An innocent eye (and ear) might see the name Joy Division and imagine upbeat, sunny pop. My late grandmother surely would have. However, this isn't what you'd call a "misleading" name for a rock group that produced tense, dark music for three years before frontman Ian Curtis killed himself, once you learn that Curtis took the name from a Holocaust-themed… read more!
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After hearing about her son Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994, Wendy Fradenburg Cobain O'Connor reportedly muttered, "Now he's gone and joined that stupid club." She was referring to "The 27 Club," those famous pop stars from the 1960s who all died at 27. In honor of Cobain's death - 13 years ago today - I thought I'd list nine people… read more!
The title of this list pretty much explains everything. You know, rock stars becoming friends, deciding to collaborate, etc. Some of these cases of famous artists singing backup are well known. Others, not so much. MICK JAGGER, "You're So Vain". Although the honoree of Carly Simon's '70s classic remains a secret - James Taylor? Warren Beatty? - it's not such… read more!
Although I've now lived in the Los Angeles area for almost half my life, I'm still a Northern California boy at heart - raised in Cupertino, home of Apple and about forty miles south of San Francisco. So this is my tribute to all the Bay Area recording artists who have given the world a wealth of great music. While… read more!
I'm always fascinated when I find out that a hit song performed by one popular musician was actually written by another popular musician. This is especially true for these two living legends: Prince and Bruce Springsteen. Here's a list of their songs that were made famous by other people. (Note: despite rumors, current thinking dismisses the notion that Prince also… read more!
Years ago, Tower Records used to publish a free magazine called Pulse!, with a section devoted to readers' submitted lists of their "desert island discs" - the ten music albums that they would take with them if stranded on a desert island. In other words, their ten favorite records. Well, I do things in nines around here, and although this… read more!
Why is it that rock stars seem to get all the girls (or boys)? I suppose it has something to do with talent, fame and charisma. It sure doesn't have anything to do with beauty. To prove my theory, I have listed the nine ugliest that I could think of, out of hundreds of contenders. (In fact, there are so… read more!
"Moratorium" is a good word: it's a legal term that means, in this sense, "a suspension of activity". The following nine songs have reached such a level of media saturation that their activity should be suspended for at least fifty years. People may still listen to them in the privacy of their own homes, but please, no more use in… read more!
My buddy Jon once asked friends to each send him two songs people could "get it on" to for a mix CD. I guess if you're horny enough, you can get it on while listening to anything. Or can you? This list is inspired by a story my girlfriend told me about kissing someone, when suddenly the theme from Ghostbusters… read more!
Pop music and film music have always gone hand-in-hand. For decades, the "Best Original Song" Oscar winner was not only a major radio hit, but was often written (or cowritten) by the composer of the film. Lately, though, as rock stars stare 40 in the face and decide they want to do more with their lives than play reunion concerts… read more!
The late great Roy Orbison experienced two waves of popularity: the first came in the late '50s/early '60s, when he established himself as a dramatic (if not exactly hunky) singer/songwriter who effortlessly mixed pop, country, blues and even opera together and emerged with his own distinctive sound. The second came after decades of general neglect, when David Lynch decided to… read more!
This list is a little too late, as it was in December 1999 when radio stations, magazines, and MTV "counted down" the most popular tunes of recent times, calling them "the top 50 songs of the millennium". It was a misnomer: such countdowns never included a song before 1950 (if that). I do not believe that Michael Jackson's "Beat It"… read more!
What sort of music does the average nerd groove to? Hard to say. In this DJ-infested era, there are plenty of self-proclaimed "nerds" who have taken to the turntables and become huge stars with the club crowd. But real nerds tend to gravitate away from that which suggests sexuality, anger, soul, or coolness, and toward music drenched with humor, harmlessness,… read more!
Although he wrote a song about it, David Bowie never committed rock & roll suicide. But many famous musicians did check out this decade, all by their own hand. It's a distressing signal to be seeing so many of them: before the '90s, rock's only noteworthy suicides were Joy Division's Ian Curtis (in 1980) and the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious… read more!