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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

So as I mentioned Tuesday, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012. Along with RHCP, other bands such as The Beastie Boys, and Guns N’ Roses were inducted as well.

To celebrate this achievement, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recently released an album consisting of six covers by other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. This album is called Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP and includes songs by The Ramones, David Bowie, and Neil Young.

I was stoked when I found out that RHCP was covering a song by Neil Young! This song, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”, was released in 1969 and was Young’s second studio album. (Fun Fact: “Cinnamon Girl”, “Down by the River”, and “Cowgirl in the Sand” were all written for this album while Young had 103° F fever). Neil Young has been inducted into The Rock and Roll hall of Fame twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield.

Almost all of the most famous bands and solo artists in history have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some musicians have even been inducted more than once! Neil Young has been inducted twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield. Other artists to have been inducted more than once include: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Paul Simon. Eric Clapton is the only person who has been inducted three times.

What do you think about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Who are some of your favorite artists who have been inducted? Is there anyone who you think should be inducted? Comment below!

Blunderbuss

This weekend, I went to my friend Adam‘s house. Adam is an interesting fellow. He loves to listen to Classic Rock just as I do and we share some common interests in music. For example, we both love The Beatles, as well as many other Classic Rock artists.

This week, Adam has been engrossed with Jack White’s new release, BlunderbussAs I wrote about in last week’s post, Blunderbuss is Jack White’s first solo album and was released on April 24 (To see Jack White blog post, click here). Because of Adam’s newfound interest, he has bought the vinyl version of this album of which I have been lucky enough to listen.

I myself have always been a Jack White fan as well. Although I have never been the fanatic that Adam has been, I love listening to The White Stripes or The Raconteurs. I dig the fact that Jack White has decided to release a new album.

Some of my favorite songs on this album include: “Sixteen Saltines”, “Love Interruption”, and Adam’s favorite “Freedom at 21”. One thing I love about this album is the fact that it flows quite smoothly. Each song blows your mind with its lyrics and guitar licks, but no song is terribly different from the other. Jack White has really outdone himself this time and I can’t wait to see what he has in store.

What do you think about Blunderbuss? Comment below!

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Backmasking- No, it is not putting a mask on backwards. It is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward on to a track that is meant to be played forward. Backmasking has been used many times in music by bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Many other bands such as The Rolling Stones, Queen, AC/DC, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Judas Priest, Jefferson Starship, Styx, and Pink Floyd have been accused of using backmasking to hide subliminal messages, though most have denied it.

The Beatles were one of the first bands to use backmasking and are well-known for their use of this technique in their 1966 album Revolver (to see Revolver blog post, click here), specifically on the tracks “Tomorrow Never Knows”, “I’m Only Sleeping” and “Rain”. The Beatles have been accused of using back masking as a way to hide clues that indicated Paul McCartney was dead. (To see more about this myth, click here!)

Other bands have been criticized for backmasking because their songs were rumored to hide “satanic messages”. One of the most famous songs in music history, “Stairway To Heaven”, by Led Zeppelin,  supposedly contains the words “Here’s to my Sweet Satan”. Although this may seem strange, the band fully denies all claims of satanic messaging. Many skeptics say that it is easy to find words in songs that are played in reverse if you know what to look for; however, planning phonetic reversal is almost impossible.

What do you think about subliminal messages in songs? Are they really there or are they all a sham? Comment below!

(P.S. Have you figured out the title yet? If not, here’s a clue: read it in reverse.)

Double Fantasy

Today, I decided to listen to Double Fantasy by John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. This album is one of my favorite albums, as well as one of my least favorite albums of all time. As the last album released by John Lennon before his murder in 1980, this album is memorable in more ways than one.

First of all, I must say that this John Lennon is one of the greatest songwriters in music history and, therefore, his murder was quite tragic to say the least. This album was released just after he had disappeared from the music industry for 5 years to raise his son, Sean. Many songs on the album include Lennon’s thoughts on his departure for so long, as well as his undying affection for Yoko.

As for the music, I can honestly say that I really only enjoy half the songs on the album. That is to say, I like John Lennon’s songs; I am not too crazy about Yoko Ono’s music. As I listened to the record, I found myself having to lift the needle again and again in order to skip over her songs and hear John Lennon’s sweet melodies.

Released just three weeks before John Lennon’s death in 1980, Double Fantasy was a worldwide commercial success. The album was #1 on the U.S. charts, where it stayed for three weeks, and went on to win 1981 Album of the Year at the Grammys.

What do you think of Yoko Ono’s music? Comment below!

Let It Be

Today is my Mom’s birthday! To celebrate this wonderful event, I decided to listen to an album of her choice. Let It Be by The Beatles is not only one of her favorite albums, but also one of mine. Although the song “Birthday” (as written in the title) is not on this album, I was excited to listen to one of the greatest Beatles records of all time.

As I listened to the album, my ears were met with the sweet sounds of “Two of Us”, a great duet sung by the great Paul McCartney and John Lennon. I had listened to the mp3 version of this record on the album Let It Be…Naked and I had never heard the album on vinyl before. I noticed a few differences when I listened to the record this time. I noticed that there were a couple of songs on the record that I had never heard before. These songs were “Dig It” and “Maggie Mae”. I also noticed that the songs on the record were in a different order than on Let It Be…NakedI found it interesting that the two albums had basically the same songs but in a different order.

Released on May 8, 1970, Let It Be was the last studio album released by The Beatles. Released shortly after the band’s break-up, this album earned the top spot on both the American and British record charts.

Fun Fact: Today is actually the 42nd anniversary of The Beatles’ break-up.

Ever wonder what musical event happened on your birthday? Check out http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/! Comment Below and tell me what you find out!

It's Only Rock 'n Roll

Today in the week of April’s Awesome Album Artwork, I decided to go a bit more artsy and look at the album It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll by The Rolling Stones. This album caught my eye because it looks as if it came right out of an art gallery. The album depicts the band walking down a red carpeted staircase, surrounded with women holding bouquets of flowers.

Released in 1974, this album was designed by Guy Peellaert. Guy Peellaert was nicknamed “The Michaelangelo of Pop Art” and designed covers, not only for The Rolling Stones, but also for others like David Bowie. In 1974, Peellaert also published the book “Rock Dreams” which included fantastical and iconic images of the giants of rock and roll such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Velvet Underground, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and CSNY.

Jimi Hendrix

Art by Guy Peelaert
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The Beatles

Art by Guy Peelaert
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Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Art by Guy Peelaert
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Superstar Bob

Art by Guy Peelaert
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Velvet Underground

Art by Guy Peelaert
Found at coca-cola-art.com

What do you think of Guy Peellaert’s work? Comment below and tell me what you think!