Do you miss the music fanzine culture of the 1980s and 1990s, when publications like Forced Exposure
cataloged the under-the-counter culture? Fuckin' Record Reviews
brings you highlights from all of these zines and more!
Check out the early writings of musicians like Steve Albini
, Bill Callahan
, Alan Licht
and David Grubbs
, as well as veteran rockcrits like Byron Coley
, Gerard Cosloy
, Tom Lax
is a bizarre slice of the 1980s in a browser. Strange old clips of 80s movies combined with 80s synth music and a lovely pastel palette make for a good time.
"Dylan was bad in the '80s because to be anything else would've been dishonest." Steven Hyden (who else?) has found a way to appreciate '80s Dylan
: "It's about appreciating the subtext of records that are more fun to think about than to listen to."
"You live now, Adam Ant
, as you have lived many times throughout history, fighting evil wherever you may find it!"
The chant began less than two minutes into the first song. An undercurrent at first, just a few hecklers. But it got louder with repetition, each wave building on the last. Soon the chant threatened to drown out the band itself.
“Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!”
1986: Punk band Discharge goes hair metal
After 35 years, Maxwell's
in Hoboken, NJ, is closing
. Once called "the best club in New York" by New York magazine, Maxwell's was ground zero for "The Hoboken Sound", with such bands as The Bongos, The Feelies, and Yo La Tengo
playing there frequently. It was also the setting for Bruce Springsteen's Glory Days
video. [more inside]
Stratus Dance Club mid-80s style
- videos from a club in Spring Valley CA offer hours of dancing voyeurism. [more inside]
Katra Turana is the most delightfully baffling band I know. Sometimes they sound like a calypso band gone mad
. Sometimes they sound like a tornado slamming into a string quartet
. Sometimes they're catchy and heartwarming
. Sometimes they're sparse and sinister
. Or they're annoying in grandiose ways
. And sometimes they blossom into something that's vulnerable, lush, and devastatingly beautiful.
I know next to nothing about them. They confound me. I hope you find them as wondrous and as special as I do.
Minutemen's Mike Watt interviewed about Double Nickels on the Dime
. [more inside]
Wendy Melvoin is fresh from high school. She is a wearing a V-necked sleeveless top, and patterned shorts. She is playing the first chords of a new song on her purple guitar, opening chords that she wrote, a circular motif with a chorus effect. Wendy is nineteen and she has the high cheekbones and diffident confidence of a Hollywood upbringing. She half-smiles at the faces that crowd close to the low club stage. This is Wendy’s first gig with the new band, and the song she is playing is “Purple Rain,” and nobody in the audience has ever heard “Purple Rain” before because this is the night that Prince and the Revolution record the song.
In the mid-1950s, Dickie Goodman
was a struggling song writer working with song publisher Bill Buchanan
, when the two men came up with the idea of a fake radio program interrupted by a UFO attack (similar to the hoax Orson Welles broadcast of War of the Worlds
), except in this case, the aliens spoke the language of rock 'n' roll. The result was Flying Saucer, Parts 1 and 2
on Luniverse Records
, the first novelty break-in record
and a forerunner to the modern mashup
. [more inside]
On May 15, 1981, at The Ritz in New York City, Public Image Ltd.
performed as a last-minute replacement for Bow Wow Wow. It didn't end well
. (previously) [more inside]
As a historical document the book is exhaustive and valuable. But I did not come away feeling that I knew or understood Hüsker Dü — the musicians themselves, their music, or any of the people around them — any more intimately than I already did. Earles’ writing is at once densely opinionated and emotionless. He expertly follows the chronology of the band’s tours and releases, but he never makes it understandable why some of us look back on this band so reverently, or why it would be worth somebody’s time to discover Hüsker Dü today. (previously)
Rock Scene magazine
- scans of every page of all 54 issues from 1973-1982, featuring artists like Bowie, Queen Lou Reed, the Ramones, The New York Dolls, Blondie, Talking Heads, Willy DeVille, and more.
(via Dangerous Minds)
Pop quiz! What do these musicians have in common: Lou Reed, E Street
Band keyboardists Roy Bittan and Danny Federici, rhythm section Andrew Bodnar and Stephen
Goulding of The Rumour, dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, erstwhile SNL
bandleader G.E. Smith, session horn section the Brecker Brothers, LaBelle alum Nona Hendryx, guitar virtuoso Adrian Belew, and David Johansen of the New York Dolls? Answer: they were (most of) the studio band on the 1981 album Escape Artist
by Garland Jeffreys
. Which raises the question, "Garland who?" [more inside]
was a UK music magazine, first published at the end of 1978. It charted the progress of pop styles, including the rise of 2-Tone
, and included a number of freebie discs
, first as flexi discs
, and later on CDs. The magazine faltered in the 1990s, and closed shop in 2006
. Since then there have been a few one-off "special editions," first a 2009 tribute to Michael Jackson
, and then a Lady Gaga special in 2010
. 30 years after the first issue went on sale, a fan posted the first issue online
. So far, new scans have been posted fort-nightly
, following the original release schedule. 73 issues are online to date, each three decades after they first were sold. (via MetaChat
30 years later, Neil Peart breathlessly recounts, track by track, the making of Rush's seminal album Moving Pictures.
