For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.
All week we’ve been posting her top five New Wave music videos. Now we’ve reached her top video.
#1. “Rio” by Duran Duran
Lori says she loves it “because the song, the album, the sleeve, and the video presented a totally cohesive vision. New Wave was a playground for art students who were interested in both sound and vision.”
Jeff Buckley’s lasting legacy is that voice, a divine power that he harnessed and whipped around like some superhero with a killer haircut. Yorke wasn’t the only one to imitate it; there’s an entire school of (mostly British) vocalists who owe their careers to Buckley, including but not limited to Chris Martin, Matthew Bellamy, Fran Healy, and that guy from Ours. Grace is a fine time capsule of Buckley’s tremendous singing ability, but beyond that, it’s a portrait of a well-rounded artist brimming with inspiration…
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Nashville native Rodney Crowell has signed on to be executive music producer for a new biopic about Hank Williams titl
Southbound profiles the musicians, producers, record labels, and movers and shakers that defined Southern rock, including the Allmans, Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band and here, the Charlie Daniels Band.
Happy Birthday Donna Jean Godchaux!
Donna Jean Thatcher was born August 22, 1947, in Florence, Alabama. After working as a back-up singer in Muscle Shoals, Donna and husband Keith Godchaux joined the Grateful Dead in 1971, touring with them throughout the decade. Learn more about this 1994 inductee at the Library and Archives.
Video: Godchaux discusses her career with the Grateful Dead in this 2012 Hall of Fame series interview with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Lauren Onkey.
Preservationists are worried about troves of records stored on what was once considered a durable medium: the compact disc. Many discs can last for centuries — but most won’t.
Authors love to use mixtapes as plot devices, but as Slate’s Dee Lockett points out, they rarely share the actual tracklists. (“Even Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, in which the main character is obsessed with mixtapes, doesn’t reveal a full tracklist.”)
So Lockett compiled Spotify playlists for those rare books (and movies) that practice full mixtape transparency. (There’s even a playlist for the Eleanor & Park mixtape that’s all Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on loop.) Get your headphones out and enjoy.
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