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Monday, July 31, 2017

50 Years Later, The Fire Still Burns: 10 Great Covers of 'Light My Fire'

This month marks the 50th anniversary of The Doors releasing their iconic single, "Light My Fire," which put them on the map in a big, big way. Like, we're talking seriously big. 

We're talking about a level of awareness that ultimately involved the song being covered by people like Johnny Mathis and Boots Randolph. That's right: the guy who played "Yakety Sax," a.k.a. the theme to The Benny Hill Show, covered "Light My Fire." 

While that would be plenty enough proof for most people as to how big a deal the song and, in turn, the band had become, here are 10 other covers that should definitively seal the deal for anyone. 50 years later, and "Light My Fire" is still burning as brightly as ever.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Faces Reunion Leaves Fans Wanting More

Surrey in England is often referred to as the Stockbroker Belt, but there’s another breed who favors this affluent county: the aging rock star. 

So it was fitting that one of the best and most cherished English bands of the ’70s, the Faces, finally got back together in this part of the world.

And what a gig it was too. Hurtwood Park Polo Club was the setting and the charity Prostate Cancer UK the motivation for the lads to tread the boards once again. 

After waiting 40 years we got seven numbers, but what a glorious seven songs they were.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Even If You Think You Know The Beatles, 'Eight Days a Week' Doc Is a Should-See

You already know everything that happens in this movie and you’ve seen most of the footage. Yet Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years, director Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary – that opened in theaters on September 16, 2016, streams on Hulu and is available on DVD and Blu-ray – is so thoroughly engaging that you won’t mind at all.
[Update, July 13: The documentary has received five Emmy nominations including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. It also earned nominations for Outstanding Writing, Sound Editing, Picture Editing and Sound Mixing. 
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Animals 'House of the Rising Sun' Debuts, Causes Band Rift

It was the biggest chart hit ever by The Animals, a band from Newcastle, England who played R&B music, eventually hitting #1 on both the British and American pop charts. But the credits on the single brought longstanding strife to the band.
As a public domain folk blues song (i.e., never originally copyrighted), artists could take an arrangement credit when they recorded it and receive songwriter royalties. The group was told when they tracked “The House of the Rising Sun” in May 1964 in one take that they would all share that income for their version.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rolling Stones Yas-Yas Still Unrivaled

The Rolling Stones
Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out
London Records
In A Word: Rocks!
“Charlie’s good tonight, in’int he?” observes Mick Jagger just before The Rolling Stones chug into “Honky Tonk Woman” like a mighty locomotive hauling the country-blues tradition into the future that was rapidly unfolding in November of 1969, when they recorded (most all of) this live album at Madison Square Garden. 
Hell yeah he’s good. As were Mick, Keith, Bill and the newly installed other Mick (Taylor) plus original Stone turned minder/musical conscience Ian Stewart on keys here, there and about.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Talking with Stevie Van Zandt

Steven Van Zandt is a Renaissance man. 

This term is particularly appropriate because, as he states, “I don’t have much interest in the modern world, and I don’t pretend to.” 

Nonetheless, he remains an active contributor to contemporary American culture as the host of SiriusXM’s “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” the co-writer and star of the Lilyhammer television series (following his extended run in The Sopranos) and his longtime post in the E Street Band, as well as his work with other artists (most recently The Rascals’ Eddie Brigati). He also just completed the new studio album Soulfire and will return to the road with his own 15-piece band, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, following the record’s release. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Led Zeppelin Breaks Through with 'Whole Lotta Love'

As far as we’re concerned, any Jimmy Page sighting is a good sighting. And though we’d prefer it to be onstage or in a recording studio, we’ll take what we can get. Like this photo, for instance, of Page grinning broadly recently with a fellow whom you might not recognize. It’s the guitar legend pictured with his friend of nearly five decades, Jerry Greenberg. Who, you ask? Greenberg was named the President of Atlantic Records in 1974, at 32, the youngest president of a major U.S. record label.

Greenberg oversaw Atlantic’s day-to-day operations during what many will define as the bullseye of what we now call the classic rock era… the 1970s period that spearheaded the development of superstar rock bands like Led Zeppelin on FM radio and, er, led to huge album sales and arena and stadium tours.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Steppenwolf, Born to Be Wild, and Easy Rider

It’s truly one of the most defining moments in 1960s cinema, and the music makes it so. Peter Fonda (Wyatt, a.k.a. “Captain America”) and Dennis Hopper (Billy) are riding gleaming handcrafted choppers, somewhere in the desert. They come to a complete stop on the side of the road and we see them from behind. Captain America—stars-and-stripes flag on the back of his jacket, on his fuel tank, on his helmet—lifts his left arm to look at his watch. Billy, shades and cowboy hat, is to his right.
They say nothing. We see Wyatt remove the watch and then we see it on the desert floor. He won’t be needing it anymore. He is free from the constraints of time.
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Classic Rock's Most Dysfunctional Bands

Music groups are a lot like families and, as the above gallery of Rock’s Most Dysfunctional Bands illustrates, they have many of the same issues as your average family.

Oh sure, it’s all fun and games at first: Musicians come together, unified by a shared love of performance. Outsized dreams put a rosy tint on any early disagreements that may crop up inside their still-developing personal relationships. (They do call it “playing” music, after all.) Once that initial rush of excitement subsides, however, underlying issues tend to bubble up.

It’s not a matter of if so much as how dysfunctional a band will become as they deal with the fame (or lack thereof) that inevitably surrounds rock and roll. What’s amazing is how the same internal issues that derail so many groups actually fuel a precious, special few. For the lucky ones, emotional tension between members actually sparks their creativity, to the point that their career actually thrives from all this drama.

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