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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

Bang a Gong (Get It On) – T. Rex

Bang a Gong (Get It On) – T. Rex

T. Rex is another band that had an admittedly flimsy association with heavy metal, but I’m including them in our look at heavy metal one-hit wonders as they were a large part of the UK glam-rock scene of the early ’70s, and as such were highly influential. It’s easy to see where Kiss and Queen, for example, got their ideas. And later, the so-called “hair bands” of the ’80s and ’90s like Poison or Winger were … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

No Excuses – Alice in Chains

No Excuses – Alice in Chains

Mike Starr died today from an apparent drug overdose. Don’t know Mike? Perhaps you know the band he helped found back in 1987. A little outfit from Seattle, Washington known as Alice in Chains. By far one of the most melodic and musical of all metal/grunge bands. Starr was there for the recording of the band’s first records and it’s biggest-selling record of all, the four-times Platinum release, Dirt that featured the songs “Them Bones,” … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Modern Day Delilah – Van Stephenson

Modern Day Delilah – Van Stephenson

Many singer-songwriters end up as one-hit wonders. Why? Their success as songwriters for other artists often results in a record label “giving them a chance” with their own record. Van Stephenson is a perfect example of this phenomenon. After writing hits for country artists like Crystal Gayle and Kenny Rogers, HIVAU Records offered him the chance to do his own thing. A thing that sounds suspiciously like Rick Springfield (“Jessie’s Girl”) and Corey Hart (“Sunglasses at … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

How Bizarre – OMC

How Bizarre – OMC

I like OMC for three reasons: 1. The first is their name, OMC, which is an abbreviation for Otara Millionaires Club. Don’t know Otara? Perhaps you would if you were from New Zealand, where Otara is one of the poorest areas of Auckland, New Zealand. Any band that can make fun of itself in its name get two thumbs up in our book. 2. The second reason is revealed above: OMC is a New Zealand band, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

No Rain – Blind Melon

No Rain – Blind Melon

Some bands come together, write some songs, play some gigs, ingest lots of drugs and alcohol, make key connections with important people, write one big hit on their debut album, place that song in the Billboard Top 40, play big gigs, appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, release a second album and watch as the fortune and fame comes to a crashing halt with the overdose death of their lead singer and songwriter. That’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock