Talking Heads, Chris Frantz’s book and the New Wave era

The Talking Heads were one of the biggest and most influential musical groups from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, essentially a decade of mostly innovating and provocative music. Once again, we get into labeling issues because this band mixed several genres and infused their own style. Post-punk, New Wave, indie, world music – … More Talking Heads, Chris Frantz’s book and the New Wave era

MOONAGE DAYDREAM: The Soundtrack (David Bowie film)

I don’t believe I’ve ever purchased a soundtrack without seeing the film. Until now. Moonage Daydream is an incredible mashup of Bowie music and dialogue. The soundtrack is hardly just a collection of songs, it’s a David Bowie experience. If you’ve seen the film, you are one up on me. The soundtrack can stand on … More MOONAGE DAYDREAM: The Soundtrack (David Bowie film)

Jeff Beck: So Long

The news of Jeff Beck’s passing was a surprise, even at age 78. Beck was active and seemed in otherwise in very good health. Bacterial meningitis. My last Jeff Beck blog included his recent album with Johnny Depp. I enjoyed the album and purchased a copy. That was a surprise, I was ready to dismiss … More Jeff Beck: So Long

Bono: Surrender, 40 Songs, One Story (book review)

Bono, much like Bruce Springsteen, can sell a ton of records and tour stadiums around the world, but is maligned by many for his views and activities. Is he just another rich, liberal rockstar whose solution is to throw other people’s money at countries that can’t solve their own problems? Bono is certainly an activist … More Bono: Surrender, 40 Songs, One Story (book review)

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (revisiting)

Songs in the Key of Life, one of the best albums of 1976. This double album was all over the radio and was perhaps the pinnacle of Stevie Wonder’s musical output. Consider, this was Wonder’s 18th album, and he was only 26 years old. Amazing! The early 1970s had been a richly creative period for … More Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (revisiting)