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Lou Reed Remembered In Song: 10 Awesome, Unusual + Unknown Covers Of His Biggest Tunes

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In the classic song “Rock And Roll” Lou Reed, who died this week at the age of 71, sang of a girl named Jenny who’s “Life was saved by rock and roll.” Many would say Lou Reed’s music did the same for them. The Godfather of punk wrote about drug addicts, drag queens, and other denizens of New York’s underworld and basically created the idea and many of the sonic hallmarks of alternative rock with his band The Velvet Underground. Though a distinct vocalist and innovative guitar player, it is his songwriter that he will be most remembered for. The list of classics he penned is staggering; “Heroin,” “Pale Blue Eyes,” “Sweet Jane” and “Walk On The Wild Side” to name but a few. One of the qualities of a great song is that it can be reinterpreted by different artists and still remain true to its musical essence and many of Reed’s numbers have found their ways into the repertoires of some of rock’s biggest bands. Check out some of music’s most awesome, unusual and unknown Lou Reed covers and see why fans are still mourning his death.
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Metal’s Scariest-Looking Bands: 10 Groups That Treat Every Day Like It’s Halloween!

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Ever since Screaming Jay Hawkins climbed out of a coffin to sing “I Put A Spell On You” rockers have been playing with horror imagery and singing about things that go bump in the night. Hell, most metal deals with life’s dark side, be it self-hatred, misanthropy, fear, war and bogeyman, literal or metaphoric. It only makes sense that some bands, starting with Alice Cooper in the late ‘60s and carried through the ‘70s by Kiss and up to the present day with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, would make their appearance echo the darkness of their music. It being that scariest day of the year today, we felt it only natural to profile 10 of hard rock and heavy metal’s scariest looking bands that dress up like it’s Halloween every day of the year.

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The Greatest Heavy Metal Mascots Of All Time

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Some are creepy. Some are epic. And some are just flat out ridiculous. But they’re all awesome. Since the 1970s they’ve been popping up on your favorite hard rock and heavy metal band’s releases and merchandise, and the trend continues to this very day. Here are the greatest metal mascots to ever grace an album cover, stage, t-shirt or nightmare.

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10 Music Videos That Totally Creeped Us Out

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Halloween is on the horizon and with it horror movie marathons, celebrity costume galleries and most terrifying of all, candy binge eating. To keep you in the holiday spirit we’ve put together this list of super creepy music videos which will keep you up with night terrors and seeking solace in that extra large bag of mixed chocolate bars.

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Influential Rocker Lou Reed Dead At 71

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Lou Reed, one of the most influential and respected musicians in rock history, is dead. His impact on rock music, both as a member of The Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, truly cannot be overstated. Details of his death are still coming in though he underwent a liver transplant in the spring. He was 71.

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Sexy Sex Songs: 20 Of The Most Memorable Orgasms On Wax

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Innuendo is for squares! Sure, lots of songs hide behind metaphors when it comes to sex—they want their CAKE CAKE CAKE and they want to eat it, too!—but we have to give props to the following 20 artists who went ahead and recorded themselves she (and he!) bopping themselves in the recording booth and put it out on record. We’d like to salute the following aural pioneers for being bold enough to push the envelope—not to mention our buttons—and get a bit freaky deaky in the stu.

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What Are The 30 Most Offensive Band Names Of All Time?

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This post contains some language and visuals that could be classified as highly offensive and, certainly, Not Safe For Work (NSFW). Proceed at your own caution, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Believe it or not, when they first hit the scene back in 1968, the name Black Sabbath was considered to be offensive to a wide swath of people. Oh, how far we’ve come since then.

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Interview: Rush’s Geddy Lee Talks About New Live Recording

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Ever since the release of 1976’s All The World’s A Stage, Rush has been thrilling fans with their live albums which have come out at regular intervals throughout their long career. With  their unparalleled musicianship on full display, the recent Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees have used these recordings as bookends to their many different musical eras. The band is now poised to release the Clockwork Angels Tour DVD featuring performances from their 11 month 2012 tour for album of the same name and rarely performed classics from their past. The release will present 3 hours worth of Rush in concert including their first ever performances with a string section as well as a tour documentary and filmed comedy shorts. Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee sat down with VH1 to talk about the new album and what place live records hold in the Rush legacy.

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The 10 Biggest Songs About Balls

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Miley Cyrus, who released her album Bangerz this week featuring the hit song and video “Wrecking Ball,” isn’t the first artist to sing about balls in popular music. Hell, she isn’t even the first performer to sing about wrecking balls; Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen all beat her to the punch. But whether used as a noun, a verb or a turn of phrase, whether they be wrecking balls, balls of fire, crystal balls or the type of balls that men do their best to protect, balls figure prominently in a number of classic songs. So without further adieu, here are 10 of the biggest songs ever written about balls.

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