Cool is indefinable, but instantly recognizable. Some time ago, the Xnet2 Liste knocked around some lists of those who were cool and those who weren’t. Who’d we conclude were cool in the world of music? Among others, we (and by we, I mean I, here and here alone) came up with: Damo Suzuki, Sterling Morrison, Moe Tucker, John Cale, not Lou Reed (he tries too hard), Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Alan Vega and Martin Rev, Florian Schneider, not Ralf Hutter (he tries too hard, too, and he doesn’t have that cool Germanic receding hairline thing that Florian’s got), Robert Quine, John Coltrane, Roky Erickson, Bryan Ferry, Marc Bolan, Bob Marley, Carlos Alomar and Dennis Davis and George Murray (Bowie’s greatest rhythm section, cooler even than Bowie), Miles Davis, Polly Jean Harvey, Paul Simonon, Isaac Hayes, Robert Wyatt, Frank Zappa and Johnny Cash. A universe of cool, in one small paragraph. Cool.

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