“I’m in love with my car, got a feel for my automobile…” – QUEEN
This completely over-the-top quinceanera dress was worn by Katy Perry during her appearance on MTV’s Los Premios awards show in 2008. She famously dove into a giant birthday cake while wearing it and performing her first smash single, “I Kissed a Girl”.
Though rock ‘n’ roll music is now over 60 years old, it remains predominantly a boy’s club. Why is that? Is the swagger necessary for good rock music inherently masculine? Are electric guitars too phallic? It can’t be that simple.
Paul Kossoff was one of the truly inspired guitarists to emerge from the late ’60s British blues scene and his group, Free, had a soulful, laid-back groove that made their hard rock punch all the more powerful.Think of the half-time swagger of “Fire and Water” or the amazing vibrato of the timeless “All Right Now”. That stuff rocks like hell.
Ed Sheeran’s success as a pop star has always been a bit of a head-scratcher to me. As a pop writer, I get it – he’s got an undeniable ability to tap into the current zeitgeist and crafts a 3-minute earworm as well as anyone this side of Sweden – but as a performer he just seems sort of vanilla. Shows you what I know.
This morning, he released two singles from his upcoming album, Divide. Let’s give ‘em a listen.
A truly seismic shift in popular culture happened 26 years ago today – but no one involved had any idea that what they were doing would fundamentally change the world, spell the commercial death of an entire musical genre and usher in what was the last true rock ‘n’ roll youth movement.
On this date in 1991, Nirvana signed with Geffen’s DGC records – a major label.
They sold out, maaaan!
Revolutions Per Minute presents “THIS BAND DOESN’T SUCK” – a look at a contemporary artist who is helping dispel the notion that music in the 21st century is a desolate wasteland of suckitude.
December 8th has been cemented forever in the history of popular culture as a BAD DAY. On that date in 1980, John Lennon was senselessly murdered by some loser whose name I don’t remember. Twenty-four years later – to the day – another nameless loser climbed onstage at the Alrosa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio and shot Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott to death. What the hell is wrong with people?
It’s that time of year again, kids! Gather round while we celebrate the commercial achievements of the usual suspects (many of whom are genuinely talented) and give token nominations to “arty” projects in order to preserve a veneer of credibility. It’s the 2016 Grammy® Awards!