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Your playlist sucks

Apple's iTunes has been offering "celebrity playlists", of celebrities favourite songs (well, those licensed for DRM-encumbered iTunes sale, anyway). Not surprisingly, many of them are naff:
The liner notes to wild-eyed rawker Andrew W.K.'s playlist sport a delightful exclamation-point-to-sentence ratio of 1.27-to-1. And I can't think of a better summation of Avril Lavigne than her exegesis of Alanis Morissette's "Ironic": "I love how this song was written with all the different examples Alanis uses of things being ironic."

No surprises either that the hip-hop blingerati's playlists are shamelessly commercial:

Missy Elliott, on the other hand, reveals little. Her liner notes, like her playlist itself, are pure hippity-hop boilerplate: "From ol' skool to new skool, these are some of the hottest songs on the sickest beats ever. Holla!!!" For the most part, iTunes celebrity playlists are unlikely to make anyone holla back. The worst of the bunch are those celebrity playlists padded with the celebrity's own songs, epitomized by the queen of the craven playlist, Beyonce Knowles. Eight of the 14 songs on Beyonce's playlist are performed by her thin-voiced sister, Solange, by her former bandmates in Destiny's Child, or by Beyonce herself.

(Pity that Apple don't publish summaries of the playlists in HTML; I wouldn't mind seeing the Sleater-Kinney and Thievery Corporation playlists mentioned in the piece.)

There are 5 comments on "Your playlist sucks":

Posted by: Owen Fri Jun 11 19:40:55 2004


Hella: City Folk Sitting, Sitting Big Mama Thornton: Hound Dog Helium: Medusa The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Manic Depression Elliott Smith: Between The Bars Deerhoof: This Magnificent Bird Will Rise Missy Elliott: Get Ur Freak On [inevitably] The Cannonball Adderley Quintet: Inside Straight Wilco: Ashes Of American Flags Ann Peebles: I Can't Stand The Rain Talking Heads: Crosseyed And Painless Quix*O*Tic: The Breeze OutKast: Spread Nirvana: About A Girl

Thievery Corporation

Joao Gilberto: Wave Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin: Je T'Aime ... Moi Non Plus Talking Heads: The Great Curve Gilberto Gil: Domingo No Parque Donovan: Bert's Blues The Clash: Know Your Rights Marvin Gaye: Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) The Flaming Lips: Suddenly Everything Has Changed Edu Lobo: Ponteio Horace Andy: Ain't No Sunshine Niney: Blood And Fire Luiz Bonfa, Maria Toledo & Stan Getz: Menina Flor Blur: Out Of Time Cousteau: Last Good Day Of The Year Sweet Charles: Hang Out An

Posted by: acb Sat Jun 12 17:09:39 2004


Posted by: Graham Sun Jun 13 03:09:50 2004

Well at least those ones were interesting...

Posted by: Owen Mon Jun 14 09:53:50 2004

iTunes will reportedly be launched in the UK on Tuesday, so I shall stop whinging.

Posted by: acb Mon Jun 14 13:21:39 2004


Make sure to grab a copy of HYMN. :-)

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