Devil Doll (band) Devil Doll is an Italian-Slovenian experimental rock band formed in 1987 by the mysterious "Mr. Doctor". The band has gained a cult following, taking influences from gothic rock, classical and Slavonic folk music, and fronted by the sprechgesang of Mr. BLACK METAL SONGS REIMAGINED AS SURF ROCK I don’t think they get to enjoy a lot of surfing in Norway, but now, thanks to some enterprising YouTube users, we can imagine what black metal might be like if it came from someplace sunny and warm. An anonymous reader sent us the below surf rock covers of black metal songs, all of which also have some fun with the names of both the bands and the tunes (Darkthrone’s “Transilvanian Hunger” becomes “Californian Hunger” by “The Darkthrones,” etc.). They actually work pretty well, and, even more surprising still, the four tracks were actually made by three different people (at least, they have multiple YouTube handles; I’m assuming they’re all different people). Are surf rock black metal covers the next big internet trend? Probably not, based on this Varg Vikernes just sent me via e-mail: Check out the songs below.
Jackie De Shannon The pop star who changes masks to outmaneuver an audience is a cliché. For JACKIE DE SHANNON (born 1942), the identity switch was a necessity of commercial survival. Yet her masks once formed a coherent identity. rollingstone If you wish to launch a humdinger of an argument – and one you might win – sidle up to just about any 1960s rock fan and offer the opinion that it was not the Beatles, the Stones, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, the Velvet Underground or the Byrds who were the key sonic inventors of the decade. Nope: wasn't any of those collectives of aural innovation who did quite what the Yardbirds did in terms of overhauling sound, never mind that they couldn't keep a steady lineup and were pretty much unclassifiable, save as the dudes who influenced everybody else and basically birthed blues rock, garage rock and heavy metal. Said birthing was in large part due to what they did for that brief moment in time, spanning 1965 to 1966, when Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton on guitar, before he became sick of riding around on tour buses and was in turn replaced by Jimmy Page. These are the five songs for that sonic innovators par excellence argument.
Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Beach Boys Deep Cuts On December 17th, 1966, a CBS camera crew arrived at Brian Wilson's house to interview him for a Leonard Bernstein-hosted special about pop music. At the time, he felt that Smile was coming along wonderfully and he was eager to share his new song "Surf's Up." With three cameras rolling, he delivered one of the most stirring performances of his entire career. There's not even a tiny hint of the growing madness inside his head. The elaborate song was the centerpiece of Smile, though it wouldn't see an official release until 1971. That version featured minor overdubs by Carl.
Peter Guralnick on Why Chuck Berry Is Greater Than You Think - Rolling Stone The first time I met Chuck Berry he was playing a club called Where It's At, which, in contradiction of its name, occupied the second floor of a drab business building in Kenmore Square and was operated by longtime Boston DJ Dave Maynard and his manager, Ruth Clenott. It was 1967, and I was in my senior year of college, working at the Paperback Booksmith, as I had for the last four years, both in and out of school. I was making $65 a week. The reason I know this is because Chuck Berry signed my paycheck.
theconversation When time travel adventure Back to the Future included the conceit of the white 1980s teenager, Marty McFly, inventing rock ‘n’ roll, there was really only one song to hang it on – Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”. Legendary is an overused adjective in popular culture, but Berry’s passing is a salutary reminder of what a giant in the field actually looked like. The process by which new genres emerge from previous music forms is complex and muddy, and the boundaries between them porous. theconversation The death of Chuck Berry over the weekend at the age of 90 has led to an outpouring of respect for a man widely recognised as one of the most important founding figures of rock and roll. His place in the music canon is undoubtedly deserved, and is likely to be enduring. Berry’s musical legacy sits alongside another aspect of his life which is all too familiar in the music industry – a history of mistreatment of women. Berry spent time in prison in the early 1960s after being convicted of transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. While there is some question about whether this was an instance of an overly broad law being applied in a racist way, less ambiguous is the estimated US$1.2 million settlement he paid to 59 women in the early 1990s after being accused of installing a hidden camera in the ladies bathroom of his restaurant in Missouri. Examples of this abound.
Katy Perry Addresses Taylor Swift Beef on 'Carpool Karaoke' - Rolling Stone Katy Perry and James Corden sang "Firework," "Dark Horse," "Bon Appetit," "Swish Swish," and "Roar" during the latest segment of Corden's immensely popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment on The Late Late Show. Just as entertaining: the pop star also used the platform to, once and for all, plainly address her antagonism with Taylor Swift, saying that it was Swift's responsibility to end their feud. Perry was an energetic karaoke companion: she shouted instructions to Corden like a drill sergeant – "body roll!"
The Monkees’ last stand: Their final 1969 TV special ‘33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee’ The Monkees’ last stand: Their final 1969 TV special ‘33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee’ After the glorious fiasco that was the 1968 movie Head, the last project that the Monkees undertook as a quartet was a TV special for NBC called 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee. It’s basically the TV equivalent of Head, complete with corny jokes, audacious cameos, hummable ditties, and stuff that makes you scratch your noggin in puzzlement. Like the band itself, 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee, which aired on April 14, 1969, is thoroughly of the Sixties, somehow managing to blend (say) the Batman TV show and Barbarella with musical performance shows of the day like Shindig!
theconversation The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turns 50 on June 1 and the anniversary of this legendary album will be celebrated in style. But has this classic work - named the greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone - stood the test of time? We asked six writers for their perspectives. Wayne Cochran, Influential Soul Singer, Dead at 78 Wayne Cochran, the influential singer dubbed "The White Knight of Soul" and writer of songs like "Last Kiss" and "Goin' Back to Miami," died November 21st in Miramar, Florida. He was 78. Cochran's son Christopher confirmed to the Miami Herald that the soul singer died following a battle with cancer. Cochran had resided in Florida since the mid-Eighties, when he left the music industry to become an evangelical minister in Miami. "He was all about family," Christopher Cochran, also a pastor, told the Miami Herald.
Jimi Hendrix: 10 Great Pre-Fame Tracks Towards the end of 1963, Hendrix was based in Nashville playing with a group called the King Kasuals when a talent scout fed him a line about becoming a big star in the Big Apple. The rest of the band opted to stay put, but the ambitious ax man decided to seek his fortune in New York City. Prospects were initially bleak, and with little more than a borrowed winter coat to his name, he was often forced to pawn his guitar to survive. Even after he won a talent competition – and a badly needed $25 – at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater, he spent most of his days hanging around local clubs, angling for a chance to jam with the house bands.