Anna Minard claims to "know nothing about music." For this column, we force her to listen to random records by artists considered to be important by music nerds.
THE SHAGGS Philosophy of the World (Third World)
Right now, I'm sitting outside a Starbucks in a big outdoor mall—don't ask me why, it's complicated. It's a beautiful day, but all I can smell is asphalt, exhaust, and potted plants. At the table next to me are two attractive young women wearing TOMS shoes, talking earnestly about their relationship to God and how hard it is to read the Bible often enough. Surrounded by all of this wholesome Americanness and looking at the Shaggs album cover, I was thinking they wouldn't be quite subversive enough for this moment.
Wrong! These freaks are amazing! What is going on? Right off the bat: "The skinny people want what the fat people's got/And the fat people want what the skinny people's got/You can never please anybody in this world." That's called "Philosophy of the World." And I don't think they can really pronounce their r's. I'm not sure they can play their instruments very well, either. They appear to have either no sense of rhythm or a really elevated sense of rhythm that's so good it sounds like no rhythm.