The Strokes Channel Billy Idol

The Strokes Channel Billy Idol

If you grooved to Billy Idol’s world-wide dance sensation “Dancing with Myself,” (1972 ) than you’ll recognize that “Bad Decision,” by The Strokes, borrows Idol’s melody line. The Strokes, a five-member New York Indie rock/garage rock/post-punk revival band tear into...

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Rock & Roll’s Wild and Unruly Roots

Rock & Roll’s Wild and Unruly Roots

Don't pay attention to the words, just focus on the energy--we're talking  early-to-mid 50's rock n' roll electrifying energy, like the kind Johnny Burnette belted out in  "Train Kept a Rollin": Caught a train I met a dame She was a hepster And a real gone dame She...

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Something We Boomers Know Something About…Time & Memories…

Something We Boomers Know Something About…Time & Memories…

An  "Impala," as many Boomers know, was a cool car, made by Chevy, popular in the late 50s-60s, and many of us also know that "Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)"  played on high rotation on everybody’s local Top-40 radio station,  was performed by "The Impalas," a...

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“Shine a Little Light” / “Shine a Little Love”

“Shine a Little Light” / “Shine a Little Love”

The title of the Black Keys latest hit, “Shine a Little Light,” reminds us of Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra’s “Shine a Little Love” (Top 10, 1979), and even though their subject matter differs, both songs embody “rock energy,” have some similar phrasing, and...

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Some #1 Songs Are More Equal Than Other #1 Songs

Some #1 Songs Are More Equal Than Other #1 Songs

"Colors" by Black Pumas, continuing at  #1 on the Alt chart, echoes the moving, street-feel rhythm of Marvin Gaye's now classic 1971 "Inner City Blues"--both songs use urban life as a backdrop--"Colors," however, has a more positive point of view.....it's a delicious...

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Miami Sound Machine Redux

Miami Sound Machine Redux

In the mid-80s, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine were so influential and ubiquitous that their tight and fast, hustle and bustle delivery went mainstream and secured their long-term influence, noticeably in “The Best” by alt fave awolnation. It's odd that the...

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Life is Tough—But That’s OK

Life is Tough—But That’s OK

One of our Boomer Music Update favorites is Nathaniel Rateliff, a man who follows his heart and emotions when it comes to recording songs. “And It's Still Alright" his current Top 10 Adult Alt hit (and his first new effort since 2018), is a serious, emotional, hurting...

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“I Want You To Want Me”

“I Want You To Want Me”

There's a lot to be said for the comfort of Pop-Rock. It feels good to listen to and it's easy to sing along with, the lyrics are uncomplicated and non-challenging...what's not to like? Neon Trees, back after a 5-year hiatus, have an Alt hit with “Used To Like,” an...

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Songs with Rough Edges:  From “Wonderwall” to “2all”

Songs with Rough Edges: From “Wonderwall” to “2all”

If you love “Wonderwall” by Oasis (and apparently a lot of people do, because it has almost 344 million youtube views, and over 51,000 comments!) than it’s likely that “2all” by Catfish and the Bottlemen will appeal to you. "2all” is more in your face—harder— than...

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