Housekeeping — February 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Slicing Up Eyeballs marks first anniversary

Slicing Up Eyeballs

Today marks the first anniversary of Slicing Up Eyeballs, a site launched so very inauspiciously exactly one year ago today with a fairly modest goal: to report on and chronicle the past, present and future of all the great music that was collectively known, back in the ’80s at least, as college rock.

Hundreds of posts later — this is No. 504 to be exact — this after-hours hobby has become a fairly serious endeavor, but still operates under the maddeningly simple premise that if I write about the music I like, it’s bound to interest others who like that music, too. And sure enough, it’s worked. This site has attracted tens of thousands of readers over the last year, and I’ve heard from so many of you in the comments on this site, via e-mail, or on Twitter, Facebook or, now, Google Buzz. So if I haven’t already, thank you for reading, thanks for the news tips, and thank so much for the encouragement and kind words.

Finally, in the time-honored tradition of music-related top 10 lists, we’ll mark this anniversary by looking back at the site’s most-viewed stories over the course of its inaugural year. The rankings aren’t much different than the end-of-2009 list posted on Jan. 1, but there are a couple new additions — most notably this week’s massively viewed item on Alan Wilder performing with Depeche Mode that, after just three days on the site, skyrocketed to No. 3. (Although it’s not going to overtake the No. 1 slot anytime soon; let’s just say people are very interested in the Disintegration reissue.)

See the 10 most-viewed stories of the past year after the jump…

Slicing Up Eyeballs’ 10 most-viewed stories of the last year:

  1. The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’ gets 3CD deluxe reissue in 2010 (Oct. 3)
  2. Gift idea: Vans’ ‘Death to the Pixies’ shoes (Nov. 23)
  3. Alan Wilder joins Depeche Mode on stage at Royal Albert Hall in London (Feb. 17)
  4. U2 plays ‘Unforgettable Fire’ outtake ‘Disappearing Act’ on BBC (Aug. 21)
  5. Rhino Records gutted by layoffs; future of The Cure’s reissues in doubt? (Sept. 24)
  6. Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore subpoenaed in ‘World of Warcraft’ lawsuit (Nov. 24)
  7. Free download: Pixies’ ‘Doolittle’ tour live EP (Nov. 5)
  8. Morrissey: Don’t buy my new box sets — I’m not making money off them (Aug. 8)
  9. John Peel box set features rare tracks by The Cure, Elvis Costello (Sept. 21)
  10. Death Cab for Cutie’s tribute to John Hughes (Jan. 15)


  1. A great site, and has rapidly become my go-to spot for news on the bands from this era/in this category. Congratulations on a great first year.

  2. Congrats! Keep it up, one of the few blogs I read every post.

  3. Love the site – I’m a daily reader. Keep up the great work.

  4. Just happened upon the site today, and I’m an instant fan. Great, great job.

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