My Generation by The Who (1965)

•12 January, 2009 • 1 Comment

My Generation by The Who (1965)Popular opinion has a funny way of working. When most people think of The Who, they think of Who’s Next (recorded in 1971), or worse Who Are You (recorded in 1978). Of course, anyone with a passing knowledge of musical history should know that The Who go back to 1964 (or further, arguably). Most bands change substantially over seven (not to mention fourteen) years, which makes The Who’s first LP worth investigation at the very least.
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Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan (1965)

•6 January, 2009 • 2 Comments

Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan (1965)Duluth is a port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of St. Louis County. The fourth largest city in Minnesota, Duluth had a total population of 86,918 in the 2000 census. The metropolitan census including outer suburbs and villages was estimated to be roughly 184,000. At the westernmost point on the north shore of Lake Superior, Duluth is linked to the Atlantic Ocean 2,300 miles (3,700 km) away via the Great Lakes and Erie Canal/New York State Barge Canal or Saint Lawrence Seaway passages and is the Atlantic Ocean’s westernmost deep-water port.
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Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds (1965)

•30 December, 2008 • 2 Comments

Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds (1965)As you probably know by now, Bob Dylan was a fairly important musical man. He took the old folk tunes (back then they were the new folk tunes) and added levels of depth that Woody Guthrie et all never quite considered. What he didn’t do (at least before 1965) was turn his music into electric twelve string driven harmony fueled pop.
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Scissor Sisters by Scissor Sisters (2004)

•27 December, 2008 • 2 Comments

Scissor Sisters by Scissor Sisters (2004)Back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth, there was GLAM! A musical genre devoted to moustachioed men in women’s clothes who sometimes played music. Unfortunately, it died before the turn of the 1980s, at the beginning of a great musical ice age. Well, for better or for worse, some lizards survived whichever cataclysmic event fits this metaphor most conveniently, which leads us to (the) Scissor Sisters.
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Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division (1979)

•26 December, 2008 • 3 Comments

Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division (1979)Once upon a time, there was a band called Joy Division. They had a bassist a bit like John Entwistle, a singer a bit like Jim Morrison, a guitarist (and keyboardist) a bit like Robert Fripp, and a drummer a bit like Jaki Liebezeit (Can you guess?). And they stole every other element of their music from Wire. But importantly, they made music. Up until the point where the singer did himself in. After that, nobody seemed to care about this music.
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Abbey Road by The Beatles (1969)

•9 December, 2007 • 2 Comments

Abbey Road by The BeatlesĀ (1969)1969 saw the end of an era. The hippie movement was still going strongly, of course (not unlike the Vietnam war), but one momentous event changed its direction to some degree: The Beatles split up. But why is this so important? Surely it would take years to find out. Well it really only takes a few spins of Abbey Road.
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The Rolling Stones by The Rolling Stones (1964)

•5 December, 2007 • Leave a Comment

The Rolling Stones by The Rolling StonesĀ (1964)It’s hard to believe that in 1964 Rock and Roll wasn’t a global phenomenon. In fact, it hadn’t even spread the entirety of the US by that point. In short, England needed some Rock and Roll gods to come from Rock and Roll heaven and spread the good word around. Actually, this already happened in the form of The Beatles, but the poms wanted a second helping, and so they got The Rolling Stones as well.
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