Re: RARA-AVIS: Everything's Noir?

Date: 19 May 2007

I figure noir (and hardboiled) as a label long ago reached the same status as rock 'n' roll, so inclusive as to be nearly useless -- any term that encompasses both the Stooges and the Cowsills (and rap has now been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) is not very helpful. And just as new rock bands are studiously trying to channel older bands, say Interpol with Joy Division, they are so intent on aping the surface style and production that they forget about the core. This is not to say there aren't still a lot of worthy practicers in both genres, it just take some looking. And frankly, hasn't it always? Every age later labeled golden, also contained a lot of crap that has been left by the wayside and forgotten.


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