Nicholas Pell is a freelance writer based in Southern California by way of Portland, Ore., and Providence, R.I. His work has also appeared in Playboy, Vice, Salon and Made Man. When not irritating the Internet with his unpopular opinions on music, he enjoys professional wrestling, Archie Comics, drinking himself into a coma and getting tattoos excluding him from every getting a real job again. Contrary to popular opinion, he aspires to be the Rick Rude of rock journalism, not Lester Bangs with a hipster mustache.
12 days ago | Unpopular Opinion
“And in the beginning there was the word, Freebird. And Freebird would be yelled throughout the centuries. Freebird, the mantra of the moron.” - Bill Hicks I don’t understand why the Allman Brothers’ stock has risen over the last few years but Lyn...
26 days ago | Unpopular Opinion
I recently had some friends visiting from the States. That’s right, kids; not only do I not live in L.A. anymore, I don’t even in live in America. It can be a bummer not being able to walk around with a handgun or five and they don't even celebrat...
1 month ago | Unpopular Opinion
I know it’s fashionable to mock Danzig, but if I die tomorrow I want to be known as the man who cried out, “Enough!” There’s nothing funny about Danzig, all right? Unless your name is “Gordon Lightfoot” or “Lemmy,” his worst performances are order...
1 month ago | Lists
What is classic rock? It is one of the most nebulous terms in the music business. When exactly does the classification of classic rock begin, and where does it end? How do you compare different eras with disparate talents with other rockers who ma...
2 months ago | Albums
I was actually kind of surprised at how angry people were about my "Bat Out of Hell Is Better than Born to Run" article. I didn’t even say I didn’t like Born To Run, just that I liked Bat Out of Hell better. A friend of mine asked if my ...
2 months ago | Unpopular Opinion
Strap yourself in, kids. This is one of those "Unpopular Opinions" where people are going to accuse me of being a Radiohead-adoring elitist (oh hell no) or a Justin Bieber fanboy (I have literally never heard Justin Bieber, so for all I know, he c...