"Comedy gets no respect," wrote critic Robert Christgau in a piece about the Coasters, "because it gives none." It's a quip's prerogative to overstate matters, so let's forget that Shakespeare's comedies, to pick one of many examples, get altogether too much respect. It's true at least that in the standard evaluations of rock tastemakers, musicians who double as comedians play third bassoon to musicians with important things to say such as "I am lonely," "I am confused," and "I am both lonely and confused." Pop acts are often, though not often enough, faulted for being humorless, but those too consumed with making people laugh will likely land on the fringes of the exurbs of critical relevance, not far from the full-bore novelty acts. Safest to... More >>>