October 9, 2012

Of all the music I was exposed to during my adolescent years, perhaps no other band influenced my decision to enter the music industry than The Cars had.  Surprisingly, it was not until 1984 that I had heard their self-titled debut album from 1978 for the first time....

September 21, 2012

The Pixies’ 1989 album Doolittle predates the “grunge” scene of the 1990s, but it was influential to many artists and acts of that era (Sisario, 2006).  With the exception of its production qualities (an emphasis on gated drums, for example) it did not sound like the m...

September 9, 2012

The band The Velvet Underground was a project produced by the pop artist Andy Warhol in 1967 (Howard, 2004).  The “Velvets” had a pessimistic psychedelic rock sound that contrasted with the San Francisco scene’s more upbeat tone (Scaruffi, 1999).  Songs such as “Heroin...

September 9, 2012

Prior to What’s Going On in 1971, Marvin Gaye fit the “Motown niche” – Clean-shaven and “image-conscious fashion” (Edmond, 2001).  He already had a few hits, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”  (Marvin gaye, n.d.)....

September 2, 2012

Prior to the release of The Beatles’ Rubber Soul in December of 1965, the band was mostly known as a “boy band” with light pop songs such as “Please Please Me,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love” (“The Beatles,” n.d.).  Already an...

September 1, 2012

In 1966, The Beach Boys took a departure from their standard surfing songs and songs about girls with their album Pet Sounds.  This remarkable album explored new themes and different styles and arrangements of music.


Prior to Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys’ typical hits in...

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