When I opined that Classic Rock had lost its relevance and significance in the contemporary music industry, it does not mean that Classic Rock is no longer important. In fact, Classic Rock is a critical asset to film and TV producers as directors utilise Classic Rock to create a vibe in film and TV series that contemporary pop music just cannot replicate. Which brings me to The Best Classic Rock Film and TV Scenes.(more…)
Tag: Rock History
It has been more than 25 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, the last rock iconoclast that had a major impact on popular music before the rise of hip-hop. That is a generation ago and since then, Classic Rock as we understood the genre in the last forty years has declined to insignificance as a cultural force.(more…)
Station to Station is the opening track on David Bowie’s classic 1976 album of the same name. Clocking in at over 10 minutes, Station to Station is Bowie’s longest studio recording and is seen as a pivotal landmark in Bowie’s musical development in the 1970s. That decade was a seminal epoch for many influential rock genres and Bowie had his finger on the pulse of most of them!(more…)
THE BEE GEES : HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART (MOVIE REVIEW)THE BEE GEES : HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART (MOVIE REVIEW)
The Bee Gees : How Can You Mend A Broken Heart is a music documentary directed by Frank Marshall about the Gibb Brothers viz. Barry, Robin and Maurice. The documentary basically focuses on the two main eras in which the trio were at their most successful i.e. the late 1960s and a decade later in the late 1970s. There are also cursory examinations of their fallow periods in between and after these phenomenal heights but nothing much in depth.(more…)
All Right Now is the ultimate British expression of the blues-rock explosion of the late 1960s and the hard rock movement of the early 1970s. Arguably, All Right Now is also the signature tune of Free, consisting of Paul Rodgers (vocals), Paul Kossoff (guitar), Simon Kirke (drums) and Andy Fraser (bass).(more…)
Neil Young has turned 75! So it’s probably the best day to present to you the click baiting listicle I call The Best Neil Young Songs Of All Time! AND… I have given myself the nigh impossible task of just naming TEN songs! But I think I am well satisfied with this list, keeping my selections to the less obvious and focusing on deep cuts. Without further ado, The Best Neil Young Songs Of All Time (in alphabetical order, natch!)(more…)
It’s hard to imagine classic rock – the music genre that defined the seventies and birthed punk and metal – even existing without the significant contributions of the Rolling Stones. Thus, it’s appropriate to look at the best Rolling Stones songs of all time!(more…)
The Best Beach Boys Songs of All Time : I have shared my Beach Boys story before but it bears repeating. Prior to the 90s, I was not a fan. Like many rock fans who started listening to music seriously in the mid-70s, the Beach Boys were a joke, an oldies band singing outdated surf-rock. Sure, in my time coming across best albums list, I did hear of Pet Sounds but never took time to explore.(more…)
An introduction to the best XTC songs of all time!
XTC is one of the best bands of all time. That’s an opinion I expressed in an earlier post. The Swindon band originally consisted of Andy Partridge (vocals, guitar), Colin Moulding (vocals, bass), Terry Chambers (drums) and Barry Andrews (keyboards). Andrews departed in 1978 to be replaced by Dave Gregory (guitars) while Chambers left the band in 1982 when he emigrated to Australia. The band was reduced to a duo for its final two albums, when Gregory parted ways with XTC in 1998.(more…)
An introduction to the best Beatles songs of all time.(more…)
ROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS : THE BEATLES SUPER DELUXE EDITIONROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS : THE BEATLES SUPER DELUXE EDITION
After the success of last year’s Sgt Pepper remix reissue, this 50th anniversary edition of my favourite Beatles album was the one to look out for!
Mention Styx online and chances are you are going to be trolled. But for a time, the pop-rock quintet were one of the biggest bands on the planet.
ROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS | POP CLASSIC SONG : PRETENDERS – “BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG” (1982) [PoP20 REMIX]ROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS | POP CLASSIC SONG : PRETENDERS – “BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG” (1982) [PoP20 REMIX]
PRETENDERS “Back on the Chain Gang” (off the album, Learning to Crawl)
When Roxy Music first appeared in the early 70s, they were the consummate art-rock combo.
ROCK HISTORY | POP POWER !!! TEARS FOR FEARS – RULE THE WORLD : THE GREATEST HITSROCK HISTORY | POP POWER !!! TEARS FOR FEARS – RULE THE WORLD : THE GREATEST HITS
80s music powerhouse Tears For Fears return with a greatest hits compilation which includes two new songs viz. the anthemic “I Love You But I’m Lost” and the balladic “Stay”.
ROCK HISTORY | 1971 – NEVER A DULL MOMENT BY DAVID HEPWORTHROCK HISTORY | 1971 – NEVER A DULL MOMENT BY DAVID HEPWORTH
The story of the ascent of rock music is lovingly told by the author, who turned 21 that year. The context behind many of the classic rock artists and albums is vividly described. Well researched with detailed accounts, the reading enjoyment is enhanced by a Spotify playlist of course!
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ROCK HISTORY – THE KEY GENRES THAT MAKE UP POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! PART IIROCK HISTORY – THE KEY GENRES THAT MAKE UP POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! PART II
Last time out, we took a closer look at POWER POP in our analysis of the key genres that make up our preferred musical styles. Next, we look at POP.
ROCK HISTORY – THE KEY GENRES THAT MAKE UP POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! PART IROCK HISTORY – THE KEY GENRES THAT MAKE UP POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! PART I
We love analysing our favourite music, which as it now stands, we apply the all-encompassing term POWER POP ROCK N ROLL to define. We do not believe that any artist or band worth their salt would create music that could be pigeon-holed so easily, which is why our term POWER POP ROCK N ROLL comprises quite a few key genres that we will spend a fair bit of time to discuss. We begin with POWER POP!
ROCK HISTORY : ELVIS COSTELLO – UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INKROCK HISTORY : ELVIS COSTELLO – UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK
Like most artists that emerged during the post-punk/new wave era, Elvis Costello suffers from the same dilemma, that is, of being perpetually branded as a product of the 80s music scene.
Considering that rock legend Bruce Springsteen is famous for his lyrical genius, the very idea of a Springsteen memoir is exciting and intriguing. Would an autobiography match up to the cinematic lyrics found in classics like “Born in the USA”, “The Promised Land” and of course, “Born to Run”?
Back in 1980, singer-songwriter Billy Joel was already railing against the stratification of rock & pop music.
The legendary David Bowie passed away on 10th January 2016, mourned by music lovers worldwide. On what would have been his 70th birthday (i.e. 8th January), the No Plan EP was released.