Summer’s here! It’s time to think about those long road-trips and visits to the beach. Make sure that for every summer adventure, experience or party, you have these 20 classic rock songs in your playlist to ensure your perfect mood. Among these songs, I have included absolute classic rockers that can instantly change your mood and give you that amazing summer vibe.
Van Halen – Summer Nights Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69 The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City Alice Cooper – School’s Out Chicago – Saturday in the Park The Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A The Who – Summertime Blues AC/DC – This House is on Fire Steve Perry – Summer of Luv
Don Henley – The Boys of Summer Blondie – In The Sun Led Zeppelin – Dancing Days Def Leppard – Ride into the Sun Ramones – Rockaway Beach Kiss – Rock N’ Roll All Nite Billy Idol – Hot in the City Eric Clapton – I’ve Got a Rock N’ Roll Heart Sammy Hagar – Mas Tequila Survivor – High on You
Saying goodbye might be the hardest thing in life. Whether we have to separate from a friend or someone we love, goodbyes can completely change you and leave an everlasting impact. However, the change doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad one. Sometimes people say goodbye to save themselves and start a new life. Regardless of the situation, the theme of saying farewell to a loved one or to a friend has been a popular music theme for generations. Here is a personal selection of 10 songs that deal with the issue of saying goodbye and experiencing pain when the person you love is no longer here with you. I do hope you enjoy the playlist and remind yourself of those classics! ^^
Def Leppard – Goodbye Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday Motley Crue – Time For Change Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me Ozzy Osbourne – See You On The Other Side
The Guess Who – No Time
Roy Orbison – Cryin
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Def Leppard – Goodbye
You won’t ever have to say goodbye You won’t ever have to say “I’ve wasted all my time” If the dream you dream ain’t what it seems Just look into my eyes You won’t ever have to say goodbye…
Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye
Remember how we used to talk About busting out – we’d break their hearts Together – forever Never say goodbye, never say goodbye You and me and my old friends Hoping it would never end Say goodbye, never say goodbye Holdin’ on – we got to try Holdin’ on to never say goodbye
Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
Would you know my name If I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same If I saw you in heaven? I must be strong And carry on, ‘Cause I know I don’t belong Here in heaven…
Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
She would never say where she came from Yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone While the sun is bright Or in the darkest night No one knows She comes and goes Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday Who could hang a name on you? When you change with every new day Still I’m gonna miss you…
Motley Crue – Time For Change
The lines on their faces so deep, yeah A revolution, or reach out And touch the day We’re overdue, child Change Now it’s time for change Nothing stays the same Now it’s time for change…
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
…Love’s strange so real in the dark Think of the tender things that we were working on Slow change may pull us apart When the light gets into your heart, baby Don’t You Forget About Me Don’t Don’t Don’t Don’t Don’t You Forget About Me…
Ozzy Osbourne – See You On The Other Side
Leaving, I Hate To See You Cry Grieving, I Hate To Say Goodbye Dust And Ash Forever, Yeah Though I Know We Must Be Parted As Sure As Stars Are In The Sky I’m Gonna See You When It Comes To Glory And I’ll See You, I’ll See You On The Other Side Yes, I’ll See You, I’ll See You On The Other Side…
The Guess Who – No Time
No time for a summer friend No time for the love you send Seasons change and so did I You need not wonder why You need not wonder why There’s no time left for you No time left for you…
Roy Orbison – Cryin
Oh, you wished me well You, you couldn’t tell That I’d been crying over you Crying over you When you said, “So long” Left me standing all alone Alone and crying, crying Crying, crying…
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
…Hey, I oughtta leave young thing alone But ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone Only darkness every day. Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone And this house just ain’t no home…
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I have to admit – this was indeed one of the most interesting and enjoyable playlists I’ve ever made (and believe me I’ve made a lot of playlists throughout my life). It’s June, summer is right around the corner, everyone is in a good mood and I truly believe that the best way to let loose and embrace this awesome summer feeling is through music! I collected 50 songs from various genres – classic/hard/soft/pop/ rock, etc. and came up with this playlist of songs perfectly suitable for your dance + rock mood! I do hope you enjoy it! I am jumping from one era to another but that doesn’t really matter – these rock tunes are here to make us feel good and DANCE!
