Monday, March 28, 2016

MUSIC 101: The 1950s



A fun INTRO into the great musics
of each decade
in one Music Player!

MUSIC 101: The 1950s

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In chronological order,
one song per album.

Rockabilly! Jazz! Blues!
Mambo! Honky Tonk! Folk!
Doo Wop! Fado! Torch Songs!
World! Exotica! Electronic!

From 1950 through 1959!
A crash course in crucial!

Music Primer series:
300 Albums: 1956-2015

The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s
The 2000s

The Music Player contains one song each
from these 101 classic albums!

01) Les Paul, "The New Sound" (1950)

02) Machito, "Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite" (1950)


03) Peggy Lee, "Black Coffee" (1953)


4) Frank Sinatra, "Songs For Young Lovers" (1954)

5) Yma Sumac, "Mambo!" (1954)

6) Hank Williams, "Honky-Tonkin'" (1954)


7) Julie London, "Julie Is Her Name" (1955)

8) Bill Haley & The Comets, "Rock Around The Clock" (1955)

9) Les Paul & Mary Ford, "Les & Mary" (1955)

10) Kenny Dorham, "Afro-Cuban" (1955)

11) Helen Merrill, "Helen Merrill" (1955)

12) Little Jimmy Scott, "If You Only Knew" (1955)


13) Louis and Bebe Barron, "FORBIDDEN PLANET" (1956)

14) Elvis Presley, "Elvis Presley" (1956)>

15) Ella Fitzgerald, "Sings The Cole Porter Songbook" (1956)

16) Johnny Burnette And The Rock N' Roll Trio, "Johnny Burnette And The Rock N' Roll Trio" (1956)>

17) Gene Vincent, "Bluejean Bop" (1956)

18) B.B. King, "Singin' The Blues" (1956)

19) Woody Guthrie & Will Geer, "Bound For Glory" (1956)

20) Odetta, "Odetta Sings Ballads And Blues" (1956)

21) The Clovers, "The Clovers" (1956)

22) Elvis Presley, "Elvis" (1956)

23) Sister Rosetta Tharpe, "Gospel Train" (1956)

24) Perez Prado, "Havana 3 A.M." (1956)


25) Little Richard, "Here's Little Richard" (1957)>

26) John Coltrane, "Blue Train" (1957)

27) The Crickets, "The Chirping Crickets" (1957)

28) Johnny Cash, "With His Hot And Blue Guitar" (1957)

29) Mickey & Sylvia, "New Sounds" (1957)

30) Louis Prima, "The Wildest!" (1957)

31) Chuck Berry, "After School Session" (1957)>

32) Ray Charles, "Ray Charles" (1957)

33) Carl Perkins, "The Dance Album" (1957)

34) Eddie Cochran, "Singin' To My Baby" (1957)

35) Blossom Dearie, "Blossom Dearie" (1957)

36) The Coasters, "The Coasters" (1957)

37) The "5" Royales, "Dedicated To You" (1957)

38) Sun Ra, "Supersonic Jazz" (1957)

39) Amalia Rodrigues, "Amalia A L'Olympia" (1957)

40) Toshiko Akiyoshi, "The Many Sides Of Toshiko" (1957)

41) Tito Puente, "Top Percussion" (1957)


42) Billie Holiday, "Lady In Satin" (1958)

43) Buddy Holly, "Buddy Holly" (1958)>

44) Miles Davis, "Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud" (1958)

45) Nina Simone, "Little Girl Blue" (1958)

46) Bo Diddley, "Bo Diddley" (1958)>

47) Bernard Herrmann, "VERTIGO" (1958)

48) Buddy Holly, "That'll Be The Day" (1958)

49) The Everly Brothers, "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" (1958)

50) Duane Eddy, "Have 'Twangy' Guitar, Will Travel" (1958)

51) Wanda Jackson, "Wanda Jackson" (1958)

52) Elizabeth Cotten, "Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes" (1958)

53) Ella Fitzgerald, "Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook" (1958)

54) Ahmed Abdul-Malik, "Jazz Sahara" (1958)

55) Johnny Cash, "Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous" (1958)

56) Ricky Nelson, "Ricky Nelson" (1958)

57) Jimmy Reed, "I'm Jimmy Reed" (1958)>

58) Dale Hawkins, "Daredevil" (demos 1958)

59) B.B. King, "The Blues" (1958)

60) Jackie Wilson, "He's So Fine" (1958)

61) The Champs, "Go, Champs, Go!" (1958)

62) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudoin, "Missa Luba" (1958)

63) Sarah Vaughan, "Sings George Gershwin" (1958)

64) Carl Perkins, "Whole Lotta Shakin'" (1958)

65) Dorothy Ashby, "In A Minor Groove" (1958)

66) The Louvin Brothers, "The Family Who Prays" (1958)

67) The Chantels, "We Are The Chantels" (1958)

68) The Robins, "Rock & Roll Featuring The Robins" (1958)

69) LaVern Baker, "Sings Bessie Smith" (1958)

70) Esquivel, "Exploring New Sounds In Stereo" (1958)

71) Lambert, Hendricks, And Ross, "Swingers!" (1958)

72) Melba Liston, "Melba Liston And Her 'Bones" (1958)

73) Martin Denny, "Primitiva" (1958)


74) Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Take Five" (1959)

75) Duke Ellington, "ANATOMY OF A MURDER" (1959)

76) Ornette Coleman, "The Shape Of Jazz To Come" (1959)

77) Chuck Berry, "Berry's On Top" (1959)

78) Howlin' Wolf, "Moanin' In The Moonlight" (1959)

79) Marty Robbins, "Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs" (1959)

80) Joao Gilberto, "Chega De Saudade" (1959)

81) Ray Charles, "What'd I Say" (1959)

82) Ella Fitzgerald, "Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Songbook" (1959)

83) John Lee Hooker, "House Of The Blues" (1959)

84) Ritchie Valens, "Ritchie Valens" (1959)

85) Bo Diddley, "Go Bo Diddley" (1959)

86) Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan, "The Fascinating World Of Electronic Music" (1959)

87) James Brown, "Please Please Please" (1959)

88) Tom Lehrer, "An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer" (1959)

89) Chet Baker, "Chet" (1959)

90) Jackie Wilson, "Lonely Teardrops" (1959)

91) The Wailers, "The Fabulous Wailers" (1959)

92) Nina Simone, "The Amazing Nina Simone" (1959)

93) Henry Mancini, "The Music From PETER GUNN" (1959)

94) The Isley Brothers, "Shout!" (1959)

95) The Flamingos, "Flamingo Serenade" (1959)

96) Quincy Jones, "The Birth Of A Band!, Vol. 2" (1959)

97) Link Wray & The Wraymen, "Link Wray & The Wraymen" (1959)

98) Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen, "Poetry For The Beat Generation" (1959)

99) The Wes Mongomery Trio, "The Wes Mongomery Trio" (1959)

100) Ethel Azama, "Exotic Dreams" (1959)

101) Johnny And The Hurricanes, "Red River Rock" (1959)

Rave on!

© Tym Stevens

The Music Primer Series:*

1) 300 GREAT ALBUMS That Will Change Your Life!

3) MUSIC 101: The 1960s

4) MUSIC 101: The 1970s

5) MUSIC 101: The 1980s

6) MUSIC 101: The 1990s

7) MUSIC 101: The 2000s

* The albums heard on the Decades series are different than the 300 Albums overview.


Further Study, dept.:

-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Manifesto, A Handy Checklist

-Revolution 1950s: The Big Damn Bang of Rock'n'Roll!


