Episode 13. Discussion – Ambitious Projects in Popular Music, Part 1

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On this episode of lo-fidelity, we briefly discuss what it means to have an ambitious project in popular music. Is Jeff right when he posits “the only difference between bravery and stupidity is the result?” Two examples will be observed in this episode to help us decide: The Flaming Lips’ 1997 four-CD experiment Zaireeka, and Guns N’ Roses’s Chinese Democracy from 2008.


Velocities in Music – Radiohead – An Artist Deep-Dive (pt. 2 of 3): http://velocitiesinmusic.libsyn.com/radiohead-an-artist-deep-dive-pt-2-of-3

Zaireeka liner notes: http://www.oocities.org/~notyep1/flips/zaireeka.htm

Backspin: Wayne Coyne on The Flaming Lips’s Zaireeka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gxaC0sKQrA

Charlie Todd: How To Throw A Zaireeka Party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yhh2GzB-CE

Axl Rose explains “Chinese Democracy” [House of Blues 2001]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_rhKC7jPH0

Guns N’ Roses – Live in New York City 2002-08-29 [MTV Video Music Awards]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TcPWmr-9wk

Appetite for Distortion – Ep. 31 – The REAL story behind Chinese Democracy?: https://soundcloud.com/theafdshow/ep-31-the-real-story-behind-chinese-democracy

Guns N’ Roses Cancel Rock In Rio Appearance, Axl Rose Blames Buckethead: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/guns-n-roses-cancel-rock-in-rio-appearance-axl-rose-blames-buckethead/

The Coming Alive Podcast – Episode 4: A Conversation with Buckethead: https://www.thetoolsbook.com/blog/a-conversation-with-buckethead

Doctor’s Orders (NY Post, March 26, 2008): https://web.archive.org/web/20081216120028/http://www.nypost.com/seven/03262008/gossip/pagesix/doctors_orders_103529.htm

Why Chinese Democracy’s Fine Print Is Way More Fun Than the Record Itself (Rob Harvilla, The Village Voice): https://www.villagevoice.com/2008/11/26/why-chinese-democracys-fine-print-is-way-more-fun-than-the-record-itself/

Who is Currently Singing for Guns N’ Roses, and What Have They Done with Axl Rose? (metalsucks.net, October 17, 2017): http://www.metalsucks.net/2017/10/16/who-is-currently-singing-for-guns-n-roses-and-what-have-they-done-with-axl-rose/


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