In his column titled, Take Thatkins, Bill Cope threw down a gauntlet not only to yours truly, but to anyone who has dared slap on a pair of giant JVC headphones or slip a bluetooth headset over one ear from the mid-1970s on.
Readers' comments on his, uh, piece, include "Sounds great, Bill," and one young reader wrote "I'm 27 yrs old, but still, I'm very familiar with at least 90% of Cope's list."
However there's also a "What? No Grateful Dead? You should be ashamed of yourself, Bill," and the above mentioned 27-year-old at least suggested Radiohead belonged on a list of great musicians (to which I wholeheartedly agree). But then someone wrote, "Tony Orlando and Dawn are the best," in all caps and with way too many exclamation points nearly rendering the whole thing null and void.
Yes, I'm working on my own list. I just have to be careful; if I pick the wrong couple of years and have to include Michael Bolton, no one will ever believe anything I write again.
And Cope, if you're so smart, maybe you can save the music industry...