Listen to some of the tracks and check the playlist below the videos:
Bob Seger – Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long Aerosmith – Walk This Way Tina Turner – Steamy Windows Billy Joel – Uptown Girl David Bowie – Let’s Dance David Bowie – Fame Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me INXS – Need You Tonight Kenny Loggins – Footloose Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone Steve Perry ft. Kenny Loggins – Don’t Fight It Van Halen – Jump Chubby Checker – Twist Bryan Adams – She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancing Def Leppard – Make Love Like a Man Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me Queen – Another One Bites The Dust Queen – I Want to Break Free Roxette – The Look Van Halen – Summer Nights Van Halen – Jump Van Halen – Dance The Night Away Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55 Genesis – Invisible Touch Genesis – I Can’t Dance ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down Eric Clapton – Cocaine Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite Hall & Oates – Maneater Hall & Oates – Out of Touch Poison – Your Mama Don’t Dance The Beatles – Twist and Shout Bon Jovi – Bed Medicine Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You Joan Jett – I Love Rock N’ Roll Queen – We Will Rock You ZZ TOP – Gimme All Your Lovin’ Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69 Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls
Duran Duran – Skin Trade Foreigner – Reaction To Action Foreigner – Hot Blooded Warrant – Cherry Pie Def Leppard – Rock Rock Till You Drop Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
The 8th studio album of The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released today in 1967! This is one of those records that don’t really need an introduction, accompanied by a bunch of words expressing how great and impressive it is. What do we need to understand and remember, though, is that this record is one of the most essential and unsurpassed albums ever made and its influence, contributions and success will forever remain unmatched. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is simply the holy grail of rock music; an absolute breakthrough masterpiece that features adventurous elements of rock&roll, classical music, psychedelia and art rock, all racing together on superior studio technology. The Beatles were fearless; boundaries were demolished and the ultimate achievement was reached. It’s been almost 50 years since its release but this record still remains the greatest musical statement of all time!
Let’s look through some facts about Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and listen to some music!
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is #1 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band spent 27 weeks at the top of the album charts in the UK and 15 weeks at #1 on the USA charts as well. It’s also the third best-selling album in the UK with over 5.1 million copies being sold.
Sgt. Pepper band is the name of the alter ego group they chose to present themselves as. This alter ego band gave them freedom and flexibility to experiment and explore new musical directions.
The Beatles spent over 129 days and 700 hours on the LP which was 30 times more than they did on their debut album “Please Please Me”.
George Martin – the producer of the record explained that Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was an attempt to match Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. “Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper never would have happened … Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds,” Martin stated.
The album cover art cost more than £3000 which was quite expensive at that time. It was designed by British pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth. The collage includes 57 photos and 9 waxworks of famous people, such as actors, scientists and writers, including Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Stan Laurel, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Caroll and many more. Lennon wanted to include Jesus and Hitler, however his ideas were rejected.
Time magazine described the record as “a historic departure in the progress of music”.
The lyrics were printed in full on the back cover of the record. This was done for the first time on a rock LP.
Paul sings five lead vocals; John sings three; John and Paul share the lead on two; Ringo sings lead on one song and George, Paul and John share the lead on one song as well.
‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ was thought to be a reference to LSD. However, John stated that it was from a drawing made by his 4-year old son Julian.
All the songs were written and composed by Lennon–McCartney except “Within You Without You”, which was written by George Harrison.
The total length of the album is 39:52 as it includes 13 songs.
Paul wrote and sang lead on the title track “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Three days after the record came out, the Jimi Hendrix Experience opened a show with their interpretation of the track.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a record with songs designed in a way so that they couldn’t be performed live. The Beatles were embracing the studio experience and adopted numerous experimental approaches that simply cannot be adjusted for a live performance.
