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Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

Adam Yauch of seminal hip-hop band Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47. Yauch had fought cancer since 2009 and did not appear with the Beasties when they were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. His death was announced by Russell Simmons who signed the Beasties to their first label deal. “GlobalGrind is confirming this very sad news,” said Simmons. “One of our heroes, Adam Yauch aka … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, 2000s

One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

Dick Clark died today after suffering a heart attack following a routine outpatient treatment at a Los Angeles hospital. It’s hard to calculate and quantify the number of one-hit wonder bands and artists Dick Clark featured on American Bandstand during its 30-year run between 1957 and 1987. Virtually every American band (and many non-American bands) who found a place on the Billboard Top 40 appeared on American Bandstand. YouTube is filled with American Bandstand videos from one-hit artists … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, 1980s, Pop

Change – A Lover’s Holiday

Change – A Lover’s Holiday

The last dying breaths of disco are clearly heard in “A Lover’s Holiday” by Change. There is nothing wrong with the song. In fact, it’s a wonderfully produced disco gem that features all the disco trademarks including: Dual-tracked female singers A consistent disco beat Vocal references to roller skates Soaring strings at all the right moments “A Lover’s Holiday” should have been a hit. Instead it only reached number 40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1980. Here’s the problem: the song … Read entire article »

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Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

You may not remember “Forget Me Nots” by Patrice Rushen from 1982. But if your ears were attached to your head and working properly in 1997, you definitely know the melody of “Forget Me Nots.” That’s because “Forget Me Nots” is the basis of “Men in Black” by Will Smith. Simply replace “Sending me forget me nots / I want you to remember” with “Here come the Men in Black / they won’t let you remember” in … Read entire article »

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Love You Like I Never Loved Before – John O’Banion

Love You Like I Never Loved Before – John O’Banion

“Love You Like I Never Loved Before” by John O’Banion comes to us directly from the Hall and Oates, Toto, Queen, Joey Scarbury and Frankee and the Knockouts production early 1980s songbook. The pounding piano is straight from Toto’s first hit, “Hold the Line” with some sly nods to Daryl Hall’s piano pounding on “Kiss on My List.” The soaring vocals have a touch of two-hit wonders Frankee and the Knockout’s vocal stylings on their biggest hit, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix

Teen suicide is a tragic part of life that unfortunately seems to be on the upswing. “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Kix is one of many teen-suicide anthems. Back in the days when teachers and principals were concerned about gum instead of guns in schools, teen suicide was virtually unheard of. The notion that kids could take their own lives first reared its ugly head in the 1980s, thanks to two highly-publicized court cases involving parents … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock