Vintage music and beat content throughout history and the music archives.
- Top Story - October 2023
Heavy Metal Cheese
Yeah, heavy metal is dark, spooky, and undeniably the TOOL OF SATAN to ensnare young people and get them to grow their hair out, wear denim vests, and not bathe as frequently as they once did. Some metal, however, not having got the memo from Central Casting, goes above and beyond the call of duty, taking the infernal into the realm of the comical.
OF LIMBO Announces Tour With Faster Pussycat
Hotly tipped rockers OF LIMBO are cranking up the van and heading out for a fall tour with Faster Pussycat in support of their latest release “California Demon” – Tour dates below.
Introduction The concept of this came to mind and thought it would be a fun thing to do before I disappear to Whitby. It also makes me feel a little like the Count from Sesame Street and then between him and Whitby, you start to think Dracula, or I do.
Drawn to the Dark
1972 was the year I began the shift from teeny-bopper to hard rocker. When I look back, I think of it as an almost overnight shift, but of course it wasn’t. The first time I heard an older boy sitting in the back of my school bus play “Stairway to Heaven” on an acoustic guitar when I was in 10th grade, I was a goner. I ran out as soon as I could and picked up Led Zeppelin IV. There would be no more Donny Osmond or David Cassidy for me after that until I reached the age of nostalgia.
Thirtieth Century Man
Introduction This is lifted from a Seven Days In Post written two years before Scott Walker died but has been getting a few views. The man was the epitome of a true artist so was not to everyone's taste, but I find his work absolutely amazing.
- Top Story - October 2023
Sure Plays Mean Pinball
I've seen the Who's rock opera Tommy, directed outlandishly and lavishly by Ken Russell, so many times the movie is permanently recorded in my subconscious. Be that as it may, yesterday I rewatched it at four in the morning and was surprised that it didn't honk off the neighbors. You want to avoid that, pinball wizard or not.
Echoes of Passion
In the small village of Tymoshivka, nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Ukraine, a young boy named Karol Szymanowski was born. The year was 1882, and the world was yet to fathom the waves of music this unassuming child would create.
The Curse Of The Musical Legends
Take four famous musical icons whose children have tried to follow in their footsteps: Bob Marley, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole - legends in their own time, with Marley still making a great impact in ours. Having followed the progress of their children over the years, it became patently obvious to me that neither of these rich, wealthy and talented ofspring will ever be 'legends' like their fathers, no matter how hard they work and how desperately they wish to make their own name. In fact, they will always be hovering just over the sea of attention while being judged every step by their father's fame. Dad will always be hanging around like a sweet smell to remind them of their position.
The Wisdom Of Frank Zappa
Introduction In my Vocal posts, I often mention Frank Zappa, his music and his words. You can read some of these stories here.
Hüsker Dü - "The Living End"
Searching, ever searching... Melodies soar, the guitars fuzz and buzz, and staccato drumbeats fire like miniature truth grenades onto the top of the listener's skull. Bob Mould holds forth with a middling plaintive growl, somewhere between a reasoned, cultured singer and someone pleading for the return of his soul from a very, very dark place, with enough harsh, abrasive tinge to his snotboy vocalizations to offset the bitterness and grief. But all of that is what you'd expect from a rock review, right?
Rifkin's Final Victim
Dave Rubinstein (a.k.a. "Dave Insurgent") was the lead singer of Eighties hardcore punk pioneers REAGAN YOUTH, a band that started in the hallways of Forrest Hills Highschool in Queens, where the Ramones hail from. Originally created by Rubinstein, a rebellious youth whose father fought in WW2 and whose mother survived Auschwitz, Dave started the band with his friend Dave Bukija (Dave Cripple), often getting a physics teacher to roadie for them. In time, they changed their original name, which was "Pus," to the more marketable (but no less offensive) REAGAN YOUTH. The name is meant as a satirical joke on the right-wing conservative policies of Ronald Reagan, and the Hitler Youth.
Top Death Metal Videos
Death. It's what's for dinner (after the long, slow lunch buffet of life). Whether or not you "savor the salt" of your earthly existence, or clench your jaw and raise your fist at the capricious whims of an unjust God, you can't deny that, once upon a time, death metal was poised to go mainstream. Of course, that never happened, despite certain bands courting major label success.