Tag Archives: Years

40 Years Ago: The Kinks Get Deceptively Festive on 'Father Christmas'

The Kinks’ “Father Christmas,” which was released as a single on November 25, 1977, is a rather unlikely holiday song. For starters, the song’s premise is anything but festive. The protagonist is in front of a department store portraying Father Christmas—a.k.a. what Santa Claus is known as in the U.K.—and is mugged by a gang

Malcolm Young's Final Years

Even before AC/DC concluded their Black Ice tour on June 28, 2010 in Bilbao, Spain, they were aware that there was a problem with founder Malcolm Young’s health. As his brother Angus said in November 2014, Malcolm had issues with memory and concentration since before they started work on their 2008 album, but he was

Photographer Celebrates 40 Years of Shooting Bruce Springsteen

For the past 40 years, photographer Frank Stefanko has been focused on Bruce Springsteen, watching him evolve as an artist and as a man. Their collaboration began with a shoot for the 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town, and continued as recently as April 2017, when Stefanko took some shots for his new

35 Years Ago: Phil Collins Releases Murky 'Hello, I Must Be Going'

An album of dizzying extremes, Phil Collins’ Hello, I Must be Going! is the sound of a man who hasn’t finished wrestling with his failed marriage. He hadn’t gotten a handle on his own solo ambitions either. “If my first album [Face Value] was ‘I’m divorced and I’m miserable,’” Collins told Rolling Stone in 2016,

30 Years Ago: Robbie Robertson Finally Steps Out as a Solo Artist

Robbie Robertson took his time releasing his first solo album, waiting almost a decade after the Band’s Last Waltz came out. Eventually the sessions grew to include multiple famous colleagues – some old friends, some new – but Robbie Robertson never failed to live up to its name: This was the most personal thing he’d ever

Fever Ray returns with “To the Moon and Back”, first new song/video in eight years: Watch

Fever Ray, the alias of The Knife’s Karin Dreijer, has returned with a brand new song called “To the Moon and Back”. It marks Dreijer’s first release under that moniker since her 2009 self-titled debut album. Alongside the comeback track is a music video directed by Martin Falck. It aptly follows a person who’s been awakened

25 Years Ago: Izzy Stradlin Goes Solo With 'The Ju Ju Hounds'

In 1985, guitarist Izzy Stradlin formed Guns N Roses with his friend Axl Rose. Within a few short years, they’d be the biggest band on the planet, taking off in ways the Hollywood via Midwest kids could never have imagined. Their debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction, quickly became a multi-million seller as the band