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4 Facts you do not know About David Bowie’s Young Americans

4 Facts you do not know About David Bowie’s Young Americans | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

By the time David Bowie recorded and released his album Young Americans in 1975, he had undergone at least three previous transformations from the Space Oddity to Heavy Metalhead to Proto Punker to Ziggy Stardust. Now cooling his jets from leading the glam rock revolution, the tall Brit settled down in Philadelphia to cut the album that would define his next great transformation as The Thin White Duke. Someone at the time described Bowie as the whitest man he had ever met—translucent white. An odd sobriquet given that he was going to put down the grooviest work of his even-then legendary oeuvre. Working with future R&B Grammy winner Luther Vandross, Bowie successfully made his transition to the hip, laidback grooves en vogue in the mid 1970s where funkified rock-pop planted its flag in the Disco Era.

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So where does the legacy of Young Americans leave us today? There is so much to consider in the career of Bowie that it’s difficult to know where to start and stop. Perhaps, the answer is not to look too closely behind the curtain that this master illusionist of rock ‘n’ roll has woven but just marvel at the wondrous auditory landscape beneath our very ears.

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What's the Most Underrated Album in Rock 'n' Roll History?

What's the Most Underrated Album in Rock 'n' Roll History? | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

No doubt, you are familiar with Rolling Stone’s series of Greatest Albums of the 70s, 80s, 90s, all time, etc. However, have you ever stopped to think about what are the most underrated rock ’n’ roll albums of all time? What would be on your list? Would you pick Pink Floyd’s Meddle, the album immediately preceding its commercial and artistic breakthrough on The Dark Side of the Moon? Or would it be something signifying the closing of an era such as Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Outdoor, which turned out to be its studio swan song after the untimely demise of drummer John Bonham?

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To get to the kernel of the idea, you have to think a bit more broadly about rock ’n’ roll. Think about geniuses bringing together influences from Tin Pan Alley, the greats of jazz and even the Beat poets. The most underrated rock album would be from a ridiculously successful band that shot out of the gate on their debut, striking gold—literally and figuratively.

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Why do we listen to Music? One group gives us the Answers

Why do we listen to Music? One group gives us the Answers | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

Why do we listen to music? To express regret? To get our nerve up? To relive a memory? Crimson Glory delves into feelings of recrimination, love lost, determination, horror and more on their little known masterwork Transcendence from 1988 (MCA Records/Roadracer Records). 

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More than up to the task, Crimson Glory put up amazing effort in Transcendence having an alternate-reality, forward-looking perspective of material with a science fiction/fantasy theme in large part.

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Andy Summers talks guitars, effects, The Police, his new band, Circa Zero & King's X

Andy Summers talks guitars, effects, The Police, his new band, Circa Zero & King's X | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

As you said, you have made a lot of different kinds of records – some of them were experimental and avant-garde. The idea of doing full-on, hooky rock music never left you, though


“Well, you know, there’s good and bad in everything. There’s crappy rock and there’s great rock. Genres don’t really matter so much. You might have predilections toward one type of music than the other, whether it’s jazz or classical, country music or rock, whatever you like. Obviously, I’ve had great experiences in the pop-rock field – I’ve done it for years – so it’s not like I forgot how to do it. [Laughs]


There’s a part of me that’s always enjoyed rock. To some extent, I actually enjoy metal bands. It’s thrilling if it’s a great one. I think a band like King’s X is incredible. They’re one of the greatest and not sufficiently recognized bands.

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Rock legend, guitarist of The Police, has high praise for "incredible" and "not sufficiently recognized" progressive metal King's X.

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Change Your Evil Ways: Mark Farner Rocking for God and Against Injustice

Change Your Evil Ways: Mark Farner Rocking for God and Against Injustice | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it
In the long annals of rock and roll, no one stood larger in the hearts and minds of teenagers than Grand Funk Railroad in the late 1960 and early 1970s. Led by drummer Donny Brewer and guitarist Mark Farner, they set the standard for hedonism by which all following rockers are to be judged.
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Mark Farner underwent a spiritual awakening and became a born-again Christian. He reemerged on the musical scene in 1988 with his Christian-oriented rock album “Just Another Injustice.” I saw him on tour that year in support of this album, but unfortunately, he was unable to play the worldly “We’re an American Band,” although he did go through the repertoire of other Grand Funk hits that night in Long Beach at the Bogart’s nightclub.
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Man on Metal Mountain—Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life

Man on Metal Mountain—Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

The dark poet of heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio, has been departed from those of us in the rock ‘n’ roll community for almost four years, having died in May 2010. Though a man of slight stature, he left behind a towering musical legacy to which all sectors of the metal brotherhood continue to pay homage. In that spirit, titans of the genre united to record cover versions of some of Dio’s greatest work.

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The dark poet of heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio, has been departed from those of us in the rock ‘n’ roll community for almost four years, having died in May 2010. Though a man of slight stature, he left behind a towering musical legacy to which all sectors of the metal brotherhood continue to pay homage. In that spirit, titans of the genre united to record cover versions of some of Dio’s greatest work.

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The Fixx plus Bobby Jo Valentine at Mystic Theatre on Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 8:00 PM PDT

The Fixx plus Bobby Jo Valentine at Mystic Theatre on Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 8:00 PM PDT | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it
Get tickets for The Fixx plus Bobby Jo Valentine at Mystic Theatre on Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 8:00 PM PDT
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One Thing Leads to Another: The Fixx at Mystic Theater, Sunday, April 27. Tickets $23.00

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Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Tripping over a Treasure: Guadalcanal Diary’s Flip-Flop

Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Tripping over a Treasure: Guadalcanal Diary’s Flip-Flop | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

Guadalcanal Diary was way ahead of the curve in fighting for the 99 Percent against the oligarchs of the West on its CD "Flip-Flop."

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Guadalcanal Diary was way ahead of the curve in fighting for the 99 Percent against the oligarchs of the West on its CD "Flip-Flop."

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Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Back to the Future: The World’s Greatest Club Collection (Remixes from the 80s and 90s)

Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Back to the Future: The World’s Greatest Club Collection (Remixes from the 80s and 90s) | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

Not being a dyed-in-the-wool dance music aficionado, I was somewhat skeptical of spinning this high-tech wax and dulling my rock sensibilities. But I was reassured by the presence of several acceptable artists on the liner notes such as Dead or Alive, Gary Numan and Information Society.

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The sonic qualities of all the songs have been expertly deconstructed and cleaned up so the message of the music will move you as much as the beats bring the rhythm to your body.

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Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Don’t Choke on the Words: Jägermeister Musictour 2007

Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Don’t Choke on the Words: Jägermeister Musictour 2007 | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

Unlike many of the other CDs I've been reviewing from the archive of Derek Handova, the compilation “Jägermeister Musictour 2007” is of recent vintage. It’s even from this century: 2007.

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Jagermeister Musictour 2007 rocks with Clutch and Stone Sour.

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The five types of music discovery

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How we’ll find new bands and songs now, and in the future – and why your smartphone may be a key factor. By Stuart Dredge


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Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Don’t Choke on the Words: Jägermeister Musictour 2007

Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Don’t Choke on the Words: Jägermeister Musictour 2007 | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it
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Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Hey Jimi! First Person from the Sun: Stone Free (Hendrix Tribute)

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Best Album of Which you have Never Heard

Best Album of Which you have Never Heard | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

When Bill Haley and His Comets were rocking around the clock in the 1950s, nobody knew if the new music form was just a passing fad or a revolution of youth culture that would upend the popular tastes that had endured since the 1920s. Somewhere along the way, rock ’n’ roll got taken seriously. 

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For all their good works, rock reviewers have let many albums slip through the crevices down the decades. Some would cite The Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle, which contained the group’s posthumous hit “Time of the Season,” as the missing link of the British Invasion in 1968. Others might say that something harder edged such as Golden Earring’s 1973 album Moontan with FM favorite “Radar Love” deserves mention. All these LPs would be worthy candidates for best album of which you have never heard. However, it would take a great epochal event of the early 1990s pop culture to seal the fate of that best album.

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Straight Up! Paula Abdul’s Top 5 Videos - CBS San Francisco

Straight Up! Paula Abdul’s Top 5 Videos - CBS San Francisco | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it
Happy Birthday Paula Abdul! In celebration of everything pop and cartoon cat-oriented, here's a list of the pop singer's top videos.
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For the uninitiated—read young—Paula Abdul had a successful music career before she ever joined the judges panel on "American Idol." "Singing" may be a charitable way of categorizing Abdul's music career, but she was a pretty good dancer on some of her 80s videos. And she used to choreograph the Lakers Girls dance team. Some people even mistakenly thought she was married to Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the time.

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Blow Your House Down: John Kay & Steppenwolf Huff and Puff into the 80s

Blow Your House Down: John Kay & Steppenwolf Huff and Puff into the 80s | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it
There was a time when the name Steppenwolf was synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll rebellion. With hits and significant movie soundtrack and album cuts such as “Born to be Wild,” “Magic Carpet Ride” and “The Pusher” Steppenwolf led by charismatic frontman John Kay ruled the airwaves in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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While you will not find any howling, leather-lunged rockers in the spirit of “Born to be Wild” on “Rock & Roll Rebels” it is a divergent platter that went against the hedonism-for-its-own-sake grain of the Decade of Reagan. Speaking of platters, if you are into collector’s items or just like the warm sound of analog records, the Steppenwolf staff recently found some long out-of-print vinyl copies of “Rock & Roll Rebels.” It might be a good investment as well as good listening!

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10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People

10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

Don't let rejection get you down. The world’s most talented people have been there, too. Even U2 and Bono (P. Hewson in the pictured letter) were rejected for a record deal initially.

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What a shock to see that Bono and U2 were rejected out of hand by RSO Records in 1978. Then again RSO was riding high with the Bee Gees at the time and "Saturday Night Fever," so their sound didn't exactly fit the mold.

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Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Not Who You Think it is: Getting it Wrong with Kingdom Come

Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Not Who You Think it is: Getting it Wrong with Kingdom Come | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

Kingdom Come’s debut album showed much promise. Beyond the Zeppesque “Get It On” there are several standout tracks including “Living Out of Touch,” “Now Forever After” and “Shout It Out;” all hard rocking and blues based without any pretentiousness of the Led Zeppelin supergroup mentality of the 1970s. 

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Kingdom Come’s debut album showed much promise. Beyond the Zeppesque “Get It On” there are several standout tracks including “Living Out of Touch,” “Now Forever After” and “Shout It Out;” all hard rocking and blues based without any pretentiousness of the Led Zeppelin supergroup mentality of the 1970s. 

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Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): When it Pours: Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors (Disc 2)

Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): When it Pours: Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors (Disc 2) | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

The 1989 all-star double-CD set “Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors (Disc 2)” is a fascinating collection of tracks by a who’s who of modern and roots rock at the time.

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The 1989 all-star double-CD set “Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors (Disc 2)” is a fascinating collection of tracks by a who’s who of modern and roots rock at the time.

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Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step: King's X Gretchen Goes to Nebraska

Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step: King's X Gretchen Goes to Nebraska | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

If there were ever to be a wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for most underrated bands, one of the first inductees would rightfully be progressive metal act King’s X. 

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“Gretchen” has a very clean but unpolished production value that really rings true. It represented quite the antidote to the classic rock radio virus that broke out in the 80s and has ravaged the airwaves ever since. As an allegorical journey, the album “Gretchen Goes to Nebraska” is quite the trip.

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Hear Metallica’s Epic Tribute to Ronnie James Dio - LIVE 105

Hear Metallica’s Epic Tribute to Ronnie James Dio - LIVE 105 | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it
The guys of Metallica couldn't just narrow it down to one song, so they honored Dio with did a 9-minute medley comprised of 4 songs from his Rainbow era.
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Metallica paying homage to Dio is completely appropriate. Rock on! RIP RJD!

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Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Looking Back Through the Southern Exposure: Exposé Greatest Hits

Derek Handova On the Records (Musically Speaking): Looking Back Through the Southern Exposure: Exposé Greatest Hits | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it

Before there was En Vogue, TLC or a host of other 80s and 90s girl groups there was Exposé. Coming from the sound machine of Miami, these Southern-honed honies taught girls of the Decade of Reagan how to groove.

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Before there was En Vogue, TLC or a host of other 80s and 90s girl groups there was Exposé. Coming from the sound machine of Miami, these Southern-honed honies taught girls of the Decade of Reagan how to groove.

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Party Bus To Bottle Rock 2014

Ride the Great Party Bus to BOTTLE ROCK 2014 in Napa! Getting there may be the only difficult part, but CMYK City has it all taken care of for you....
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CMYK is organizing a party bus for Bottle Rock Napa! Rock and Roll! See The Cure, Heart, Blues Traveler, etc. in the house to rock it while you travel in comfort!

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The Damned

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The Damned are finally back in the Bay at Slim's! June 4. Tickets on sale March 23!
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Giants’ Second Annual Metallica Night Announced - CBS San Francisco

Giants’ Second Annual Metallica Night Announced - CBS San Francisco | On the Records (Musically Speaking) | Scoop.it
The San Francisco Giants' most rocking night season is back!
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