Amazing what it can do just a few plucks and strokes and BAM you’re in a new mindset.
As 2018, the best and worst year of my life comes to an end I bid farewell to rocknycliveandrecorded.com A swan song!
I have had some fabulous experiences with this site and the troop of writers and contributors we have had the distinct honor of working with. From our knock down drag out fights of the early days (where did we find that energy!) I take away the memories of slagging Epitaph Records and their staff, Jahn Wenner and The rocknrollhalloffame (that’s intentional- it’s like a typed dis) among many others. Our first experiences with press lists and the entire early 2k emo scene. Good times. Stressful times as we all learned our place and stretched the boundaries on this whole ‘blog’ thing.
The extensive and never ending pursuit of justice for Elliot Smith- seriously, a psychic was brought in so don’t ever claim no one ever tried to sort it all out. Writer Alyson Camus to this day is hammering away on that- he owes her one.
The reader comments that would bring me to tears- so mean, so amazingly mean- pretty insane. It certainly gave me perspective on how mankind is not very kind!
From the Grammar police to the punctuation Nazis we had them all and under the direction of Iman Lababedi we learned how to bob and weave the nonsense. We became better writers, we got tougher, we let it roll. I met some amazing people, and some true morons. I’ve interviewed idols and listened to music that made me want to vomit. I look back on it all rather fondly- oh how different things were. Here’s a factoid- I’m dyslexic so every word I write takes double the time of a ‘normal’ person. That being said there was a time I wrote daily- but had to reel that in due to a period of some heavy duty medical stuff. Not because I didn’t want to but because I was quite ill. But I’d pop back in now and then for a live review or coverage. Hell there was a time we were doing 10 posts a day. No cut and paste, dayummm.
The site has evolved so much over the years. Still run in the capable hands of Iman and his left coast legend Alyson Camus. It’s amazing what those two do- and where that never ending energy comes from. They’re fabulous, and I wish them an eternity of great experiences.
But all good things come to an end. And songs will always jet me back to earlier days. I never stopped to think what my final rocknyc post would be because I never thought it would end – but it now has. For a sense of closure on a very vital part of my life I offer up Hel’s Top Ten Memory Triggers
1- “Can’t Stop Partying” Weezer. I thought Lil Wayne was using scissors, Iman informed me it was a lighter.
2- “Green Shirt” Elvis Costello I ain’t never heard a demo version so beautiful before
3- “Empire State of Mind” Alicia Keys I hated the song but I loved how it felt
4- “Fuck and Run” Liz Phair God in heaven never have I hated an ‘artist’ more- and had the argument to prove it
5- “Hate Me” Blue October Man did I love this band- something about the mental instability of its leader
6- “Starman” David Bowie didn’t know what time it was the lights were lo oh oh…
7- “Coin Operated Boy” Dresden Dolls this song was on such repeat I’m surprised I can stomach it anymore!
8- “Evil Woman”- ELO a song I loved turned to one I hate more than any song ever in a blink
9- “Big Poppa” I had no idea who Biggie was until rocknyc… how about that, y’all
10- “Convoy’ CW McCall in the early days a glitch caused this video to open every time the site was refreshed!
10-4 Good Buddy
There are many, many more. What a great spectrum!
As I embark on the next chapter I thank you all for your eye movement wish happiness and success to all rocknyc’rs past and present including Mike Nessing, Robert Nevin (where it all began!), Alyson Camus, Woody Fuller, SoHoJohnny and of course the one and only Iman Lababedi… peace and love to you all.
Hit it Mr. Hope “Thanks for The Memories”
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – April 1983 (Volume 14, Number 11)
the final issue edited by Susan Whitall
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