Odd and Sods: The 88 sign with Island Records, Indie Guilt by Association and Born in the USA is the Best!

I have been a huge fan of The 88 ever since I heard “Battle Scar.” I have reviewed them on The Rock and Roll Report and played them on Rock and Roll Report Radio numerous times so I was happy to hear that they have signed with Island Def Jam Records. As you all know by now, the mission of The Rock and Roll Report is to showcase great Indie and D.I.Y. rock and roll and treat those artists as if they are in the so-called “big leagues” but I certainly have no problem applauding and continuing to support those bands that have managed to make the big step up to the majors. I don’t discriminate on “mode of distribution” and I have never been one of those to look down at a band because they have landed a major label contract. As long as the music continues to float my boat, how it is distributed is of secondary importance. Way to go guys!

CMJ reports that a new compilation is set to be released featuring indie bands singing covers of songs by artists like Journey, Eddie Money and the Spice Girls. Called Guilt By Association the CD features Petra Haden singing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, Mike Watt doing Blue Oyster Cult’s Burning For You and Luna getting busy on Straight Up by Paula Abdul. The full track listing is listed below. And if you tell me that you don’t secretly like at least one of these songs you are full of shit!

Tracklist For Guilt By Association:
01. Petra Haden – Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
02. Devendra Banhart – Don’t Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
03. Mark Mulcahy – From This Moment on (Shania Twain)
04. Luna – Straight Up (Paula Abdul)
05. The Concretes – Back For Good (Take That)
06. Jim O’Rourke – Viva Forever (Spice Girls)
07. Goat – Sugar We’re Going Down (Fall Out Boy)
08. Will Oldham/Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Can’t Take That Away (Mariah Carey)
09. Woody Jackson Orchestra feat. Money Mark – Love’s Theme (Love Unlimited Orchestra)
10. Porter Block – Breaking Free (High School Musical)
11. Mooney Suzuki – Just Like Jesse James (Cher)
12. Geoff Farina – Two Tickets To Paradise (Eddie Money)
13. Casey Shea – Chop Suey (System Of A Down)
14. Superchunk – Say My Name (Destiny’s Child)
15. Mike Watt – Burning For You (Blue Oyster Cult)

A BBC rock documentary conducted a poll and has decided that Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA is the “greatest rock album.” The Beatles’ White Album only comes in 6th. I know, I know! Let the arguments begin!

1- Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born In The USA’
2- Dire Straits- ‘Brothers In Arms’
3- Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’
4- The Clash – ‘London’s Calling’
5- David Bowies– ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’
6- The Beatles – ‘White Album’
7- Black Sabbath – ‘Paranoid’
8- U2 – ‘Achtung Baby’
9- The Stone Roses – ‘The Stone Roses’
10- Led Zeppelin – ‘Led Zeppelin IV’



1 Comment

  1. “Born in the USA” is not even Springsteen’s best album. “Born to Run” is better and “The River” and “Darkeness” might be as well.

    I can’t argue with The Clash’s “London Calling” being on the list, although it should be higher.

    Missing that should be there: REM’s “Murmur”

    Currently on there but should NOT be: #s 7, 9 and 10.

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