-2000 Great Albums on Pinterest!

Monday, March 21, 2016

1950s Rock, F: The 2010s disciples‏

How the original 1950s Rock styles remained strong through each decade!
(#6 of 6 parts)

...with enormous, world-spanning Music Player!

Jai Malano

now brings you the actual, all-inclusive holistic history of Rock'n'Soul music each week.

History Checklist

Today the story of how '50s Rock thrived more than ever in 2010s music and film!!
Hear a massive Music Player, with worldwide artists maintaining '50s sounds from 2010 through today!

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All songs in order from 2010 through today.

Revolution 1950s: The Big Damn Bang of Rock'n'Roll!
1950s Rock, A: The '60s Disciples
1950s Rock, B: The '70s Disciples
1950s Rock, C: The '80s disciples‏
1950s Rock, D: The '90s disciples‏
1950s Rock, E: The 2000s disciples‏

The upshot:

Rock'n'Roll continued in the new millennium, cultivated and shared by generations.

a) Perennials
b) Trads
c) Roots
d) Covers
e) Bopcats
f) Burn, Burnette, burn!
g) Doo Wop
h) Mood
i) Trash
j) Speed
k) SHE
l) WE
m) World
n) Screen

2010s: All around the world/ Rock'n'Roll is here to stay

Mr. Charles Berry with his airmobile.

The original Rock styles of the 50s -Rockabilly, electric Blues, Honky Tonk, Mambo, Cajun, and Doo Wop- are as vibrant and vital as ever, the solid roots that feed myriad branches in the new century.

They were hothouse flowers in the 1950s, seeded the '60s, resprouted in the '70s, germinated in the '80s, went wild in the '90s, forested in the 2000s, and became perennials in the 2010s.


We live our lives, but then we live on in our works.

There's a point in culture when someone goes from being a presence to an influence. The spirit of their efforts informs those that follow. They may have gone on, but they are never gone.

Rock'n'Roll had come into the 21st century with new music in the first decade by original rockers like Dawson, Martin, LaBeef, and Cash. But by the second, Wanda Jackson was one of the last of the upstanding still standing. Whether making new albums (one produced by Jack White), fronting for bands like The Alligators, or being covered by decades of disciples, Wanda's party lasted for the long.

Determined to outrun everyone, of course, was that willful Jerry Lee Lewis, who recorded new albums backed by Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Ringo Starr, Robbie Robertson, Shelby Lynne, and Neil Young.

Second-wave rockers like Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Dave Edmunds, Jeff Beck, Jeff Lynne, and Roger Daltrey (with Wilko Johnson) continued to draw from the well.

Further-wave rockers like Nick Curran, Crazy Cavan, Robert Gordon, Tom Waits, The Fall, Lee Rocker, and Annie Lennox tilled the furrows.

New artists channeled the sounds of Patsy Cline (Linda Kay), Hasil Adkins (Bloodshot Bill), Eddie Cochran (PJ Harvey), and Wanda Jackson (Bonde Do Role).

The Bo Diddley beat, the primal pulse of the Rock'n'Roll heart, bumped-da-bump-bumped in rock tribal revival in songs by Hipbone Slim, Lykke Li, The Dustaphonics, Willy Moon, Summer Twins, Lee Bains III, Gruff Rhys, Daddy Long Legs, Delta Bombers, Puta Madre Brothers (Australia), The Bullets, and Thee Tsunamis.

Heralding the heroes were celabratory songs about Elvis (by Mystery Trio), Bettie Page (Dorados), Buddy Holly (John Mueller), Fats Domino (The Features, Guided By Voices), Gene Vincent (The Katman), Chuck Berry (Southern Culture On The Skids), Little Richard (The Computers, The Sonics), Bo Diddley (Big Boy Bloater), and Wanda Jackson (Bootleg Betty).

Love for Buddy Holly would not fade away with rave-ons in his sound by Dum Dum Girls, Louise Burns, Crushed Out, and Vampire Weekend. There were two all-star tribute albums to Buddy, with covers by the likes of The Black Keys, The Detroit Cobras, Paul McCartney (who owns his hero's songs), Imelda May, and Brian Wilson.


Lynda Kay

Rather than simply imitate the original sounds, traditionalists like Lynda Kay, The Secret Sisters, Chris Isaak, Vintage Trouble, Pieta Brown, Natalie Ross, J.D. McPherson, and The Blasters used their spirit as a sonic template for new expression.


Marcia Ball; Anna Popovic; Susan Tedeschi

Blues music first broke through because of a woman. The blues was an amorphous country form in the 1920s shunned by polite society, and it was the phenomenal success of Bessie Smith's 78rpm platters that enabled everyone else to come forward.

Women have held their own in the Blues for a century, despite getting swiped by the spotlight since. Today, firedrakes like Samantha Fish, Karen Lovely, Eden Brent, Carolyn Wonderland, Marcia Ball, Ana Popovic, Fiona Boyes, Shemekia Copeland, Heart Attack Alley, Teresa James And The Rhythm Tramps, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Becky Barksdale keep the home fires blazing.

Kindred souls like Little Victor, Gary Clark Jr., The Juke Joint Pimps, Dirty Deep, and Eli Paperboy Reed also stoked their share.

Cover artwork by Federico Archuleta

The Texas Tornados (founded by Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, and Flaco Jimenez) rode one more for the rodeo, and Sorelle Monelle stayed in the saddle.

Jump Jive thrived and Boogie oogied with Laura B And The Moonlighters (UK), Deanna Bogart, The Clams, PatC And The Tailshakers (Sweden), and Billie And The Kids (Croatia).

Country boogied and Honky Tonk thomped with Patricia Vonne, Marti Brom, Root'n Toot'n, Miss Mary Ann And The Ragtime Wranglers (Norway), Rockin' Bonnie And The Mighty Ropers (Italy), and Tennessee Drifters.

Rockin' Bonnie; C.J. Chenier

Cajun and Zydeco two-stepped the floors with BeauSoleil, Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys, C.J. Chenier, Pine Leaf Boys, and Cedric Watson.


The 1950s is full of great songs to cover, but after awhile, the range gets rode.

Now, modern rockabillies rockabilly up the modern with covers of unexpected songs in classic '50s styles.

On the music player, dig cover spins on Gloria Jones (by Imelda May, The Neutronz), Pointer Sisters (Jerry Lawson), The Beatles (The Virginia Gentlemen, Lee Rocker, Hot Sausage, Drugstore Cowboys), latter Roy Orbison (The Joy Formidible, John Stephan), Elvis Costello (Restless, Ulster Boys), Tom Waits (Gaby Jogeix, Charley Horse), T.Rex (Dan Sartain), The Police (The Rocker Covers), Duran Duran (The Quakes), Devo (The Rocketz), Billy Idol (Les Snails, Hellbilly Club), Judas Priest (The Pinstripes), and Eurythmics (The Silverettes)!

1950s Rock'n'Roll found its form assimulating everything, and it keeps its form assimulating everything. Like THE BLOB. If it could dance and had great hair.


"But don't you step on my blue suede shoes
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes!"

-Carl Perkins

The Mowretsu Attack 40s

Bound to bop away all their blues with no feet flat are where-it's-at cats like The Wildebeests, Bryant Trenier And The Dynasonics, Carlos And The Bandidos, Kitty Daisy And Lewis, Caroline And The Ramblers, Carmen Ghia And The Hotrods (UK), and Kim Lenz And Her Jaguars.

