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#KickingtheCanon by Taylor Murnane Music

Cocteau Twins | Treasure

March 25, 2019

From their first release (1982’s Garlands), Cocteau Twins enjoyed critical acclaim. But it was only after the departure of founding member and bassist Will Heggie — and the induction of his replacement, Simon Raymonde — in 1983, that the band would settle into the sound, and the line-up, that would define them up until their breakup, more than a decade later.…

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#KickingtheCanon by Joe Biglin Music

Run-DMC | Run-D.M.C.

To distinguish between “old-school” hip-hop of the late 1970s and the “new school,” founded primarily by Run-DMC and LL Cool J, listen to Kurtis Blow’s 1980 cut “Hard Times.” Socially-conscious lyricism is underscored by smooth-groove funk; it’s party music, replete with a minute-long bongo…

March 9, 2019
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 31

#31: Too Dumb for Roman Numerals: The Sleazetacular ’80s of Charles Bronson & J. Lee Thompson Download episode here. Episode Description: The Reagan ’80s did funny things to people. Charles Bronson and J. Lee Thompson, the subjects of this month’s Bad Idea Podcast, were not exempt. The…

May 2, 2017
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 11

#11: Michael Winner: Feminist!? Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, we selected a handful of cuts from hack director Michael Winner’s body of work. Don’t let the fact that Winner is primarily known as the director of Death Wish fool you: This guy’s a real feminist.…

February 20, 2012
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 9

#9: Tiny Terrors: When Puppets (and Dolls) Attack Download episode here. Episode Description: November’s podcast comes late this year, for which we apologize. But hey, uh, hey. We wracked our brains trying to think of a good topic for Thanksgiving, something we were really thankful for.…

December 12, 2011
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