JIMI HENDRIX: ARE YOU EXPERIENCED

Are You Experienced is the debut studio album by English-American rock band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Released in 1967, the LP was an immediate critical and commercial success, and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest debuts in the history of rock music. The album features Jimi Hendrix‘s innovative approach to songwriting and electric guitar playing which soon established a new direction in psychedelic and hard rock music. By mid-1966, Hendrix was struggling to earn a living playing the R&B circuit as a backing guitarist. After being referred to Chas Chandler, who was leaving the Animals and interested in managing and producing artists, Hendrix was signed to a management and production contract … Continue reading JIMI HENDRIX: ARE YOU EXPERIENCED

CHARLATANS: SOME FRIENDLY

Recorded at The Windings near Wrexham, Wales in 1990, the sessions proved somewhat fraught – the band fell out with the owners of the studio; “it was one of those studio bust-ups … Rob and Martin were up to their old tricks, smashing stuff up and that” said singer Tim Burgess later. However, lack of songs proved to be the major problem. Having been together for less than a year, the band hadn’t had the opportunity to stockpile songs. The album suffered as a result, featuring a few tracks that “had to go on there just to make up the numbers” (Burgess again). The band also … Continue reading CHARLATANS: SOME FRIENDLY

LINKIN PARK: HYBRID THEORY

On October 24, 2000, a little-known band from California called Linkin Park released their debut full-length, Hybrid Theory. And while the unsuspecting sextet didn’t realise it at the time, that album would go on to become not only the biggest-selling record in the world the following year, but also, more importantly, a generation-defining modern rock classic. Its fusion of razor-edged metal riffing, slick electronic beats, twisting raps, eye-gouging screams and effortless pop sensibility saw it catapult the six nobodies from nowheresville to rock superstardom in a fashion that will probably never be equalled. An absolute dreadnought of a record, to call Hybrid Theory a phenomenon … Continue reading LINKIN PARK: HYBRID THEORY

VERVE: IRBAN HYMNS

Richard Ashcroft – Vocals, Rhythm guitar – Nick McCabe – Lead guitar – Simon Tong – Rhythm guitar, Keyboards – Simon Jones – Bass – Peter Salisbury – Drums —— Track Listing —— 1: Bittersweet Symphony (5:58) 2: Sonnet (4:21) 3: The Rolling People (7:01) 4: The Drugs Don’t Work (5:05) 5: Catching the Butterfly (6:26) 6: Neon Wilderness (2:37) 7: Space and Time (5:36) 8: Weeping Willow (4:49) 9: Lucky Man (4:53) 10: One Day (5:03) 11: This Time (3:50) 12: Velvet Morning (4:57) 13: Come On (Includes hidden track “Deep Freeze”) (15:15) —— Background —— Before Urban Hymns, … Continue reading VERVE: IRBAN HYMNS

THE CLASH: LONDONS CALLING

This is an apocalyptic song, detailing the many ways the world could end, including the coming of the ice age, starvation, and war. It was the song that best defined The Clash, who were known for lashing out against injustice and rebelling against the establishment, which is pretty much what punk rock was all about.  Joe Strummer explained in 1988 to Melody Maker: “I read about ten news reports in one day calling down all variety of plagues on us.” Singer Joe Strummer was a news junkie, and many of the images of doom in the lyrics came from news reports … Continue reading THE CLASH: LONDONS CALLING

THE PIXIES

Fans of the Pixies will be mildly interested to learn that the resurrected 2010s version of the band has a new album coming in September. The as-yet-untitled album was recorded in December, and features the same Kim Deal-less lineup as the previous quasi-reunion Pixies album, 2016’s Head Carrier: Frank Black on vocals and guitar, Joey Santiago on guitar, David Lovering on drums, and Paz Lenchantin on bass and vocals. The band is also producing a podcast called Past is Prologue, Pixies, hosted by music journalist Tony Fletcher, which documents the creation of the new album and the history of the band, with one new episode released … Continue reading THE PIXIES