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If you haven’t yet made your New Year’s resolutions, we’re here to help. We’ve listed the Top 11 songs about bad habits you should resolve to change this year, next year — and every year, honestly, if you’re unable to stick to it this time around. Most people will find one or two of their behaviors here. If you need to make all 11 of these New Year’s resolutions, seek professional help … 11. Material Girl by Madonna (Materialism) After its release in 1984, Madonna said that Material Girl reflected her character. “I’m very career-oriented,” Madonna told Company magazine. “You…

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Looking for that last-minute Christmas-themed rock n’ roll playlist? Look no further, as we have searched far & wide for some of the most enduring and timeless (and even infamous) Christmas cover songs laid to tape. Let us know in the comments which ones we missed! Motorhead – “Run Rudolph Run” Lemmy & the gang’s take on the Chuck Berry classic. Weezer – Christmas with Weezer An entire E.P.’s worth of holiday cheer from Weezer! Paul McCartney – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” We’ll spare you another listen to “Wonderful Christmastime,” passing along instead Macca’s warm…

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“I’m at a point in life when nothing feels shocking to me. I need something to shock me! I’m almost ready to see a UFO.” – CeeLo Green The list is compiled chronologically by the start of the musicians’ careers. “Constipation Blues” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was one of the pioneers of shock rock. He delivered one of our Top 11 Rock N’ Roll Screams on his 1956 hit, “I Put a Spell on You.” Hawkins often appeared on stage with Henry, a smoking skull on a stick. Hawkins never duplicated the success of “Spell,” but he…

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Until 1964, Americans imagined Brits as businessmen in bowler hats and stuffy butlers who served tea. The Beatles’ arrival on our shores changed all that. We grew our hair, dressed in Carnaby Street fashions and overnight, British words like “fab” and “gear” entered our language. But Beatles lyrics contain many expressions that many American fans still don’t understand, even decades later. “Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose” The title character of “Mean Mr. Mustard” is not as nasty as his name implies: “Mean” in Britain means “cheap.” John Lennon explained in All We Are Saying that he’d spotted a…

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Note: This piece originally ran in time for Labor Day 2012. Since 1894, when Madonna was just a toddler, the U.S. has celebrated Labor Day – …a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. — U.S. Dept. of Labor Whatever.  For the rest of us whose work ethic was learned from Maynard G. Krebs, Homer Simpson, and The Dude, we celebrate the slackers with our… Top 11 Anti-Labor Day Anti-Work Songs! 1. Bob Dylan:  Maggie’s Farm It’s a stretch to imagine Bob Dylan scrubbing floors for a living, but…

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“Punk rock was the tsunami that threatened to drown us all in 1977.” – Pete Townshend “Kick Out the Jams” by the MC5 “Kick Out the Jams” is the title track of the MC5’s 1969 debut LP, recorded over Halloween weekend at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. The song gained immediate notoriety by its introduction. Singer Rob Tyner opens with “Right now it’s time to – kick out the jams, motherfuckers!” That would lead to censored and uncensored versions of the album and Elektra dropping the band from its label. “We picked ‘Jams’ as a single because it best summed up what…

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“The average lifespan of a teen idol is five years. You have to change musically. Bubblegum pop was good for the first time you have sex.” – Leif Garrett  “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” by Crazy Elephant Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz of Super K Productions were major players in bubblegum music. The pair teamed with singer Robert Spencer of the doo-wop group the Cadillacs to record “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” as Crazy Elephant, a No. 12 hit in 1969. The imaginary band was promoted by Kasenetz and Katz as a group of Welsh coal miners. “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” was…

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Photo: Dennis Manuel “Some people may not realize it but the Rascals were the first rock band in the world … in the center of the universe, New Jersey, the Rascals were the first band.” –  Steven Van Zandt, 1997 Induction of the Rascals into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame New Jersey has always been an essential part of the blue-eyed soul of the Rascals. In the 1960s, the Rascals produced a string of hits notable for the diversity of their sound. “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be…

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“That’s the big secret. Rock and roll ain’t nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat.” – Keith Richards “Vehicle” by The Ides of March The Ides of March reached No. 2 in 1970 with “Vehicle,” their one and only hit. Singer/songwriter Jim Peterik, who would go on to found Survivor, told AXS that the band started as a British Invasion wannabe. “There was a creeping influence of jazz-rock coming up. We loved that first Al Kooper-Blood, Sweat & Tears album. We lived and breathed it … We were just very excited about that horn-rock sound, and I wrote what I…

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Top 11 Glam Rock Songs “I was recently looking at an old cover of New Musical Express from 1973. It’s me and Mick Jagger, and he’s just found glam a little late. He’s wearing this jumpsuit with epaulets, and he’s dripping in makeup and mascara. And I’m on the other half of the page with this net costume with hands stuck everywhere. You look at it and think, ‘What was that all about?'” – David Bowie “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” by Elton John “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” was written and recorded in 1973 during Elton John’s glam phase…

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