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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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“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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“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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“I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.” – Rodney Dangerfield “The No No Song” by Ringo Starr Singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton was inspired to write “The No No Song” the morning after a losing bout with booze and drugs. “I was afraid if I looked around I’d see the devil sittin’ in the chair across the room, sayin’ ‘I gotcha, boy – you finally overdid it,'” Axton told NewsOK in 1982. “That was the day before I wrote ‘The No No Song.’ “It wasn’t really that much of a moral…

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Vodka does not ease back pain. But it does get your mind off it. ­– Fuzzy Zoeller   11. “King of Pain” by the Police “I do my best work when I’m in pain and turmoil,” Sting once explained in Rolling Stone.  The singer and bassist of the Police wrote “King of Pain,” which appeared on 1983’s Synchronicity, the final album by the band. Sting wrote the song after he’d separated from his first wife. While on vacation in Jamaica with Trudie Styler, whom he would marry, the song’s most memorable line came to Sting by chance. “I was sitting moping under…

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Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards. – Keith Richards Below,  enjoy Frank Mastropolo’s new Top 11 Rock N’ Roll Songs, but note: The absence of Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” is not an egregious omission, but a conscious choice. You see, that song appeared on our Top 11 Geezer Songs list already!  “Travelin’ Band” by Creedence Clearwater Revival “Travelin’ Band,” backed by Who’ll Stop the Rain, was one of three doubled-sided hits released by Creedence Clearwater Revival from their 1970 LP Cosmo’s Factory. The lyrics describe a band on the run between planes, hotels and the…

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Nuclear apocalypse – who do you need? Actors are probably not top of the list. What can I do for you? I can pretend to be somebody who can grow you some nice crops. – Christian Bale You’d better read our Top 11 Apocalypse Songs now – before it’s too late. You never know. “1999” by Prince https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8ut5FsXpa0 In 1982, the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was at its peak. Both sides wielded nuclear stockpiles and could wipe each other out many times over. That year President Reagan promised “the march of freedom and democracy will…

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The young always have the same problem – how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. — Quentin Crisp James Dean was a rebel. Marlon Brando was a rebel. Johnny Yuma was a rebel. You’re not. But listening to some of our Top 11 Rebel Songs may get you there. We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister Despite their success, Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It was the metal band’s only Top 40 hit. Frontman Dee Snider told Wikimetal that the song was born…

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