In an article called Me, On Shuffle for Esquire magazine, Chuck Klosterman compiles “all the best parts of all the rock songs I consistently enjoy the most, in the hope of figuring out whatever they have in common” to define “a unified field theory that defines what I like about sound.” Turns out, not much. But it’s an amusing read for any music freak who’s ever struggled with the idea. And hey, who hasn’t?
• The acutely sleazy guitar lick Mick Mars plays behind the beat on Motley Crue’s “Ten Seconds to Love,” particularly from :30 to :44 on that track.
• The vocal sequence from Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” where she sings and talks to herself at the same time, which starts at about 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the song.
• Pretty much all the bass playing on “Paperback Writer” and “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”
Plus, there are audio snippets. Although they’re provided in the annoying AIFF format — really?