Monday, February 27

Music Monday: Music Madness Is Here

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! For those who don't know, each year we do a special March Bracket Event on our site. This year Scott's been forced honored with the keys to the event. We call it MUSIC MADNESS and it's a challenge to find the best one-hit wonder!

The rules are simple: it works just like that other bracket-based madness that happens in March. We've chosen four notable eras of music ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each era. Each Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to help determine the winners! Today Scott's showing off a little preview, but there are 64 differerent songs facing off! Wanna see 'em all? The song/artist combo didn't fit onto one page so we made a bracket full of initials for you to use. You can find out what they stand for on the master list right here. Use all that information to make your own advance brackets for all 64. You might just win a trophy!

Seriously. We're gonna give away real trophies in three categories: "Most Right Answers" and "Least Right Answers" and a "Prettiest Hand-Made Bracket" as well. Get started on your brackets RIGHT NOW and put 'em in the comments of this post before the end of the week. We'll name our three trophy winners at the start of April when we reveal the one-hit wonder winner!

Today, though, Scott's gonna get things revved up by previewing four great matchups to come (and one that could have been). Let's get ready to MAAAAAAAARCH

70s Bracket: King Harvest - Dancing In The Moonlight vs Pilot - Magic

 

In the '70s bracket, it's pretty much a race between what WAS on a Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack and what WILL BE on a Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack. Both these catchy songs are solid contenders for Vol. 2! But only one of them will move on in our Music Madness event. Which will you be voting for? You'll get your chance real soon!

Remember: the voting starts on Wednesday, March 1st. Today's just a little preview of the whole event. But what an event, eh? More future matchups to come, after the jump!

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Monday, February 20

Music Monday: Rock Weirdos

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! It's gonna get weird today as Scott takes a look at all the weirdos of music. Join in, if you're strange enough!

Screaming Lord Sutch - Live

 

Screaming Lord Sutch had a great sense of theater. You can see it in this video, where he comes out in a coffin, fakes getting shot, and then kills his attacker before singing his hit. Today that's commonplace but back then, who expected a short play at a rock concert? Only the weirdos, really.

It'll only get weirder, people. It'll only get weirder.

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Monday, February 13

Music Monday: We Are The Mods

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! The Mod life is about looking good and going fast. Scott's not so good at either, but he does like their music! Celebrate the Mod Revival with him today!

The Jam - That's Entertainment

 

The first mods, of course, were bands like The Who and The High Numbers and the like. They dressed well, listened to post-war records from abroad, took a lot of speed, and were super cool. It's little wonder this concept keeps coming back every so often. Paul Weller was sort of the focal point of the Mod revival in the '70s and '80s, and with good reason. His songs are just so good!

Shine your shoes and come on in.

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Monday, February 06

Music Monday: Rebellion

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's paying tribute to the rebellious music of youth. If he misses your own personal rebellion song, don't worry. You can add your own at the end!

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit

 

This counter-culture classic isn't even subtle about it's drug connection. It starts with the word "one pill." And yet, what was once terrifying is now safe and familiar, because the counter-culture became the culture after growing up. Such is the magic of the rebellion! It goes from the underground to the classic rock stations.

We get more rebellious as we go. DARE YOU KEEP UP???

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Monday, January 23

Music Monday: How Much Is That Proggy In The Window

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Prog isn't just for white guys who came of age in the 1970s, though. It's for everybody! Today Scott will attempt to prove it. Maybe you'll agree, maybe you won't. We'll see.

Asia - Only Time Will Tell

 

Even people who don't know prog know this song. Some people who know prog don't like calling it prog, since it was a hit. But for a lot of people, this was the gateway into a whole new type of rock. Even if it did happen while roller skating.

Want to defend the good name of prog? Here just to tell Scott how useless he is? Hit up the comments now! Everyone else, four more songs to come.

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Monday, January 16

Music Monday: TV Rockers

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! It used to be that being on TV made you famous nationwide. It used to be that recording a hit record did the same thing. So it was only natural there would be some crossover between TV and Pop Star, right? Today Scott's gathered five TV heroes of yore and their music. And now, you must watch and listen. YOU MUST.

David Soul - Don't Give Up On Us

 

David Soul was on Starsky & Hutch. He was Starsky. Or maybe Hutch. It's been a long time. Also, he had a hit single. Pretty good, right? I certainly think so.

Thankfully for Scott, there are plenty of other TV actors with recording careers too. You'll see four more, coming right up!

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Monday, January 09

Music Monday: Bowie, One Year On

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Roughly one year ago today, the wonderful David Bowie passed away. Today Scott's recapping with some tributes that happened across the world as we all came to terms with the loss.

The Brit Awards

 

If you could only pick one tribute, this would be it. Featuring Bowie's friends, Bowie's touring band, and an up-and-coming artist the man himself called the future of British music, it was as close to a funeral as a Bowie fan could want. And how moving to just let the vocals be so loud in their absence.

We got more, coming up. Then hit up our Facebook page and see if you can win a Blackstar vinyl.

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Monday, January 02

Music Monday: New

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today is the first Monday of the New Year. In celebration, Scott's done a post full of new-themed songs. Join in, have fun, celebrate the start of something new!

Kirsty McColl - A New England

 

This is, of course, a Billy Bragg cover, but the jangly guitar and wistful lyrics of this version really captures what January always feels like to me. There's still the feelings of the old year mixed with the knowledge that something else is coming. Even if we disagree what that something is, we all want it to be good. That's gotta count for something, right?

Let's all face this New Year together! More songs to come.

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Monday, December 26

Music Monday: ADQ's Best Of 2016

by Kristy Tye

 

 

Welcome to the Music Monday recap of the best songs from this dumpster fire of a year! Scott’s still in a corner sobbing over the loss of David Bowie and Prince (among others), so he’s handed over the reins to me to take us out of 2016. Let’s dive right in!

Panic! At the Disco - Impossible Year

 

 

Released in early 2016, Panic! At the Disco’s "Death of a Bachelor" was… surprisingly listenable! I’m not a huge fan, wasn’t actually very sure if they were still together, and yet, this song became my official outro song for each successive failure I faced in 2016. It’s got a lovely piano theme and a fabulous backing brass band that really works with the lead singer’s vocals, more so than I remember of them from their early 00’s emo days.

More music (and more uplifting!) under the fold…

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