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Women will always remain the number one inspiration for all rock musicians. In addition to the theme of heartbreak, sadness and betrayal, however, throughout the years we have also witnessed how rockers incorporate the theme of “femme fatale” in their songs. Personally, I’m quite fond of the “tough girl” topic and I really enjoy songs that portray women in such way. I thought about this topic and came up with this playlist, featuring classic rock songs about girls who know how to leave an impression and make a man’s heart go wild… I would also like to focus on the lyrics because above all, that’s how musicians convey their thoughts and feelings…and in these cases, the lyrics are more than brilliant…
Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough (1993) Foreigner – She’s Too Tough (1984) Foreigner – Woman in Black (1981) Survivor – Popular Girl (1894) Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana (1988) Queen – Killer Queen (1974) AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie (1977) AC/DC – She’s Got Balls (1975) Simple Minds – She’s a River (1995) Billy Joel – Stiletto (1978) + Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale (1967)
Hall & Oates – Maneater (1982)
Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough (1993)
Love loaded she’s got plenty to spare She’ll pull your trigger if only you dare She’s no angel… … She’s too tough Can’t help it, She just can’t help it She’s too tough Can’t help it, She just can’t help it … Hands off, well it’s Catch-22 Y’ can’t touch if she can’t have you She’s no angel, oh no… Whiplash give you six of the best Lay back let her mind do the rest She’s no angel…
Foreigner – She’s Too Tough (1984)
Well, she’s a hard headed woman Got a mean attitude I may have bitten off more than I can chew I get a little light headed At her altitude But she goes one step higher If I’m going to spend the rest of my life With a woman like that, I better think twice … She’s too tough I said she’s too tough From the moment she wakes up Her mind is made up She’s too tough, she’s too tough…
Foreigner – Woman in Black (1981)
I knew the moment I walked through that door I felt so close to a burning sensation It got so warm As I moved across the floor My body aching with anticipation … I saw a dark silhouette, at the table I tried to talk, but I was unable She drew me in right under her spell I was hypnotized by the sudden temptation … Of that woman in black, she’s a mystery She’s everything a woman should be Woman in black, she’s got a hold on me She’s in control, she won’t set me free…
Survivor – Popular Girl (1894)
When she walks in the room, every eye in the place Turns to follow her every move She’s arrived on the scene in her diamonds and jeans World class — she’s got nothing to prove It takes a long time to know her, whe gives it up a little at a time … She’s gettin’ what she wants She’s a popular girl Settin’ those hearts on fire Everybody wants to be Part of her world She’s a popular girl Such a popular girl … She walks down the street, knocks ’em dead on their feet With a casual nonchalance When she’s breaking your heart, she’s the state of the art With license to take what she wants It takes a hard man to hold her, she likes to get a little out of line…
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana (1988)
…She’s Saying That’s Ok Hey Baby Do What You Please I Have The Stuff That You Want I Am The Thing That You Need She Looked Me Deep In The Eyes She’s Touchin’ Me So To Start She Says There’s No Turnin’ Back She Trapped Me In Her Heart Dirty Diana…
Queen – Killer Queen (1974)
Caviar and cigarettes Well versed in etiquette Extraordinarily nice … …Perfume came naturally from Paris For cars she couldn’t care less Fastidious and precise … She’s a Killer Queen Gunpowder, gelatine Dynamite with a laser beam Guaranteed to blow your mind Anytime…
AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie (1977)
Wanna tell you story About woman I know When it comes to lovin’ She steals the show She ain’t exactly pretty Ain’t exactly small Fourt’two thirt’ninefiftysix You could say she’s got it all … Never had a woman Never had a woman like you Doin’ all the things Doin’ all the things you do Ain’t no fairy story Ain’t no skin and bones But you give it all you got Weighin’ in at nineteen stone You’re a whole lotta woman A whole lotta woman Whole lotta Rosie…
AC/DC – She’s Got Balls (1975)
She’s got style that woman Makes me smile that woman She’s got spunk that woman Funk that woman She’s got speed my lady Got what I need my babe She’s got the ability, hey To make a man outta me … But most important of all Let me tell you My lady’s got balls…
Simple Minds – She’s a River (1995)
Shadow let go There’s something you should know I just found my new direction And I hope you like the key Like the air that led me to it She’s like the wind that sucked me through it She’s a river and she’s turning there in front of me Stand back – get back She’ll paint your blue skies black She gives bullet proof protection Got a resurrection feel When I’m scared, and ’bout to lose She gives me travelling shoes She’s a river and she’s turning in front of me And I go blind Wasting my time While the rivers in front of me That’s where I’m goin’ to be….
Billy Joel – Stiletto (1978)
She cuts you once, she cuts you twice But still you believe The wound is so fresh you can taste the blood But you don’t have strength to leave You’ve been bought, you’ve been sold You’ve been locked outside the door But you stand there pleadin’ With your insides bleedin’ ‘Cause deep down you want some more Then she says she wants forgiveness It’s such a clever masquerade She’s so good with her stiletto You don’t even see the blade…
+ Bonus Tracks
Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale (1967)
Here she comes, you better watch your step She’s going to break your heart in two, it’s true It’s not hard to realize Just look into her false colored eyes She builds you up to just put you down, what a clown ‘Cause everybody knows (She’s a femme fatale) The things she does to please (She’s a femme fatale) She’s just a little tease (She’s a femme fatale) … See the way she walks Hear the way she talks You’re put down in her book You’re number 37, have a look She’s going to smile to make you frown, what a clown Little boy, she’s from the street Before you start, you’re already beat She’s gonna play you for a fool, yes it’s true…
Hall & Oates – Maneater (1982)
I wouldn’t if I were you I know what she can do She’s deadly man And she could really rip your world apart Mind over matter Ooh, the beauty is there But a beast is in the heart … (Oh-oh, here she comes) Watch out boy She’ll chew you up (Oh-oh, here she comes) She’s a maneater…
P.S. – Let’s keep an open mind; Every song is open to interpretation based on personal perceptions! Cheers!
“There are plenty of ways to die, but only love can kill and keep you alive to feel it…”– Leo Christopher
Nothing much to say on the subject of heartbreak… It’s indeed one of the most excruciating types of pain one can feel. When you look into the eyes of someone you love and they look away it hurts like hell and we desperately wish we could do something to stop the tears…but sometimes we just can’t do anything. We can’t stop the feelings we have for someone – and when that someone leaves us for another or walks away, all we are left with is our broken heart and empty soul… Things might get better, indeed; however, heartbreak changes people and always leaves its mark…
Heartbreak has been a popular song theme for as long as we can remember. Actually, many people choose to express their feelings through different types of art…however, since this is a place for rock music, I would be focusing on that, of course.
It may not be pleasant to write, perform or sing about being hurt by someone you love, however, out of this sadness, some of the greatest songs were born. The following publication will list 10 classic rock songs, dealing with the theme of breakup. I apologize for the sadness, but I truly admire these songs and I believe they all possess one outstanding characteristic – impressive lyrics that can make you experience an emotion (most certainly a sad one, though)…
Let’s listen to some of the greatest classic rock songs dealing with broken hearts and trying to forget someone who gave you so much to remember…
Winger – Headed For A Heartbreak (1988) Nazareth – Love Hurts (1976) Sammy Hagar – I’ll Fall In Love Again (1981) Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way (1977) Roxette – It Must Have Been Love (1990) Def Leppard – Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (1981) Led Zeppelin – “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” (1969) The Eagles – Wasted Time (1976) The Rolling Stones – Out of Tears (1944) Elvis Presley- Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
+John Lennon – I’m Losing You (1980) The Beatles – Yesterday (1965)
Winger – Headed For A Heartbreak (1988)
You’ve become a stranger I just got to be alone Don’t need nobody on my side To dull the blade I’m on So don’t be waiting on love ‘Cause I’ll be waiting to ramble on…
……..It’s not a mistake Don’t you think I can feel the pain? I walk away, to live again…
Nazareth – Love Hurts (1976)
Some fools think of happiness Blissfulness, togetherness Some fools fool themselves I guess They’re not foolin’ me
…I know it isn’t true, I know it isn’t true Love is just a lie Made to make you blue…
Sammy Hagar – I’ll Fall In Love Again (1981)
But it’s alright with me now I’ll get back up somehow And with a little luck, I’m bound to win I’ll fall in love, I’ll fall in love again…
…And I guess you think you’ve got it made Oh, but then you never were afraid Of anything that you’ve left behind…
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way (1977)
Loving you Isn’t the right thing to do How can I ever change things that I feel?
If I could Baby I’d give you my world How can I When you won’t take it from me?
You can go your own way Go your own way…
Roxette – It Must Have Been Love (1990)
It must have been love but it’s over now. It must have been good but I lost it somehow. It must have been love but it’s over now. From the moment we touched, ’til the time had run out.
