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Gimme Five: Hits uncharacteristic of the bands that made ‘em (KISS, Queen, The Pointer Sisters, The Hollies, Bread)

Gimme Five: Hits uncharacteristic of the bands that made ‘em (KISS, Queen, The Pointer Sisters, The Hollies, Bread)

They’re objects of music chart intrigue: those left field hits, songs that aren’t really typical of the bands who recorded them and become hits, anyway.

The Friday Morning Listen: Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)

The Friday Morning Listen: Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)

When I’ve gone back to revisit Devo‘s first appearance on Saturday Night Live (October 14, 1978), it still seems kind of shocking. I hadn’t yet heard them on the radio

Gimme Five: Cool moments from Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic

Gimme Five: Cool moments from Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic

On this date forty years ago, Steely Dan released their third long-player Pretzel Logic, widely regarded as a pinnacle achievement for the premier jazz-pop rock band and one of those great classic rock albums of the 70s.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Daybreak” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Daybreak” (1979)

At first, you might think that New Chautauqua was going to fade out in a series of simple reveries. I would have been fine with that, because that set of ringing arpeggios have that kind of searching quality

Almost Hits: Journey, “Lights” (1978)

Almost Hits: Journey, “Lights” (1978)

Hard to believe that last week Journey’s Infinity had become thirty-six years old; I can still remember how fresh and exciting the album sounded when I first heard it.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Sueño con México” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Sueño con México” (1979)

As an example of extraordinary beauty emanating from simplicity, it’s hard to top “Sueño con México.” In my mind, it nestles quietly alongside pieces such as Miles’ “So What” and Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.”

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Hermitage” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Hermitage” (1979)

For many years, I longed for those early Pat Metheny concerts, when “Phase Dance” was always played. OK, I still do, but there have been a few instances where the song has popped up

‘My inspiration every single night’: Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks keeps photo of George Harrison nearby

‘My inspiration every single night’: Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks keeps photo of George Harrison nearby

For years, Stevie Nicks has kept a treasured 1970-era photograph framed and with her on the road, getting untold moments of inspiration while touring both as a solo artist and with Fleetwood Mac. She’s pictured with George Harrison

‘That really stumped me’: Inside the improvisational sessions for Pink Floyd’s ‘Great Gig in the Sky’

‘That really stumped me’: Inside the improvisational sessions for Pink Floyd’s ‘Great Gig in the Sky’

It took a little talent, and a lot of luck, for Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig in the Sky” to come together.

‘I don’t think Steve Perry liked me singing’: Gregg Rolie opens up about leaving Journey

‘I don’t think Steve Perry liked me singing’: Gregg Rolie opens up about leaving Journey

Gregg Rolie, in the space between two albums — 1977′s Next and 1978′s Infinity — went from fronting Journey to playing a secondary vocal role. Credit, and he says some blame, goes to the arrival of Steve Perry.