By Don JacobsonWhere the Nashville Sound met a broken heart and Tom T. Hall.
Posted on January 20, 2010
Posted on April 9, 2009
By Scott BucknerThere's something quite remarkable about a Stones song that makes you feel like Charles Manson has shown up to stare at you for two minutes and forty seconds every time you fire it up.
Posted on March 2, 2009
By Don JacobsonThis album could have invented the whole concept of the "bin dive" since MGM sensed it was going to flop right away and sent their stock straight to cheapo racks. But I think it's in the same league as Pet Sounds.
Posted on January 19, 2009
By Don JacobsonThe Doors ended up getting the Classic Rawk chops that could have belonged to The Seeds.
Posted on November 10, 2008
By Don JacobsonRockpile's rockabilly madness was all killer, no filler.
Posted on September 8, 2008
By Don JacobsonHe ain't got no cigarettes.
Posted on June 9, 2008
By Don JacobsonAn early 70s whitebread version of Ike Turner on a Jesus bender.
Posted on March 30, 2008
By Don JacobsonThe Wings of 1979 were the recipients of all the emotional disillusionment of the Baby Boomers' dawning realization that their lives were never going to be as cool as they once were.
Posted on January 29, 2008
By Don JacobsonPat Boone's last stab was actually his best and only worthy moment, pulling back the covers to tell the sordid tale of a lover's suicide.
Posted on December 12, 2007
By Dan Zapruder PhillipsThe record that will help you stop worrying and love the Led.
Posted on November 12, 2007
By Dan Zapruder PhillipsIf U love it, that's because it's made out of super-secret UNDERGROUND jams I pulled from my highly sexy Vault.
Posted on October 5, 2007
By Don JacobsonA Rat Pack associate swings at a Rush Street hot spot amidst the mob, the FBI, and Jack Ruby. He makes pop-jazz history.
Posted on August 27, 2007
By Don JacobsonJimmy Swaggart changed the face of gospel music - his honky-tonk style is eerily reminiscent of the seminal rock 'n' roll bashing of his cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis.
Posted on June 25, 2007
By Don JacobsonThe same year the Righteous Brothers made this record Frank Zappa put out Absolutely Free. The writing was on the wall.
Posted on May 14, 2007
By Don JacobsonPaul Revere's revolution gives way to Bobby Goldsboro in one fell swoop.
Posted on April 8, 2007
By Steve Rhodes"(Don't Fear) the Reaper" is a weird song to have had such a long, popular life, but the record it is from is even stranger coming from a band with an umlaut in its name.
Posted on March 11, 2007
By Don JacobsonThanks to the massive exposure they were getting on TV, this album became one of their biggest sellers. But, like Elvis' comeback special, it also showed exactly why everything that was dangerous and exciting about their rock 'n' roll past was completely over.
Posted on February 1, 2007
By Mick DumkeLady Marmalade approaches perfection as a 70s single; it's also a sad and fleeting story that has been abused by marketers and pols.
Posted on November 27, 2006
By Mick DumkePlenty of metalish bands have bragged about their ability to rock out. All have presented themselves as bad boys and threats to social stability. Many did these things before Def Leppard. Few, though, have tried so hard to make themselves look cool and communicated such genuine fear and desire.
Posted on October 16, 2006
By Mick DumkeA Disney dance party in the making - with a special call out to Donald Duck. How great is that?
Posted on September 23, 2006
By Mick DumkeSandinista! is, like all Clash records, a political album, but that's not entirely the point here: It's a sprawling, ragged, undisciplined mess, and now, exactly 25 years after its release, it is more fascinating and fun than ever.
Posted on September 18, 2006
By Mick DumkeWhen Tommy Cash sings about the Long Black Veil, it doesn't seem as long or as black as when his brother, Johnny, sings about it.
Posted on September 10, 2006
By Mick DumkeJerry Butler is not only a Cook County Board member and Regular Democratic Party loyalist, but one of the most influential soul artists in history.
Posted on July 23, 2006
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