They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and we really have to hand it to these folks who make a living performing the songs of their favorite artists. They’ve learned the parts, totally nailed the voice, got the gestures down, and even whipped up a cool costume. But even the best rock doppelgangers need one crucial thing: a killer name! It’s gotta be funny, punny, and a tribute to their heroes. If you’ve got that, you’ve got it made.
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After publishing an extensive list of power pop songs earlier today, we were beginning to doubt our own hard rock cred. But thanks to the fine folks at Death and Taxes, we’ve been shown the TRUE MEANING OF ROCK AND ROLL. It comes to us in the form of Matt “Rockstar” Sikorski‘s 2011 audition tape for America’s Got Talent. What was his talent? Pounding out some searing metal guitar while karate-chopping his way through flaming cinder blocks!
What’s power pop, you ask? It’s ridiculously radio-friendly hooks and close vocal harmonies, mixed with a hefty dose of Marshall stacks and relentless four-on-the-floor beat. Perfect for music fans who like a little sugar in their rock! The genre has its roots in the British Invasion sound of the mid-sixties, borrowing heavily from The Who and The Beatles, as well as Americans, The Byrds. Following the demise of the Fab Four at the start of the ’70s, a host of new groups hoping to carry the pop torch amped up their jangling Rickenbacker 12-strings and made a bid for Billboard glory. Only a few made it, but the music that came out of the power pop golden era (1973-1982) is still among the catchiest ever committed to wax.
Read on for 20 essential power pop tracks that will be lodged in your brain for the rest of your life. Overly commercial? Maybe. Guilty pleasures? Possibly. But you’ll be singing right along, we guarantee it! Be warned: This ear candy is so sweet, you’re going to have to brush your speakers before bedtime.
It’s difficult for bands to stand the test of time and stay intact. They’ve got all sorts of factors stacked against them, including breakups, premature deaths, and brutal band dismissals, plus folks who are just tired of the rock ‘n’ roll game and straight up quit. But then there are the guys who are still out there playing the hits, despite the fact that they’re the only original members left in their group!
A man walked by me in a bikini. This was nothing out of the ordinary -it’s Midtown Manhattan, after all- but it was 35 degrees and raining. This swimwear required commitment. “I’m not even cold,” he said to no one in particular before linking arms with a wand-wielding mermaid. They were heading to the back of the line, which snaked from the entrance of the Roseland Ballroom across three whole blocks. In a sport coat and slacks, I was very much the one who stuck out. All around me were wigs of ever conceivable (and inconceivable) shade, leather dominatrix gloves, tutus, ninja masks, neon spandex, enough eye glitter to choke a unicorn, and (unforgivably) crushed velvet jackets. Many wore hats, sold in the Ballroom lobby, emblazoned with the three-word reason why 3,500 of us all braved the wind and rain and Monday morning hangover: Lady F-cking Gaga.
Far too many of music’s great artists have left us long before their time. Thankfully we have their music, and precious footage of them doing what they love -and what we loved them for. Continue on to see the spellbinding final performances from 15 music legends, just before we lost them.
Jumping around onstage can really do a number on your stomach, and it definitely doesn’t take much to push it past the point of no return. Whether it’s a hangover, dehydration, food poisoning, or just good old fashioned stage fright, sometimes musicians have to just…let it go. All over the stage. And the front row, if they’re not lucky. But -much like their lunch- you just can’t keep these pros down. The show must go on!
Regis Philbin is a broadcasting legend thanks to his long-time hosting gigs on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Live! With Regis and Kelly. He’s holds a Guinness World Record for spending more time in front of the camera than any other man, but now he’s about make a leap into a different kind of media. Ladies and gentleman, Wu-Tang Clan is about to get a brand new (and very old) member!
Everyone knows that having sex for the first time is pretty much the most important moment of your life. Hahaha, jkkk y’all. It’s usually pretty awkward and hilarious and (occasionally) humiliating. Or so we’ve heard. But that hasn’t stopped it the being romanticized in tons of classic songs over the years! Usually in a way that thoroughly creeps us out…From Rod Stewart to AC/DC, Lyfe Jennings and the great Vanessa Carlton, you’ll never forget THESE musical first times.
Roger Daltrey is definitely busier than you. Despite having just turned 70, the legendary frontman of The Who is still ambitious, still rebellious, and still the King of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Scream. This April marks 50 years since Keith Moon (Patent British Exploding Drummer) joined forces with the band, completing the lineup that made them unstoppable. Even though the tragic deaths of Moon and thundering bassist John Entwistle have reduced the original four to two, Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend are still out on the road, defending their title of Rock’s Best (and loudest) Live Act -until now.