Keep Houston Press Free

Them’s Fighting Words, Broseph!

The best way for a music news outlet to start fiery online confrontations and bring down [sic]-laden tirades against anyone who disagrees? Publish a list of the best all-time “Insert Anything” in music. It’s a foolproof way to make people hate you and make a fourteen-year old rethink all that MTV has taught him. When Rolling Stone did a “greatest guitarist” list a few years back, you would have thought Wenner and Co. had run a picture of Hitler on the cover, under the caption, “I was Right.” Jack White was listed ahead of U2’s the Edge and Pete Townshend. Anarchy broke out.

Online music community Shoutmouth recently wrote up what it though as the 25 greatest punk bands of all time. Anytime you attempt to box in the best of punk, it becomes a pissing contest of mythical proportions. Dead-eyed hipsters come out to declare that Elvis Presley was the original punk rocker. Grizzled scene-vets trot out their own list of bands that played one show and released one seven-inch in 1987 and declare them better than The Clash. Or you get kids that are out of their element and try to rep things like the Offspring, and you get a cyberspace boot-party.

In the spirit of antagonism, why don’t you guys check out the list here and chime in. But remember, even if you win an argument online, you are still the same retarded bastard you were before. Just saying…..

Here’s my addition to the list….. – Craig Hlavaty

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.