“They paved Nirvana and put up a Counting Crow”

Posted December 22nd, 2009 by Eric Greenwood · No Comments

Please do yourself a favor and go read the conclusion of The 50 Worst Songs of the 00’s, F2K over at the Village Voice’s blog. I’ve read it several times already today, and I laugh harder each time. It’s a vicious deconstruction of Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carleton covering Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.” There’s so much gold I couldn’t possibly quote it all here without copying and pasting the whole damn thing but just as a teaser:

When “Big Yellow Taxi” appeared, it wasn’t because Counting Crows didn’t have any ideas. (Though it wouldn’t be too surprising if Adam Duritz’s pea-sized brain was 85% dreadlocks, 10% water, and 5% actress phone numbers.) “Big Yellow Taxi” exists because the same nation that re-elected President Bush and demanded a sequel to Beverly Hills Chihuahua practically pisses their sweatpants at the idea of a modicum of change.

Counting Crows might seem like an easy target, but Maura Johnston and Christopher Weingarten manage to make art out of a travesty against music. [via Weekendsofsound]

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