Rock Music

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “I’m On Fire” (1984)

It’s tough not to love the delicious sexual tension that builds during “I’m On Fire.” The original video (see below) had our man playing the role of an auto mechanic

Steely Dan Sunday, Confessions of a Side Man: Recording on Donald Fagen’s Sunken Condos, Part 1

Steely Dan Sunday, Confessions of a Side Man: Recording on Donald Fagen’s Sunken Condos, Part 1

*** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Editor’s note: Over the next three Sundays, this column will take a break from the Steely Dan-related song-a-week format and cede the floor to Will Galison.

The Seeds – The Seeds (1966; 2012 reissue)

Fronted by the eccentric charms of Sky Saxon, the Seeds were one of the most popular bands cruising Southern California’s fertile music scene of the late ’60s.

One Track Mind: Northern Kings, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (2007)

There’s only so much cheesy awesomeness that you can pack into a single video and song, and Northern Kings get every bit of it crammed into this cover of Tina Turner’s theme for the third Mad Max movie.

‘Sartorial choices like these don’t just happen’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth pokes fun at his own wardrobe

‘Sartorial choices like these don’t just happen’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth pokes fun at his own wardrobe

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, in the new episode of his online program “Roth TV,” pokes fun at his own 1980s-era sartorial choices — adding commentary to the over-the-top video for his No. 12 hit “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody.”

‘Playing from the heart and soul’: Journey’s Neal Schon let his muse guide the way on The Calling

‘Playing from the heart and soul’: Journey’s Neal Schon let his muse guide the way on The Calling

Journey guitarist Neal Schon describes the beginnings of his new solo album The Calling as coming from a heartfelt place.

Geoff Tate – Kings and Thieves (2012)

I have hope now that I might one day hear a good Queensryche album again. The latest solo outing from former frontman Geoff Tate makes it pretty clear who has been in control of the band’s creative direction recently.

‘I could never listen to his records’: Part of Neil Young’s creative process was avoiding Bob Dylan

‘I could never listen to his records’: Part of Neil Young’s creative process was avoiding Bob Dylan

Neil Young didn’t listen to fellow 1960s rock legend Bob Dylan for years — not because Young doesn’t admire him, but because he feared turning into a mimic.

‘The blind internet hate used to hurt me a lot’: Wolfgang Van Halen hits back at his doubters

‘The blind internet hate used to hurt me a lot’: Wolfgang Van Halen hits back at his doubters

It probably came as little surprise that some long-time fans of Van Halen chafed when the band’s guitarist chose his teenaged son to replace departed co-founding bassist Michael Anthony.

Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick: 40th Anniversary Set (1972; 2012 reissue)

Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick: 40th Anniversary Set (1972; 2012 reissue)

Years before the chattering rock press had begun to puncture the facade of prog rock — all under the cover of digging the “authenticity” of punk — Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull were ready to call bullshit on it all.