Post Tagged with: "1980s"

Something Else! Featured Artist: Queen

Freddie Mercury, talking about his band Queen, once compared them to the sweeping Hollywood auteur Cecil B. DeMille, and he wasn’t that far off. The group, which also included guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, was a heady mixture of heavy metal, prog, power pop, disco and show-tune bombast

Gimme Five: Tony Levin on "Big Time," "Thrak," "Late in the Evening," others

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind feature, we had the reins over to Tony Levin, bassist with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson.

Farewell to R.E.M., and a return to Accelerate

by Mark Saleski There were a handful of nights back in the early 1980s when me and my buddy Gene did little else but sit around in his folks’ living room, bliss out on the heat of the woodstove, and listen to Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom and, especially, R.E.M.’s Murmur.

One Track Mind: Pat Metheny Group, "Third Wind" (1987)

I like a good guitar solo as much as the next guy, but given a choice between a display of fretboard pyrotechnics vs. something with a little more soul, I’ll always gravitate to the latter.

Heart – Greatest Hits (1998; 2011 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

The distractions when it comes to Heart (gender politics, obvious curtsies to Led Zeppelin, wall-to-wall 1980s power-ballads, etc.) are swept away

Guilty pleasures: White Lion, "Radar Love" (1989)

by Fred Phillips I don’t like White Lion. Not even a little bit. During my teen years I got so sick of “When the Children Cry” that I felt like puking every time I heard it.

The Friday Morning Listen: Thomas Dolby – The Flat Earth (1984)

I like this idea: that on any given evening there’s a decent chance that there’s a man on the eastern coast of England, sitting in the wheelhouse of his refurbished 1930’s era lifeboat

Thomas Dolby on ‘She Blinded Me With Science,’ ‘Hyperactive,’ others: Gimme Five

Even as Thomas Dolby got set to release A Map of the Floating City, his first album of new music in almost 20 years, his sound somehow remained both associated with the MTV era, and almost completely unbound by it. “If you’re right,” Dolby tells us, “it’s because everything is built from the song’s foundation. It tended to be theRead More

Something Else! Interview: Synth-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby

Forever associated with “She Blinded Me With Science,” Thomas Dolby quickly moved well outside of that MTV-era hit’s new wave experimentation.

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell

We might be tempted to take for granted quietly impactful triumphs like guitarist Bill Frisell’s forthcoming All We Are Saying, an Americana-infused tribute to John Lennon.