Apr 16, 2010 Uncategorized
My favorite rock and roll book lists every Billboard Hot 100 single from 1955 thorugh 2006. Now, that may sound a bit dry to some people, but it is absolutely brimming with all kinds of trivia and interesting information for the music junkie in all of us.
I got an earlier version of this book which only covered the years 1955 through 1990. The people I used to work with knew how badly I wanted it and they all pitched in the cash to put into my going away card when I found a new job. Needless to say, I was grateful, and the book got more than its fair share of a workout.
It is almost a full 1,000 pages and weighs a few pounds, but once you pick it up, it’s almost impossible to put down.
Want to know who sang a certain song, when it came out, or what label it was on? On top of that, it will show how high it charted, when it peaked on the chart and how many weeks it was there, and more. It’s all there! And it’s arranged in an easy-to-use format that makes it a serious research tool and fun to browse at the same time.
Mar 28, 2010 Uncategorized
If you have not been over to Pandora.com, then you’ll want to check it out. You can program your own virtual radio station…sort of.
The catch is that they add songs based on your favorite artists and songs. However, you will discover some awesome tunes you never heard before. Your stations will continually improve, too, because you can give each song a thumb’s up or thumb’s down. Over time the stations become more refined to your tastes.
I have about 20 stations on Pandora, but it just hit me today…I needed one for all of you to enjoy! So…I spent a few hours tweaking it, trying to get it to fully represent rock and roll in all its glory, and it’s starting to sound pretty good.
You can listen to it at…
Let me know what you think? Any surprises? Does there need to be more of a particular artist? Less?
Oh! And it’s free, can play all day, and if you like, you can even make changes to other people’s stations.
Last week’s rock and roll remake was an in-depth look at one song.
This week we’ll keep it simple.
The Concretes contributed their version of The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” to the tribute album We Love You. It later appeared on The Concretes’ Layyourbattleaxdown, a compilation of rarities and B-sides.
You can hear their sedated take of the Stones’ last #1 US hit (topping the chart in 1978).