Eight Track Tapes

Eight-Track Tapes

By today’s standards, where the world is filled with portable music emanating from iPods, the eight-track tape seems rather (click) antiquated. Big and bulky, the endlessly-looping tape contained within also had this annoying habit of (click) interrupting songs midway through with an audible click as they moved through each of their quadrants. Furthermore, the intended order of songs was often disrupted, and occasionally (click) long periods of silence lingered between tracks. Having said that, they allowed, for the first time, the ability to bring music of one’s choice into (click) an automobile, as well as a portable listening device – something previously impossible. Continue reading...

Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra

As if they hadn't done enough already, the Beatles introduced yet another new idea into the world of rock music by incorporating cellos, violins and other classical instruments into their songs. Inspired by the Fab Four's pioneer spirit, Roy Wood, guitarist for The Move, formed a new band that would experiment exclusively with the fusion of rock and classical. The result was the Electric Light Orchestra, a prolific group that quickly became a staple of 70s radio and beyond, thanks to an impressive 27 Top-40 hits. 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...

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...

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell

If you are under the impression that you've never heard Glen Campbell, you are probably mistaken. A gifted musician, vocalist and performer, the guitarist who fittingly came from Delight, Arkansas has delighted millions with his hit songs, movie and television appearances, and as one of the busiest session musicians in Hollywood during the 60s and 70s. 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...

Hanson

Hanson

The most ubiquitous song during the summer of 1997 was the breakthrough hit “MMMBop” by the band Hanson. Yeah, we don’t know what it means either, but the sunny pop hit ruled the airwaves back then. The accomplishment is even more incredible when you consider that the performers weren’t old enough to shave. Or drive. Or have their braces off. Or ride a rollercoaster. The point is, they were really, really young. Continue reading...

INXS

INXS

Rock and roll rule #247: Band members that meet in schoolyard fistfights are usually in it for the long haul. Case in point: The six original members of Australia's INXS stayed together through fifteen years and thirteen albums, and would have surely kept going, were the streak not broken by singer Michael Hutchence's tragic death in 1997. Continue reading...