Articles tagged “anniversary”

Deftones Rode White Pony to New Heights of Metallic Invention

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Deftones took a rather winding and deliberate path to greatness, almost sneaking up on music fans who prematurely pegged the Sacramento, California natives as just another nu metal band based on their 1995 debut album, Adrenaline, and overlooked the abundant signs of a singular vision emerging on 1997’s still somewhat inconsistent sophomore album, Around the […]

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Ben Blackwell’s Thoughts on The White Stripes’ De Stijl After 20 Years

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At the time The White Stripes began the process of home-recording their second album, I just remember thinking that everything seemed to be happening so quickly. Their first album had just been released only a few months prior and the out-of-town tour dates behind that could be counted on one hand. How could you even […]

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Rediscovering Marillion’s Misplaced Childhood 35 Years Later

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While the first two Marillion albums made a splash with the prog cognoscenti and hard rock critics in 1983 and 1984, the talented English band with the towering Scottish frontman was worried that the label, EMI, might drop them if the next release did not make serious bank — and they were precariously close to […]

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Why Drake’s Debut Album Was the Least-Drake Album Ever

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If you’re successful for long enough, you become less of a person and more of an idea. The name Warren Buffett is synonymous with wealth. Michael Jordan is synonymous with greatness. In 2020, after a decade of releasing albums, soundtracking memories, and breaking enough records, Drake the idea is one of variability. He’s earned Billboard […]

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How Dave Mustaine Thrashed Metallica with Megadeth’s Debut

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When Megadeth unleashed their first LP, Killing Is My Business … and Business Is Good!, on June 12, 1985, they were the last of thrash metal’s Big Four — the platinum-selling pace-setters, completed by Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax — to debut. However, unlike other late arrivals to the thrash-metal mosh pit, such as Exodus, Overkill, […]

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Mariah Carey’s Debut Album Gave Us a Vision of the Future 30 Years Later

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In 1985, 17-year-old Ben Margulies found himself living in New York City and playing in a band called King Holiday. Things seemed to be going great; the group’s first show at the infamous CBGB got them signed to a development deal with Elektra Records. However, nothing ever came from the arrangement. Though King Holiday seemed […]

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Bob Marley’s Uprising Gave the George Floyd Protests a Soundtrack 40 Years Ago

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George Floyd’s killing in the custody of the Minneapolis police happened 40 years after Bob Marley & The Wailers forecasted the civil upheaval that would follow Floyd’s death on the 1980 album Uprising. Clashes with classism, the “us vs. them” division between the people and the those in power, and the quest for liberation are […]

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How Talking Heads Embraced the Everyday with Little Creatures

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Talking Heads crash-landed on the new wave scene as paranoiac aliens who proceeded to hang a “no” sign on everything about Earth — buildings, food, oxygen, even electric guitars. Singer David Byrne spouted dadaist gobbledygook. They made “dance music” that was ironically inert as if Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” sculpture lurched from its seat and […]

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