In August 1990, when Spin magazine was still an edgier cousin to Rolling Stone, it published a list of the 35 Greatest Moments in Rock 'n' Roll Television
. [more inside]
penned and recorded lots of songs
, many of which remain unreleased
. Perhaps the most infamous, and rarest recording, is his version of Behind the Mask
. Legend has it that upon hearing Yellow Magic Orchestra's original track
, somewhen around 1979, Quincy Jones fell in love with the track, and he and Michael worked together on their own version. Jackson wrote new lyrics
for it - adding to those of Ryuichi Sakamoto
and Chris Mosdell
- and eventually recorded it during his Off The Wall
sessions. For unknown reasons the track never made the final cut of, arguably, Jones' and Jackson's greatest work. Not long afterwards Greg Phillinganes
, Jackson's keyboard player, released his own version
of the song, which was later taken up and re-recorded by Eric Clapton
for his 1986, Phil Collins produced album, August
. The track has since been recorded/remixed by Human League
, Senor Coconut
. Does an original Jones/Jackson recording of the song even exist
? Perhaps, as the world continues to mourn
the star's sad death
, someone will finally allow us a listen
A handy rating guide to 1980s saxophone solos
-- "I realized about 5 years ago that at some point in the 80s, lots of the popular music started incorporating saxophone solos into their songs. Some of them are fine, but most of them are ridiculous to have in the songs. I have attempted to separate the quality and appropriateness of the solos from what I think of the song as a whole..."
Not all groups with synthesizers in the 1970s and 1980s were lame Top 40 acts with keytars
. Some groups of the era used synths for spastic keyboard bleeps, herky-jerky tempos, and angst-ridden aggression in a style now classified by record collector geeks as synthpunk
, minimal synth
, or minimal wave
. Several famous New Wave acts dabbled in the style before providing soundtracks for Molly Ringwald movies (OMD, Electricty
) or singing about waitresses in cocktail bars (the Human League, Being Boiled
), but vintage videos from synth punk acts all over the world can be found all over YouTube. [more inside]
Hey, what ever happened to Julie Brown?
( not that one
) She was a hit in Earth Girls Are Easy
with her number, Cause I'm a Blonde
. She had another hit with the Dr. Demento staple The Homecoming Queens' Got a Gun!
Then she faded into the cultural-artifact twilight ... [more inside]
The Stone Roses
are set to reform. It's almost 20 years since they released their extremely fine album creatively titled The Stone Roses
. The band
that was a big part of the Madchester
movement have been bumping into each other at Manchester United games and no doubt seeing the money that the footballers are making decided it was time to regroup. The rumours are not certain, but some say it is 75 percent
likely and media reports everywhere
indicates it is probably happening. [more inside]
- Like totally bodacious collection of over 1000 music videos from like the raddest decade. Choice. [more inside]
Kevin DuBrow dead at 52.
The lead singer of the 80's metal band Quiet Riot
found dead at 52 in Las Vegas. Break out your leather
...and hockey masks
Jazz '71-'89 Dave Douglas
posed the challenge
: “Is there a writer who can take on the project of an unbiased overview of music since the end of the Vietnam War?”
The Bad Plus answered
(though not unbiased). The Guardian
and NY Times
Suck it, haters
And ultimately, Behearer
used a wiki to answer the call.
"Once Were Kings"
Some call them 1980's pop icons
, others the Kings of Heavy Metal
. Regardless, Van Halen
has announced a 2007 tour
with David Lee Roth
. But without Michael Anthony
, will it be worth paying to see? While Dave's current fan base is huge
, others feel he has not aged gracefully
. Well, it could be worse
.....(youtube, ytmnd, and bad 80's haircuts warning)
Punk Rock Scrapbook.
J Neo Marvin carried an instamatic camera to a lot of gigs way back when, and he has posted them on his band's website. The Clash, X, The Ramones and more.
Take the 1980s Music Quiz
(via Net Buzz). Guess the song and artist of each. Hint: No two songs are by the same artist, and all were produced between 1980-1989.
222 lines from 222 songs from 222 different artists. This is quality time-wasting.