Make-believing we’re together That I’m sheltered by your heart. But in and outside I’ve turned to water Like a teardrop in your palm….
Def Leppard – Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (1981)
You’re such a secret, misty eyed and shady Lady how you hold the key Oh you’re like a candle, your flame slowly fadin’ Burnin’ out and burnin’ me
Can’t you see? Just try and say to you…
You’re bringin’ on the heartache Takin’ all the best of me Oh can’t you see? You got the best of me Can’t you see?
Led Zeppelin – “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” (1969)
It was really, really good. You made me happy every single day. But now… I’ve got to go away! Oh, oh, oh.
Baby, baby, baby That’s when it’s callin’ me I said that’s when it’s callin’ me back home…
The Eagles – Wasted Time (1976)
Oh, another love has come and gone Oh, and the years keep rushing on I remember what you told me before you went out on your own: “Sometimes to keep it together, we got to leave it alone.” So you can get on with your search, baby, and I can get on with mine And maybe someday we will find , that it wasn’t really wasted time…
The Rolling Stones – Out of Tears (1944)
I won’t cry when you say goodbye I’m out of tears I won’t die when you wave goodbye I’m out of tears Out of tears…
I just had to…
Elvis Presley- Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
And although it’s always crowded, you still can find some room. Where broken hearted lovers do cry away their gloom.
You make me so lonely baby, I get so lonely, I get so lonely I could die…
+ 2 BONUS TRACKS From the greatest….
John Lennon – I’m Losing You (1980)
Somehow the wires have crossed, Communication’s lost, Can’t even get you on the telephone, Just got to shout about it, I’m losing you,
Here in the valley of indecision, I don’t know what to do, I feel you sliping away, I feel you sliping away, I’m losing you, I’m losing you…
The Beatles – Yesterday (1965)
Why she had to go, I don’t know, she wouldn’t say. I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.
Yesterday love was such an easy game to play. Now I need a place to hide away. Oh, I believe in yesterday…
P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights and credits go to the owners and/publishers. The publication expresses my personal opinion and in no way is trying to make a generalized statement. Please be kind and considerate when you read and/or comment. Cheers~
Time to kick things off with some of my favorite rock tunes, chosen directly from my music library and delivered to you through the magic of YouTube and blogging! I hope you would enjoy this week’s selection and will get reminded of some great classics! This week, we will travel back to the 60s with Bob Dylan’s most important song and Steppenwolf’s ultimate hit, which also happens to be one of the first metal songs!; then we shall enter the 70s with Ramones, YES and Electric Light Orchestra; we will then move on to the 80s with AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe – some of the most celebrated bands during the 80s; finally, we will wrap the mixtape with some 90s sound – Van Halen and Def Leppard will do the trick!
AC/DC – Hells Bells ( 1980 ) Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone ( 1965 ) Def Leppard – Make Love Like A Man ( 1992 ) Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down ( 1979 ) Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle ( 1987 ) Mötley Crüe – Wild Side ( 1987 ) Ramones – I Just Want To Have Something To Do ( 1978 ) Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild ( 1968 ) Van Halen – Judgment Day ( 1991 ) Yes – Roundabout ( 1971 )
Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone ( 1965 )
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild ( 1968 )
Yes – Roundabout ( 1971 )
Ramones – I Just Want To Have Something To Do ( 1978 )
Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down ( 1979 )
Hello, everyone! Happy new week! I do hope it’s a good one for all of us!
Once again, it’s Monday, which means it’s time for my weekly “mixtape”. As usual, I’ve collected 10 rock classics to help you kick off the new week with a blast! I’ve picked up rock tunes from various artists and eras (even from back in the 60s) and came up with this lovely rock playlist for your Monday mood! Just wanted to remind you that there’s no particular order or category – It’s a personal selection, based on my favorite classic rock songs from my music library. It’s basically a bunch of cool rock songs, performed by various awesome artists I love with all my heart! I hope you guys enjoy it and get reminded of some cool songs from the past! Rock on!
Animals – House of the Rising Sun ( 1964 )
Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You ( 1970 )
Greetings, everyone! Happy weekend – I hope you guys are doing well and having a wonderful “no-work-for-two-days” time!
