one of the greatest bands

but my theory is that basically they wanted to get those tattoos of each other’s names except they couldn’t because it would’ve looked suspicious so they started this whole poll madness to fool the clique and they were like alright alright if it’s a tie then well and if it isn’t we’ll just hack some shit to make it a tie so that we can get those tattoos without blowing our very bad cover that no one believes in as it is

On this day in 1991 rock n’ roll icon, Freddie Mercury passed away. His music career began in the late Sixties when he joined a blues-rock group called Wreckage. Freddie went on to lead the band, Queen. He is honored as one of the greatest singers of all time. With legendary songs such as, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” his memory and impact on music will live on forever. 

I was never obsessed with the Beatles to the degree many of my peers were, but when I saw this Instagram post this morning, I had to do a little digging. So here you go:

The Beatles’ 1967 hit “Strawberry Fields Forever” has long been considered one of the greatest pop songs ever recorded. Released in February of that year as a double A side single along with Penny Lane, the song peaked at number eight on the US Billboard charts (The Turtles’ “Happy Together” was number one that week). In 2011, Rolling Stone named it the band’s third greatest song and the 76th greatest song ever. Written by John Lennon, it’s a true masterpiece, but what it isn’t is a song about fields full of strawberries. Reading the lyrics, it’s clear that the song isn’t as happy-go-lucky as the melody might suggest. The song is more about Lennon’s insecurities and his tough childhood. The title of the song refers to the Salvation Army-ran girl’s orphanage – dreamily called “Strawberry Field” – that Lennon lived near growing up in Liverpool. Here’s the real story behind the song “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

The Beatles were going through a rough patch when they all splintered off in the summer of 1966, immediately following what would be their last US live performance at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. The Fab Four would eventually reunite for six more albums (and one legendary, unannounced rooftop live performance), but that wasn’t known in the summer of ‘66. For his part, Lennon made his way to Almería, Spain to star in the black comedy How I Won the War. With long waits between shooting scenes, Lennon had plenty of time to write. In six weeks, he had a working version of the song that would come to define the Beatles’ second act.

John Lennon’s childhood wasn’t particularly happy. When he was a baby, his banjo-playing father Alf was rarely home and often away at sea as a merchant. Tired of his travels, John’s mother Julia fell in love with another man and got pregnant with John’s half-sister. This caused a tremendous rift in the Lennon family with Julia’s sister Mimi calling social services twice on her own sister for raising John in, what she called, an unfit home. Eventually, social services handed John’s care over to Aunt Mimi and he spent a large portion of his childhood at his Aunt’s suburban Liverpool home in a town called Woolton – the house is now part of UK’s National Trust as a museum. John’s relationships with his parents after that were tragic. He wouldn’t see his father again for over two decades. John’s mother was hit and killed by a speeding car while crossing a road when John was only 17.

According to Cynthia Lennon, John’s first wife, while Aunt Mimi did care for John, “she was not a woman for cuddles and praise.” Ruling with an iron fist, John was expected to be obedient, well-behaved and groomed. Later, biographers would write that he had a hard time making friends. It’s little wonder that young John Lennon had a rebellious streak and would often go in secret to play in the gardens of his next door neighbor – the girl’s orphanage Strawberry Field.

The history of Strawberry Field dates back to 1870, when the property was owned by a wealthy English ship owner named George Warren. On the site, he built a giant gothic mansion that was in line with England’s Victorian-era, complete with a iron wrought gate, gardens and flowers. In 1927, another wealthy ship magnate named Alexander C. Mitchell purchased the mansion and property. Seven years later, Mitchell’s widow sold it to the Salvation Army. On July 7, 1936, the home was opened as a orphanage for up to forty girls. Two decades later, boys would be allowed in, but throughout most of John’s childhood, Strawberry Field was an all-girls’ orphanage.

Years later, interviews would reveal the influence this foreboding, mysterious place had on Lennon’s writing. In a 1968 Rolling Stone interview, Lennon said that he was trying to write about Liverpool and had “visions of Strawberry Fields… Because Strawberry Fields is just anywhere you want to go.” (Note that the song title is “Strawberry Fields,” but the actual place is called “Strawberry Field.” Lennon would later admit that this was a stylistic choice- “Fields” simply sounded better than “Field.”)

