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Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:28pm


Some songs emanate from the speaker and stop you in your tracks, vacate all other thoughts and have you asking WHAT'S THAT?

Like "Laugh, Laugh."

You've got to know, by time we reached the end of '64 an entire generation was addicted to the radio. It's kind of like today, but instead of a transistor now it's a smartphone. And a transistor only did one thing, play radio, and we only listened to music.

Sure, "Laugh, Laugh" was reminiscent of the English sound, but it would have been a hit in any era, like "Walk Away Renee" it's forever, because of the haunting sound...

From the initial notes you were enraptured, as if you were descending into a subterranean spot where all truth would be revealed.

"I hate to say it but I told you so
Don't mind my preaching to you"

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 4:22pm
Madonna Dress You Up

29 years ago today, Madonna released what would prove to be the final single from her Like a Virgin album, and while some at the time might’ve argued that it was merely a case of milking the last ounce of commercial worth out of the seven-month-old album, Sire Records got the last laugh when the song went on to be the singer’s sixth consecutive top-five single in America.

Written by Andrea LaRusso and Peggy Stanziale, “Dress You Up” was the last track to be included on Like a Virgin, and it almost didn’t make the cut at all, as LaRusso and Stanziale – who had other projects going on at the time and clearly had no way of knowing how huge the album would ultimately end up being – took longer than intended to finish the lyrics. Although producer Nile Rodgers was ready to set the song aside, Madonna liked the lyrics and pressed for the song’s inclusion.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 4:12pm
Peter Sellers

One of Great Britain’s great comedic exports left us 34 years ago today, leaving behind a wealth of wonderful film work, including Lolita, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Being There, and the Pink Panther films, but he also recorded several albums and singles during his lifetime which – despite many of them charting quite highly in the UK – have been woefully underappreciated here in the States.

With that said, however, if you’ve ever been a fan of The Dr. Demento Show, then you’ve probably heard at least a few of Sellers’ songs, the most likely of them being his unique takes on a couple of the Fab Four’s greatest hits. The most commercially successful of the bunch was “A Hard Day’s Night,” which hit #14 on the UK singles chart in 1965, but we’ve always been quite partial to his versions of “She Loves You” and “Can’t Buy Me Love” as well, and if you dig deep, you can also find his currently-out-of-print cover of “Help!”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 6:13pm

Flautist fans! We bet you are dying to get your hands on an Ian Anderson-autographed copy of Jethro Tull's A PASSION PLAY: AN EXTENDED PERFORMANCE, the original 1973 album and Chateau d' Herouville Sessions, remixed to 5.1 surround. Don't think about it, just enter to win already.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:10pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

Awesome hair: check. Killer threads: check. Sam Cooke-inspired vocals: check. I think we have everything we need to take a quick jaunt through Rod’s back nine. Fore!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:26pm
ZZ Top

Yes, there have been ZZ Top greatest-hits collections in the past, and, yes, they’ve all been rather solid, but now the band is bringing you not only the baddest of their material but also the very baddest. Okay, so maybe the differentiation between the two is predominantly that one’s a single-disc compilation and the other’s a two-disc set. Either way, they’re both pretty darned bad…by which, of course, we mean that they rock pretty darned hard.

In the press release which accompanied the news of this release, Billy Gibbons – who, along with Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, founded the band in 1969 – observed from beneath his beard that he and his bandmates were “glad that material originally issued by three different labels over the course of all these years will now be housed under one ‘roof,’ to so speak,” calling it “kind of a big, bad family reunion on some level.” By that, of course, Gibbons means that, in addition to their tremendous back catalog on Warner Brothers, these collections also feature inclusions from their more recent albums on RCA and Universal.