For this Saturday’s publication I really wanted to prepare something informative and interesting for my readers. Then, I came up with an idea which hopefully will clear things up for some of you or reaffirm the knowledge of others. Nevertheless, it always feels quite amusing to go back to the beginning of the story of our favorite rock bands and understand how they came up with their music, lyrics, style and unique approach that was able to differentiate them among the numerous other artists in the industry. One of those special and extremely essential aspects of any rock band is of course… their name! Needless to say, in any given situation, whether it’s a company, a product, a person, a street, a city, a rock band…we define, refer, recognize and remember through names.
Some bands have indeed rather peculiar and extraordinary names which clearly identify their music, genre, characteristics and expression. With the following publication, I am going to reveal the origin of their names and try to explain why they chose to call themselves like that. I am sure that many devoted rock fans are quite familiar with the stories behind the names; however there might be people out there who are not so sure and would like to know.
We love and listen to the music of bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Guns N’ Roses, The Ramones and we can’t stop repeating their names. Now, it’s time to find out how they came with them… I chose ten classic, old-school rock bands which I believe have some of the most interesting and memorable names in the history of rock music. Forgive me for the rather peculiar mixture, however those bands do have a lot in common…and it starts with having very cool names!
Let’s start with the fab five! The story begun in 1957, when young John Lennon assembled his skiffle group, first calling it the Black Jacks and eventually changing it into the Quarry Men. Throughout the years, they had a few name changes, such as Johnny and the Moondogs, the Beatals, the Silver Beetles, the Silver Beats, and the Silver Beatles, before they finally settled on the Beatles. John Lennon actually wrote a humorous story about how the name came from. It appeared in an article in a Liverpool magazine. He said, “It came in a vision–a man appeared in a flaming pie and said unto them “From this day on you are Beatles with an A.” “Thank you, Mister Man,” they said, thanking him.” (Paul McCartney even put an album called “Flaming Pie.”)
As far as the serious version is concerned, it’s quite simple – The Crickets (Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, and Joe B. Mauldin) were cited as a major inspiration for the name. Furthermore, the misspelling of “beetles” is a play on words, basically describing the unique “beat” of the band. In an interview, Lennon stated, “Well, I remembered the other day when somebody mentioned the Crickets at a press conference. I’d forgotten all about that. I was looking for a name like the Crickets that meant two things, and from Crickets I got to Beatles. I changed the B-e-a because it didn’t mean two things on its own — B, double-e-t-l-e-s didn’t mean two things. So, I changed the ‘a,’ added the ‘e’ to the ‘a’, and it meant two things, then….. It was beat and beetles, and when you said it people thought of crawly things, and when you read it, it was beat music.”
The Rolling Stones
Now I can’t talk about the Beatles and not talk about The Rolling Stones now can I? The story of how they decided to call themselves like that is pretty short and simple as well. The band was heavily influences by Chess Records artists, such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Howlin’ Wolf and many other blues musicians. In June 1962, the band’s line up consisted of Jagger, Jones, Richards, Stewart, Taylor, and drummer Tony Chapman. According to Keith Richards, Brian Jones saw a Muddy Waters LP lying on the floor, while he was talking toJazz News on the phone. When they asked him what his band was called, he thought of Muddy Waters’ track “Rollin’ Stone”…the rest is history.
Why did choose to call themselves the Doors? It’s very philosophical and poetical but what else did we expect from the most intense and progressive rock bands of the 60s? Jim Morrison came up with the name which was derived from a passage in William Blake’s “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” – “When the doors of perception are cleansed, things will appear to man as they truly are… infinite.”The same passage also inspired the title of Aldous Huxley’s 1954 essay on his first psychedelic experience – “The Doors of Perception” which Jim Morrison had read.
The details behind the origin of their band name vary, however the story goes like this: At first, the band was playing under multiple names, including “Tea Set”. However, imagine their surprise when they turned up at a gig and found up that another band on the lineup was also called “Tea Set”. Syd Barret, under pressure, had to quickly come up with a new name. The alternative he settled on was The Pink Floyd Sound, after two blues musicians – Pink Anderson and Floyd Council – two of his favorite artists. Barret took the names from his record collection – perhaps he saw the sleeves side by side and had a sudden inspiration – we don’t know for sure. There’s no evidence that those two bluesmen have ever worked or recorder together, despite the fact that some people wishfully believe that Anderson and Council actually made a recording together. The Sound part was dropped quite quickly, but The was kept for a while, until 1970. David Gilmour is also known to have referred to the group as The Pink Floyd as late as 1984.
