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From "The Rock Snob's Dictionary"
by David Kamp and Steven Daly

Clark, Gene. Brooding, handsome founding member of the Byrds who quit the band in 1966 after having written songs that included “Feel a Whole Lot Better” and “Eight Miles High.” (Ironically, Clark’s fear of flying contributed to his exit.) Subsequent albums such as Echoes (1967) and No Other (1974) achieved cult status for their audacious blend of pop, country, and gospel, and a 1968 collaboration with banjoist Doug Dillard, The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark, is also considered a Rock Snob classic. Entire musical careers have been constructed on emulation of Clark, in particular where the more countryish bands in the 1980s Paisley Underground scene were concerned. But none of Clark’s albums sold beans during his lifetime, their poor commercial performance hastening his alcohol-related decline and premature death in 1991.

-core. All-purpose suffix used to convey a punkish undercurrent or an extremity of vision; derived from hardcore, the word used to describe the California thrash-punk scene of the late 1970s. Loungecore describes the over-egged easy-listening vogue; jazzcore describes the kind of breakneck, intricate instrumental music that Frank Zappa played on his excursions into jazz territory; emocore enjoyed a brief vogue as a term for sensitive-but-punk-steeped music for depressive teens, before being superseded by the more succinct term “emo.”

Coruscating. Critic-beloved adjective, literally meaning “giving forth flashes of light; sparkling,” that is invariably used to describe guitar solos or riffs. John Frusciante turns in some coruscating guitar work on the new Chili Peppers album.

-- The Rock Snob's Dictionary
David Kamp and Steven Daly


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