Comments: Why it's better to not use words sometimes

With a name like Cockburn, he's definitely better off not using words.

Posted by Billy Joel at September 26, 2005 07:21 PM

I'm not sure what you're objecting to here. Just the "years ahead of their time" part? They're hardly the first to use *that* phrase.

Posted by blahedo at September 27, 2005 04:52 PM

Well, then they should have learned from other people's mistakes.

Posted by Francis at September 27, 2005 05:01 PM

You're right. They should stick to blurbing "they're out of this world."

Posted by Orange at September 27, 2005 06:55 PM

Anyway, to be less glib, saying someone was years ahead of their time makes sense when they are, oh, a visionary scientist or something. When the phrase is used to refer to a guitarist who is playing instrumentals that are excellent examples of their form, but fall squarely within idioms that were well established at the times of the recordings, it seems kind of risible.

Posted by Francis at September 29, 2005 02:04 AM

Well, why didn't you say that in the first place?

Posted by Orange at October 4, 2005 05:38 PM

Sheer laziness.

Posted by Francis at October 4, 2005 06:01 PM

Tsk.

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