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The Big Hurt: Crashing Pumpkins

Plus Lynched Beatles, and a misleading Baby
I recently had the "was that real, or did I dream that?" feeling about the upcoming Spider-Man musical featuring songs by U2, and I happily concluded that it was a dream.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 13, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'

Music news in brief
I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Weezy goes free, Miley turns bitter, Martin still lame

Music news in brief
The good news: the 2006 drug charges against   Lil Wayne   have been dropped after a judge ruled that the search leading to his arrest wasn't proper.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 19, 2009

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The Big Hurt: We floss econo

Cleaning up rap's act could equal big savings
You might recall a slew of ominous articles in 2007 proclaiming that hip-hop was through. Sales were way down, and the culprits were clear: jewelry, violence, and naughty dancing.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 11, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Sub-super supergroups, INXS excess, and unsaved unsavories

Music news in brief
I think we can agree that "supergroups" have a history of underperforming in the superness department.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 06, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Clench and release

Smooth jazz, revenge fantasies, and . . . wangs
For your edifying consumption, another stroll through the wasteland of godawful publicity.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 25, 2009



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The Big Hurt: Marley pimped, Miley sorry, Kanye secure

Music news in brief
This goes to print a week after I write it because of the damnable pre-Web technology of the printed page, but I swear to God that I was the first son of a bitch to think of it: Jackson Browne, James Brown, Bobby Brown, Chris Brown .
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Dare to meme

Apologies in advance for the YouTube clip of 2009
Apologies in advance for the YouTube clip of 2009
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 28, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Cohen back on stage, Dee back in Heaven, Kelly back on the market

Music news in brief
Rascal Flatts are coming out with a sixth album, and I still haven't caught up with the previous five!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Who charted?

Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks
In order to serve you better, I'll be taking an occasional look at the charts and giving a brief rundown of the week in pop.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 13, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Pop 3000!

At the dawn of a new millennium, pop cries out for innovation
I'm sometimes pigeonholed as some kind of Negative Nelly: a pessimist, a cynic, a grouch , even.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 29, 2008



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The Big Hurt: The year in not really giving a shit

Maybe next year, music
In the annals of American pop history, 2008 will surely go down as a year when our nation had more-important shit to worry about than music.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 24, 2008

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The Big Hurt: Frequently asked questions

Pop's great rhetorical inquiries answered in uncomfortably erotic detail
Who wrote the book of love? Book of Love (1990) was a low-budget teen comedy that I rented once on a whim.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 17, 2008

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The Big Hurt: Dr Pepper sickens Axl

Plus Creed threaten to exist again; Camp Freddy awful
Unless we act fast, the darkest chapter in American æsthetic history may soon be revisited.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 12, 2008

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The Big Hurt: The YouTube anime mystery

What the hell is wrong with the Internet? Thorpe utterly fails to investigate . . .
YouTube is now so shockingly complete in its catalogue of illegally uploaded music that it's like a cheap jukebox that plays every song, ever.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 02, 2008

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The Big Hurt: Weezy unplugged

Plus Auerbach unbound and Glitter undeterred
Our dream of a post-racial America moved one space closer to "king me" on the checkerboard of terrible metaphors this week
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 24, 2008



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The Big Hurt: The Obama jubilance debriefing

When celebrities celebrate, metaphors suffer
Obama is the first president in history to drop a HOVA reference in a campaign speech by way of a little hand-brushy motion, and rappers turned out in droves to support him.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 19, 2008

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The Big Hurt: Peace capes

Plus Moz yarns, Osmond extensions
The dismissal of the drunk-driving case against Britney Spears has brought a ceremonial end to the downfall that ushered in a new Golden Age of tabloid journalism.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 10, 2008

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The Big Hurt: The week in digital mishaps

Internets threaten Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, and sexy bits
Say what you will about Kid Rock, but I will not allow you to deny that the man is a fucking artiste .  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 15, 2008

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The Big Hurt: Rotten butter

John Lydon spreads it on thick. Plus, intrusive devices and CGI pissoirs
John Lydon spreads it on thick. Plus, intrusive devices and CGI pissoirs
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 08, 2008

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The Big Hurt: Hagar the horrible

Plus award-winning awards and buggering Beatles
I was reading a fascinating article about Sammy’s new record deal, and an epiphany struck: every year, Sammy looks more and more like the Dude.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 24, 2008


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