Music

The 8 Best Power Trios of Our Generation

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Wikipedia defines a power trio as “a rock and roll band format typically having a lineup of guitar, bass, and drums. “ I define it as the purest form of rock and roll, simple yet influential. Some of the early power trios were Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience in the 1960s. Since then, bands have tweaked the standard definition […]

5 Inexcusable Radio Edits

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We all know the message that flashes on the screen before watching a movie on TV: The following film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit this screen, to run in the time allotted and edited for content. Viewer discretion advised. Basically, that message lets the audience know that […]

Backseat in the High Life: More Backseat Drivers of the 80s

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After I wrote the previous column on Backseat Drivers of the 80s, I had quite a few songs leftover from my list. I thought no sense letting all that research go to waste, so here I am to spread more great 80s music featuring famous backup vocals. There were many great duets in the 80s, […]

Awesome Instrumentals of the 80s – Side 2

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The decade of the 80s proved that instrumental songs could still top the charts. Whether it was Herbie Hancock and M.A.R.R.S. using turntables, synthesizers, and mixers or Kenny G and Joe Satriani using traditional instruments, Side 1 of this column examined some great innovative instrumental tracks. Now it’s time to fast forward and flip the […]

Awesome Instrumentals of the 80s – Side 1

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Lyrics? Where we’re going, we don’t need…lyrics!   The reason that I celebrate the music of the 80s over other decades is simple…variety. Top 40 radio in the 80s was a melting pot that spanned from British new wave to the early origins of hip hop and rap. No bias or traditions dare got in […]

The 80s Court: Peter Cetera vs. Chicago

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Does anybody really know what time it is? No, it’s not “25 or 6 to 4.” It’s time for another edition of the 80s Court, where we pit those ambitious lead singers against their former bands. In this edition, we’ll look back at one of the most successful American rock bands of all time. In […]

A Little Help From Our Friends: Backseat Drivers of the 80s

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Once a musical artist makes it big, we usually assign to them the stereotype of having big egos and being selective of who they choose to work with in the future. But it seems in the 80s and even in earlier decades, there were many well-known singers and musicians that would jump in the backseat […]

Careless Whispers & Smooth Criminals: A Tale of 80s Covers Gone Wrong (and Right)

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If you’ve known me for more than five minutes, you know how I feel about music from the 1980s. If you’ve known me for more than 5 weeks, you might know how I feel about artists who sample songs from the 80s in their music. (See my Sloppy Seconds of the 80s article on this […]

The 15 Biggest Two-Hit Titans of the 80s

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The 1980s are well known for their one hit wonder bands and artists like Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Devo, Soft Cell, Tony Basil, Kajagoogoo, and of course my favorite- Flock Of Seagulls. I’m not ashamed to admit…some of these songs were just plain awful; however, many of them happened to have a catchy hook. In some […]