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The claim Time Life seems to like making is that each CD is equal to two full length LP's, yet that would be well over 70 minutes in my book, since I have Def Leppard's Hysteria on vinyl and it's 63 minutes long! Their space-opera past was a thing of adolescent glory; here and now was a mature rock band defining and redefining itself. Subdivisions became one of their greatest songs, while The Analog Kid and Losing It had a grand sadness about them, a sure sign that Rush had grown up and were restlessly looking forwards.
Luckily those two stinkers are right at the end of the album. For the rest of the time, Piece Of Mind remains a crucial stepping stone on their journey to global domination. For Bruce Springsteen, the lates was a time of partings — from his first wife Julianne Phillips and from the E Street Band — and Tunnel Of Love adroitly turned the focus from the political to the personal.
From , it seemed like every time you switched on MTV or flicked through a glossy rock publication there were multiple new hair-metal bands begging for your attention. And while with their self-titled debut album Skid Row were first looked upon as a hair-metal band, they would wisely harden up their image and sound on later releases.
Skid Row had everything a rocker sporting spandex trousers and mile-high hair required, including fist-in-the-air anthems Youth Gone Wild , ballads I Remember You and tough-guy rock Piece Of Me. Well, so do the 11 generic songs on this highly unoriginal LP. Critical acclaim rained down, but it was never matched by the sales.
Who would have guessed it? This is a damn good record. On Clutching At Straws Marillion ditched any remaining musical excesses for a set of songs that were as concise as they were dark. The heavy emotions carried into the real world — a schism had opened up between Fish and the rest of the band, and the album was his swansong with Marillion. But it was a hell of a way to go out.
Imaginos is quite probably the longest-gestating album of all time. Its concept — in the loosest sense, the story of an alien race arriving upon Earth in the Middle Ages and shaping human history from that point forward — was developed by erstwhile rock critic Sandy Pearlman when he was still a college student in the mids. That task eventually fell to drummer Albert Bouchard, who, having been fired from the band in , went on to work with Pearlman on a planned three-double-album saga.
The blues scene was practically a retirement home before Stevie Ray Vaughan arrived in with Texas Flood. The decade had its first blues superstar — at last. Electro-dance meets heavy metal? And despite the album being two years old by , it was a show-stealing spot on the inaugural Lollapalooza tour that summer which introduced NIN to the masses and catapulted Pretty Hate Machine up the charts.
But as the nursery-rhyme lyrics and whistling on the big hit Games Without Frontiers demonstrated, his sense of humour and the absurd remained intact. Coming after a couple of multi-disc exercises in pan-generic experiment-ation, the relatively compact Combat Rock almost sounded like mid-career consolidation.
But anyone expecting the globe-trotting Clash to completely abandon the dressing-up box underestimated their breadth of vision. Post- Apocalypse Now! In a world of plump poodle-rock, Had A Dad and Standing In The Shower … Thinking were hard, lean guttersnipe anthems, thrillingly prescient of the 90s scene to come.
Written as U2 watched turmoil unfold in the Falklands and the Middle East, tracks like Seconds and the wiry Like A Song … were markedly harsher than the stadium-ready sweep of their later work. War knocked Thriller off the UK No.
As Sunday Bloody Sunday demanded: how long must we sing these songs? Robert Plant spent the first half of the 80s running away from Robert Plant; as in the preening, tight-trousered Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin days. His fourth solo album, Now And Zen , finally embraced the man he used to be.
But Plant never sounded so alive and yet so like the old Robert Plant ever again. Monochrome to full-colour, boys to young men, amateurs to professionals. It owes much to the interests and obsessions of their bass player Cliff Burton, for whom it would prove, sadly, part of an abbreviated legacy. Back in , it was a different story: essentially a different band. When Coverdale formed Whitesnake in , having made his name as frontman for Deep Purple, his focus was on soulful, blues-based hard rock.
Or perhaps outright disbelief would be a more accurate description. At the time it was also a contender for their least well-regarded, an ignominy it then shared with its immediate predecessor, Rock In A Hard Place , made without Perry and when the great Boston band were at their lowest ebb. The music world had never been readier for a David Bowie album than it was in To say Scary Monsters was eagerly anticipated is to grossly understate matters.
Teaser single Ashes To Ashes shot to No. Its none-more-futurist David Mallet-directed promo video, a zeitgeist-capturing classic, featured Bowie in full Pierrot garb with Blitz host Steve Strange at his side. An inspired Tony Visconti production, utilising state-of-the-art methods, created a unique auditory environment.
Meticulous drums triggered nagging programmed bass lines, treated vocals lurched from haranguing, edge-of-breakdown, primal screaming to nursery-rhyme creepiness. In the 80s, no band was bigger than Def Leppard. Those albums sold more than 10 million apiece in America, back to back. The whole album is! Mutt was our teacher. I was so pissed off I broke a Foreigner album in half. Double Vision , it was. Certainly he was the right guy for us.
And those lyrics suck. That song became Let It Go. And Mutt was great for me. He taught me how to really project myself as a singer. He turned me into the shouty Joe Elliott. During her post-teen-pop phase, Hayley Kiyoko has transformed herself into a queer-pop auteur, directing and starring in her own videos for pulsing anthems.
Lil Baby and Gunna are the princes who were promised. The Turbo produced song is a tumbling, Western that features Baby and Gunna rapping about dripping and drowning and waves. Pistol Annies have made their name crafting songs about women desperate to break free from their drunk, dejected husbands. The Swedish singer and candidate for Catchiest Artist Alive makes falling back into the arms of someone you swore off sound wickedly fun. The Captain Cuts-produced track, is a delicious exercise in pop simplicity: no big tricks or trends needed when the hook and melody work this well.
This highlight from Be the Cowboy is her big Smithsian confession: Mitski hits Morrissey-esque high notes, while her guitar goes for Johnny Marr-style drama. Rumors swirled for years that one day the biggest music power couple of all time would release a collaborative album together.
The pair delivered on that hope this summer with a surprise drop, a few dates after they had already launched their On the Run II tour. Xtina has spent the millennium searching for her sound — she went drrty then retro then robotic in the process. Pop savant Teddy Geiger is responsible for this moving, gorgeous ballad about dreaming of a white wedding and finding the right person to dream about it with.
As for the unsung star of the song? That would be its slinky, bedspring squeak-turned-beat, which needs no translation. Vile noodles around with a frayed sense of wonderment as his band the Violators settle into the pocket, and he turns Meat Puppets-style stoner pastoralism into an epic journey — from sun up to sunset, from the bay to the beach, from the grass to the sky above the grass.What others are saying Thompson Twins were a British music group that formed in April Initially a new wave group, they switched to a more mainstream pop sound and achieved considerable popularity in the scoring a string of hits in the United Kingdom, the United.