Starchild, the Demon, Space Ace, and the Catman; so notorious they would once not allow themselves to be seen in public without excessive amounts of costume make-up; the rock group, KISS! First known as Wicked Lester in ‘70 to ‘72, their name was later changed to KISS in ’73, when they hit the big time. Their self-titled debut album was released in ’73 and is considered one of their greatest. Bands spend entire careers trying to write amazing songs such as “Black Diamond” or “Strutter”, and KISS did it on the very first shot. Best known for their make-up and stage acts, believe it or not, in ’82 KISS went bare and took off the make-up for over 10 years. It wasn’t until ’96 that they realized what a brilliant way of advertising themselves and pleasing their fans the make-up was, and they put it back on. While Gene Simmons shows off his 7 inch tongue as he breathes fire and a mysterious red liquid runs down his face, Paul Stanley could be smashing his guitar to bits, haze may be arising from Ace Frehley’s guitar, or perhaps Peter Criss’ drum set may be rising far above the stage. It isn't a mystery why KISS has a reputation for throwing “the greatest rock and roll show”. Some of their greatest hits are “I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite”, “I Was Made for Loving You”, “Cold Gin”, “Parasite”, “Deuce”, “Love Gun” and many more. KISS is so big that they have licensed their name to over 3000 products. Major motion pictures “KISS meets the phantom of the park” and “Detroit Rock City” were released in 1978 and 1999; with both plots revolving around KISS. They have also made an appearance in Marvel Comics, Howard the Duck issue #12, starring KISS as superheroes. They first started performing in small clubs in New York, and they are now one of the most known and influential rock bands of all time. “All right, you wanted the best and you got the best; the hottest band in the world; KISS!”
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Offensive song, sexist artist, degrading video; lets talk about this. The title itself, when put in context, is enough to make a lot of women uncomfortable. Thicke is annoyed with all these 'blurred lines' of whether a girl will or won't give consent, wishing for a simpler world where all girls really want "crazy wild sex," but they won't say it. This poses yet again the age-old problem of men thinking no means yes - this time into a "catchy, hummable song". Just what we need! He makes this clear throughout both the song and video with the constant lyrical repetition of whispering "I know you want it" into a girl's ear (creepy, no?) along with such eloquent and flattering lyrics as "You the hottest b**** in this place" and "If you can't hear what I'm trying to say, if you can't read from the same page, maybe I'm going deaf" Nope! You're not going deaf Robin she just really doesn't want you. Must be hard to believe that she doesn't "want it" - a washed up mid-30's married-with-a-kid man who surrounds himself with naked young women in his music videos really seems like quite a catch. I'll admit it though the song is catchy, but it looks like we might not even be able to credit that to the lovely Robin Thicke. The family members of 60's R&B singer Marvin Gaye are suing Thicke for copying Gaye's hit "Got to Give It Up" right down to the cowbell. To top it off, in an interview with GQ he states "People say, "Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?" I'm like, "Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before." Sorry Robin but now's not the time to stop respecting women, regardless of whether you've 'done it before' or not? Degrading women in your song/video doesn't make you edgy or 'making a statement' - the fact that you call degrading women a 'pleasure' frankly makes this reviewer sick.
What do you think of the song 'Blurred Lines'? Offensive? Ironic? Catchy? Irrelevant? Don't care? Let us know!
One Direction; the name itself causes overflowing thoughts in one’s head. With 19 million single and 10 million album sales in the United States, it is virtually impossible not to recognize the name. But ever wonder what the next big thing was 20 years, 30 years, or even 40 years ago? Musical trends have moved from classical, in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s, to blues/jazz in the early 1920’s-late 1940’s, to rock and roll in the mid 1950’s-1990’s, with disco becoming very popular in the mid 1970’s-early 1990’s. Pop has only gained popularity within the last 15 years; in the late 1990’s to the present day. Groups and artists such as the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Bing Crosby, and Led Zeppelin have reached the 600 million sales mark, which is, many more sales than many modern groups or artists could expect to sale. Classics like "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones, "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana, "In The Ghetto" by Elvis Presley, "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, "When The Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin, "Do You Wanna Touch Me" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and more will always, be classics. Pop music has swept away any recognition of previous musical trends. If you were to play a classic soul song, or rock and roll song, not many of today’s youth would recognize what was playing. Pop is a fantastic genre of music; upbeat and fun, but how could millions of people from the 1950’s-1980’s era be wrong? It would be tragic if classic music were to disappear from our radio stations, CD shelves, and iPods forever.
Today, Joan Jett’s career is still going strong. At 55, and after 38 years of rock and roll, she is not at all ready to give it up. In 1975, when she was only 15, she and Cherrie Currie created the rock group called the Runaways. Though the Runaways were never much of a success in the United States, in 1977 they became practically an overnight sensation in Japan thanks to their hit “Cherry Bomb”. After the group parted in 1979, Jett found her own success as a solo artist, along with her band, “The Blackhearts”. Joan Jett achieved great success after the group split and on top of that, she is in the Rolling Stones Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, at number 78, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Some of her greatest hits were “I Love Rock and Roll”, “Bad Reputation”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You”, “Crimson and Clover” and “Do You Wanna Touch Me”. She even released a new album this year, “Unvarnished”. Joan Jett is one of my many idols; I encourage everyone to check her out!
Dallas Green isn’t “trying to be revolutionary”, it just happened effortlessly.
Dallas Green, a very talented Canadian singer-songwriter recently released his fourth album “The Hurry and The Harm” in June 2013. This unique mix of acoustic melodies and folky feel appeals to many different music fanatics. This album consists of 15 brilliant tracks and whether you like pop, rock, indie or anything in between there’s bound to be a song just for your musical taste. Perfect for relaxing by a fire or hosting a few friends over for dinner, this album is an autumn essential. “Commentators” and “Harder than Stone” are more upbeat whereas “Ladies and Gentlemen” and “The Golden State” are a little slower. This gives the variety necessary for a successful album. City and Colour wowed his long-time fans and attracted many new ones by the release of this inspiring album.
Favourite track: The Way It Used To Be (Bonus Track)
Jesse Cooper and Harley Rayner hail from New Zealand, specifically, Mt Eden. The duo started making dubstep, more specifically, drum and base, at around 12 years old. They started to post some of their music, notably “Sierra Leone” and two remixes, one “Silence”, by Sarah McLachlan and “Still Alive”, by Lisa Miskovsky on a Youtube account, created by Rayner’s brother. They released their first EP, “Med’s”, in 2010, and in 2013, Cooper and Rayner signed to Ultra Records. Their “Walking on Air” EP was released in June and they should have a full length album done by the end of this year. While it’s not grimey, it’s more like chillstep with synths and various drum beats. Some of their songs are upbeat like Air Walker and Chasing, others are slower. Don’t expect any crazy bass drops from the like of Skrillex or Datsik, but more like Zeds Dead. The duo is known for introducing people to the dubstep genre, but their music is pretty basic.