SHED SEVEN: A MAXIMUM HIGH

A Maximum High is the second studio album by the British rock band Shed Seven, released in April 1996 via Polydor Records. The album was written by all four band members at the time of release; Rick Witter, Paul Banks, Tom Gladwin and Alan Leach. The album title comes from lyrics in the song “Parallel Lines”. Shed Seven held writing and rehearsal sessions at a local potato plant, RS Cockerill’s of York, prior to recording the album. One of the first tracks recorded, with their new producer Chris Sheldon, was the lead single, “Where Have You Been Tonight?”, written in late-1994 and debuting live at the band’s Christmas show on … Continue reading SHED SEVEN: A MAXIMUM HIGH

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