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Meghan Trainor Helps Count Down 10 Songs That Are All About That Bass


Meghan Trainor has one of the hottest summer jams this season with “All About That Bass,” her tribute to those girls with that extras “boom boom that all the boys chase.” And no summer jam worth it’s saltwater taffy doesn’t have that deep low end, usually thanks to a grooving bass riff, that makes you want to grind into the wee hours on a hot summer night. We asked Meghan to share some of her favorite bass-riffs with us and pulled together 8 more down rump thumpers that will have you shaking the junk in your trunk until school starts in the fall. From disco to classic rock, from the King of Pop to the King of Punk Funk, check out 10 songs that are all about that bass.
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Miss Box Of Junk Shows How To Get The Look Of A Heavy Metal Video Vixen In 5 Easy Steps!


August is I <3 Video Vixen month at VH1 and today we turn our attention to those  big-haired, provocatively- dressed, sexy sirens of 1980′s heavy metal videos. You saw them dance on cars, knock people out with their American thighs and steal the show from the lead singers of Whitesnake, AC/DC and Motley Crue and now you can learn how to get their look in 5 easy steps from none other than That Metal Show‘s very own Miss Box Of Junk AKA Jennifer Leah Gottlieb. Read more…

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First Flops: 10 Classic Rock Debut Albums That Failed To Break The Band Into The Big Time

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30 years ago this week a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles named the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their self-titled debut album. Following its release….they remained a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles. Gradually though, over successive releases and tours, they built their fan base and finally broke big with their fourth long player, 1989’s Mother’s Milk. Few artists have a hit record straight out the starting gate, and some rather noteworthy bands didn’t see success until three of four albums into their careers. Read more…

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20 Legendary Rockers That Changed Music With A Fender Guitar In Their Hands

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This past Sunday was the birthday of one of the legends of the electric guitar, though it wasn’t as a player that he made his fame. Born on August 10th in 1909, Leo Fender however did irrevocably change not just guitar playing but music itself with his introduction of the first mass-produced solid body electric guitars (the Telecaster), the electric bass (the Precision or “P-Bass”) and his myriad amplifier innovations. He also invented perhaps the coolest looking electric guitar ever, the Stratocaster, whose sleek look and bold curves is an almost visual representation of rock n’ roll. Starting with musicians like Buddy Holly and Dick Dale, rockers took to Fender guitars, basses and amps early and are a major reason much of rock sounds the way it does. Read more…

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Rock Hypnotically To Their First #1 Album In 37 Years

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The careers of many a classic rock band can be divided into two eras: their prime years – where they made their reputation and issued hit records, and then “everything after.” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are somewhat of an anomaly, in that their commercial success and critical acclaim has stretched over decades, pouring out hit albums and singles as the musical landscape continued to evolve around them. And close to 40 years and 12+ albums into their lifespan, they’re still rocking, even if their releases don’t make as much of a splash as they used to. This makes it an unexpected yet ideal time for them to strike with Hypnotic Eye, one of the band’s most solid efforts to date, and their first release the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, which it did this week. Read more…

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Celebrate Eddie Trunk’s 50th Birthday With That Metal Show‘s Top ‘Stump The Trunk’ Moments!


Today marks the 50th birthday of one of the foremost experts and advocates of heavy metal music and the host of VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show, the one and only Eddie Trunk. Whether he’s interviewing the biggest names in rock or sparring with co-hosts Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson over his favorite UFO album, there’s no doubt Eddie lives, breathes, eats, and sleeps hard rock and heavy metal. He’s such an expert that fans line up to try and best him with arcane metal trivia in the ‘Stump The Trunk’ segment each TMS episode. In celebration of Eddie turning the big 5-0, we’re happy to share with you some of the greatest ‘Stump The Trunk’ moments in That Metal Show history. Read more…

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Why Are These Famous Rock Stars Playing Cheap, Junk Shop Guitars?

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No less an authority than Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain once said “I use whatever I can find at junk shops – junk is always best.” Junk shops, thrift stores and garage sales have always been alluring to guitarists in their quest for vintage scores. However, far more often what they’d find there were the cheap, funky – though frequently well-made and good sounding – beginner guitars one could order from a Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog. And for every axe-slinger that found fortune playing the famed stock in trade Stratocasters and Les Pauls, there have always been those that made it a point of pride to wrangle ferocious sounds from far rarer rock n’ roll beasts. Read more…

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25 Iconic Music Video Vixens That Will Make A Man Out Of You

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You know her. Your early memories of her were probably as a teenager in the ’80s or ’90s, watching an early morning music video show on MTV while your parents slept. She was lithe, with big hair. Barely dressed. Legs forever. She was the music video vixen. What started with Tawney Kitaen and took us all the way to Emily Ratajkowski is an obsession with some of pop culture’s most recognizable women. August is VH1 <3′s Video Vixens month, and today we’re looking back at the ones dancing ladies who first stole our hearts.

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Happy Birthday James Hetfield Of Metallica! See His Facial Hair Evolution!

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Today we celebrate the 51st birthday of one of the greatest heavy metal musicians of all time, James Hetfield of Metallica. From the legendary right hand that has fired up some of the most memorable metal riffs of all time, to his manly yet emotional vocals to his songwriting which has struck a nerve in metal fans for over 30 years, he contribution to the genre is as weighty as his guitar sound. And though metal heads would be embarrassed to discuss such things, he is also a bit of a fashion icon. Read more…

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The A – Z Of Grunge: Everything You Need To Know About The Seattle Sound That Shook The World

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Grunge. Even the bands hated the term, which was apocryphally attributed to Mudhoney singer Mark Arm and exploited to great effect by Bruce Pavitt in the ad copy for the releases on his Sub Pop record label. Though the word itself means dirt or grime it is now forever synonymous with those grimey rockers that emerged from the Pacific Northwest in the late ‘80s and by the mid ‘90s had changed…well, pretty much everything. Read more…