So, Pitchfork just posted its top 100 tracks of 2008, and Nashville's dearly departed, junior-sized punk outfit Be Your Own Pet made the list. Here's a snippet of what 'Fork staffer David Raposa had to say about BYOP's "Becky" (a.k.a. "Do the Locomotion" with more knife-based violence), which came in at No. 53:
"Becky" is a fun and infectious grrl-powered story of teenage jealousy and revenge that ends in ass-kicking and murder...when [Jemina Pearl] hollers about her former friend making a friendship bracelet for Becky Facelift, or demands that borrowed clothes be returned ("no bullshit"), there's actually a hint of sadness behind her angry glee that humanizes her song-long fit...The real tragedy is that the EP featuring "Becky" was the final Be Your Own Pet release.
The only other artist on the list that's even peripherally related to Nashville (that I noticed) was Jay Reatard, and we all know Memphis and Cashville are worlds apart.
Now, I'm not one of those folks who considers Pitchfork my Interwebz Bible, but I do find it to be a decent resource as far as news and reviews of recent releases. I'm not sure how I feel about this list, however. What kind of criteria put Usher and Young Jeezy's "Love in This Club" (No. 55) on the same list as Portishead's "Machine Gun" (No. 9)? I'll agree that Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal" (No. 2) and The Walkmen's "In the New Year" (No. 26) deserve some prominence, but Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" at No. 23? I'm certainly not a Beyonce hater, but that song is far from her finest work.
I'd have to say the list is manic at best. Nevertheless, there are some artists on there I'm intrigued by and would like to check out...damn you, Pitchfork. My love-hate relationship continues. And speaking of "Year In Rock" whatnots, stay tuned for ours (coming next week), which will include some of the most memorable and happenin' shows, albums and moments of the year, not to mention a pretty killer Rock 'n' Roll Poll concocted by Mr. Adam Gold and myself.