 11:55 AM

Nobody ever mentions Townes VanZandt. Erica mentions Willie, but Townes wrote Poncho and Lefty, one of Willie's hits. Even Steve Earle said, "I will stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and shot at the heavens that Townes VanZandt was the best songwriter, ever"

Posted by: knine on September 26, 2005 11:55 AM

Kurt Kaboom? One would think that a prerequisite for being a greatest songwriter would be to write something resembling a song.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on September 26, 2005 12:29 PM

I know that I'll sound old, but didn't Buddy Holly have something to do with the beginnings of rock and have some pretty popular songs? Also, I was very surprised when we went to a concert of Paul Anka we learned that he had written, not only his songs, but a lot of others not normally associated with him--like 'New York, New York" sung by Frank Siantra and Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show Theme." Did Roy Orbison write any of his own songs?

Posted by: Woody on September 26, 2005 02:23 PM

Got-DAM, Rob!

You have gone too far this time!

Bobby (gag) Goldsboro!

In my house, after someone says that name, they get their mouth washed out with shit. No point wasting good soap.

Posted by: Elisson on September 26, 2005 02:55 PM

Like it or not, after the Beatles and Jagger/Richards songwriting teams come... the BeeGees. Not just a hit machine, they wrote music that defined a whole era (like it or not, again).

And Dylan... well, okay, as long as HE doesn't sing the songs.

It's much easier if you categorize them by type: Dylan, Taylor, Nelson etc are folkies.

Rock music: Lennon-McCartney, Jagger-Richards, Stills, LZ, Manfred Mann.

Popular music: Manilow, Simon, Liebe/Stoller, BGs and so on.

Neil Young? Ugh. Take away After the Gold Rush and Harvest, and the pickings are exceeeding slim.

Long after people are saying "Kurt Who?" and "Two What?", they'll still be singing tunes by the above.

Of course, I think that Richard Rodgers and Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein are STILL the greatest composers/lyricists ever, but I don't wanna piss off the Gershwin groupies.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on September 26, 2005 04:52 PM

I agree with Rob, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Stephen Stills should be in the top ten. However, I do agree with the selection of Neil Young, he has some great ones including my personal favorite "southern man".

Posted by: Eli Chestnut on September 26, 2005 05:32 PM

Don't forget Harry Connick Jr., and Bobby Darin. 'Course, they're not really rock.

I hate Bono and U2 with every quivering fiber of my being.

Sadly, Prince wrote one of my favoritest songs, 'Nothing Compares To You', sung by Sinead O'Conner, another twat. Song still chokes me up.

Posted by: Bane on September 26, 2005 05:36 PM

This reminds me of the Top 50 most influential artist in rock and roll (or something to that effect) in Rolling Stone, awhile back.

Not ONE Southern Rock band was mentioned...Not Skynyrd, Not the Allman Brothers...NADA, NOTHING!


Posted by: Mrite on September 26, 2005 07:19 PM

Todd Rundgren, anyone? Sad how underrated he is.

Posted by: ChrisG on September 26, 2005 07:31 PM

David Allen Coe, Buffett, ZZ Top, Skynyrd, Allman Brothers.

Don't need nothing else.

Posted by: dbltap on September 26, 2005 08:39 PM

Kurt Cobain ??

The greatest contribution to music that retard made ever was removing himself form the gene pool.

Posted by: efa on September 26, 2005 09:39 PM

Fuck Paul Simon and James Taylor. They are no more talented than Tupac.

Posted by: assrot on September 26, 2005 10:04 PM

just so long as we don't forget...we're talking ROCK here. willie nelson is NOT rock...nor is he folk--joan baez, aside from being an aggravatus moonbatus, is folk, as is neil young, but he did a few crossover thingies himself.
bobby darin is definitely rock, but he also had his toes concurrently dipped into the standards and blues (check out his album with johnny mercer, or the one where he sings the songs of ray charles).
kurt "my wife's a slut whore junkie terrible mother embarrassment who actually makes me look good" cobain was grunge. he was loud. he made lotsa noise. but to call him rock i think is an insult to people who play[ed] rock music.
paul simon and james taylor? rock? uh, no. they're good..but they're not rock. nor is harry connick. good. but not rock.
the who was rock. led zeppelin was rock. the allmans were rock. janis was rock. that band that sang "fire on the mountain" (which actually helps improve my pool game) is rock. HENDRIX...that was rock!
how would you define rock?

Posted by: erica's back on September 26, 2005 11:28 PM

Janis was Blues.

Posted by: Bane on September 27, 2005 12:49 AM

Knine and Steve Earle are right... Townes Van Zandt WAS the bestest songwriter ever. Steve is no slouch himself. Personally, I can't believe nobody mentioned John Prine. One of my all-time favorites, and he just put out a new one CD too.

Like Kim said, Neil Young had Harvest which is the only thing he did that I ever liked. Other than that I can see why you hate him. He also wrote "Ohio" (as in Four Dead In) too which thoroughly pissed me off, because I remember that day very well and the REAL circumstances, unlike what the MSM apparently told him.

Posted by: marcl on September 27, 2005 04:32 AM

David Byron ("July Morning" -- Uriah Heep with Hensley). Ken Hensley (song: "Rain", done solo & with Uriah Heep. The solo version is sweeter, album: Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf. Also "Sunrise"   from Magician's Birthday). Everyone ever in the Moody Blues. Jim Morrison. Collective members of Deep Purple over the years.
I'm talkin' rock here.....

Posted by: Horrabin on September 27, 2005 10:47 PM

Stevie Wonder anyone?

Posted by: DocJeff on September 28, 2005 09:13 PM
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