Lennon also often alluded to how Strawberry Field was representative of his childhood, on the outside foreboding but once he climbed over that wall, full of wildflowers and secretive gardens. It’s also thought that he greatly identified with the orphans who lived there, considering that he felt abandoned by his parents. In 1980, he explained his childhood thinking, “There was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things other people didn’t see.”

When John Lennon brought the song back to the band in November of 1966, it was met with awe. Engineer Geoff Emerick recalled to Rolling Stone that fateful moment, “There was a moment of stunned silence, broken by Paul, who in a quiet, respectful tone said simply, ‘That is absolutely brilliant.’” Over about a month, the band tinkered and recorded the song. It is widely thought of as the most complicated recording the Beatles ever did. When it was released in February of 1967, it was exactly what McCartney said when he first heard the song John Lennon named after a Liverpool girl’s orphanage – brilliant.

Today, Strawberry Field is in a state of disrepair despite continuing to be a tourist attraction for Beatle fanatics. In 2005, after nearly 70 years as an orphanage, it closed down and all the remaining children were transferred to foster families. While many of the original buildings and structures were torn down in the 1970s, a few still remained including the iconic red Victorian-era Strawberry Field gates – until 2001. The gates, which dated back to Warren, were put into storage and replaced with replicas, leaving many fans (and tour guides, who rely on Beatle-related income) upset. Plans were announced in 2014 to turn the site into “a training centre for people with learning difficulties” along with a museum and artifacts dedicated to the influence this place had on the Beatles and John Lennon. However, as of this writing, Strawberry Field remains abandoned and mostly decrepit.

Sources: Instagram, biography.com, and todayifoundout.com

Such a sad, sad story: born during a German Air Raid during WWII, dysfunctional childhood, mother ran over and killed in the street, murdered by an obsessed fan.😢

Ten Greatest R&B Bands of All-Time

Ten Greatest R&B Bands of All-Time From About Entainment

1. Earth, Wind & Fire

Founded by Maurice White (who passed away February 3, 2016 at the age of 74) in Chicago in 1969, Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the greatest bands in music history. The group has sold over 100 million albums, including three triple platinum and two double platinum albums. Known as “The Elements of the Universe,” EW&F combines elements of African music, Latin music, R&B, jazz, and rock into a unique sound featuring the dynamic lead voice of Philip Bailey. Recording for over 40 years, the group has won six Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, four American Music Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Earth, Wind & Fire’s concerts are legendary. In the 1970s and 1980s, the group featured amazing illusions, including bass player Verdine White performing while being levitated above the stage, and the members appearing and vanishing in transparent cylinders as if they were traveling through space via the Star Trek transporter beam. Earth, Wind & Fire has recorded numerous classics over five decades, including “After The Love Has Gone (1979), "Shining Star” (1975), and “That’s The Way of the World” (1975).

2. The Isley Brothers

Recording for over 50 years, The Isley Brothers began as a vocal trio in the 1950s in Cincinnati, Ohio with Ronald Isley as lead singer performing with brothers Rudolph and O'Kelly Isley. The group expanded to six members in 1973 with their 3 + 3 album. Younger brothers Ernie lsley (guitar) and Marvin Isley (bass) joined the group along with Rudolph’s brother-in-law, Chris Jasper (keyboards).

The Isley Brothers have released four double platinum, six platinum, and four gold albums. Seven of their singles have reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart. Two of their songs, “Shout,” and Twist and Shout.“ were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Isleys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. They have also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

3. Parliament-Funkadelic

George Clinton is the legendary leader of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic which record separately and perform together in concert. Parliament began in the 1960s in New Jersey as a doo-wop vocal group called The Parliaments, and Funkadelic served as their band. The Parliaments eventually evolved into a mainstream funk group under the name Parliament, and Funkadelic assumed its own identity as a psychedelic soul group inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Sly & The Family Stone. Known collectively as Parliament-Funkadelic, P-Funk became the most outrageous African-American band of the 1970s and 80s, famous for landing the "Mothership” on stage during 4 hour marathon concerts. Mastermind Clinton is a genius lyricist who is idolized in the hip-hop world, and his talented musicians, especially keyboardist Bernie Worrell, bassist Bootsy Collins (from James Brown’s band), and guitarists Michael Hampton, Eddie Hazel, and Gary Shider are worshipped by rock fans.

Parliament-Funkadelic hit number one five times on the Billboard R&B singles chart, including “Flash Light” (1978), “One Nation Under A Groove” (1978), and “(Not Just) Knee Deep” (1979). P-Funk was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

4. Kool & The Gang

Formed in 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Kool & The Gang has been performing for over 50 years. Led by bass player Robert “Kool” Bell, the group began as a jazz instrumental band before transitioning into R&B and funk. Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million records, including five platinum, three gold, and one double platinum album (Emergency in 1984). Its eight number one singles include “Celebration” (1980), “Ladies’ Night” (1979), “and "Joanna” (1983). Their honors include five American Music Awards, a Soul Train Legend Award, and a Grammy for Album of the Year for Saturday Night Fever (which included their song, “Open Sesame”).

5. Sly & the Family Stone

Formed in 1967 in San Francisco by Sylvester Stewart, Sly & The Family Stone was one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and 70s. They were the leaders of the “psychedelic soul” movement, combining R&B and rock into their own unique sound. The Family Stone were trailblazers with their integrated, multi-gender lineup. Their unforgettable performance at the historic Woodstock Festival in 1969 elevated their stature to one of the most revered acts in the world.

The group released three platinum albums, including the five times platinum Greatest Hits in 1970. They also recorded four number one singles including “Everyday People” (1968), “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” (1969), and “Family Affair” (1971). The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

6. Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

The group Maze featuring Frankie Beverly began as Raw Soul in Philadelphia in 1970. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, they were discovered by Marvin Gaye who renamed the band, Maze. Beginning with their 1977 self-titled debut release, all of their eight studio albums have been certified gold, plus their 1981 Live In New Orleans album. Maze has two number one singles, “Back In Stride” in 1985, and “Can’t Get Over You” in 1989. Their signature song, “Before I Let Go,” only reached number 13 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1981, however, it is one of the greatest live party jams of all-time. Now in its fifth decade, Maze continues to be one of the top touring attractions in R&B, and is a favorite of the annual

7. The Commodores

Formed in 1968 on the campus of Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, The Commodores were one of the most successful R&B acts in he mid 1970s and early 1980s. Prior to releasing their first album Machine Gun on Motown Records in 1974, the band toured in 1971 as the opening act for The Jackson Five. With Lionel Richie as lead vocalist, the group recorded four number one albums, and six number one singles, including “Three Times Lady” (1978), “Easy” (1977), and “Still” (1979). After Richie left for a solo career, The Commodores won their first Grammy Award in 1986: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Nightshift.”

8. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan recorded four gold and two platinum albums, including four number one albums, in the 1970s. The band hit the top of the Billboard R&B singles chart five times, including “Sweet Thing” (1975), “Do You Love What You Feel,” (1979) and “Ain’t Nobody” (1983) which won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Their first hit single, “Tell Me Something Good,” composed by Stevie Wonder, also won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Khan left the group for a solo career in 1978, however she reunited with the band for the 1983 album, Stompin’ at the Savoy – Live.

9. Cameo

In 1974, Larry Blackmon formed the group New York City Players which became one of the greatest funk bands known as Cameo. From 1979-1988, the group recorded eight gold and one platinum albums. It also reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart four times, including two consecutive chart topping songs in 1987, “Word Up!” and “Candy.” In 1987 and 1988, Cameo won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group, and two Soul Train Music Awards: Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo (“Word Up!”), and Best R&B/Soul Album - Group, Band or Duo (Word Up!)

10. The Ohio Players

The Ohio Players dominated the mid 1970s with four consecutive number one albums on the Billboard R&B chart (including three platinum) Skin Tight (1974), Fire (1974), Honey (1975), and Contradiction (1976). The band also recorded five chart topping singles, including “Funky Worm” (1973), “Sweet Sticky Thing” (1975), “Love Rollercoaster” (1975). In addition to their distinctive, funkified sound, The Ohio Players were famous for the most erotic album covers

I’m sorry but I will never get over how Metallica was treated tonight. They show up to the Grammys to kick off their tour and have a little fun, and they weren’t even given the respect of being introduced… Jesus christ Metallica is one of the greatest bands on par with Led Zeppelin, U2, and The Beatles… ??? Modern celebrity performers really are the end of musical talent, while stage presence and electronics are all that people need to be captivated by sound. :(

