Monday, April 24

Music Monday: RIP So Far

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Unlike last year, Scott hasn't needed a new RIP post every other day. But we've still lost a few notable music legends since January, so we sadly need to say goodbye. Let's get started, shall we?

David Axelrod

 

Without David Axelrod records Dr. Dre would never have built that gangsta sound that changed hip hop forever. That alone could have been enough to make him a music legend. But flip through Axelrod's production credits and you'll see a man who made a lasting contribution to the world of pop, jazz, soul, and beyond. He did enough for one life but I'm still sorry to lose him.

More goodbyes ahead, sadly.

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Monday, April 17

Music Monday: Spring = XTC

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! From Scott's point of view, there aren't many bands that feel as spring-like as XTC. So today, since we're comfortably into Spring, Scott's celebrating with a day of XTC! YOU MUST CELEBRATE TOO!

XTC - King For A Day

 

You can just hear the sunshine in the guitar, can't you? I'm not sure there's a better song for lying in the grass and relaxing. XTC is perfect for doing nothing with. Just sit on your porch, balcony or corner stoop and be.

Got four more, coming right up. And then it's your turn to talk about spring.

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Monday, April 10

Music Monday: Rock Organ

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There's a special sound of the organ in rock music. Even now that we've moved to tiny portable synths, there's still an organ feature on most of them. Today Scott collects some of the songs that best represent the power of the organ. You too can be involved in the comments after the jump.

The Stranglers - Duchess

 

Duchess is one of my favorite Stranglers songs (I've been fortunate enough to see singer Hugh Cornwell perform it live, too!) and placing the video in a church is really fitting. The organ in this song plays up the religious feel of a relationship, and it works wonderfully.

More organ still to come!

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Monday, April 03

Music Monday: RIP Chuck Berry

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! When a ninety year old man dies, it's not really a shock, but it can still be a surprise. Chuck Berry long since earned his rest, but somehow didn't pass away until just a few weeks ago. Today Scott says a good-bye to the man who perhaps most created rock music.

Chuck Berry - Come On

 

When I was young I knew this as a Rolling Stones song. It took a record store employee to correct me. For kids like me who only knew Chuck Berry as "guy on the oldies station" or "brother of Marvin Berry in Back To The Future" it was really shocking to learn how important Chuck Berry was to the generation before. I didn't really understand just how good he was until I heard the non-hits they never played. Like, say, Little Queenie.

How did Scott only pick five Chuck Berry songs? Four more still to come.

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Monday, March 27

Music Monday: The Last Four

by Scott Lydon

UPDATE: We fixed the poll. Go vote again if you haven't already!!


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!!

At the top of March, we posted 64 one-hit wonders. Now it's all down to these four. You might even call them... The Last Four! You could call them something else too but our lawyers advised us not to use another name. When you're done reading the list, head to our Facebook poll and fight between the decades. We'll have the results (and the Championship) on Wednesday and the big wrap-up announcement on Friday! But for now... Let's get hype!

Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400

 

 

After the fall of Gary Glitter, only one band was able to take his place in the world of sporting hype. Zombie Nation is the proof that sometimes, all you've gotta do is be in the right place at the right time. Now everyone knows their song, even if almost no one knows their name. The perfect song to get us excited for the list of LAST FOUR one-hit wonders!

What, you expected us to just post without a crowd warmup? Do you even KNOW how Championships work? Sheesh. You'd think you never watched sports before! Anyway, Last Four coming up after the jump, and then you'll need to go and cast your vote on our Facebook poll.

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Monday, March 20

Music Monday: Bracket Talk

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! At this point, we're three weeks in to Music Madness so there's no point in recapping the rules. The important facts to know are these: We've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to help determine the winners! We're also giving away real trophies in three categories: Most Right Answers, Least Right Answers, and Prettiest Hand-Made Bracket. And by this point, well, a lot of the brackets look something like this.

That's what Poor Scott's bracket looks like. Today he's going to look at his biggest mistakes and explain what we was thinking. Then you can do the same with YOUR bracket in the comments below. Ready? Let's commiserate together!

70s Bracket: Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around And Fell In Love beat Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood

 

I picked Knock On Wood because it's AMAZING. It's high energy, and a disco classic they still play even today! There's nothing wrong with the Elvin Bishop song, but it's so mellow and neutral. Maybe everyone knew it better from the Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack? Maybe that's why it won? OR MAYBE THEY WERE JUST ALL JUST WRONG!

More whining from Scott coming right up. Hey, let him have this. He's done a lot of work on these brackets.

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Monday, March 13

Music Monday: Round One Heartbreaks

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!!

The rules are simple. We've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to help determine the winners! Check back here on Wednesday for the next round!

Today, though, Scott's recapping the poor unfortunate songs that should have gone further, but didn't. Take a moment to show them some respect, okay?

70s Bracket: The Floaters - Float On

 

This song has a lovely groove, a beautiful message, and an offer to share your love with Larry. How could it have lost to the woman who plays Mama on Mama's Family? HOW I ASK YOU??

Voting on Round Two continues later this week. Be ready for it!

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Monday, March 06

Music Monday: Music Madness Drama Recap

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!!

The rules are simple. We've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to help determine the winners! Additionally, you might want to check out the master list so or maybe take a look at other people's brackets. One of them might just win a trophy!

Today, though, Scott's gonna devote Music Monday to four upcoming battles that are connected to some in-house drama. That's right. We're gonna take you behind the scenes.

90s Bracket: Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's vs Chumbawumba - Tubthumping

 

This battle has a serious side: Scott didn't originally want Chumbawumba in this bracket. Scott's boss forced h im to include it. You don't want Scott's boss to win this one, do you? Remember: a vote for Deep Blue Something is a vote for freedom and justice.

It's not a Madness without some drama! Four more serious battles previewed after the jump.

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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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