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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 11:50am

Given the number of morose lyrics that have featured in many of his songs over the years, both within his solo discography as well as in the Smiths’ back catalog, we couldn’t be happier than Morrissey has managed to stave off oblivion long enough to celebrate 56 years on “this unhappy planet, with all the carnivores and destructors on it.”

What, you don’t recognize the quote? Ah, how soon they forget…

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 11:37am
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World

What if you put out three albums and no one cared?

You lost your record deal. Do you give up or..?

History is littered with people in this exact same situation, those who were given their chance and then faded into obscurity. But not one David Gray...

David Gray spent his own money and recorded "White Ladder" in his apartment. A desperate move, that's for sure.

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 11:34am

25 years ago today, The Pretenders released their fifth full-length studio effort, although longtime fans who know the ins and outs of the recording sessions for the album are likely to either smirk or roll their eyes and make some comment about how the band’s name should be in quotation marks.

It’s well documented that the life and times of The Pretenders were filled with a number of trials and tribulations during their early years, which is unfortunately best evidenced by the fact that two of the four members of the band’s classic lineup – lead guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon – had died of drug overdoses in the months following the release of 1981’s Pretenders II album, leaving lead singer and rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers to soldier on and find replacements.

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 6:00am
Topsify Greatest Hits

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 1:29pm
Gig of the Week

Seal's gig at the famous Olympia Theatre in Paris became the subject of a live album and a DVD which showed the gig in its entirety. Seal performed all his hit singles as well as the Jimi Hendrix cover "Hey Joe." The tracks from the live album are all in this week's playlist. Listen in now.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:21pm
Joe Walsh

30 years ago today, Joe Walsh released the seventh studio album of his solo career, an effort which didn’t manage to change his commercial fortunes but did offer a title track that has since come to be viewed as one of his signature songs.

The Confessor broke a two-year silence from Walsh, with his previous album, 1983’s You Bought It – You Name It, having left critics less than amused even as it entertained fans and radio listeners with singles like “I Can Play That Rock & Roll” and “Space Age Whiz Kids,” with the latter track also providing Walsh with a minor MTV hit.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:36am
Rod Stewart

38 years ago today, Rod Stewart had a double A-side hit the top of the U.K. charts, which is an impressive but not unheard-of feat, but there’s an added twist in this instance: the songs were from different albums.

Just to be obstinate, let’s start off by talking about “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” a track written by Danny Whitten and originally recorded for Crazy Horse’s self-titled debut, released in 1971. Stewart recorded the song for his 1975 album, Atlantic Crossing, but when the album was released, its first big hit single was “Sailing,” which topped the UK charts in September of that year, and it was soon followed by “This Old Heart of Mine,” which provided Stewart with a second top-five hit from the album.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:51pm

We’ve got quite the trifecta of albums being reissued on 180-gram vinyl this week, and even though none of them sound a thing like each other, we can assure you that they’re all quite good in their own right.

Morcheeba, Big Calm: A little bit rock, a little bit dance, and a little bit trip-hop (among various other styles), the music of Morcheeba has always fought an uphill battle in the US, where mainstream audiences have a tendency to prefer their artists to start out sounding a particular way and just kind of stay there. In their native UK, however, they’ve got a strong following that’s netted them several hit records, and if there’s one of their efforts that’s considered to be their signature album, it’s this one, which features the hit singles “Part of the Process,” “Let Me See,” “Shoulder Holster,” and “Blindfold.”