If those bands slow down, you can yell for more from globetrotters like Miqui Puig (Spain), The Mowretsu Attack 40s (Japan), B And The Bops (Croatia), Toini And The Tomcats (Norway), Yolintu (Finland), Double Six (Spain), Nico Duportal And His Rhythm Dudes (France), Miki Lamarr (Finland), The Mackshow (Japan), and Cherry Rat Y Os Gatunos (Brazil).

Burn, Burnette, burn!

The ferocious roar of Johnny Burnette And The Rock N Roll Trio continued to clack the tracks on a lonesome train now jam-packed in the new decade.

Covers of "Train Kept A'Rollin'", "Honey Hush", "Lonesome Train", and "Rock Billy Boogie" abounded unabated, clangin' a harangue like Burnettes boomeranged, from fan-addicts like The Top Cats (Sweden), Tom Stormy Trio, Jeff Beck, The Del Moroccos, Sex Museum, Christian D And The Hangovers, The Obscuritones, and Robert Gordon.

The Top Cats; Sweet Jeena;
Sara and Dex Romweber

And kept a'buzzin' in sonic cousins like Alex Lipinski (mixed with Dylan), Screamin' Rebel Angels, Los Volidos (Spain), The Tremors, Pike Cavalera And The Gentle Bandoleros (Spain), Jack Rabbit Slim, Mystery Gang (Hungary), The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Straight 8s, Sweet Jeena And Her Sweethearts, Lady Luck Combo (Sweden), Dex Romweber Duo, and Simon Crashly And The Roadmasters (Sweden).

Doo Wop

Classic vocalese strolled out cool from the deep freeze in the tonsorial chorals of Jerry Lawson, The Virginia Gentlemen, Whirlwind, Under The Streetlamp, Lil' Mo And The Dynaflos, The Mighty Echoes, The Calvanes, The Velvet Candles (Spain), and J Freddy Velas And The Silvertones (Italy).

And kept the pace from unexpected places with Robert Plant, Helena Noguerra (Belgium), Joan As Police Woman, and Leon Bridges.


Down moonlit streets, slick with rain and sin, cruising some middle ground between light and shadow, were shady culprits that might have been Lanie Lane (Australia), Pipeline '61, Timber Timbre, Jack Ladder, Los Mambo Jambo (Spain), Boss Christ (New Zealand), MadMartin Trio, Dawn Shipley And The Sharp Shooters, and Delaney Davidson (New Zealand). Unless their alibis check.

"...and there's always music in the air."

Meanwhile, the midnight stoplight is swaying and the woods are not what they seem in Twin Peaks with David Lynch (and Karen O), Silencio, Bookhouse, and Jenny Gabrielson Mare.


Trashabillies. Brains corroded by, corrupted and erupting to, Link Wray Hasil Adkins The Cramps, smashed and talkin' trash, wrong done fast wrung through with oil and glass.

Girl In A Coma

"Officers, be on the lookout for The A-Bones, The Wrongdoings, Haunted George, Doo Rag, Los Vigilantes, Bloodshot Bill, Girl In A Coma, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Ty Segall Band, Becky Lee And Drunkfoot, The Coathangers, The Dead Exs, and Daddy Long Legs, over."

But some'll just skip town on the lam, no kiss, blam, with cold-heart cohorts like Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons (UK), Horst With No Name (Germany), The Incredible Staggers (Vienna), Knucklebone Oscar (Sweden), Thee Gravemen (Sweden), and Komety (Poland).


Slap tarmac till it slaps you back with Wild Wax Combo (Denmark), perennial psychobillies The Magnetix (Russia), Furious, Devil's Brigade, Jane Rose And The Deadend Boys, and Peggy Sugarhill.


"I drink a quart of Saki, smoke dynamite
I chase it with tobackey and then shoot out the light!"

-Anisteen Anderson/ Wanda Jackson, "Fujiyama Mama"

Eva Eastwood

The exponential tide of women in roots Rock became all-pervasive this decade.

We're gonna Rockafilly boogie to-ni-hite with Cherry Tess & Her Rhythm Sparks (Sweden), Irene, Lara Hope & The Champtones, Maibell And The Misfires (Finland), Sweet Jeena And The Roommates (Sweden/UK), Barbara Clifford, Eva Eastwood (Sweden), and Lily Moe & The Barnyard Stompers (Switzerland)!

Get led astray by the one who leads the strays with female-fronted bands like Empress Of Fur, The Twisteroos, Hi Way Ramblers, Screamin' Rebel Angels, Rocket To Memphis, The Montesas (Germany), Sixten And The Cupcakes (Sweden), and Dixie Leadfoot (former Zappa vocalist, Susannah Harris).

Or go psychojilly with that crazy feelin' along with The Wolfgangs, The Hatchet Wounds, Thee Merry Widows, Bonsai Kitten (Germany), and The Silver Shine (Hungary), until you rile up into a pile-up with Angie And The Car Wrecks.


Creativity is the survival mechanism of sharing.

Culture isn't a codeword for Them or Theirs. Culture is us plus us. There is no Either/Or... there is only And Also.

Culture isn't constant or owned by a 'pure' group. Culture is constantly renewing itself through each one, onward into everyone.

It is an intersection of ideas. We refract everything we've taken in. From each other, with each other, for each other. An open mind, an idea divined, another's ideas combined, still more intertwined, some streamlined while others realign, always parsing out paradigms on through time. We survive and thrive together through sharing.

Mike Sanchez; Vintage Trouble

Everyone was a contributing party to Rock'n'Roll, and that's why everyone's part of this party.>

¡Viva amigos Mike Sanchez (England), Truly Lover Trio (L.A.), and The Broken Toys (Argentina)!

All hail our comrades Vintage Trouble, Garland Jeffreys, Shakura S'Aida, Joyce Cobb, Aaron Neville, Colbert Hamilton And The Nitros, Curtis Harding, La La Brooks, Trudy Lynn, Sister Cookie, Jai Malano, and the ever-lastin' Barrence Whitfield!


The RockTigers

Rock'n'Roll came from the world's root musics crosstalked, and became a common tongue of cousins everywhere.

Travel world-wise on the Music Player with Kathy X (Germany) or Imelda May (Ireland), Los Rizlaz and Swamp Ratz (both Japan), The Hillbilly Moon Explosion (Switzerland) or Cyclones (Sweden), The RockTigers (South Korea) or King Drapes (Finland)!


Repression only escalates expression.

Repressive conservative times, like the 1950s, are pressure cookers that inevitably distill dissent into rebellious cultural revolutions. The era has become a universal metaphor for the dangers of affluent indifference and violent intolerance, the point when greed and hate are suffocating society. As such a warning, it is more relevant to us than ever.

'The Hour'; 'The Bletchley Circle'

Two critically-acclaimed TV shows dealt with the crushing restrictions of post-WWII Britain: 'The Hour' (2011), about a political news broadcast that bucks homeland propaganda by championing real investigative journalism; and 'The Bletchley Circle' (2012), in which women who helped win the war as decoders reject being forced to be housewives, and instead become unofficial detectives.

'Masters Of Sex',
starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan

The political is personal. Repression's goal is to control people by constricting their thoughts, their body, and their soul, diverting their energy into servitude. The 'Masters Of Sex' (2013) TV series uses the framework of the world-changing sex study by Masters and Johnson (and their complex personal relationship) to challenge all presumptions and constrictions that we mistake as fact. The sexual revolution they charted and started has become a catalyst for myriad forms of personal liberation.

