If Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity taught us anything, it’s that no self-respected pop culture aficionado can ever refuse a request to provide a top-five list. Or a top-ten list. Or any list at all, really. As such, when we ran into Thomas Lennon at this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour, we knew without question that if he had the time to do it, we’d be able to tempt him into providing us with a list of his top five Smiths songs.
Indeed, even though we caught him on the fly, Lennon was happy to oblige. In turn, we are happy to mention that his CBS series The Odd Couple returns for its third season on Monday, October 17, at 9:30 p.m. Having done so, we’d like to add that Mr. Lennon would probably appreciate it if you went ahead and filed that information away right now, because if you don’t, then you’re going to lose it in a few minutes when it’s washed away by the arrival of a flurry of Smiths lyrics.
Holiday traditions: everybody’s got ‘em. For diehard music fans, one of those traditions is seeing which artists will decide that the time is finally right to release a Christmas album. In Frankie Valli’s case, it’s taken him rather a lot of time to make that decision, but after being in the music business for 55+ years, he’s finally released the first solo Christmas album of his career: ‘TIS THE SEASONS, which is in stores now.
If you haven’t taken a look at Phil Collins’ back catalog recently, you can’t blame us: over the course of the past year, we’ve reissued all of his studio albums, the end result of which was that several of those albums re-entered the charts. In short, your man Phil is experiencing a higher profile than he’s had in recent memory, and it’s about to get even higher.
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. This is the latest to get that treatment. You’re welcome.
Madonna has a long history of delivering albums that have startled fans and critics alike, but when she released her RAY OF LIGHT album in 1998, what proved most startling was just how much she’d musically reinvented herself. It wasn’t always to be thus – the original sessions for her seventh album had been helmed by Babyface and Patrick Leonard – but after those efforts proved unsatisfying to Madonna, she instead recruited William Orbit, whose production techniques resulted in an LP unlike anything she’d ever delivered before. And, yes, we mean that