Tears for Fears

Tears For Fears

There are some bands that are easy to categorize by genre, or even sub-genre – perhaps never more so than the early 80s. If you weren’t defined as “synth rock” or “new wave,” you were probably exploring “adult contemporary” or “pomp rock.” But for one particular band, Tears For Fears, definitions don’t come easy. They might have fallen into any of the aforementioned categories, or, perhaps they simply created their own. One thing is for certain; their original sound and songwriting skills made them on of the most successful and popular bands to emerge from the era. Continue reading...

Hall and Oates

Hall & Oates

It's one thing to record a song that someone else has written and land a hit. It's another to actually write the hit song. If you are really lucky, it might happen once or twice. To do it repeatedly is something else entirely. With 63 singles under their belt and eighteen albums that have sold over 13 million units, Hall & Oates took their ability to write and perform catchy pop songs and soulful ballads and turned it into a career that has spanned four decades. Continue reading...

KISS

KISS

Imagine that you’re a kid just entering your teen years - right about that time in life when listening to music begins to coincide with the rebellious streak that accompanies adolescence. In the 50s, you might have latched on to the gyrating ways of Elvis Presley. The 60s might have drawn you into the psychedelic wonderland of The Beatles. In the 70s, however, it was impossible not to notice the fire-breathing, makeup wearing, blood-spitting stage antics and hard-rocking music of a band simply known as KISS. If the goal was to simultaneously rock and roll all night, while making the parental units noticeably uncomfortable, KISS was the perfect band. But, far from just being a cringe-worthy flash in the pan, KISS was a solid act, unleashing a string of enormous-selling records and filling concert halls the world over during their long and prosperous career. Continue reading...

Village People

The Village People

It's hard to fathom that someone actually sat around and pondered “Let’s take a Native-American chief, a police officer, a construction worker, a biker, a police officer and a soldier and place them on the same stage together to sing rousing disco songs.” But had that not occurred, we wouldn't have had The Village People, a group that made the genre just a little more fun as they racked up hit after hit. Continue reading...

Monster Mash

Monster Mash

Ask someone to name a Christmas song, and you might get a hundred different answers. Ask them to name a Halloween song, however, and they are almost assured to respond with the “Monster Mash.” For almost half a century, this catchy little ditty has been considered the anthem of the holiday, and has probably been played at just about every Halloween party held since the early 60s. Continue reading...

Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

It’s been show time at the Apollo for almost a hundred years, and in that time, some of the biggest celebrities in the business have launched their careers at the famed theater, located in the predominantly black neighborhood, Harlem, on 125th street in New York City. Continue reading...