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The most important thing I discovered during the EMP conference: [Apr. 22nd, 2007|01:07 pm]
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David Lee Roth supposedly once said, in reference to critics not taking Van Halen seriously, "Rock critics like Elvis Costello because rock critics look like Elvis Costello"

(though actually, if the alternative to looking like Elvis Costello is looking like David Lee Roth, I'm not sure how biting the insult really is).

Anyway, after attending part of the EMP pop conference this weekend, I think we need to update this quote, because I didn't see ANY pasty skinned, short haired, skinny men in glasses and ties attending the conference.

"Rock critics like _____ because rock critics look like _____"

The only possible answers I have so far based on personal observations are "Sarah Vowell""Doug Martsch" (of Built to spill) or "Tenacious D", except that I don't think any rock critics actually like Tenacious D, so that last one doesn't really work. And since Sarah Vowell, while admired by journalists, is also a journalist, that one doesn't work, either, because it really ought to be a musician in the blank. Ditto "David Cross", although I sure saw a lot of guys there that resembled him.

Ideas? The quote either needs to be updated, or Buddy Holly glasses need to be provided to all rock critics upon acceptance of their first freelance piece.
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2007-04-22 08:14 pm (UTC)
Ted Leo maybe?
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[User Picture]From: mugsimo
2007-04-22 08:24 pm (UTC)
I know neither what rock critics look like or what they like, so I just couldn't say. I think maybe David Lee Roth is just jealous of Elvis Costello. We all know David Lee Roth would look better with Buddy Holly glasses and a haircut anyway. Some talent might not hurt, either.
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[User Picture]From: rimrunner
2007-04-22 08:27 pm (UTC)
I only got Buddy Holly glasses after I was no longer really writing rock criticism. (I still review for Blues Revue, but that's about it for the music writing these days. Oh, and the Widdershins column.)

(though actually, if the alternative to looking like Elvis Costello is looking like David Lee Roth, I'm not sure how biting the insult really is).

Especially recently. Looks like that rock-star high life has caught up with you, Dave...
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[User Picture]From: cookalexv
2007-04-22 08:43 pm (UTC)
speaking as a rock critic....Frank Black

but I look like Dave Thomas from Pere Ubu in my mind's eye
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2007-04-23 12:27 am (UTC)
They probably did look like Elvis Costello back when DLR was in VH; in 2007, 100% of males who do anything even tangentially related to music look like Doug Martsch.
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From: ex_agentcoo
2007-04-23 05:42 am (UTC)
I've always assumed they look like Elliot Smith.

Doug Martsch looks like Michael Gross, which forever and always associates him with Family Ties in my mind. Far too wholesome a look for rock critics.
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2007-04-23 05:24 pm (UTC)
After going to the Sound Opinion web site (http://www.soundopinions.org/about.html), I'm stumped thinking of anyone that dorky selling millions...
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[User Picture]From: cereko
2007-04-24 12:37 pm (UTC)
john linnell
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