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shinee’s “sherlock” has been chosen as one of the fifty greatest boy band songs of all time by rolling stone coming in at twelfth place. songs on the list by other korean groups included: infinite’s “the chaser”, seo taiji and the boys’ “난 알아요 (i know)”, tvxq’s “mirotic”, and big bang’s “fantastic baby”. shinee is the highest ranking korean group on the list. (source)

Mr. Blue Sky

December of 1971: In the midst of a dramatic shift in both pop culture and rock and roll, one man and his band exploded onto the music scene with a sound like no other. From only the first moments of 10538 Overture, it was obvious that ELO would become one of the greatest bands of all time, and Jeff Lynne a justifiable rock god.

There’s no doubt that Jeff Lynne was destined to be a musician. Throughout his teens, Lynne bounced from group to group, performing whenever he got the chance. It wasn’t until 1965 that Lynne joined The Move, a Birmingham-based rock group. The band’s original line-up remained together for only a few years, but drummer Bev Bevan and multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood joined Lynne in turning The Move into the fantastical Electric Light Orchestra we know now.
Joined by keyboardist Richard Tandy, the group made waves with their debut album, The Electric Light Orchestra. Lynne and Wood had created a sound never heard before; a perfect mixture of pop, hard rock, glam, and prog. Rock combined with a classical orchestral string section to create the baroque and roll sound we know and love. It was an unlikely and surprising match. In an age of heavy distortion, wailing vocals, and intense electric guitar, who would have thought a band could break through and make such an impact using classical influences.


ELO kept up with this sound for the years to come, releasing a string of incredibly successful albums throughout the 1970s, including Eldorado, Face the Music. But by 1976, Roy Wood had left to pursue his a solo career; thus began the continuous revolving of members, eventually leaving Jeff Lynne as the only consistent member. In 1976, the band released A New World Record, a fantastic album that optimizes Lynne’s ability to combine different musical stylings into one excellent sound. This talent would continue to present itself in 1978’s Discovery and later the soundtrack for the musical Xanadu in 1980 and concept album Time in ‘81.
Electric Light Orchestra found its home in a sound unlike any other, a sound that was spunky and new, a sound they made their own. This sound is the reason they’re still remembered and appreciated today, and will continue to be for as long as rock and roll lives.

Via @pennylane1975

Three Favourites From 1997

Radiohead - OK Computer

     Look - chances are, you already know why this record is great. The mothership of late 90s paranoia and introspection fuelled by the rise of digital technology and New Labour, the essence of Orwell brought to life by one of the greatest rock bands of all time - this is the only album where frequent comparisons to The Dark Side of the Moon feel like they’re underselling it. But to really understand why it’s great, you only need to hear the riff from ‘Airbag’, the chorus of ‘Karma Police’, ‘Climbing up the Walls’… start to finish, this is one of the most essential, engrossing, feverishly brilliant pieces of music ever recorded. The best rock album of 1997? It’s probably still the best big rock album since 1997.

Modest Mouse  - The Lonesome Crowded West

     A far cry away from posh British Oxford kids, 1997’s other indie great is a guided tour through a grey and desolate world of mega-malls and trailer parks: Modest Mouse’s The Lonesome Crowded West.

     Through its 15 unbelievable, vicious, beautiful jams, singer Isaac Brock’s youthful angst sounds like it’s burning him up - a last-ditch attempt for him to understand the world he grew up in as he watches it morph into something else. This isn’t their most philosophical record, but it’s their most affectingly vulnerable, as Brock finds the best answer he can in the closing line, “God takes care of himself / God takes care of himself, and you of you”.

Bjork - Homogenic

     “I’m no fucking Buddhist, but this is enlightenment” sings Bjork, and it sounds like she’s right, for her at least. On her third album, she exudes pure confidence and power, delivering some of her strongest lyrics and vocals over an icy yet luscious series of soundscapes.

     The production remains impressive today, 20 years later: every sound and beat is beautiful, let alone adventurous and sometimes quite abstract. The songs build and shift slowly, with layers floating in and out, each bringing new textures and tones. Bjork remains the LP’s beating heart throughout, another fantastic melody always just around the corner.

Originally written for an Audio Addict feature on albums from 1997.

