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The 10 Greatest Rock Movies You’ll Never See

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Try to imagine a Beatles-produced Lord of the Rings starring Paul McCartney as Frodo and John Lennon as Gollum. Now ponder A Clockwork Orange with Mick Jagger as bowler-hatted psycho Alex and Keith Richards as his number-two droog, Georgie. How about Pink Floyd scoring the otherworldly soundtrack to Dune? Or Van Halen blowing up Rock-‘n’ Roll High School?

While these premises may sound like bong-scented conversation snippets among vintage rock and cult movie fans, each and every one of those film possibilities came tantalizingly close to becoming celluloid reality.

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11 Classic Rockers Who Went New Wave For One Album

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In the uncanny pop valley at the dawn of the ’80s—specifically, after disco and before MTV—the music industry bet big on new wave to be the future of rock. Punk had proven too (ob)noxious for mainstream tastes (and heavy metal was essentially taking care of itself), so the record biz turned to the safety-pin brigade’s arty, quirky, less abrasive offshoot “new wave.” Two forms were most prevalent: peppy power-pop as embodied by the Knack and synthesizer-driven dance weirdness on the order of Devo.

Many other new wave acts fell somewhere in between, with Elvis Costello, Blondie, Talking Heads, Billy Idol, and Duran Duran dominating dawn-of-the-’80s radio airwaves and LP sales. It all seemed to spell doom to a multitude of longhaired, bell-bottomed, meanderingly jamming ’70s rockers that had previously ruled radio and record stores. Some of the previous decade’s arena-packers stood their ground and waited for new wave to get old and dry up. Others, though, adjusted their looks and sounds in an attempt to evolve, embracing the notion of “pogo or perish”—at least for a while.

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20 Major Artists Forced Into Contractually Obligated Works By Their Label

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Just because you’re a famous musician doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to do whatever you want. The power of a record contract keeps musicians in check, and sometimes forcing them to do things they’d rather not. From Van Morrison to the Strokes; David Bowie to the Rolling Sones; Marvin Gaye to Meat Loaf, some of the biggest musicians of all time have been forced by duty (and the risk of being sued!) to make albums to fulfil their contractual obligations.

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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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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…

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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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