One Note

One Note Wonders & Opinions on Madonna

Join Jim and Greg in their celebration of the One Note Wonders of rock and roll. They may only do one thing, but they do it really well.

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Music News

Legendary hit-maker and label head Clive Davis announced that he'll be stepping down from his post at Sony BMG. He'll remain on as“chief creative officer,”but this is definitely a demotion for the man who broke the careers of Whitney Houston, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, and most recently, Leona Lewis. With Lewis on the path towards diva-dom, why's Davis being pushed out now? Jim and Greg surmise that the music mogul just became too expensive for Sony? Davis is perhaps the perfect representation of the old way of doing business in the music industry. But with album sales down, music videos gone and music radio on the way out, it may be time for the old guard to change.

Fans of print music journalism will be disheartened by the next news item. According to recent reports, ad revenues for major music magazines like Rolling Stone, Vibe and Blender are significantly down this quarter. Only Spin is experiencing growth, but that's after a dismal couple of years. This comes after the news of smaller titles like Harp and No Depression closing up shop. Jim and Greg speak with No Depression co-editor and co-founder Peter Blackstock about the magazine's decision to cease publication. Blackstock sees this trend as evidence that there's been a devaluation of the written word in our culture. But, he's hopeful that the long-time alt-country title will be able to thrive on the web and in longer magazine/book form.


One Note Wonders

Rock and roll is an art form that traditionally values change and transformation. But, there are a number of terrific artists and bands who have sustained careers by doing one thing really well. The best examples of these one trick ponies are The Ramones, AC/DC and Motörhead. Fans of these bands know that their sounds don‘t change from album to album… but they don’t care! Jim and Greg celebrate these and other One Note Wonders. Here are their nominations:

reviewHard Candy (Deluxe Version)Hard Candy available on iTunes

Madonna Hard Candy

If there's any artist who is the opposite of a one note wonder, it might be Madonna. The pop diva prides herself on her chameleon-like ability to transform from one look or genre of music to another. So, how does she fare on her 11th studio album Hard Candy? Greg thinks not so well. Madonna teamed up with super-producers Timbaland and Pharrell to give her an up-to-date sound, but Greg thinks it's more retro than cutting edge. For the first time the notorious button-pusher seems kind of bored to Greg. He gives Hard Candy a Trash It. Jim is shocked to hear this review. He had fun listening to Madonna for the first time in years. The beats are there, the grooves are there, and he recommends people Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. Alicia Keys,“Fallin'”Songs in A Minor, MBK, 2001
  2. Uncle Tupelo, No Depression, No Depression, Rockville, 1990
  3. The Ramones, I Can't Give You Anything, Rocket to Russia, Sire, 1977
  4. The Ramones, Locket Love, Rocket to Russia, Sire, 1977
  5. The Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop, The Ramones, Sire, 1969
  6. AC/DC, T.N.T., T.N.T., Albert Productions, 1975
  7. Motorhead, Ace of Spades, Ace of Spades, Bronze, 1980
  8. Stereolab, Wow and Flutter, Mars Audiac Quintet, Elektra, 1994
  9. Rage Against the Machine, Killing in the Name of, Rage Against The Machine, Epic, 1992
  10. Cocteau Twins, Cherry Coloured Funk, Heaven or Las Vegas, Capitol, 1990
  11. The Smiths, Reel Around the Fountain, The Smiths, Rough Trade, 1984
  12. Creedance Clearwater Revival, Run Through The Jungle, Cosmo's Factory, Fantasy, 1970
  13. The Strokes, Last Night, Is This It, RCA, 2001
  14. Run DMC, It's Tricky, Raising Hell, Profile, 1986
  15. Jesus and Mary Chain, Upside Down, Barbed Wire Kisses, Warner Bros., 1988
  16. Beirut, Postcards from Italy, Gulag Orkestar, Ba Da Bing!, 2006
  17. Galaxie 500, King of Spain, Today, Aurora, 1988
  18. The Jesus Lizard, Gladiator, Liar, Touch and Go, 1992
  19. Madonna, 4 Minutes, Hard Candy, Warner Bros., 2008
  20. Madonna, She's Not Me, Hard Candy, Warner Bros., 2008
  21. Shawty Lo, They Know, Units in the City, Asylum/D4L, 2007
  22. Johnny Thunders, Get off the Phone, LAMF Revisited, n/a, 1984
  23. Tim Fite, Hey Man, Over the Counter Culture, n/a, 2007
  24. Disfear, Testament, Live the Storm, Relapse, 2008
  25. The Kinks, The Village Green Preservation Society, The Village Green Preservation Society, PRT, 1968

Footnotes Clive Davis Out Of The Spotlight Sony BMG Music magazines shaking and rattling Record labels hit by demise of music magazines No Depression The Ramones AC/DC's Motörhead Stereolab The Strokes Jesus and Mary Chain on AllMusic Rage Against the Machine The Cocteau Twins Run DMC Jesus Lizard The Smiths on AllMusic Beirut Madonna Timbaland Pharrell