Commentary Archive

Top Ten Isolated Vocal Tracks of Classic Songs

Since songs about “anacondas” and feeling “like a plastic bag” are popular right now, I would like to take you back to a simpler time. A time before Carly Rae Jepsen was asking you to call her (maybe). A time before “cake cake cake cake” implied more than a delicious, sugary birthday dessert. And especially

How Video Made The Radio Star

On August 1st 1981 MTV launched for the first time in the United States to the tune of “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles, the very first video to air on the station. The debut track acted almost like a statement of intent; music from here on in would now be a thoroughly

The Music World is Leading the Anti-Digital Backlash

The internet and our new technologies are such a colossal part of our lives its hard to remember a time when we couldn’t punch in a message on our keyboards to send to a friend thousands of miles away, or tap away on the ubiquitous touch-screen to order our weekly shopping. It’s a change of

The Lasting Significance of Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet

Bruce Springsteen will always take the cake as New Jersey’s poster boy for music, and deservedly so. But Bon Jovi are also one of New Jersey’s finest, and one of the most important artists of the ‘80s. When the era was riddled with cheesy, hair-heavy bands relying too much on falsetto and image to ascend

5 Worst Beatles Songs Ever

Ah, The Beatles. The mischievous, occasionally scandalous, quartet of modern pop music. A veritable One Direction for their age. But oh, I hear you cry, One Direction are terrible, and I hate every single one of their songs with a deep burning passion! And I agree, with you, dear reader — so much so that

5 Megastars Whose Career Started as a Backup Singer

Started at the bottom, now they’re here. There are more artists than I can count on both hands that started out in the background of the music industry, whether as backing dancers, jobbing studio musicians, or acting as a sarcastic secretary with a heart of gold for a record company (wait, that’s my secret sitcom

The Silence Surrounding Barack Obama

Perhaps unlike any President in American history – certainly in modern times – Barack Obama began his tenure with hope beaming from the faces of a nation. That word “hope” had been emblazoned on the posters that filled up the nation’s streets, hoisted outside the houses of his supporters and waved during his glorious, historical

5 Singers Who Could Stand in for Kurt Cobain in a Nirvana Reunion

Even contemplating a singer to replace Kurt Cobain is tantamount to treason in many corners of the music world. Finding another angst-filled, tragic grunge hero to fulfill the role of the genre-defining frontman is an oft-discussed topic online, with new and old fans debating the possibility of a (slightly altered) band reformation. But who, if

Beyonce is Exactly What Feminism Doesn’t Need

Beyonce is a woman who is unrivaled in the 21st Century in her fame and prestige. The Chief Executive Officer of World Pop Culture Ltd. Well, perhaps she shares this in part with her husband and co-icon Shaun Carter aka. Jay Z, another of the world’s rare popular titans. But when it comes to girl-town