Articles by Chris Bisha

Threefer Thanksgiving: The Sweet

November 29, 2020 by

The Sweet (known in the States as, Sweet), were the bad boys of English pop in the ’70s. The band had an impressive run in the British charts as a big singles group and then, for several records anyway, their hit-making talents rubbed off in the States as well. Sporting coiffed shoulder-length hair and flamboyant […]

Top 10 Soul Asylum Songs

November 28, 2020 by

At the Minnesota Music Awards in 1986, Soul Asylum front man Dave Pirner accepted the award for Best Garage Band saying “We are here tonight to celebrate music, and music is not something that can be judged.” Well Dave, my apologies for not only judging your music, but for ranking your songs as well. I […]

Bobby Keys: 10 Choice Tracks featuring Rock’s Greatest Sax Player

November 21, 2020 by

Bobby Keys is the greatest rock saxophone player of all time. My source on this is Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. Charlie ought to know – he was there. I’m glad I was there too on 18 October 2012 when Bobby and his band, The Suffering Bastards, played the Magic Bag theater in Ferndale, […]

45 Years of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”

November 10, 2020 by

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was shipwrecked in Lake Superior 45 years ago on 10 November 1975. Like many people, I became aware of the tragedy by way of Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” The song was released in 1976 and hit #1 on the pop charts in Lightfoot’s native Canada. It also […]

This is the Spinal Tap virtual reunion

October 25, 2020 by

The boys from This is Spinal Tap got together virtually on Wednesday, 14 October to benefit the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. As a musician and a child of the ’80s, this is a seminal film for me. So before I tell you about the livestream, please indulge me as I share my Spinal Tap story. I […]

Missing Van Halen

October 21, 2020 by

I was 14 and in eighth grade on 10 February 1978 when Van Halen’s debut album devastated an unsuspecting world. The Bee Gees were at the top of the charts and Billy Joel’s The Stranger was my favorite record. With the bomb-drop intro of “Runnin’ With the Devil” and the whammy bar dive-bomb of “Eruption,” […]

Wild Horses: 10 Great Covers of the Rolling Stones classic

October 17, 2020 by

Sometimes it flat out sucks being an adult. When it all gets too heavy, I often find refuge in simple, mournful country ballads. The Glimmer Twins (aka Mick & Keith) penned “Wild Horses” and included it on the Stones’ 1971 release Sticky Fingers. It’s a song I return to frequently. The subject of the song […]

Breathe – 360° Mask Giveaway

September 3, 2020 by

The air is purple. I think that’s a line from “Werewolves of London.” Excuse me? I’m being told the line is “His hair was perfect.” Oh well, no matter. The air is indeed purple. Therefore, we here at 360°Sound hope that you’re breathing through a mask when you’re inside a public place or in a […]

Rocktology! – Top Dogs of Rock tourney

August 28, 2020 by

Walktology? Barktology? Fetchtology? In any case, we have crowned the top dog of rock. Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” is the alpha dog, but it’s not like the rest of the breed were wearing Milkbone underwear. This one was totally off the leash with lots of compelling matchups and scintillating action. I don’t know, but I’ve […]

New Little Richard biography

August 22, 2020 by

The Big Life of Little Richard by veteran music biographer Mark Ribowsky is new this month from Diversion Books. The bio is touted by the publisher as, “The first major biography of Little Richard.” In anticipation of this new title, we had an opportunity to communicate with the author. Ribowsky clarified that, “This is actually […]