Some things become passé with the passage of time. Like spandex biker shorts. Remember when those were hot? Other stuff transcends the era in which it was created. Sorta like oatmeal. It’s always on the menu.
Sure, it’s easy to take a young, all-female band such as the Coathangers, mash them up with the city’s oldest beer-can-crushing stripper, and label the former trendy and the latter timeless. But that barely scratches the surface. Because there’s nothing more timeless than watching a band full of cute twentysomethings provoke extreme reactions by throwing their femininity in everybody’s face. On the other hand, if you’ve never had Blondie jab you in the face with her tits at the Clermont Lounge, you have yet to receive a true gag gift.
Likewise, Atlanta’s emerging rock scene is brand-spanking new compared with the city’s entrenched rap industry. Yet bands such as the Black Lips and Deerhunter put Atlanta on blast in ‘07 with timeless techniques like DIY touring, grassroots promotion and buzz-worthy performances. Meanwhile, homegrown hip-hop relied on the viral marketing of YouTube dance-offs, mixtape massacres, and a fleeting fantasy to “Party Like a Rockstar.”
Just like the city, the vibe Atlanta emits is a little bit country and a little bit controversial. Put the two together and you get something greater than the sum of our parts.
Call it spandex-flavored oatmeal.
– Rodney Carmichael
Best Ballot Stuffers BOA Award Winner
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It&#146;s a thin line between what we call ballot-stuffing and having a huge, supportive fan base. Every year one band runs away with the reader&#146;s choice in a number of categories, and we scratch our heads wondering how it was done. This year, CRAZY ANGLOS swept three categories: best local new music act, best music video shot in Atlanta and best Georgia-based band MySpace page. The group&#146;s guerilla street-team tactics have earned it a massive local following. But if you&#146;re not convinced by numbers alone, ask yourself how many rap-core bands you know of that won the John Lennon Songwriting Award? Yep, that&#146;s what we thought.less...