21 episodes Somewhat Sports is a weekly podcast where we mainly discuss sports but we also venture into everyday discussions, sometimes silly, sometimes serious. We want to invoke deep thought in some spaces while breaking it up with fun back & forth conversation. Somewhat Sports is a weekly podcast where we mainly discuss sports but we also venture into everyday discussions, sometimes silly, sometimes serious.
“My nadir was Never Let Me Down,” said David Bowie in 1995. “It was such an awful album.”That view is shared by the critics: on its release in 1987 it was described by Rolling Stone as “the noisiest, sloppiest Bowie album ever”. Thirty years after its release, the critics were still putting the boot in: in his 2016 book On Bowie, the writer Rob Sheffield described Never Let Me Down as “an all-time low”.
I was asked to write some words on Kim Deal, who has quit the Pixies after 25 years, but really I only need the one: Gigantic. Deal earned few songwriting credits in the Pixies and sang lead vocals on even fewer, but Gigantic, from the band's 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa, was among their best moments: jaw-droppingly sexual ("my big, big love") and catchier than a medieval plague.