Queen were originally called “Smile” – quite nice and lovely, right? Singer Freddie Mercury was the one who came up with the new name and this is what he said about it, “Years ago I thought up the name ‘Queen’ … It’s just a name, but it’s very regal obviously, and it sounds splendid … It’s a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations. I was certainly aware of gay connotations, but that was just one face of it.” Many people associate the band name with Freddie’s sexual orientation; however that’s not the case – Queen is a very powerful word and it did open quite a few doors for the band!
When you heard the name “KISS” for the first time you thought about lovely kisses and smooches, right? Well, you may be so close and yet so far… There have been a few speculations about the name of the band. According to a rumor, going around in the 1980s, their name as an acronym for (K)ids (I)n (S)atan’s (S)ervice. Well, KISS did piss a lot of people off with their image and music, so naturally you have no idea how many of them thought of KISS as a “devil band”. Some people even believed that their records included Satanic messages when played backwards. The not so evil version of the story goes like this: Peter Criss, the original drummer of the band was in a car with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley in New York. The members knew that Peter used to be in a band named LIPS. They were brainstorming some ideas about a band name when Paul suddenly said, “How about KISS?”… the rest is history. Ace Frehley was the one who designed the KISS logo in 1973, which is still used today.
It’s time for YES to make their official debut on my blog! I have to say, the band can’t really brag about their name since honestly it’s not so clever or that original. However, that’s the magic of it! The details behind the origin story of the name once again vary. What we know so far is that the band members were having a hard time coming up with a good name but their first gig was coming so they had to think of something quite fast. For their debut gig, they chose the name YES, suggested by Banks as being “short, positive, direct, and memorable”. It was supposed to be a temporary solution but obviously, the name stuck.
Jon Anderson told Yesspeak that while they were brainstorming for band names, Jon Anderson thought of Life, Chris Squire thought of World, and Peter Banks, kept saying yes. They asked him, whether he means “The Yes?” but he said “No, Yes”…
There’s also the “Yellow Submarine” theory, according to which they got the name from the long scene during “It’s Only a Northern Song” where the word “Yes” multiples on the screen in big bold block letters with exclamation points.
Say hello to TheRamones – the Punk Rock Gods I love so much! I’m sure that at one point we were all asking ourselves what does “Ramones” stand for and how did they chose this particular family name? Well, according to sources, they chose the name as a tribute to Paul McCartney who used the alias “Paul Ramone” when he would book or check into hotels, incognito. All band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname “Ramone”, even though that was not their given name and were not related in any way – original members named themselves Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Tommy Ramone; other members include Marky Ramone, Richie Ramone, Elvis Ramone and C. J. Ramone.
Guns N’ Roses
I decided to include Guns N’ Roses because to my surprise, a lot of people are not so familiar with the origin story of the band name, which by the way is so short and simple.
When I heard the name for the first time, I thought it was a clever symbolic representation of their music: “guns” – something deadly and dangerous, and “roses” – something gentle and romantic. However, the reason why they chose the name is because of the members’ previous bands. Axl Rose and and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin of Hollywood Rose, joined forces with lead guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich, and drummer Rob Gardner of L.A. Guns. They simply combined the names of both previous group and settled upon Guns N’ Roses.
Coming from Birmingham, England, Judas Priest is probably the heavy metal band that matters the most, judging by the nickname they got – The Metal Gods. The expression “Judas Priest” was once used to cloak the words “Jesus Christ” when these were intended as a curse – something like “Gee” or “Gosh!” However, that’s not the case with Judas Priest. The inspiration for the band name was the song “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”, carved into vinyl by Bob Dylan in 1967. Bruno Stapenhill was the one who came up with the name. The band was also regularly rehearsing at his house in Stone Cross.
