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9 Beatles Songs That Clearly Influenced Heavy Metal

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It’s difficult to find an area of music that the Beatles didn’t influence, but their contribution to the progression of heavy metal is often overlooked. Perhaps best remembered for their psychedelic art-rock and flawless pop singles, the Fab Four could certainly let their hair down and fire off some headbangers, inspiring metal architects like Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons. Plus their pioneering work with distortion, feedback, unorthodox lyrical topics, and death metal roars helped provide the building blocks of the genre.

So without further ado, in chronological order, here are nine Beatles songs that clearly helped pave the road to heavy metal.

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by (@McBeardo)

Louie-Palooza: 11 Killer Covers for International “Louie Louie” Day

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“It is the best of songs, it is the worst of songs,” writes rock journalist Dave Marsh in his indispensible 2004 tome Louie Louie: The History and Mythology of the World’s Most Famous Rock ’n Roll Song. Marsh’s assessment is spot-on, of course, and on April 11—a date registered with and recognized by the National Special Events Registry and Chase’s Calendar of Events as officially being International “Louie Louie” Day—let us celebrate rock’s ultimate alpha-and-omega party anthem properly.
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20 Classic Artists Who Were Ridiculously Young When They Made Their Masterpiece

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By Frank Donovan 

We don’t mean to bum you out, but damn—some of our favorite musicians were shockingly young when they released albums that have gone on to become American classics. Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson–they ALL would have had to pay that under 25 car rental fee, even after they had made their magnum opus. It’s not fair, we say, they didn’t have the internet to distract them.

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by (@McBeardo)

April Fool’s Gold: Top 10 Classic Rock “Fool” Songs For April 1st

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The first 24 hours of the fourth month each year, popularly known as April Fool’s Day, is traditionally set aside for jokes, pranks, hoaxes, bunkum, and other comical trickery in which bafflement is turned into good humor by way of the post-punchline declaration, “April Fool!”

Rock-and-roll seems to take a more sober-minded approach to the concept of the “fool,” though. Classic rock songs that directly address “fools,” especially in the title, tend to have an air of warning, dismissal, outright mockery, and even anger. No fooling!

For this April Fool’s Day, take some time between crank calls and inflating Whoopee Cushions to check out our playlist of the Top 10 Classic Rock “Fool” songs.

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Wax Figures Of Famous Musicians That Will Give You Nightmares

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You know you’ve made it when someone makes a wax figure of you. Novelty museums such as Madame Tussauds boast realistic wax statues of celebrities and famous musicians, but what happens when the figures don’t come out looking like who they’re supposed to?
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A Timeline Of Opening Acts Who Became Bigger Than The Headliner

openers_headliners_artConcert opening acts tend to be a hit or miss. Sometimes, they’re awesome and succeed admirably in pumping up the crowd. Other times, they’re ear-screeching filler for the band you shelled out $200 to see. More often than not, opening acts — good or bad — never reach the fame of their headliners. (Remember Britney Spears’ 2004 tour opener Skye Sweetnam? Neither do we.) But sometimes they do, and that’s when it gets interesting.

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7 Unbeatable Classic Rock One-Two Punch Song Combos

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When it comes to certain pairs of classic rock songs, you can’t have one without the other. Even though each individual track stands on its own (some were even released as singles independent of one another), a combination of natural flow, LP sequencing, and habitual radio play have rendered each of these successive tunes into a single entity. As a result, two distinct creations have been compounded into one rocking whole that’s even greater than the some of its already great parts.

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15 Studio Accidents That Helped Make Huge Hits

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The quest for perfection in the recording studio is a noble, but often futile effort. Especially in the pre-digital era of music, it was nearly impossible to erase all the inevitable slip ups that happen when laying down a track. But some artists (or producers) had the foresight and good sense of humor to let the accidents remain, leaving listeners with a sense of being in the studio with the band, not to mention thousands of audio easter eggs to find. Forgotten lyrics, dropped drum sticks, resultant expletives–here are 15 bloopers, oddities, and other unintended sounds that made it on the track, and make it all the better. Read more…

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The Most Groan-Worthy Album Title Puns In Music

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By Frank Donovan

When an artist is finished recording an album and it’s time to give it a name, how can they desecrate their efforts with a pun? Were their dads in the studio? For whatever reason, musical wordplay has transcended era and genre, forcing fans to groan and hang their heads in shame. Ok, and crack a smile (don’t tell anyone).

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