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Controversial Music Moments of the Past That Are No Big Deal Today

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Today’s brash and illicit images in the media have completely desensitized the minds of music lovers. Nicki Minaj‘s overtly sexual “Anaconda” art cover sparked initial shock but quickly blew over once people realized seeing a person’s butt wasn’t anything new. The same goes for rockers dressing in drag, singers getting caught lip syncing and the occasional sex tape scandal. Is it sad to say that in 2014, controversy is not as controversial anymore? Well, yes and no. It’s still a big deal when Rihanna shows up to a red carpet basically naked in a sheer dress but we’ve seen Cher do that at the Oscars more than 20 years ago. Check out original controversial music moments that paved that way for outrageous moments today.

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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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Don’t Judge A Book: 20 Fantastic Classic Albums With Truly Terrible Cover Art

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Our mother always said: looks aren’t important, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s why we gave these AMAZING classic albums a chance, even though their cover art kind of looked like hell.

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10 Obscure Songs That Feature Secret Appearances From Paul McCartney

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In addition to penning the soundtrack for a generation, it’s sometimes overlooked that Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most gifted multi-instrumentalists of all time. The man plays more things than you can believe, sometimes all on the same song.  He’s a venerable one man band! And he’s never shy about spreading the love, quietly guesting on a number of songs large and small over the years. He just loves to play! So in honor of today being the musical genius’ 72nd birthday, we’ve decided to take a look back at 10 songs that feature a secret dose of Beatle. Read on for some obscure songs you probably never realize Macca had a hand in recording!

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Human Riffs: Who Are Rock’s 10 Greatest Rhythm Guitar Players?

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The sound of rock n’ roll, whether it be heavy metal, classic rock or punk, is the sound of the electric guitar. And while the lead players of the world get the groupies, I mean, glory, it’s the rhythm guitarists who make the whole thing work, and rock, in the first place. Without a great song, anchored around a surging riff or bashed out chord progression, even the greatest guitar solo in the world is just meaningless noodling. With that in mind we decided to count down 10 of the greatest rhythm guitar players in rock history. Read more…

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Shillin’ Out: 15 Huge Musicians We Can’t Believe Sang Commercial Jingles

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Companies are always approaching rock stars to lend street cred and coolness to their products. It’s an uneasy alliance, but it does mean serious exposure…and a serious paycheck. Hey, those private jets aren’t going to pay for themselves! Sometimes it’s a passive partnership, with the musicians handing over their classic songs for use in television commercials. But other times the star plays a more active role -singing a jingle, or even penning a whole new song!

Recently, Frank Ocean very nearly became the spokes-singer for Chipotle, but pulled out of the deal before he recorded the tune. Honestly, we had kind of a hard time imagining the rapper shilling for a burrito chain (although we love the guac, don’t get us wrong). Although we guess it wouldn’t have been any weirder than these 15 OTHER megastars who turned jingle-singers…

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The 40 Greatest Opening Lines In Music History

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As we discussed earlier this week, first impressions are crucial…even in music! Like a well-written story, a good song always has a killer line to hook you in, set the mood, and get your imagination going. Some are funny, others are sad, some are mysterious, and then there are those that are straight up sexy. Whatever the case, a fantastic opening lyric is sometimes all you need to make a track unforgettable.

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10 Classic Rockers With Little-Known (And Awesomely Bad) Disco Phases

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Disco. Even after almost forty years we still don’t fully understand it. It came on like a force of nature; strong and fast, swiftly devouring everything in its path. It swallowed up formerly rockin’ musicians and in their place left lame overly-catchy songs with throbbing bass. It wasn’t pretty. But by god, it was fun to dance to! It seemed like everyone had a “disco phase” in the late ’70s…even bands that probably wish you’d forget all about it. Read on to hear 10 Saturday Night Fever-worthy tunes from the most unexpected of bands. Strap on your platforms and enjoy!

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