Films also used the '50s as a general backdrop for defining oneself. In Malick's TREE OF LIFE (2011), a woman navigates the arbitrary line between love and abuse, within a wider Kubrik-esque allegory about Nature vs. Nurture; and in BROOKLYN (2015), a woman immigrating to the US hurdles challenges to figure out where she belongs.

Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs

Rock'n'Roll roiled parallel in the '50s with the Beat Generation, who defied all mores and mindsets, and films explored their surging tide. HOWL (2010) depicted the creation and reaction to Allen Ginsberg's seditious poem, ON THE ROAD (2012) brought Jack Kerouac's revelatory road trip to life, and KILL YOUR DARLINGS (2013) essayed the early years and bizarre circumstances when Ginsberg, Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs first met.


The Big Bang keeps ringing...

Soundwaves bypass all boundaries, whether on maps, in cultures, or in one's head. Human arts flow from heart to heart, and leave delusional limits in the dust.

Culture is an intersection of ongoing ideas, connecting everyone. And Rock'n'Roll is an emancipation exclamation, for now and ever.

"Hail, hail Rock'n'Roll!
Deliver me from the days of old
Long live Rock'n'Roll!
The Beat of the drum is loud and bold
Rock Rock Rock'n'Roll!
The feeling is there body and soul"

-Chuck Berry, "School Days" (1957)

© Tym Stevens

See Also:

-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Manifesto, A Handy Checklist

-Revolution 1950s: The Big Damn Bang of Rock'n'Roll!

-1950s PUNK: Sex, Thugs, and Rock'n'Roll!

-CHUCK BERRY: The Guitar God and His Disciples

-BO DIDDLEY: The Rhythm King and His Disciples

-BUDDY HOLLY: Rock's Everyman and His Disciples

-LITTLE RICHARD: The Voice of Rock and His Disciples

-JIMMY REED: The Groover of Rock, From Motown To Sesame Street

-1950s Rock, A: The '60s Disciples

-1950s Rock, B: The '70s Disciples

-1950s Rock, C: The '80s disciples‏

-1950s Rock, D: The '90s disciples‏

-1950s Rock, E: The 2000s disciples‏

Monday, March 14, 2016

1950s Rock, E: The 2000s disciples‏

How the original 1950s Rock styles remained strong through each decade!
(#5 of 6 parts)

...with enormous, world-spanning Music Player!

Devil Doll

now brings you the actual, all-inclusive holistic history of Rock'n'Soul music each week.

History Checklist

Today the story of how '50s Rock thrived more than ever in 2000s music and film!!
Hear a massive Music Player, with worldwide artists maintaining '50s sounds from 2000 through 2009!

Spotify playlist title=
'50s Rock disciples: '00-'09
This is a Spotify player. Join up for free here.

*(This Player is limited to the first 200 songs.
Hear the unlimited Playlist here.)

All songs in order from 2000 through 2009.

Revolution 1950s: The Big Damn Bang of Rock'n'Roll!
1950s Rock, A: The '60s Disciples
1950s Rock, B: The '70s Disciples
1950s Rock, C: The '80s disciples‏
1950s Rock, D: The '90s disciples‏

1950s Rock, E: The 2010s disciples‏

The upshot:

Rockabilly solidified into a thriving indie movement in the dawn of the 21st Century.

a) Distribution
b) Country Boogie
c) Bop Cats
d) Swing
e) Burnette
f) Psychobilly
g) Trash Blues
h) Mood
i) SHE
j) WE
k) Perennials
l) Roots
l) Trads
m) World
n) Screen

2000s: The Train Kept A'Rollin'

The original Rock styles of the '50s -Rockabilly, electric Blues, Honky Tonk, Mambo, Cajun, and Doo Wop- became classic forms throughlining the decades that followed; the '60s reflections, the '70s revivals, the '80s redux, and the '90s radicalization. In the 2000's, the forms united a worldwide underground community based on roots reclamation.

While the mainstream became ever more glossy, crass, aimless, and culturally clueless, the underground was revitalizing the future by building on the past.


In the 1950s, music distribution was freeform: there were only a few majors labels and countless small ones, hustling 45's on local radio, in jukeboxes, and out of car trunks. This came full circle by the 2000s: after the corporate record industry monopoly was eroded by the internet through direct downloads and pirating, music acts resorted to Do It Yourself tactics like indie labels, website downloads, social media, festival tours, and selling CDs and merch at concerts.

The original Rock'n'Roll sounds had become underground again, not played in the mainstream, but thriving better below that shallow radar in a vital international scene. By this period, music revivals like Rockabilly, Surf, Garage, and Psychedelic could no longer be dismissed as retro anamolies by media flitwits, instead gaining acceptance as timeless and viable traditional forms. '50s styles were part of the musical palette one could choose, abuse, suffuse, and pay dues.

Kindling this eternal flame were a host of indie labels like Norton, Nervous, and Bear Family (Germany). Trashabilly acts spun donuts through Yep Roc, Voodoo Rhythm, El Toro, Bloodshot, Swami, Tail (Sweden), and Crazy Love (Denmark). Roots acts, particularly in the wake of the huge success of the "O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?" Americana soundtrack, hickory-smoked in hollars like Blind Pig, Rounder, Hightone, and Crosscut (UK).

Roots festivals, like the annual genre-bending Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, became a detox to audiences tired of mainstream schlock-pop, and Rockabilly festival circuits continued to host bands globally.

Country Boogie

Big Sandy; Lil' Linn And The Lookout Boys

Country Swing, Boogie, and Honky Tonk were mentors of early Rock'n'Roll.

Continuing the line dance from pioneers like Bob Wills were new steppers like Big Sandy, Bop Shack Stompers, Slim Slip And The Sliders, Carl And The Rhythm All Stars (France), and Lil' Linn And The Lookout Boys (Sweden).

Bop Cats

Kitty, Daisy, And Lewis

Go, cat, go!

Rockin' the bop till they scorched their socks were Kim Lenz And Her Jaguars, Ronnie Nightingale And The Haydocks, Bill Fadden And The Silvertone Flyers, The Thunderbirds, Wild Wax Combo, The Head Cat (Lemmy, Slim Jim Phantom, and Danny B. Harvey), Dan Sultan, and Kitty, Daisy, And Lewis.

All around the the world, Rock'n'Roll was here to stay with Nine Below Zero (UK), The Slapbacks (Austria), and Stressor (Russia).


Blue Harlem

Making that jive jump and wail were Mitch Woods And His Rocket 88's, John "juke" Logan, Blue Harlem, and Billy Bros. Jumpin' Orchestra (Italy).


Johnny Burnette And The Rock N Roll Trio were a firebomb in early Rock that still charred music in the present. Dorsey and Johnny Burnette's frenzied gallop, lashed by Paul Burlison's hard-clanging guitar, propelled such classics as "Train Kept A Rollin'", "Honey Hush", "Lonesome Train", and "Rock Billy Boogie".

Haunted George, Nicotyna

Their bracing rhythmic clang sound still rampages rampant in the new century in songs by Barbara Burnette (who adopted the name with the sound), Eddy And The Backfires, Haunted George, Rhythm Bound!, Carl And The Rhythm All Stars, Jack Rabbit Slim, and The Starkweather Boys. It rebounds in sounds equater-round with Mars Attacks (Austria/Swiss), Screaming Kids (France), Eva Eastwood (Sweden), Los Raw Meat (Spain), and Nicotyna (Mexico).

That train will keep a'rollin' even more in the next decade.


Hyper and hoarse, jerk-eyed and jittery, here come the psychos with Speed Crazy, The Peacocks, Restless, Psycho Charger, Os Catalepticos (Brazil), Aikka Hakala (Finland), The Young Werewolves, Asmodeus (Netherlands), and Tokyo Cramps (naturally a Japanese Cramps homage).

Thee Merry Widows; Gito Gito Hustler

The tributaries of women in Psychobilly through the '90s finally flooded free with Kathy X, Horrorpops, Arsen Roulette, Thee Merry Widows, Mad Marge And The Stonecutters, Bridget Handley, Creepshow, Eve Hell And The Razors (Canada), Rocket To Memphis (Australia), Kamikaze Queens (Germany), As Diabatz (Brazil), Gito Gito Hustler (Japan), and Hellsonics (Belgium).

Trash Blues

Mr. Airplane Man

Trashabilly and corroded blues rattled rusty shacks with lightning, as heard in varied acts like Black Eyed Snakes, Mr. Airplane Man, James "Blood" Ulmer, The Black Keys, Pearline, Heavy Trash (with Jon Spencer), Tom Waits, The Detroit Cobras, Black Diamond Heavies, T-Model Ford, The Juke Joint Pimps, Ty Segall, Chris Duarte, Blue Mountain, Grinderman (with Nick Cave), and The Stone Foxes.

The Black Keys; T-Model Ford

Noize nomads scraped nerves worldwide, like Lyle Sheraton, Reverend Beat-Man, Knucklebone Oscar, Battle Of Ninjamanz (Japan), Haunted George, and The Wildebeests.

Howling and hiccuping after midnight were The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, The Raveonettes, and The Phantom Chords (alias The Damned).


Rocket To Memphis

Somewhere wandering bleary and aimless under a "Harlem Nocturne" looking for Link Wray's "Rumble" were moodscape misfits like Speedball Baby, Devil Doll, Miss Derringer, Rocket To Memphis, and Jace Everett.


Tura Satana made her claim to infamy strutting as the lead menace Varla -all leather, bangs, judo, and sneer- in the Russ Meyer sexploitation classic, FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! (1965). By the 2000s, the confluence of the pin-up and burlesque revivals along with Rockabilly and hot rod culture crystallized in the 'Varla' fashion, a tattooed devil doll of retro style and punk spirit. There was even a VARLA magazine which continues now as a webzine. In sum, Rockabilly women had assimilated all changes and become iconic.


Women have been a part of every permutation of Rock since the beginning, fighting a ridiculously long battle from marginalization to peer status. But the ranks of women in the retro scene had reached such critical mass exponentially by the new millennium that they were undeniable.

Boppin' the billies and fillies were Josie Kreuzer, Jean Vincent (hmmm), Little Rachel, Dawn Shipley And The Sharp Shooters, Miss Mary Ann And The Ragtime, The Honeybees, Lisa George, The Informants, and Candye Kane.

Josie Kreuzer; Little Rachel; Miss Mary Ann

Whirling the boys and girls 'round the world were Toini And The Tomcats (Dutch), Eva Eastwood (Finland), Sue Moreno (Dutch), Lil' Esther And Her Tinstars (Dutch), Maibell And The Misfires (Finland), Sweet Jeena And Her Sweethearts (Finland), and Cherry Tess And Her Rhythm Sparks (Sweden).

Riding the lone prairie were country rustlers like Cari Lee And The Saddle-Ites and Ruby Dee And The Snake Handlers.

Swaying some jazzy Swing into that thing were Roxanne Potvin (Canada) and Blue Harlem (UK).

Greasefiring the Garage were The Detroit Cobras, The Del-Gators, Tina And The Total Babes, The Malamondos, and Thee Tumbitas (Spain).

Bringing the Noize were abrasive firebrands like The Short Fuses, Devil Doll, Baby Horror (Spain), Danger*Cakes, and The Husbands.

Maibell And The Misfires, Thee Tumbinas, The Husbands


Anyone who tries to discount brown faces from Rock'n'Roll is an assclown. Here from jump, here for the long!

Jet Harris, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Sam Cooke

Creativity is all about inclusion over exclusion.

Traditions can become a stasis, but living culture is fluid. Where tradition draws a line, creative culture is instead borderless. Boundaries -like nations, classes, money, and separate races>- are delusions, generic and false impositions that define no one and separate everyone.

In truth, there is only commonality between individual personalities through emotion and experience. Live, feel, share. Every new idea is a relay baton that anyone can run with, arrive somewhere unexpected, and hand off. In fact, creativity is literally why we exist, since the abstract thinking used by the San tribe to explore out of Africa seeded the planet with our total family, the Human Race (singular).>>

The human soul and mind can't be curtailed anymore than currents or winds.

Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater, The Black Stripe,
King Salami

This is our party and everyone is invited. Rockin' it right were favored guests, heard on the music player, like Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, James "Blood" Ulmer, T-Model Ford, Deborah Coleman, Chris Thomas King, Nathaniel Mayer, Lady Bianca, The Black Stripe (PJ Higgins, styling herself as the 'sister of The White Stripes, daughter of Elvis'), George Clinton, Lady Bianca, Dig Wayne And The Chisellers (Dig Wayne fronted Buzz And The Flyers and JoBoxers in the '80s), Noisettes, King Salami, and the unstoppable Barrence Whitfield.

And keeping it likewise tight were Pep Torres, Gatos Locos, Los Mentas, Star Mountain Dreamers, Truly Lover Trio, Raul Malo, Nu Niles (Spain), and Brioles (Spain).


Original Rockers from the first wave like Link Wray, Ronnie Dawson, Wanda Jackson, Janis Martin, Speedo And The Cadillacs, Sleepy LaBeef, Billy Lee Riley, Dion, and Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins brought roots Rock'n'Roll into the 21st Century. Wanda Jackson was also honored with a tribute album featuring acolytes like Rosie Flores and Asylum Street Spankers.

Disciples like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Electric Light Orchestra (with guests George Harrison and Ringo Starr), The Who, Moe Tucker, Tom Waits, Ry Cooder, and John Fogerty kept the roots party rolling.

Revivalists like Hank C. Burnette (Sweden), Joe Strummer, The Blasters, Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker, Los Lobos, The Pretenders, and James Intveld conducted new currents.

Wanda Jackson, Brian Setzer, Shemekia Copeland

But what's a retrobilly to do when every '50s classic has been covered so much? Well, do '50s-style covers of post-'50s classics by The Beatles, The Doors, The Monkees, Steppenwolf, CCR, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Nick Lowe, Generation X, The Blasters, The Undertones, Devo, X, Golden Earring, and Stray Cats, of course. And so many covered The Clash that it filled a tribute album.

Or you could write new songs about Elvis Presley (like Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Joan Baez, The Who, Black Stripe, Patti Scialfa), Gene Vincent (Jean Vincent), Johnny Cash (Gary Allan), Carl Perkins (Drive-By Truckers), Chuck Berry (Mikabomb), Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Noisettes, Sam Phillips), and Bo Diddley (Seasick Steve).

Then again, you could be actual Rock royalty carrying on the lineage like Billy Burnette, Lisa Marie Presley, John Lee Hooker Jr., and Shemekia Copeland.


Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, Carolyn Wonderland

Rock'n'Roll distilled from a gumbo of roots musics, and those traditions still sustained.

Blues boiled with Deborah Coleman, Fernest Arceneaux, Marcia Ball, Sue Foley, Lucinda Williams, Debbie Davies, Carolyn Wonderland, and Janiva Magness.

Country kicked with Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash (no relation), Gillian Welch, Junior Brown, The Bellefuries, Lynette Morgan And The Backwater Valley Boys, The Lucky Stars, Lonesome Spurs, k.d. lang, The Stumbleweeds, Caroline Casey And Her Stringslingers, and The Figs, and boogied with Rockin' Bonnie And The Rot Gut Shots (Italy).

And upgraded the hoedown with the Cajun of Pine Leaf Boys and the Tejano of Flaco Jimenez.


Keeping the spirit of the era alive as a pliable living tradition were James Hunter, Lester Peabody, T-Bone Burnette, Tokyo Tramps (Japan), and the evergreen Chris Isaak.


Rock'n'Roll is typecast as an invention of the United States. This is shortsighted, because it comes from roots musics imported in by all of its immigrants; musicoligists have tracked its origins back through Europe, the Middle East, South America, and All nations helped birth Rock, and all of them echoed it back as soon as it took off in the '50s.

Gatos Locos

Rock'n'Roll is intrinsically rooted internationally, and it's natural, not a strange fluke, that it is reflected so strongly by acts like Gatos Locos (Spain), Baby Horror (Spain), Les Sexereenos (Canada), Os Catalepticos (Brazil), Aikka Hakala (Finland), and Sugar Lady (Taiwan). (As well as many other acts already listed.)


As decades passed, filmmakers often rolled through ruminations on their childhood. Where reflections of the '50s dominated films of the '70s, by now the screen were transmuting the '60s (THE INCREDIBLES, OCEANS 11, DREAMGIRLS, HAIRSPRAY, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, TAKING WOODSTOCK, PIRATE RADIO); and the '70s (KILL BILL, ZODIAC, MILK, FROST/NIXON, BLACK DYNAMITE); and some of the '80s (GRINDHOUSE, WATCHMEN, George W. Bush).

The '50s figured as a backdrop, contrasting conformity with the unconventional, in films like A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001) and BIG FISH (2003). THE INVASION (2007) attempted to satirize contemporary conformity in the Bush-era in the fourth and weakest screen-telling based on Jack Finney's book, "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" (1955).

Gary Clark, Jr. in HONEYDRIPPER

But the 1950s maintained its strongest presence for our purposes in musical dramas. From the TV-movie LITTLE RICHARD (2000) and Ray Charles bio-pic RAY (2004), to the Bobby Darin bio-pic BEYOND THE SEA (2004) and the Johnny Cash bio-pic WALK THE LINE (2005), to NOWHERE BOY (2009), where the young John Lennon and Paul McCartney first meet. Two films in 2008 chronicled the Chess Records story; CADILLAC RECORDS, with Beyonce and Adrian Brody, and WHO DO YOU LOVE?, starring guitarist Robert Randolph (as Bo Diddley) and David Oyelowo (as Muddy Waters). Similarly, New Orleans guitar sensation Gary Clark Jr belted out the backwoods blues as star of John Sayles' fictional HONEYDRIPPER (2007).

If the massive success of CDs in the '90s had filled label coffers, archived the past fresh for new ears, and sparked genre music revivals, then the decline of CDs because of the internet in the 2000s could have been a black hole in the cultural tub.

Instead, the decentalization of the record monopolies freed artists, forcing them into using the new digital platforms to reach more listeners in new guerilla indie ways. There were now more vital acts in all the classic styles than ever, and a determination to keep the roots of Rock'n'Roll eternal into its second century.

1950s Rock F: The 2010s Disciples

© Tym Stevens

See Also:

-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Manifesto, A Handy Checklist

-Revolution 1950s: The Big Damn Bang of Rock'n'Roll!

-1950s PUNK: Sex, Thugs, and Rock'n'Roll!

-CHUCK BERRY: The Guitar God and His Disciples

-BO DIDDLEY: The Rhythm King and His Disciples

-BUDDY HOLLY: Rock's Everyman and His Disciples

-LITTLE RICHARD: The Voice of Rock and His Disciples

-JIMMY REED: The Groover of Rock, From Motown To Sesame Street

-1950s Rock, A: The '60s Disciples

-1950s Rock, B: The '70s Disciples

-1950s Rock, C: The '80s disciples‏

-1950s Rock, D: The '90s disciples‏

-1950s Rock, E: The 2010s disciples‏

Monday, March 7, 2016

300 GREAT ALBUMS That Will Change Your Life!


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300 SONGS!*
In chronological order,
one song per album, one album per act.

Rockabilly! Jazz! Blues!
Soundtracks! Soul! Folk!
Garage Rock! Psychedelic! Funk!
Electronic! Rock! Reggae!
Punk! HipHop! New Wave!
Noize! Riot Grrrl! Grunge!
TripHop! World! Electro!

From the 50s to Now!
A crash course in crucial!

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Shortcuts to List:


01) Louis and Bebe Barron, "Forbidden Planet" (soundtrack 1956)

02) Little Richard, "Here's Little Richard" (1957)

03) The Crickets, "The Chirping Crickets" (1957)

04) Ray Charles, "Ray Charles" (1957)

05) Bernard Herrmann, "VERTIGO" (soundtrack 1958)

06) Chuck Berry, "Berry Is On Top" (1959)

07) Henry Mancini, "The Music from PETER GUNN" (soundtrack 1959)


08) Ella Fitzgerald, "Ella In Berlin" (1960)

09) Bobby "Blue" Bland, "Two Steps From The Blues" (1961)

10) James Brown, "Live At The Apollo" (1962)

11) Howlin' Wolf, "Howlin' Wolf" (1962)

12) The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man" (1965)

13) John Coltrane, "A Love Supreme" (1965)

14) Vashti Bunyan, "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind" (mid-60's)

15) The Mothers of Invention, "Freak Out!" (1966)

16) Wilson Pickett, "The Exciting Wilson Pickett" (1966)

17) Bob Dylan, "Blonde On Blonde" (1966)

18) The Sonics, "Boom" (1966)

19) Ennio Morricone, "THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY" (soundtrack 1966)

20) John Mayall, "The Blues Alone" (1967)

21) John Barry, "YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE" (1967)

22) The Doors, "The Doors" (1967)

23) The Chambers Brothers, "The Time Has Come" (1967)

24) Aretha Franklin, "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You" (1967)

25) The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1967)

26) The Zombies, "Odessey & Oracle" (1967)

27) The Who, "Sell Out" (1967)

28) Love, "Forever Changes" (1967)

29) Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band, "Safe As Milk" (1967)

30) Bobbie Gentry, "Ode To Billie Joe" (1967)

31) The Beach Boys, "SMiLE" (recorded 1967)

1967 Gift Book For Girls

32) The Stax/Volt Records Revue, "Live In London, Vol. 1" (1967)

33) The Pretty Things, "S.F. Sorrow" (1968)

34) Blood, Sweat, & Tears, "Child Is Father To the Man" (1968)

35) Os Mutantes, "Os Mutants" (1968)

36) Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, "Nancy & Lee" (1968)

37) The United States Of America, "The United States Of America" (1968)

38) Billy Nicholls, "Would You Believe?" (1968)

39) Original Broadway Cast, "HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" (soundtrack 1968)

40) The Monkees, "Head" (1968)

41) Johnny Cash, "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" (1968)

Voodoo Child

42) The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Electric Ladyland" (1968)

43) The Kinks, "Are the Preservation Green Society" (1968)

44) Gershon Kingsley, "Music To Moog By" (1969)

45) Dusty Springfield, "Dusty In Memphis" (1969)

46) Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Green River" (1969)

47) Isaac Hayes, "Hot Buttered Soul" (1969)

48) Crosby Stills and Nash, "Crosby Stills and Nash" (1969)

