Chris Gaines is Fake, but so is Garth Brooks: 5th Annual Terrible Artist Spotlight

Like the Tokyo Olympics, the Fifth Annual Terrible Artist Spotlight Challenge is back, one year after it was originally scheduled. This year’s installation — following previous entries covering Soulja Boy, Dogstar, BrokeNCYDE, and Train (band) — brings us the story … Continue reading Chris Gaines is Fake, but so is Garth Brooks: 5th Annual Terrible Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Aerosmith 1973-1993 (or; A Field Guide on How to Squander Goodwill) [Part 3 of 5]

Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Last week, Aerosmith had finally achieved commercial and critical success that had avoided them… Draw the Line (1977) After the release of Rocks, Aerosmith was riding high… on drugs, fame, money, and sometimes even … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Aerosmith 1973-1993 (or; A Field Guide on How to Squander Goodwill) [Part 3 of 5]

Artist Spotlight: Aerosmith 1973-1993 (or; A Field Guide on How to Squander Goodwill) [Part 2 of 5]

Part 1 here. Last week, Aerosmith released their debut album to little notice at all… Get Your Wings (1974) In October 1973, Aerosmith continued their nearly non-stop touring by opening for Mott the Hoople on a US tour. While the … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Aerosmith 1973-1993 (or; A Field Guide on How to Squander Goodwill) [Part 2 of 5]

Artist Spotlight: Aerosmith 1973-1993 (or; A Field Guide on How to Squander Goodwill) [Part 1 of 5]

Where does one start? How about with the guy The Times of London called a “glamourous stick insect”, Steven Tyler. Steven Tyler (Tallarico) was born in Harlem in 1948. Tyler’s grandparents immigrated from Italy in the late 1880’s and were … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Aerosmith 1973-1993 (or; A Field Guide on How to Squander Goodwill) [Part 1 of 5]

Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 6 of 7]

Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Part 3 here. Part 4 here. Part 5 here. Killing Joke (2003) In 2002, guitarist Geordie Walker and vocalist/keyboardist Jaz Coleman came back together to reform Killing Joke once again. Coleman cited the Invasion … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 6 of 7]

Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 5 of 7]

Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Part 3 here. Part 4 here. Laugh? I Nearly Bought One! (1992) Because there are so many compilations, I’m largely ignoring them, but this one has an important place in the band’s history. Guitarist … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 5 of 7]

Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 4 of 7]

Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Part 3 here. The Courtald Talks (1989) When last we left Killing Joke, they were still broken up, for the second time. The Courtald Talks isn’t really a real Killing Joke album, there’s no … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 4 of 7]

Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 3 of 7]

Part 1 here. Part 2 here. “Birds of a Feather” (1982) / Ha! EP (1982) After the return to the UK of vocalist/keyboardist Jaz Coleman and guitarist Geordie Walker, the duo was set to put Killing Joke back together. Drummer … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 3 of 7]

Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 2 of 7]

Part 1 here. What’s THIS for…! (1981) Six months after the release of Killing Joke, the band showed up at the studio to record the follow up. Singer/keyboardist Jaz Coleman, drummer Paul Ferguson, guitarist Geordie Walker, and Walker’s guitar cabinet … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 2 of 7]

Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 1 of 7]

Back in the long-ago days when Industrial was starting to gain some traction in the mainstream, music magazines weren’t just content with articles on Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. The alternative magazines, and even the metal magazines, were doing these … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Killing Joke (or; How to Compose the Soundtrack to Every Apocalypse) [Part 1 of 7]

Artist Spotlight: Elephant Rifle (or; The Biggest Little Noise Rock Band in the World)

Elephant Rifle is a noise rock / punk rock / hardcore / post-hardcore / Loverboy cover band hailing from Reno, Nevada. When confronted with negative stereotypes about Reno, singer Brad Bynum isn’t worried about it. “We love being from Reno. … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Elephant Rifle (or; The Biggest Little Noise Rock Band in the World)

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