Although it’s long since earned its status as a classic rock track, David Bowie’s 1973 single “Life on Mars?” - taken belatedly from his 1971 album, Hunky Dory - has suddenly received a boost in popularity thanks to its inclusion in the first episode of FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Recent rumblings about Morrissey reportedly compiling a Ramones best-of collection have inspired many members of the press to make sure that everyone knows how ironic this supposed assignment is, since his negative opinion of the band was so strong in 1976 that he wrote a letter to Melody Maker on the matter, calling them…well, we’ll get to that. In the interest of equal opportunity, we just wanted to make sure people realize that Morrissey was inspired to break out his writing utensil of choice on a regular basis in his pre-Smiths days, offering others his opinions of many artists, some of which - believe it or not - were actually favorable.
“We’re not arrogant, we just believe we’re the best band in the world.” - Noel Gallagher.
For a few glorious years, they just might have been right.
When Lauren Bacall died on Tuesday, August 12, it was the end of an era: we now live in a world where none of the 16 celebrities cited within the lyrics of Madonna’s “Vogue” still walk among us. To memorialize this sad occasion, let us take a stroll back in time and run through this roll call of famous names once more, but this time let’s also remember several other songs that these folks have popped up in the lyrics of as well.
27 years ago, the soundtrack to Joel Schumacher’s teenage vampire flick The Lost Boys hit record stores, a collection filled with originals and covers recorded by big names and purported up-and-comers, some of whom might well have faded into obscurity were it not for their contributions to the album. To celebrate the anniversary of the soundtrack, take a look back through the track listing and learn a few things about the artists who were represented on the record.
This week, Duran Duran’s Rio album is being reissued on 180-gram vinyl, which seems like as good an excuse as any to revisit the record and offer up a few tidbits about some of its songs that may have flown beneath your radar over the years.
Big Lebowski fans know there is much wisdom in The Dude’s words, but we can’t abide his hatred of the Eagles. Here are 9 reasons this aggression against The Eagles will not stand.
29 years ago today, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – the synthpop duo better known as Pet Shop Boys – released their first single on Parlophone Records, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money).” In celebration of this momentous anniversary, take a look and a listen back at this song and nine other classic singles from the PSB discography and, in the process, perhaps learn a few Pet Shop Boys facts that you might not have known before.
Think the Four Seasons are just some oldies act? Mr. Sinatra, Mr. Soprano and a few of their friends just might have something to say about that.
Over the years, Bette Midler’s music has often been dismissed for being too schmaltzy or because she tends to go way, way old school with her cover choices, and while the former might be relative, as to the latter, she tackled the Rosemary Clooney songbook in 2003, then followed it in 2005 by covering the Peggy Lee songbook. Not that there’s anything wrong with tackling standards, but there was a time not so long ago when Midler was turning in versions of some pretty awesome contemporary tunes.
Geek pride, turned up to 11. Mordor…Are You Ready To ROCK?
When Enya, Michael McDonald and Sweet Baby James were singing, streets were listening … apparently.
During the ’80s, Ian McCulloch, the lead singer of Echo & The Bunnymen, was every music journalist’s favorite interview subject, thanks to a tendency - one which he still possesses even now - to deliver absurdly bold declarations destined to be pull quotes. If you thought Kanye West was the king of outrageous statements, it’s time you were introduced to “Mac the Mouth.”
With a performance at this year’s SXSW, it’s time to catch up, America!
The classic track gets a crazy gender-swap treatment. Ladies: kick back, relax, and enjoy the show.
You know the lyrics. You know the beat. Discover the history behind the 80s’ greatest dance track.
You may know him as the leader of Chic, but this musical wizard is responsible for producing some of the greatest tunes of our time:
In celebration of Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday today, here are 10 songs from the legendary songwriter that will have you singing her praises.