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A Toast to Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King

July 1, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Evelyn “Champagne” King! The R&B singer/songwriter/producer turns 60 today. Despite placing 14 singles in the R&B Top 20 in the 70s and 80s, I feel like King is under-appreciated. To many, I think she’s an “I know the song but not the artist” type. For those who aren’t familiar with Ms. King and […]

Rocktology! Paranoid v Master of Puppets Tourney Results

June 27, 2020 by

Black Sabbath’s Paranoid is one of the best hard rock albums of the 70s. Metallica’s Master of Puppets is one of the best hard rock albums of the 80s. So let there be… Monsters of Rocktology! These two great albums went toe-to-toe in our bracket tourney. And led by the lead track, “War Pigs,” Paranoid edged […]

Closing Time: 10 Covers of Songs from the Tom Waits Classic

June 15, 2020 by

The time’s gone so quickly. Almost 50 years have gone lickety splickly since Tom Waits released his landmark debut album, Closing Time, in 1973. Tom has had an exemplary career and should be commended for all his fine works of fiction, but Closing Time… that was a heckuva start. And believe you me, I am […]

Rocktology! Top Singles of 1968 Tourney Results

June 14, 2020 by

There’s a quote often attributed to Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” 1968 sets the bar pretty high for social upheaval, but 2020 could be its new rhyming couplet. 2020’s comparisons to 1968 seem to grow stronger every day. In 1968, there were mounting casualties in a war that few understood […]

Rocktology! Essential Roxy Music Tourney Results

June 3, 2020 by

Eight classic albums. Therefore this, a perfect opportunity for the odd bit of Rocktology! Our Essential Roxy Music tourney — 2 tunes each from each of their 8 albums. Roxy Music has always been a part of my rock music landscape. When I started listening to the FM radio in Detroit in the late 70s, “Love is […]

Rocktology! 80s New Wave #1 Hits tourney

May 14, 2020 by

I want my MTV! You’re damn right I did. We finally got cable at my house in like 1983 and the first thing I did was boot up that rocket ship to new-wave heaven. It was awesome to learn that other people were stoked about some of the same sounds my friends and I were […]

Stevie Wonder’s Top 70s Deep Cuts

May 13, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder! The legendary singer/songwriter/musician turns 70 today. It is truly remarkable that Wonder has been in the limelight for nearly 60 years since he burst onto the scene through the Motown hit factory as Little Stevie Wonder. He notched his first No. 1 in 1963 at age 12 with “Fingertips” and went […]

Rocktology! Rush Epics Tourney Results

May 10, 2020 by

The recent passing of Rush percussionist and lyricist Neil Peart inspired me to revisit the early Rush albums. As I listened to records like Caress of Steel and Hemispheres, I was astounded all over again by the amazing epic tunes on the early records. Now, there is certainly no shortage of long songs and multi-movement […]

Roy Thomas Baker Albums Tourney Results

April 29, 2020 by

When Roy Thomas Baker was the age that I was when I started discovering RTB-produced records, RTB was producing records. That’s right, at 14 years old. Bloody hell, the man’s had a truly remarkable career as an audio engineer & producer and A&R guy. He started as an apprentice at Decca records in the early […]

Former Beatles Solo #1 Tourney Results

April 17, 2020 by

The Beatles. Have you heard of these guys? Four cheeky Brits from Liverpool? Had a pretty nice run in the 60s as performers and recording artists. I was born about a month before the lads first came to the US, so I have only vague recollections of the Beatles when they were still together. For […]