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May 11, 2020

The Troubadour West Hollywood History

When you mention “The Troubadour” (or “The Troub” as many call it), most locals and people in the music industry know you mean West Hollywood’s iconic bar and restaurant since the late 50s. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard, where Beverly Hills and West Hollywood meet;
May 11, 2020

The Police: “Outlandos d’Amour”

For a band that almost didn’t happen, the Police were truly outlaws, instead of “Outlaws of Love” by the end of their somewhat rocky road. Formed in London in 1977,the line-up consisted of primary songwriter Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar), Andy Summers (guitar), and Stewart Copeland (drums).
March 13, 2020

How Madonna Became “The Queen of Pop”

Madonna, the artist often referred to as the “Queen of Pop,” was born Madonna Louise Ciccone (see she came by her stage name legitimately!) on August 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan...
March 6, 2020

REM: The Unheralded Instigator of Grunge

As we moved past the middle-80’s, we saw a shift from the artistic creativity of earlier in the decade, to a what many felt was a blander and formulistic approach to pop, rock, New Wave and dance music...
February 11, 2020

“No Basta”(It’s Not Enough)

Franco De Vita, the man who would become one of the faces of Latin Rock, is a Venezuelan Latin Grammy winning singer/songwriter whose career mushroomed in the late 80’s...
February 5, 2020

Ric Ocasek: Just What We Needed

The recent passing of Ric Ocasek left all of us reeling. Especially since it happened just days after we lost Eddie Money. Their respective music was the soundtrack of our youth for many of us...
January 21, 2020

INXS From the Beginning

Formed originally as The Farriss Brothers in 1977, coming out of Sydney, Australia, the rock band INXS demonstrated early on that they were something truly special and unique. However, their journey to stardom was not an easy one and they would have to prove themselves to both fans and critics alike...
January 20, 2020

The Iconic Early Days of MTV!

“I Want My MTV!” Who remembers the first time you heard that phrase? Did you ever realize the impact those 4 words would make? Today, we interview a true insider on the early days of MTV.
January 13, 2020

My Music Life: Ziggy Played Guitar

Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth. Time, he's waiting in the wings. He speaks of senseless things. Time may change me, but I can't trace time. But time could not prepare us for the loss of the man who wrote these lyrics, David Bowie...
October 26, 2019

Oscar Winning Best Original Songs: The 80s (part 3 of 4)

October 24, 2019

“Purple Rain” – An American Classic

“Purple Rain” is an American rock movie released originally in 1984 and was directed by Albert Magnoli. The movie showcases the acting and music of American legend Prince. With a budget of $7.2 million, the movie grossed $68 million in the United States and $80 million worldwide. It won an Oscar for “Best Original Music Score.”