Monday, October 31

Music Monday: Boo!

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Today Scott's just picked a few songs that are rockin'-yet-scary. We hope you join in with the rock or the scare as you see fit. BOOOOOOO.

Horrorpops - Ghouls


The fusion between scary, punk rock and '50s rockabilly happened a long long time ago. Even still, it's rare to see someone haul a giant double bass on stage for a rock show! The idea of carrying that around on tour is the scariest part of this song for me.

More terror to come, and then it'll be YOUR TURN.

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Saturday, October 29


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Tuesday, October 25

The Debunker: Does "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" Stand for LSD?

by Ken Jennings

Thanks to the hard work of the Association of American State Geologists, the second week of October has been officially declared "Earth Science Week" every year since 1998. So we decided to have Jeopardy!'s rarest gem, Ken Jennings, school us on the hardest rock of them all: diamonds. Are they really forever? Are they a girl's best friend? Let's shed the cold, hard light of 10-carat truth onto some of these semiprecious superstitions.

The Debunker: Does "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" Stand for LSD?

In the spring of 1965, John Lennon and George Harrison and their wives were having dinner with a friend, the cosmetic dentist John Riley. (When you're the biggest rock stars in the world, you can hang out with pretty much any dentist you want!) Riley wanted the Beatles to try the newest craze in swinging London, so he laced their coffee with a still-legal lab chemical called lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD. John wasn't crazy about the surprise, but ended up loving his first trip, which he described as "a very concentrated version of the best feeling I'd ever had." Acid became a big influence on John's songwriting, leading to Beatles classics like "She Said, She Said" and "Tomorrow Never Knows."

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Monday, October 24

Music Monday: Cartoon Bands

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! For many of us, rock was something holy. And for others, it was something that you could find on childhood TV. Today Scott's exploring the latter, and taking a look at the cartoons who decided to be rock stars.

Alvin & The Chipmunks - Good Girls Don't


You're gonna find a lot of Chimpmunk fakes out there today, but once upon a time, speeding things up was real cutting-edge stuff. This honest-to-goodness Chipmunks song was sort of a "Why not" kinda joke from the son of the original Dave Seville, Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. Ross Jr. might have been amazed to learn how many people still loved the Chipmunks, but he was quick to make the most of it. And, today, the Chipmunk empire reigns over all others. I wonder if they ever got that hula hoop.

More to come, and boy, are they memorable.

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