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Chuck Eddy

Chuck Eddy

Chuck Eddy was born in Detroit in 1960. After starting his journalism career with The Village Voice and Creem, where he published one of the first national interviews with the Beastie Boys[1] in the mid-1980s, Eddy then wrote for Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly and other national and local publications. He is also the author of Stairway to Hell: The 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe, and The Accidental Evolution of Rock and Roll.

In 1999 he was hired as the music editor at The Village Voice, where he served for seven years. After leaving the Voice in 2006, he briefly wrote a thrice-weekly heavy metal blog for MTV's URGE and a monthly page of capsule CD reviews in Harp magazine called "The Last Roundup". From 2006 to 2007, he worked as a senior editor for Billboard magazine.

Eddy currently freelances from Austin, Texas. He contributes a regular "Essentials" column to Spin; blog entries and several reviews every week, and occasional video interviews, to Rhapsody.com; and frequent pieces to The Village Voice, eMusic, and other outlets. He has also programmed several artist-specific web radio stations for Clear Channel.

He has published book chapters in several anthologies, including: The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll (Random House, 1992); Spin Alternative Record Guide (Vintage, 1995); Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: Music And Myth (NYU Press, 1999); Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth (Feral House, 2001); Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine (Collins, 2007); and 1000 Songs To Change Your Life (Time Out, 2008.)

His anthology Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism, was published by Duke University Press in 2011.

List of articles in the library by artist

2 Live Crew: Banned in the U.S.A.: The Luke LP Featuring the 2 Live Crew (Luke/Atlantic) ***

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, September 1990

ODDLY ENOUGH, given the unprecedented barrage of anxiety Luther Campbell's foul mouth has inspired, the 2 Live Crew doesn't have a remarkably inventive mind forsin. ...

ABBA: The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Plays ABBA Classic (Atlantic)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, April 1992

IT'D BE REAL easy to make fun of this one. But think about it: It was ABBA, after all, that most successfully turned postrock pop ...

AC/DC: AC/DC Live

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, December 1992

AC/DC's ROLE as rap-music progenitor cannot be overlooked. ...

Aerosmith

Profile and Interview by Chuck Eddy, Creem, October 1987

"WHAT IF BEINGS from another dimension telepathically force us to change our moral overview? What then??" ...

Juan Atkins, Kurtis Mantronik: Juan Atkins: Wax Trax! MasterMix Volume 1 (Wax Trax!/TVT)***½; Kurtis Mantronik: I Sing The Body Electro (Oxygen Music Works) ***

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, February 1999

Two techno pioneers prove why they're legends ...

A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm ***

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, April 1990

INASMUCH AS THE arch and arty New York hip-hop foursome A Tribe Called Quest exudes any enthusiasm at all on its debut album, that enthusiasm ...

The Beastie Boys: Lay it Down, Clowns!

Profile and Interview by Chuck Eddy, Creem, May 1987

"They took the doors off their hinges and moved them around. They flooded two floors with the fire hoses. They plugged up the toilets and ...

Pat Benatar: True Love  

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, June 1991

TO HER CREDIT, Pat Benatar has never been a purist. From the beginning, this opera-trained mom has not cared whether you classified her as a ...

Bikini Kill: Bikini Kill EP (Kill Rock Stars) **½

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, February 1993

ANY DECENT PARENT would be proud of a daughter who staked her claim as a "riot grrrl" these days. ...

The Black Crowes: By Your Side (Columbia)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, February 1999

Whenever I shoot pool, my first jukebox quarter inevitably goes to 'Hard To Handle' by the Black Crowes, which inspires such grand delusions of well-endowment ...

Blind Melon: Soup (Capitol)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, October 1995

'NO RAIN' by Blind Melon was a very popular song around my house two summers ago — all I can say is our life was ...

Candlebox: Lucy  

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, November 1995

CANDLEBOX WERE lifted out of Seattle by Madonna instead of by Sub Pop Records, and their audience tends to be teenage girls. So they're maligned ...

Dead Kennedys: The Dead Kennedys: Goodnight, Democracy

Report by Chuck Eddy, Spin, September 1986

Sure, the Dead Kennedys are offensive, but obscene? It must be Jello, because jam don't shock like that. ...

Depeche Mode: Violator **

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, June 1990

AS EDISON MIGHT have put it, most great disco is one-percent inspiration, ninety-nine-percent perspiration. Its unguarded vulgarity is what puts it over – "I'm not ...

The Electric Eels: Electric Eels: God Says Fuck You (Homestead)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, April 1992

THE ELECTRIC Eels inhabited the same '70s Ohio milieu as Pere Ubu, the Pagans, X-X, the Styrenes (whose new It's Artastic: Cleveland 1975-79 is prog ...

Everclear: So Much for the Afterglow (Capitol)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, November 1997

A DECADE AGO, I pushed my toddler son's stroller through Ann Arbor, Michigan, where marijuana was almost legal and even adults dressed like college students. ...

Debbie Gibson: Deborah Gibson: Body Mind Soul

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, March 1993

USED TO BE the most risqué thing about Debbie Gibson was how in 'Lost in Your Eyes' you could hear her sing "I get weak ...

Guns N' Roses: The Ten That Matter Most '85-'95: Guns N' Roses

Retrospective by Chuck Eddy, Spin, April 1995

GUNS N' ROSES surprised me in 1987 simply by being search-and-destroy young punks who weren't afraid to sing and dance. ...

Hanson: Middle Of Nowhere (Mercury) ***

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, June 1997

'MMMBOP', the debut hit by kiddie trio Hanson that's now warming up Top 40 charts and fourth-grade hearts, sticks in your brain like Trident in ...

House Of Pain: House of Pain: Same As It Ever Was (Tommy Boy)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, September 1994

IF I WERE in high school now, I'd feel threatened by House of Pain — they remind me of the burr-headed white gutterboys who congregate ...

Michael Jackson: Sound of Breaking Glass: Michael Jackson's Dangerous

Review by Chuck Eddy, Village Voice, The, December 1991

HEY, SO HOW COME nobody's compared the fucker to There's a Riot Goin' On? Well, maybe Riot without the cocaine. Or okay, okay, Fresh then, ...

Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant: Robert Plant, Technobilly

Interview by Chuck Eddy, Creem, June 1988

A FEW MONTHS back, Robert Plant walked into Atlantic Records' London offices and played 'Scream', by Ralph Nielsen & The Chancellors. Now, I dunno if ...

Liquid Liquid: Liquid Liquid

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, November 1997

LAST TIME WE heard from them (in 1995), aging eye-shadow poster boys Duran Duran had a hit cover of Grandmaster Flash's eerie 1983 cocaine rap ...

Malcolm McLaren, Pop Will Eat Itself: Pop Will Eat Itself: Cure for Sanity; Malcolm McLaren: Round the Outside! Round the Outside!

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, April 1991

EVER SINCE the Who and the Stones, if not the Revolutionary War, uppity British ironists have made a habit of "elevating" vulgar American pop crazes ...

Meat Puppets: Mirage (SST)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, June 1987

EVERYBODY ALWAYS SAYS Arizona's Meat Puppets sound like they're on drugs, but I wouldn't know about that kinda thing. To me, they just sound like ...

Megadeth: So Far, So Good... So What! (Capitol)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Creem, June 1988

THE PRIMARY reason Megadeth is famous, and probably the only reason they're on a major label, is because Dave Mustaine used to be in Metallica. ...

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Film/DVD/TV Review by Chuck Eddy, Village Voice, The, July 2004

LAST FALL, a hilarious 3,000-word review of Metallica's unlistenable St. Anger by some guy named Colin Tappe circulated over the Internet. ...

Metallica: CorseStates Center Parking Lot, Philadelphia

Live Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, February 1998

IT WAS DUBBED the "Million Decibel March," but Metallica's purported return to hard rockin' drew a crowd you might expect to see at a Bryan ...

Alanis Morissette: Addicted To Love: Alanis Morissette: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Maverick)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, December 1998

The biggest female rock star of the '90s returns with an album even more schizo than Jagged Little Pill ...