49) Miles Davis, "Bitches Brew" (1969)

50) Chicago, "Chicago Transit Authority" (1969)

51) The Temptations, "Puzzle People" (1969)

52) Piero Piccioni, "Colpo Rovente" (soundtrack 1969)

53) Shocking Blue, "At Home" (1969)


54) Booker T & The MG's, "McLemore Avenue" (1970)

55) George Harrison, "All Things Must Pass" (1970)

56) Redbone, "Potlatch" (1970)

57) Brainticket, "Cottonwoodhill" (1970)

58) The Last Poets, "The Last Poets" (1970)

59) Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (1970)

60) Spirit, "The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus" (1970)

61) Kris Kristofferson, "Kristofferson" (1970)

62) Funkadelic, "Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow" (1970)

63) Syd Barrett, "The Madcap Laughs" (1970)

64) Fanny, "Charity Ball" (1971)

65) Donny Hathaway, "Donny Hathaway" (1971)

66) The Move, "Message From The Country" (1971)

67) Cradle, "The History" (recorded early 70's)

68) Billy Preston, "I Wrote A Simple Song" (1971)

69) T.Rex, "Electric Warrior" (1971)

70) Al Green, "Gets Next To You" (1971)

71) The Rolling Stones, "Sticky Fingers" (1971)

72) Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On" (1971)

73) Sly & The Family Stone, "There's A Riot Goin' On" (1971)

74) Hawkwind, "In Search Of Space" (1971)

75) The Staple Singers, "Be Altitude: Respect Yourself" (1971)

76) Harry Nilsson, "Nilsson Schmilsson" (1971)

77) Gil Scott-Heron, "Pieces of a Man" (1971)

78) John Lennon, "Imagine" (1971)

79) Badfinger, "Straight Up" (1971)

80) Carmen Maki & Blues Creation, "Blues Creation" (1971)

81) Various Artists, "The Harder They Come" (soundtrack 1972)

82) Big Star, "#1 Record" (1972)

83) Black Sabbath, "Vol. 4" (1972)

84) Yoko Ono, "Approximately Infinite Universe" (1972)

85) Osanna/ Luis Bacalov, "Preludio Tema Variazioni Canzona/ ("Milano Calibro 9" soundtrack,1972)

86) Curtis Mayfield, "SUPER FLY" (1972)

87) Roxy Music, "For Your Pleasure" (1973)

88) Herbie Hancock, "Sextant" (1973)

89) Suzie Quatro, "Suzie Quatro" (1973)

90) Incredible Bongo Band, "Bongo Rock" (1973)

Iggy Pop

91) Iggy & The Stooges, "Raw Power" (1973)

92) War, "Deliver The Word" (1973)

93) Ringo Starr, "Ringo" (1973)

94) Stevie Wonder, "Innervisions" (1973)

95) Babe Ruth, "First Base" (1973)

96) The Wailers, "Burnin'" (1973)

97) Piero Umiliani, "IL CORPO" (soundtrack 1974)

98) Graham Central Station, "Release Yourself" (1974)

99) Rita Lee, "Atras Do Porto Tem Uma Cidade" (1974)

100) Paul McCartney & Wings, "Band On The Run" (1974)

101) The Meters, "Rejuvenation" (1974)

102) Joni Mitchell, "Court And Spark" (1974)

103) Betty Davis, "They Say I'm Different" (1974)

104) Pink Floyd, "Wish You Were Here" (1975)

105) Earth Wind & Fire, "That's The Way Of The World" (1975)

106) Led Zeppelin, "Physical Graffiti" (1975)

107) Queen, "A Night At The Opera" (1975)

108) Parliament, "Mothership Connection" (1975)

109) Ramones, "Ramones" (1976)

110) Blondie, "Blondie" (1976)

111) Sex Pistols, "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" (1977)

112) Dennis Wilson, "Pacific Ocean Blue" (1977)

113) Eddie Hazel, "Games, Dames, and Guitar Thangs" (1977)

114) Cheap Trick, "In Color" (1977)

I am the DJ/ I am what I play.

115) David Bowie, "Heroes" (1977)

116) The Isley Brothers, "Go For Your Guns" (1977)

117) The Dead Boys, "Young Loud And Snotty" (1977)

118) John Williams, "STAR WARS" (1977)

119) Chrisma, "Chinese Restaurant" (1977)

120) Radio Birdman, "Radios Appear" (1977)

121) The Runaways, "Live In Japan" (1978)

122) Wire, "Chairs Missing" (1978)

123) The Rutles, "The Rutles" (1978)

124) X-Ray Spex, "Germ Free Adolescents" (1978)

125) The Saints, "Eternally Yours" (1978)

126) DMZ, "DMZ" (1978)

127) Kraftwerk, "The Man-Machine" (1978)

128) Devo, "Are We Not Men?" (1978)

129) Pure Hell, "Noise Addiction" (1978)

130) The Cars, "The Cars" (1978)

Parallel Grooves

131) Cherry Vanilla, "Bad Girl" (1978)

131) Iggy Pop, "New Values" (1979)

132) Bootsy's Rubber Band, "This Boot Is Made For Fonk-n" (1979)

133) Chrome, "Half Machine Lip Moves" (1979)

134) Lizzy Mercier Descloux, "Press Color" (1979)

135) The Beat, "The Beat" (1979)

136) The Damned, "Machine Gun Etiquette" (1979)

137) The B-52's, "The B-52's" (1979)

Sound System

138) The Jam, "Sound Affects" (1979)

139) Fleetwood Mac, "Tusk" (1979)

140) The Brides Of Funkenstein, "Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy" (1979)

141) Gang Of Four, "Entertainment!" (1979)

142) Marianne Faithfull, "Broken English" (1979)

143) The Clash, "London Calling" (1979)

144) The Slits, "Cut" (1979)

145) The Undertones, "The Undertones" (1979)


146) Talking Heads, "Remain In Light" (1980)

147) The BusBoys, "Minimum Wage Rock'n'Roll" (1980)

148) Kleenex/Liliput, "LiLiPUT" (early 80's)

149) Zapp, "Zapp" (1980)

150) Killing Joke, "Killing Joke" (1980)

151) Poison Girls, "Chappaquiddick Bridge" (1980)

152) Defunkt, "Defunkt" (1980)

153) Dead Kennedys, "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables" (1980)

154) Adam And The Ants, "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" (1980)

155) Rodion G.A., "The Lost Tapes" (early 80's)

156) Pretenders, "Pretenders" (1980)

157) Tom Tom Club, "Tom Tom Club" (1981)

158) Grace Jones, "Nightclubbing" (1981)

159) Split Enz, "True Colours" (1981)

Poison Ivy Rorschach

160) Fela Anikulapo Kuti, "Black President" (1981)

161) Robyn Hitchcock, "Black Snake Diamond Role" (1981)

162) Eurythmics, "In The Garden" (1981)

163) Squeeze, "East Side Story" (1981)

164) Vangelis, "Blade Runner" (soundtrack 1982)

165) Elvis Costello & The Attractions, "Imperial Bedroom" (1982)

166) Nina Hagen, "NunSexMonkRock" (1982)

167) Bad Brains, "Bad Brains" (1982)

168) Bush Tetras, "Wild Things" (1983)

169) Trouble Funk, "In TImes of Trouble" (1983)

170) Various Artists, "The Sugar Hill Records Story" (early 80's)

171) X-Mal Deutschland, "Fetisch" (1983)

172) U2, "War" (1983)

173) Plasticland, "Plasticland" (1984)

174) The Bangles, "All Over the Place" (1984)

175) Run-DMC, "King Of Rock" (1985)

176) Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Freaky Styley" (1985)

177) George Clinton, "Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends" (1985)

178) Public Image Ltd., "Album" (1985)

179) Various artists, "Go Go Crankin': Paint The White House Black" (1985)

180) The Dukes of Stratosphear, "25'O'Clock" (1985)

181) The Pandoras, "Stop Pretending" (1986)

182) Afrika Bambaataa, "Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)" (1986)

183) Laurie Anderson, "Home Of The Brave" (1986)

184) Big Black, "Atomizer" (1986)

185) The Smithereens, "Especially For You" (1986)

Flash is fast/ Flash is cool.

