I’ve been spending a bit of time recently listening to a pretty good podcast called “The Canon”.
The premise is very simple: each week movie critics Devin Faraci and Amy Nicholson pick a film and debate (often hotly) whether it merits entry into “The Canon”. Occasionally, they’ll do a head to head (e.g. Rocky vs First Blood) with only one movie being granted entry.
The hosts have pretty good chemistry, they clearly love/hate the movies they’re discussing and they also get some decent guests to help them out: Henry Rollins on Apocalypse Now being a recent highlight.
I’d recommend giving it a listen if you’re a movie fan Details below.
Anyway, the thought this lead me to was that this concept would probably make for a pretty decent thread or two on here. So, I propose we start with music: which albums do you feel are worthy/unworthy of gaining entry to the Afterword Canon? Feel free to debate with all the snark and vim evident on the podcast itself.
A couple of quick ground rules:
* We’re looking for consensus choices. I think Revolver is a load of old cobblers, but it’s clearly going to make any notional Afterword Canon – just shouting “well I don’t like it” isn’t enough, you need to make an argument for why the record in question is good/bad and merits a precious place in the firmament of aceness/should be expelled into the dark wasteland of the UnCanon.
* Just to sweeten the pot a little: no more than one album per artist will be admitted into the Afterword Canon.
* Don’t just chuck a list of album titles out there. Take the opportunity to present a bit of a supporting argument, otherwise your selections will be more easily swatted away.
Let the nominations/recriminations begin!