The influential band from Athens, Georgia was active from the 1980s until 2011. Here is the beginning of its profile at AllMusic:
R.E.M. marked the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, “Radio Free Europe,” was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early ’80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Though there were no overt innovations in their music, R.E.M. had an identity and sense of purpose that transformed the American underground. Throughout the ’80s, they worked relentlessly, releasing records every year and touring constantly, playing both theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from the legions of jangle pop groups in the mid-’80s to scores of alternative pop groups in the ’90s, who admired their slow climb to stardom. (Continue Reading…)
It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), below, perhaps was the band’s biggest hit. Losing My Religion, also a big song for R.E.M., is above. The LA Times had a good story on the band’s biggest hits when it broke up two years ago.
I will just list the names of the people I recognize. There no doubt are some I missed.
Dick Dale (no, it’s not Joe Pesci)
Annette Funicello (I think)
And, for no apparently reason, Pee Wee Herman
Vaughan and Dale play a great version of Pipeline amidst the strangeness.
Mama Told Me (Not to Come) was number for the weeks of July 11 and 18, 1970. It may come as a surprise to some that the song was written by Randy Newman for Eric Burdon in 1966.
Check out this great clip of Newman with Linda Ronstadt and Ry Cooder.
Editor’s Note: The folks at Go-DIY Records were kind enough to post a note that TDMB welcomed new music. Several bands have sent me links and samples. My plan is to post the music in the order in which it came in and to present all or some of what the band (or its management) submits.
Next up is Not Tonight Josephine. This song is Carousel. Below that is the gist of an email that came with the video link.
Carousel is off the debut album All on the Horizon by the Tampa, FL-based band Not Tonight Josephine. The note said that the band is going to work with producer James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Paramore, Underoath, New Found Glory) this April and then start a tour in June.
The management of this site (that would be me) is happy to say Happy Birthday and love to Emily…
Most people who grew up with rock and roll know the story of the Allman Brothers. The clip above is from The Fillmore East in 1970 with the lineup that made the band famous. Here is Whipping Post from the same concert.
Here is a long excerpt from the group’s bio at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame entry:
As the principal architects of Southern rock, the Allman Brothers Band forged this new musical offshoot from elements of blues, jazz, soul, R&B and rock and roll. Along with the Grateful Dead and Cream, they help advance rock as a medium for improvisation. Their kind of jamming required a level of technical virtuosity and musical literacy that was relatively new to rock & roll, which had theretofore largely been a song-oriented medium. The original guitarists in the Allman Brothers Band – Duane Allman and Dickey Betts – broke that barrier with soaring, extended solos. Combined with organist Gregg Allman’s gruff, soulful vocals and Hammond B3 organ, plus the forceful, syncopated drive of a rhythm section that included two drummers, the Allman Brothers Band were a blues-rocking powerhouse from their beginnings in 1969.
Someone else who gets it just about right — at least for some people — is the top commenter (as of today) at YouTube posting of In Memory of Elizabeth Reed:
I’ve heard a lot of the greats. I’m what you’d you consider old school. There are so many great guitarists but you have to ask you self what really moves you, that’s what it’s all about. And nobody has ever moved me like Duane. Just simply the best. The timing, bending of notes, tone, feeling, just extraordinary. And just 25 when he left us. Hendrix is superb as a lot of others, but Duane for me is the best I’ve ever heard.
Here is the band’s site and a live version of Blue Sky from 1991:
The Troggs’ Wild Thing was at the top of the charts on this day in 1966. Some people, however, may prefer this 1967 version. It was done by a pretty good guitar player and included a sample of Strangers in the Night. The song actually was written by a man named Chip Taylor and originally recorded by The Wild Ones in 1965. That makes three versions in three years.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University have announced that Chuck Berry will be honored as the 17th Annual American Music Masters series.
The series starts on Monday, Oct. 22 and culminates in a concert on Saturday, Oct. 27. No disrespect to any of the previous 16 honorees, but there simply aren’t 16 acts or performers in rock and roll history more important than Chuck Berry.
Here is Sweet Little Sixteen from a 1967 concert at Winterland: