PITTSBURGH—Decrying the omission as a blatant attempt to stir up controversy, music buff Miles Sherman told reporters Friday that he was pissed to see Blanche Ring’s “Come Josephine In My Flying Machine” left off Pitchfork’s “Best of the 1910s” decade-ending list. “This is such typical Pitchfork horseshit—you’re seriously telling me the greatest song by Blanche Ring doesn’t even land a mention on their rankings?” said Sherman, shaking his head in disbelief as he noted that you couldn’t take a step in the early 20th century without hearing Victrolas playing Ring’s distinctive soprano as she sang about an aviator taking his dearest gal to the moon in a flying contraption. “Oh, I’m sorry that Blanche goddamn Ring, the queen of the vaudeville circuit, doesn’t meet your oh-so-precious standards for great music. Meanwhile, they’re putting crowd-pleasing crap like ‘Play That Barber-Shop Chord’ and ‘Turn Your Light Off Mister Moon Man’ in the top 10. It’s like, are you fucking kidding me? Jack Norworth? Christ, I had to double-check the page just to make sure I wasn’t losing my mind.” At press time, a visibly exasperated Sherman was questioning whether any of the writers who compiled the list were even alive in 1913 to see the true impact of Ring’s “Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay”.
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