186) Sly & Robbie, "Rhythm Killers" (1987)

187) Tackhead, "Tackhead Tape Time" (1987)

188) Public Enemy, "It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back" (1988)

189) Jane's Addiction, "Nothing's Shocking" (1988)

190) The Godfathers, "Birth School Work Death" (1988)

191) Talk Talk, "Spirit of Eden" (1988)

192) Eric B. & Rakim, "Follow the Leader" (1988)

193) Bobby King & Terry Evans, "Live And Let Live!" (1988)

194) Crowded House, "Temple of Low Men" (1988)

195) Fishbone, "Truth And Soul" (1988)

196) The Beatnigs, "The Beatnigs" (1988)

197) Pixies, "Surfer Rosa" (1988)

198) Beastie Boys, "Paul's Boutique" (1989)

199) Boogie Down Productions, "Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop" (1989)

200) Jungle Brothers, "Done By The Forces Of Nature" (1989)

201) The Gories, "House Rockin'" (1989)

202) Lenny Kravitz, Let Love Rule" (1989)


203) Angelo Badalamenti, "TWIN PEAKS" (soundtrack 1990)

204) Living Colour, "Time's Up" (1990)

205) Neil Young + Crazy Horse, "Ragged Glory" (1990)

206) A Tribe Called Quest, "People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm" (1990)

207) Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy, "Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury" (1991)

208) My Bloody Valentine, "Loveless" (1991)

209) The Freestyle Fellowship, "To Whom It May Concern..." (1991)

210) Los Lobos, "Kiko" (1992)

211) Babes In Toyland, "Fontanelle" (1992)

212) Sonic Youth, "Dirty" (1992)

213) 7 Year Bitch, "Sick 'Em" (1992)

214) Bikini Kill, "Bikini Kill" (EP, 1992)

215) Frank Black, "Frank Black" (1993)

216) The Breeders, "Last Splash" (1993)


217) Nirvana, "In Utero" (1993)

218) Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Extra Width" (1993)

219) Chris von Sneidern, "Sight & Sound" (1993)

220) Me'Shell NdegeOcello, "Plantation Lullabies" (1993)

221) Liz Phair, "Exile In Guyville" (1993)

222) Butthole Surfers, "Independent Worm Saloon" (1993)

223) L7, "Hungry For Stink" (1994)

224) Soundgarden, "Superunknown" (1994)

225) Jeff Buckley, "Grace" (1994)

226) Hole, "Live Through This" (1994)

227) Sinead O'Connor, "Universal Mother" (1994)

228) Joi, "The Pendulum Vibe" (1994)

229) Mano Negro, "Casa Babylon" (1994)

230) Elastica, "Elastica" (1995)

231) P.J. Harvey, "To Bring You My Love" (1995)

232) Garbage, "Garbage" (1995)

233) Guided By Voices, "Alien Lanes" (1995)

234) Cibo Matto, "Viva! La Woman" (1996)

235) DJ Shadow, "Endtroducing" (1996)

236) Supergrass, "In It For the Money" (1997)

237) Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, "Fabulosos Calavera" (1997)

238) Portishead, "Portishead" (1997)

239) The Buena Vista Social Club, "The Buena Vista Social Club" (1997)

240) Thee Headcoatees, "Punk Girl" (1997)

241) Air, "Moon Safari" (1998)

242) Komeda, "What Makes It Go?" (1998)

243) Elliott Smith, "XO" (1998)

244) The Detroit Cobras, "Mink Rat Or Rabbit" (1998)

245) Mos Def & Talib Kweli, "Black Star" (1998)

246) Pops Staples, "Don't Lose This" (rec. 1999)

247) The Bristols, "Introducing..." (1999)

248) Tom Waits, "Mule Variations" (1999)

249) Las Ultrasonicas, "Yo Fui Una Adolescente Terrosatánica" (1999)


250) Nikka Costa, "Everybody Got Their Something" (2000)

251) The Hives, "Veni Vidi Vicious" (2000)

252) Hooverphonic, "The Magnificent Tree" (2000)

253) Gillian Welch, "Time (The Revelator)" (2001)

254) Ladytron, "604" (2001)

255) Beck, "Sea Change" (2002)

256) Queens Of The Stone Age, "Songs For The Deaf" (2002)

257) Jurassic 5, "Power In Numbers" (2002)

258) The Kills, "Keep On Your Mean Side" (2002)

259) Dressy Bessy, "Sound Go Round" (2002)

260) Cato Salsa Experience, "The Fruit Is Still Fresh" (2003)

261) Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Fever To Tell" (2003)

262) The White Stripes, "Elephant" (2003)

263) The Go, "The Go" (2003)


264) Ween, "Quebec" (2003)

265) Caesars, "39 Minutes Of Bliss (In An Otherwise Meaningless World)" (2003)

266) Lesbians On Ecstasy, "Lesbians On Ecstasy" (2003)

267) Lucinda Williams, "World Without Tears" (2003)

268) The New Pornographers, "Electric Version" (2003)

269) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, "Take Them On On Your Own" (2003)

270) Echobrain, "Glean" (2004)

271) Sam Phillips, "A Boot and a Shoe" (2004)

272) Fugu, "As Found" (2004)

273) Electrocute, "Troublesome Bubblegum" (2004)

274) Imani Coppola, "Afrodite" (2004)

275) Antibalas, "Who Is This America?" (2004)

276) Peaches, "Impeach My Bush" (2004)

277) Haiku D'Etat, "Coup de Theatre" (2004)

278) Boyskout, "School of Etiquette" (2004)

279) Lucky Jim, "Our Troubles End Tonight" (2004)

280) Le Tigre, "This Island" (2004)

281) Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, "Mighty ReArranger" (2005)

282) Las Perras Del Infierno, "Intuicion Canina" (2005)

283) The Husbands, "There's Nothing I'd Like More Than To See You Dead" (2006)

284) Erase Errata, "Night Life" (2006)

285) Gossip, "Standing In the Way of Control" (2006)

286) Alice Smith, "For Lovers, Dreamers, & Me" (2007)

287) The Love Me Nots, "In Black & White" (2007)


288) The Black Keys, "Brothers" (2010)

289) Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, "Soul Time!" (2011)

290) Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, "Scandalous!" (2011)

291) A.A. Bondy, "Believers" (2011)

292) The Like, "Release Me" (2011)

293) Tame Impala, "Lonerism" (2012)

294) Papa Deluxe, "Queen Of The Wave" (2012)

295) Gary Clark, Jr., "Blak And Blu" (2012)

296) Father John Misty, "Fear Fun" (2012)

297) Jacco Gardner, "Cabinet Of Curiosities" (2013)

298) Savages, "Silence Yourself" (2013)

299) Temples, "Sun Structures" (2014)

300) Alabama Shakes, "Sound & Color" (2015)

For the record.

© Tym Stevens

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4) MUSIC 101: The 1970s

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