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Redemption Song

Oct 1, 2021

Is it better to burn out or fade away? What to do if you are a legendary 80's college radio band who has been touring on their back catalog for years? Dare you venture into the realm of new music? It worked for some of your left of the dial compatriots (Dinosaur Jr, Camper Van Beethoven) but will it work for a band like...


Dec 4, 2020

We're three for four with solo Beatles with this one! In the early 80's the "Quiet Beatle" had even less than usual to say, but still had an album left on his record deal. And so in 1982 he dropped Gone Troppo (meaning "On Vacation") and promptly shoved off out of the music business for five years. Historically maligned...


Nov 6, 2020

Why did they do it? Even they don't seem to know. But in 1995, Duran Duran decided to follow up their biggest album in years with an all covers record that featured their slickly stylized take on everything from classic rock to funk to (don't laugh) militant 90's hip hop. Immediately disavowed by everyone involved, this...


Aug 31, 2020

Ah, Ringo. You poor little goofball. Solo Beatledom was never going to be kind to you, was it? Things got off to a good enough start with a handful of bona fide classics, but affable charm (which was always Ringo's greatest strength) can only carry you so far, and his commercial fall from grace was as calamitous as it...


Aug 3, 2020

The 80's weren't a good time to be a classic rock band struggling to stay relevant. Do you stick to what always worked, trusting that will carry you through, or do you embrace the new sound and try to change with the times? If you opt for the latter, do you have a solid enough crop of songs to hang these new sounds on?...