Shawn Mullins: Soul's Core  

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, November 1998

FORMER ARMY airborne soldier Shawn Mullins is a sensitive tough guy. Inside the sleeve of Soul's Core – the Atlanta troubadour's seventh album but his ...

New Kids On The Block: A Secret History of New Kids On The Block

Special Feature by Chuck Eddy, Throat Culture, 1992

"Rap is a toilet, not a design for a toilet, or a better toilet...It is the first toilet. It is a toilet for sitting on, ...

Offspring: Ixnay On The Hombre

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, January 1997

IN PURE IQ-test terms – singer Dexter Holland is just inches away from his microbiology Ph.D., for Christ's sake – the Offspring might rank as ...

Offspring: Revenge Of The Nerds

Interview by Chuck Eddy, Spin, March 1995

The Offspring put the pop back in punk and fashioned the indie success story of the decade. Chuck Eddy testifies. ...

Placebo: Without You Nothing (Virgin)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, February 1999

Brits who show their glam peers how to rock ...

Robert Plant: Manic Nirvana (Es Paranza)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, July 1990

LIKE SO MANY of his fellow '70s prog-rockers (Yes, Rush, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Jethro Tull, King Crimson), Robert Plant spent the '80s trying hard to ...

Queen: Innuendo (Hollywood) ***

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, March 1991

ONE WAY TO CONFIRM that Queen never consisted of your typically haughty progressive-rock snobs is to consider the following: In the late Seventies, Emerson, Lake ...

Radiohead: The Bends (Capitol)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, May 1995

THIS IS one of those follow-up albums (like the last Spin Doctors one and, I fear, the next Counting Crows, the Offspring, and Blur records) ...

Andrew Ridgeley: Son of Albert (Columbia)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, September 1990

IN WHAM!, Andrew Ridgeley did whatever it is Chris Lowe does in the Pet Shop Boys. You can't call it "looking pretty for group pictures," ...

Royal Crown Revue: The Contender  

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, September 1998

SNAZZY FEDORAS and a brass section can't hide Royal Crown Revue's tough-guy heart. On their varied and witty fourth album, The Contender, this swinging Los ...

Schoolly D: Welcome to America (Ruffhouse/Columbia)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Vibe, March 1994

EARLY RAP imitated the world it was created in: celebratory house and street parties that suddenly erupted into bloody crossfire from gangster-leaning, stick-up kids walking ...

Roxanne Shanté: Bad Sister ****

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, February 1990

RECORDED BETWEEN laundry loads in 1985 when she was fourteen years old, Roxanne Shanté's first single, 'Roxanne's Revenge', was a spontaneous storm of sassy rap ...

Shonen Knife: Pretty Little Baka Guy & Live in Japan (Rockville)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, June 1991

WHAT REALLY puts the pop-rockettes in Japan's legendary Shonen Knife light-years ahead of such inconsequential Western frauds as "Lush" (how Shonen Knife would pronounce Rush) ...

Superchunk: Tossing Seeds (Singles 89-91)  

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, April 1992

SUPERCHUNK IS A fresh-faced power-pop quartet – three boys, plus a girl on bass – from North Carolina that does one thing and does it, ...

Teena Marie: Teena In Wonderland

Interview by Chuck Eddy, Vibe, November 1994

R&B's honorary soul sister, Teena Marie, has a new album, her own label, and a beautiful daughter — it must be magic. ...

Shania Twain: Come On Over ***

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, December 1997

THE FIRST thing you notice about Shania Twain's Come On Over, once you get past her pretty pictures on the cover, is how the titles ...

Tom Ze: Fabrication Defect

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, November 1998

LONG BEFORE the advent of samplers, Brazilian avant-Tropicalist Tom Zé was uniting seemingly opposed styles and constructing instruments from found objects – blenders, typewriters, floor ...

List of genre pieces

The Hard Stuff: Almost a Dozen Reasons to Like Metal Again

Review by Chuck Eddy, Boston Phoenix, The, July 1998

A FEW YEARS AGO, bored by grunge and late speedmetal and still lamenting the loss of pretty glam in prettier haircuts, I thought loud guitar ...

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