“Everybody … this has been one of the greatest tours of our lives. I would like to thank the band … I would like to thank our road crew … I would like to thank our lighting people … Of all of the shows on this tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest because not only is it…not only is it the last show of the tour, but its the last SHOW that WE’LL ever do. Thank you" - 3 July 1973 - 43 years ago today ⚡

theres no way lift your skinny fist isnt godspeed you! black emperor’s best album and also not the greatest album in the world. Im mostly known to my friends as the guy who thinks car seat headrest is the greatest band ever but I think this one took the cake, for now

SoundTalk Album Review #4

Let’s do a 2-in-1.  

Live albums are one of a band’s greatest gifts to me.  I eat em up as soon as they come out.  I’d venture to say it has to do with my love for the stage in general.  Jump-starting this passionate obsession was no other than Led Zeppelin’s concert film and live album “The Song Remains The Same”. 

For multiple generations, this 1976 release was THE ONLY way to see an officially released live show from Zeppelin, short of scoring some sold out tickets.  It gave something that very few people had seen yet; an in-depth private tour of the stage and setting of the group.

From a cinematic point of view, the movie’s a mess.  Continuity errors in clothing changes, differing lighting shots; Page obviously not playing what it looks like he’s playing… But all that’s alright with me.  Still a killer show from one of my favorite bands of all time(I’ll have to make another post about my view of the Prog Trinity… hmmm).  Some of the footage isn’t even from the thee nights of the concert that was recorded; some came from a studio mock-up of Madison Square Garden after the fact.  Yeah.  I’ll focus on the soundtrack portion of the film though.

 Preforming some of their most well-known tracks, the band is seen here in their peak commercial glory. Starting with “Rock and Roll” which slides smoothly into “Black Dog” (with the “Bring It on Home” intro), they walk onto stage and start the show without a word said.  Later on, we hear such songs as “Heartbreaker”, “Moby Dick” with Bonham’s thundering solo work, and “Stairway To Heaven”, of course.

Each band member also has their own “fantasy sequence” in varying parts of the film, my favorite’s being John Paul Jones’ during the funky breakdown section of “No Quarter”, and Page’s during his bow solo on “Dazed and Confused”.  

Speaking of the 30-minute jam that is “Dazed and Confused”, I especially love this bit starting around 5:40 in, as Page, donning his now typical Dragon suit, is soloing and doing his own thing, meanwhile Jones and Bonham are looking at each other shrugging and nodding their heads and going along with it.  Its in moments like this that I especially admire the relationship, brotherhood, that’s among them.  A few minutes later is when Page’s vision starts, in which he is scaling a mountain face (behind the Boleskine House, which he owned at the time) up to a figure not unlike The Hermit on the Led Zeppelin IV inner.  When he reached the top, he stretches out to the robed character only to see that the figure is himself.  Trippy.

In short, it’s not without its sins, but what isn’t really?

For a “more perfect album” review, stop by next week.


Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same

Release date : 20 October 1976 (US)

Personnel - band

  • John Bonham – drums, percussion
  • John Paul Jones – bass guitar, keyboards
  • Jimmy Page – guitars, backing vocals, production, sound editing, mixing
  • Robert Plant – vocals

Personnel - production

  • Peter Clifton – director
  • Brian Condliffe – technician
  • Cameron Crowe – liner notes
  • Ernie Day – camera operator
  • Robert Freeman – camera operator
  • David Gladwell – editor
  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • Mick Hinton – technician
  • Eddie Kramer – sound engineer
  • Ian Knight – visual effects and lighting
  • Benji Le Fevre – technician
  • Joe Massot – director
  • Shelly – special effects
  • Ray Thomas – technician
  • Steven Weiss – shoot trouble
  • Kirby Wyatt – visual effects and lighting

Okay so here’s the message I wrote;

“On the eve of one of the saddest days in rock history, I light candles in respect for one of the greatest bands to have ever existed.

From 2001-2013, My Chemical Romance graced our ears with their beautiful music. Tomorrow, March 22nd, marks the two year anniversary of MCR’s breakup, and still, the wound is fresh.

Thank you Gerard, Ray, Frank, and Mikey for 12 years of amazing music - and thank you Matt, Bob and James for your contributions as past members as well.

So long and goodnight.”