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Frontiers – Journey

Radio-friendly, corporate rock icon, Journey, was riding atop a tidal wave of popularity off the back of their most successful album (Escape… or E5C4P3, if you prefer), finding themselves a legion of new fans, all of whom were waiting to hear what was in store for their follow-up. That follow-up, their eighth studio album, would be … Continue reading

The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie

When it comes to innovation and constant reinvention, no career can compare to that of David Bowie. For his fifth album, the (then) glam-rocker opted to tell the story of Ziggy Stardust in his 1972 concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. It’s an interesting concept that gave … Continue reading

Join Us – They Might Be Giants

Brooklyn-based duo, They Might Be Giants (John Linnell and John Flansburgh) have been at it since 1983, charming the ears of the alternative audeince (and now their young offspring) with witty pop songs laced with catchy hooks. Join Us, their 15th album (but really 11th if you disregard the kids albums and that MP3-only collection), … Continue reading

“Montana” (Single) – John Linnell

After 1996’s Factory Showroom, alternative pop duo They Might Be Giants left Elektra Records. For a few years, no new studio material was coming down the pipeline. Fans had to settle on the Johns’ solo projects. John Flansburgh took his guitar and formed Mono Puff, releasing two albums. Meanwhile, John Linnell turned a 5-song EP … Continue reading

Kings of the Wild Frontier – Adam and the Ants

Ah, good ole Adam Ant – the Prince of New Romanticism. His records got me through some of grunge’s more overbearing periods in the mid-90’s when I needed a break from the distortion and angst. Kings of the Wild Frontier, released in 1980, was the second and penultimate album by the UK New Wave/Post Punk … Continue reading

Harvest – Neil Young

As a solo artist, Neil Young released 33 studio albums since 1968. Yet the one everyone remembers is Harvest. Released in 1972, it was his fourth studio album. Critics hated it, particularly Rolling Stone, publishing a rather scathing review of the record. But the music fans loved it, eventually making it the best selling record of … Continue reading

Meet The Beatles! (Mono) – The Beatles

Today we have Meet The Beatles! It’s the first American release of Beatles material, but no, not really, because Vee-Jay released Introducing…The Beatles! ten days earlier (with two different sets of tracks due to legal issues). And although Meet The Beatles!  is basically our version of their second UK album, With the Beatles, a handful of songs were omitted for … Continue reading

Kurtis Blow (Self-Titled)

Today’s pick brings me back to the dawn of rap with none other than one of its original pioneers, Kurtis Blow. His 1980 self-titled debut was a landmark record not only for the fact that most rap acts at the time typically only released singles, but also it was one of the earliest rap acts … Continue reading

Fantastic – Wham!

My random number generating friend was being a little naughty. It kept giving me two bands on which I have temporary moratorium due to having covered them too recently (Rush and XTC). The generator got a little annoyed with my constant requests for a new number and decided to punish me with Wham’s! 1983 debut … Continue reading

Panorama – The Cars

Panorama, released in 1980, was the Cars third album. Going for a more “experimental” sound, the album met with some mixed reviews but nonetheless sold quite well. Personally, it wouldn’t be the Cars album I would start with. But it’s what I was assigned. So off we go… With this album, the Cars definitely did … Continue reading

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