Billy Idol

Billy Idol

With a knack for setting trends and scoring hits, Billy Idol made his mark in the 80s by blurring the boundaries between punk, hard rock and pop. Coupled with his bad boy image and trademark sneer, his music videos quickly became part of the regular rotation of an emerging presence called MTV and, in the process, made him one of the decade's biggest stars. Continue reading...

Eurythmics

Eurythmics

The rise of MTV in the early 80s opened up a new venue for artists who could translate their musical vision into intriguing visuals. One of the best and most successful groups to rise to the challenge was Eurythmics, who racked up an impressive array of hits bridging the gap between electronica and soul, thanks to the pristine voice and colorful persona of frontwoman Annie Lennox. Continue reading...

Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire

Few groups defined the direction of r&b in the late 1970's as effortlessly well as Earth, Wind & Fire. Under the skilled hand of leader Maurice White, this talented group of musicians mixed several different styles of music into their own unique brand of pop-soul and earned countless hit albums and singles from the mid-70's to the early 80's. In the process, they became one of the most successful and influential r&b groups of all time. Continue reading...

Van Halen

Van Halen

The world has its fair share of talented rock musicians, but very few achieve the heights attained by Van Halen. With slick songwriting, a dose of lounge act humor, and one the finest guitarists of the genre, Van Halen has filled arenas for decades. Even when they replaced their iconic and flamboyant frontman, a move that would spell the demise of most bands, Van Halen continued forward undaunted, thrilling audiences around the world with incendiary performances that few have equaled. Continue reading...

Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band

With a string of hits like “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Take the Money and Run” and “The Joker,” the Steve Miller Band came to epitomize the rock sound of the 70s. A blues guitarist at heart, Miller took these stylings into the pop realm and changed the sound of music forever. Millions of records sold later, many would consider him one of the greatest of his era. Continue reading...

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Class, for the next assignment you’ll need pen and paper and possibly a spreadsheet program to keep track of the tangled morass that is the story of Fleetwood Mac. Visual aids will be needed. Narrative threads will most likely get lost. Children will probably cry. But at least all of it will happen to a high-quality, bluesy rock soundtrack. Into the fray, then. Continue reading...

The Carpenters

The Carpenters

The upbeat pop songs and wholesome image of The Carpenters was in direct contrast to the many cutting edge and controversial musical acts in the 70s. Nevertheless, they managed to become one of the most enduring and popular artists in music history, churning out a steady stream of hit singles that have become classics, and making Karen Carpenter one of the most iconic voices in pop music. Continue reading...

Meatloaf

Meat Loaf

You might not think that naming yourself after a rectangle of hamburger would be the wisest of career moves, but rock and roll is a funny business. Meatloaf backed up his comical moniker with a set of vocal pipes that rivaled the best in the business, and songwriting skills that would make him one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. Continue reading...