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The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex

The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex

The world needs more synthesized drums. At least that was the sentiment when Re-Flex released “The Politics of Dancing” in 1983. “The Politics of Dancing” is one of the definitive new wave songs of the early 1980s with its mix of mildly distorted guitars, British-accented vocals, soaring synthesizers and the distinctive Simmons Drum kit. Love the antiquated sound of synthesized drums. The Simmons SDS-V with its octagonal design became the go-to electronic drums for bands … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

New World Man by Rush

New World Man by Rush

Editors note: Here is Jim Barton’s take on “New World Man” by Rush. You can also read Michael Waterman’s thoughts on the one song that made Rush a one-hit wonder. Featuring three of the most amazing musicians ever to walk the planet, Rush have been a fixture on the album chart and concert stage for more than 35 years, selling millions and millions of albums and tickets. Their specialty is highly intellectual lyrics set to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep (named for a character in Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations) and Deep Purple are two of the earliest bands to introduce progressive-rock elements to heavy metal. Without these two groups, it would be difficult to imagine the existence of one-hit wonders Rush, Triumph, Queensryche, Metallica, Dream Theater, even Tool. British rockers Uriah Heep were also one of the first groups to incorporate “swords ‘n sorcery” lyrics in their songs and soon, songs about castles, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead

Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead

Quick quiz #1: Name the best Grateful Dead songs. We’re guessing many of you will suggest “Truckin'” or “Friend of the Devil” or “Ripple” or “Sugar Magnolia” or “Uncle John’s Band” or “Franklin’s Tower” or if you’re a true Deadhead (or dropped a lot of acid during your Deadhead days), you might even choose “Space/Drums.” We’re guessing none of you will choose “Touch of Grey.” Quick quiz #2: Name the most commercially successful … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

New World Man – Rush

New World Man – Rush

Sometimes bands can play for decades, amass huge fan bases, sell millions of records, and still only hit the Billboard Top 40 once. Rush is one of these rare bands that continues to sell out halls today, more than 42 years after the first version of the band formed. Yet they’ve only charted a single top 40 hit. And that hit is “New World Man” from their 1982 release, Signals. If you’re a Rush fan (and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Rearviewmirror – Pearl Jam

Rearviewmirror – Pearl Jam

Editor’s note: “Rearviewmirror” is not a one-hit wonder. It’s just a fantastic song with a great guitar riff that is connected to an unlikely one-hit wonder. It’s every guitarist’s dream to write a killer riff. Pearl Jam nailed one with “Rearviewmirror” from their 1993 release, Vs. It’s so catchy, in fact, that lead singer Eddie Vedder was reluctant to record the song and ended up agreeing to sing the song only on the last day … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock