UK rock bible NME has issued its list of the "Coolest People Of 2002." Sweet. I am further looking forward to "Coolest Pantaloons Of 2002," "Best Hair Of 2002," "Looks Hottest In A Wifebeater," and "Best Personality" awards, as well. "Coolest People?" How about "Trendiest People Of Right Now, But Have Fun Picking Them Out Of A Police Lineup In 4 Years?" The list is theoretically derived on a basis of "celebrat(ing) the explosion of artists who've made music exciting again, who look good, sound incredible and live and breathe the essence of cool."
Also appearing on the seemingly arbitrary list of trendy folk includes Dolf De Datsun of New Zealand '70s-flavored acid rockers The Datsuns. Nothing overly revolutionary about sounding like AC/DC meets Deep Purple in my book. Other people who may fit the "better to burn out than fade away
" title include Marcie Bolen of The Von Bondies and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The list is topped by Jack White of the White Stripes, who I'll agree fits the requisite description. According to the weekly magazine, part of the reasoning for his placing atop the list is due to reintegrating blues into rock music, helping to defeat the evil monster that was "new rock" and for turning his back on megabucks and not selling his music or likeness to the Gap. So, yes, Jack fits the bill. Others top-10ers include Mike Skinner of The Streets, Jack's partner in crime, Meg White and members of The Vines, The Hives and The Strokes. It's cool to be trendy!
NME's Top 10 Coolest People of 2002:
Jack White (The White Stripes)
Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes)
Dolf De Datsun (The Datsuns)
Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Mike Skinner (The Streets)
Meg White (The White Stripes)
Marcie Bolen (The Von Bondies)
Craig Nicholls (The Vines)
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist (The Hives)