Oh Fudge

The Internet age has given the written word a half-life on par with nuclear fuel rods. As evidence, consider an out-of-the-blue reaction to "Heavy, Man," a list of the ten worst concept albums ever made.

"Heavy" was penned by Serene Dominic, who used to be a frequent contributor to the Phoenix New Times, one of this publication's sister papers. Granted, the article's very funny -- but Westword printed it in November 1996. So imagine our surprise when a letter writer chose this morning to weigh in on Vanilla Fudge's The Beat Goes On, Dominic's choice as the nadir of long-playing conceptualism. "While I agree that The Beat Goes On was not a good album," the e-mailer noted, "their rendition of 'Fur Elise,' in my opinion, was awesome."

At last, justice for Vanilla Fudge. Better late than never. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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