We Love Losers and we Love our own Losers more than many.
Following on from last week's most popular outsideleft stories of all time. Here now are our least popular stories of all time.
I won't say you're right but thanks to our readers for avoiding
these stories like the plague, otherwise we wouldn't have this list,
and as much as we love losers, damn, we love lists.
So then, no more ado, below, our Bottom 20 LEAST read stories of the past six months.
- Beach Houses by Lamont (December 15th)
least popular story of all time! An early rewording of a press release
about one of our favorite books ever! Long Beach Architecture, The
Unexpected Metropolis by Cara Mullio and Jennifer M. Volland.
Astonishingly this slipped and stayed under the radar. Later, an interview with the ladies was far more widelyread.
- And They Called It Puppy Love by Alarcon (January 24th)
Britney caught shopping, with hairless mutt in hand, amazingly no one wants to read about it or see the pictures.
- The Sculpture of John Frame by Lamont (January 25th)
will say this for myself, I have consistently offered up the stories
that nobody wants to read and the Sculpture of John Frame was no
exception. I will recklessly claim however that it is my fervent belief
that more people have read this story than saw the show in Long Beach.
- Behind the Counterculture #20: Lenny Henry by Lake (June 23rd)
generally hugely popular Behind The Counterculture series can
apparently still throw up the occasional stiff and no one seems to care
about where comedian Lenny Henry goes to the toilet.
- Morrissey on My Back by Alarcon (January 10th)
say oh how the mighty have fallen if anyone could recall a time so far
back when Morrissey was mighty. A mundane Quarry record - we're blaming
the producers and no interest the tales told by his sidekick...
- The Big Not-So-Easy by Alex V. Cook (March 16th)
tale of yet another casualty of too-much-life, Alex's review of the
recent Yellow #5 record managed to hit none of the spots with our
- No Sugar, I Take it Black, Thank You by Alex V. Cook (January 24th)
What if The Black Keys released a great record and nobody came?
- NO WORDS NO PICTURES: a depreciation of David Bowie by Lake (Jan 2005)
the very early days we were arch recyclers. This story was culled from
an aging fanzine. File under: Another Bowie story no one wanted to read.
- I Just Got Back From Naumann by Lake (Jan 27th)
an otherwise popular and lovable series, 300 Words From London, the
Bruce Nauman edition proved to be something of a stinker in the eyes of
you readers. Well, you brutally ignored it, at least.
- The Ghost of Jeffrey Lee, Coming Back to Haunt Me by Joe Ambrose (February 5th)
Ambrose author of From the Moshpit has written some of our most popular
stories of all time. His appraisal of the Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce
wasn't one of them.
- Release the Wiser, Older Bats by Alex V. Cook (February 14th)
Valentine's Day review of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Lyre of
Orpheus/Abattoir Blues release, unlike the album itself which is pretty
great, gets no takers from our public.
- The last hope for the late late show by Alarcon (Jan 2005)
Alarcon's back pages a story no one wanted to read, his interview with
former Late Late Show host Craig Kilborn, the popularity or lack
thereof of this story we feel is symptomatic of the demise of the show
and the lethargy we feel towards it since CBS hired a clown to replace
the cool Mr. Kilborn.
- 2005: A Year in the Preview Mirror by Alarcon (Jan 2005)
Very few of you read our overview of the year ahead, back in January. Spot on as it has turned out to be.
- Remember What Good Albums Sound Like? by Alex V. Cook (February 9th)
M.Ward released 'Transistor Radio' Alex V. Cook was not alone in loving
it. His review of the album though, appears to somehow have been
condemned to solitary confinement of sorts...
- Behind the Counterculture #4: Michael Hutchence by Lake (Feb 14th)
for some inexplicable reason, no one wanted to know what INXS' Michael
Hutchence was doing at the Record and Tape Exchange in London. Maybe,
as the CBS show 'Rock Star', aiming to find his replacement for the
band (hosted by Dave Navarro) rolls out, we'll be inundated. Not
a moment too soon, either.
- Together in Electric Dreams by Lamont (February 1st)
Digital Retro by Gordon Laing, a pretty popular book about the history of personal computers. A clunker with our audience.
- Reformed Catholic by Mindy Strouse (Dec 2004)
Remember Frank Black/Black Francis? Apparently not.
- Rufino Tamayo: A Search For The Essence by Lamont (Dec 2004)
for the Essence brought together a selection of 41 "mixographs" and 34
other works from private institutions and collectors in the United
States and Mexico. And about 75 readers to the outsideleft story of the
- Jon Bard's Five Great Soul Records You've Most Likely Never Heard Of.. by Lamont (Feb 7th)
Bard's dj's a great soul radio show out of Colorado and he gave us a
list of great soul records you've never heard of. Telling, really. You
still haven't heard of them.
- God Save the Queen, er, King by Alex V. Cook (February 9th)
& Wine - Woman King was released to great fanfare elsewhere in
February. On our pages though, who knows why no one reads this stuff.
If we had you vote in the least handsome man in rock contest, then Sam
Beam would probably prove far more popular.
Obviously then, when we file our next report we're hoping that our
least widely read list will include a lot of stories most of you have
read and fewer you've never heard of...