POP Call for Writers: Funkadelic, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana, Pearl Jam

This fall, our Poets Off Poetry section will publish anniversary tributes to Funkadelic, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and Metallica. This is an open call for writers to submit 150-200 word blurbs — thoughts, ideas, associations, reminiscences — about any or all of them. We are looking to publish many short pieces about each. If you would like to see an example, check out last year’s Radiohead tribute, 10 Years of Kid A. More details below. The deadline for all pieces is November 5. E-mail all submissions to editors@coldfrontmag.com and put “POP Call for Writers” in the subject line.

40 Years of Maggot Brain

“…But you were making preparations / For the coming separation / And you blew everything we had.”

Funkadelic’s landmark album Maggot Brain was released in 1971. You can read a bit about it at Pitchfork. Wikipedia comments that “The album incorporates musical elements of psychedelia, rock, gospel, and soul music, with significant variation between each track.” George Clinton’s ensemble here features legends like Bernie Worrell, Garry Shider, Billy Bass Nelson, and guitarist Eddie Hazel in his landmark performance of the title track. If you feel compelled, write something up!

20 Years of Loveless

“And I’ll sleep tomorrow / And it won’t be long.”

My Bloody Valentine’s classic Loveless will turn twenty this year. Many have called it the best album of the 1990’s, but it nearly caused the band’s record label to go bankrupt during production: “My Bloody Valentine’s relationship with Creation Records deteriorated during the album’s recording, and the band was removed from the label after the record’s release due to the difficulty and expense of working with [Kevin] Shields. While Loveless did not achieve great commercial success, the album was well received by critics.” Find out some more facts, including the army of engineers brought in for this album, by checking the its Wikipedia page. Then write something up and submit!

20 Years of Grunge

“I feel stupid and contagious”

Nothing impacted the rock world of the early nineties like two classic albums that were released in late 1991: Nirvana’s Nevermind and Pearl Jam’s Ten. As Wikipedia dictates, “Nevermind was responsible for bringing alternative rock to a large mainstream audience, and critics subsequently regarded it as one of the best rock albums of all time.” And for Pearl Jam: “Regarding the lyrics, Vedder said, “All I really believe in is this fucking moment, like right now. And that, actually, is what the whole album talks about.” Vedder’s [often topical] lyrics for Ten deal with subjects like depression, suicide, loneliness, and murder.” It’s worth mentioning that Kurt Cobain often had kind words about Vedder, but also said that Pearl Jam was “pioneering a corporate, alternative and cock-rock fusion.” Whatever their influence, both albums famously–and briefly–brought a seriousness, even a conscience to pop music that much of the ’80’s mainstream was missing.