Today we celebrate the 71st birthday of none other than Mr Eric Clapton – one of the most brilliant rock musicians in the world and one of my personal favorite rockstars of all time. He is such an inspirational figure and I don’t know any other musician that possesses so much talent, passion and devotion to music. Despite being 71 years old, he keeps on making music and touching the souls of millions of people around the world. Clapton is very special to me as I grew up listening to songs such as “Wonderful Tonight” and “Let It Rain”. In the spirit of his birthday, I decided to make a little publication, in appreciation of the limitless talent of this guitar God! I hope you guys would enjoy it and remind yourself of some of his most remarkable tunes throughout the years.
Eric Clapton was born on the 30th of March 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England. His early career is associated with the infamous blues-oriented rock band – The Yardbirds. He stayed with them from 1963 till 1965. During that time, Clapton developed his own signature style and quickly became one of the most talked-about guitarists in the British music scene.
The Yardbirds’ manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, was actually the one who gave Eric Clapton his famous nickname “Slowhand” in early 1964.
In Clapton – The Autobiography (2007), Eric said, “On my guitar I used light-gauge guitar strings, with a very thin first string, which made it easier to bend the notes, and it was not uncommon during the most frenetic bits of playing for me to break at least one string. During the pause while I was changing my string, the frenzied audience would often break into a slow handclap, inspiring Giorgio to dream up the nickname of ‘Slowhand’ Clapton.”
The following year, Clapton undertook numerous projects with bands, such as John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and the Glands. By 1966 – the time he formed his new band Cream, Clapton was already a well-established and extremely influential guitar player. Everyone was captivated by his talent and wanted to hear more and more… The years he spent with Cream helped him reach his full song writing potential, which grabbed the attention of the American audience – something that was not achieved before that. Despite the Cream’s commercial success in both USA and Europe, the band had a relatively short life due to conflicts between the members and alcohol abuse. Nevertheless, they are still considered as one of the most influential rock bands of the era. Songs such as “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Crossroads” keep on living and reminding us of their musical virtuosity.
During the autumn of 1967, an admirer of Clapton spray-painted the famous slogan “Clapton is God” on an Islington Underground station. There a very famous photograph of this wall, capturing a dog that pees on the same wall…
“I never accepted that I was the greatest guitar player in the world. I always wanted to be the greatest guitar player in the world, but that’s an ideal, and I accept it as an ideal, ” he says…
Eric Clapton’s next musical project was the supergroup Blind Faith (1969). In addition to being a member of Blind Faith, he was also participating in various other acts in bands such as Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, thePlastic Ono Band, playing lead guitar in some of Lennon’s songs and many others. He was probably the busiest guitarist at that time. In 1970, he finally released his first self-titled album, including masterpieces such as “Let it Rain”, “After Midnight” and “Blues Power”.
Originally called “Eric Clapton and Friends”, his next band – “Derek and the Dominos” was the first step towards a decade full of love and turbulence, mixed with rehab and immense commercial success. His deep infatuation for George Harrison’s wife Pattie Boyd inspired the band’s first and only album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” (1970) and gave birth to one of Clapton’s most famous and loved tunes of all time – “Layla”.
ERIC CLAPTON IN THE 70S ~
ERIC CLAPTON IN THE 80S~
The beginning of the 90s was very emotional for Clapton, as he lost his four-year old son. His sadness was channeled into the song “Tears in Heaven” for which he received six Grammy awards.
Since then, Clapton has released 11 studio albums and we are waiting for his 12th one which is going to be released on May 20th this year. Personally, among all the albums he made throughout the years, an honorable mention should receive “Riding with the King” (2000), “Me and Mr. Johnson” (a tribute to the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, 2004), “Back Home” (2005), “Clapton” (2010) and “Old Sock” (2013). If you are a fan of Clapton, those albums are a must!
Needless to say, Eric Clapton is a true legend – one of the most respected and appreciated guitarists and music-writers of all time. People love him for what he is – a talented and passionate musicians and a true role model. Throughout his life, he had to fight with alcohol and drug abuse, see the death of his son and go through so many other personal and professional challenges. However, his love for music was always there to bring happiness, joy – a little bit of every feeling possible to the people all over the world. His spirit is unbreakable and his career is unstoppable. Thank you, Eric for all the songs and emotions you brought to this world. I hope you never stop making music! We love you…