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Recommendations: April 27, 2008
Recommendations: April 27, 2008
04/26/08 at 09:17 PM by Adrian Villagomez

Ramones - Itís Alive 1974-1996 (review)

The Ramones are forefathers of punk rock. The first family of punk began in Forest Hills, Queens, New York back in 1974, and their long, dark hair and leather jackets are as recognizable today as their music. They played rock and roll hard and fast, and with the help of Joey Ramone's sometimes scraggly vocals, they carved out their own genre in music history. Their influence can be felt in countless bands, from The Clash and Black Flag to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day. But there was no wave to ride, and the Ramones had to tour relentlessly to turn confused onlookers into dedicated fans. Itís Alive 1974-1996, a two-disc DVD released last year through Rhino Records, chronicles the band's decades of touring and features "over four hours of rare and unreleased performances from around the world." Needless to say, this is a must own for Ramones fans.


Radiohead - The Bends

Radiohead are going to earn a spot on my 'favorite bands' list before long. Pablo Honey won me over with strong alternative rock songs like "Vegetable" and "I Can't," and The Bends finds the band branching out and taking more control over the direction of their sound. There's less appeal here for radio (fuck the radio), and the biting, distorted vocals found during the chorus of "My Iron Lung" isn't very reminiscent of the band's first hit "Creep." But the two tracks I'm most taken with, due in part to the lyrics, are "The Bends" (Anton's got 'em) and "Black Star." I've found that I quite enjoy when Thom Yorke longs to be somewhere or someone else ("I wish it was the sixties / I wish I could be happy / I wish, I wish / I wish that something would happen"). "Black Star" is beautiful. I love Yorke's voice and the changes in lyrics that make the song more depressing as it goes on. Next up: OK Computer.

Music VideosRadiohead - "The Bends" live 1994

Radiohead - "My Iron Lung" live at the Astoria, London

Radiohead - "Black Star" live at the Astoria, London

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