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All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

Editor’s note: Another post from Jim Barton, our resident rock and metal expert. Cue the “Twilight Zone” theme. What could be written about Jimi Hendrix that hasn’t already? Suffice to say that in his hands, the electric guitar became truly electric; his revolutionary playing style turned thousands of heads. Without Hendrix, the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Metallica, AC/DC and boatloads of other metal bands would never have existed. Decades after his death, “Purple … Read entire article »

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Journey to the Center of Your Mind – The Amboy Dukes

Journey to the Center of Your Mind – The Amboy Dukes

Editor’s note: Another post from our resident heavy metal one-hit wonder expert, Jim Barton. Just after Blue Cheer thrashed and bashed their way up the Hot 100 with “Summertime Blues,” The Amboy Dukes, featuring a young Ted Nugent, unleashed their own hit with the proto-metal “Journey to the Center of Your Mind,” which peaked at Number 16 in the summer of 1968. That makes The Amboy Dukes a one-hit wonder. Even this early in his career, … Read entire article »

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Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer

Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer

Editor’s note: This is the first contribution from Jim Barton, a die-hard music fan and one-hit wonder watcher. What was the first heavy metal song? “Rock Around the Clock” kicked off the rock era with a bang in 1955 (of course, when “Rock Around the Clock” became a hit, nobody realized at the moment the new musical revolution that would quickly take the entire planet by storm), but of course metal didn’t burst onto the scene … Read entire article »

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Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred and his Playboy Band

Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred and his Playboy Band

Three minutes of pure poppy bliss. That’s what I hear in “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) by John Fred and his Playboy Band.” I also hear a clear and obvious reference to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Try it yourself. Judy in disguise for Lucy in the Sky. Fits pretty well, right? That’s intentional. John Fred heard The Beatles’ hit song and was convinced John Lennon was singing “Judy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Since Fred … Read entire article »

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More Today Than Yesterday Lyrics – Spiral Starecase

More Today Than Yesterday Lyrics – Spiral Starecase

Click to read how More Today Than Tomorrow became a one-hit wonder More Today Than Tomorrow I don’t remember what day it was I didn’t notice what time it was All I know is that I fell in love with you And if all my dreams come true I’ll be spending time with you Every day’s a new day in love with you With each day comes a new way of loving you Every time I kiss your lips my mind starts to wander And … Read entire article »

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More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Starecase

More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Starecase

Few songs are more joyous, more ebullient than “More Today Than Yesterday” by Spiral Starecase. You could be a cynic. You could be depressed. You could be a misanthrope. But I doubt you could hate “More Today Than Yesterday.” It’s too happy. It’s too innocent. It’s too, well, brilliant. And if you watch Spiral Starecase perform “More Today Than Yesterday” and keep your eyes focused on the shuffling feet of bass-playing Bobby Raymond, I’m certain you’ll fall … Read entire article »

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