Blog Post 8: “Blue Monday” by New Order

“A crucial link between Seventies disco and the dance/house boom that took off at the end of the Eighties” is how the BBC describes the track “Blue Monday” by New Order (Colman 2016). To this day, the song is widely known and frequently played at dance clubs, but what exactly made the song such a … Continue reading Blog Post 8: “Blue Monday” by New Order

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Blog Post 7: “Would?” by Alice in Chains

As grunge favorites Alice in Chains recorded their second album Dirt, vocalist Layne Staley instituted the vocal production technique that would set Alice in Chains apart as a band and become a famous and often-imitated sound from countless artists that followed. He implemented this technique, known as stacked vocals, by “heavily layering his vocals in … Continue reading Blog Post 7: “Would?” by Alice in Chains

Blog Post 6: “Word Up!” by Cameo

“Word Up!” by Cameo is a well-loved track by music lovers, dance-party goers, and DJs. The song has been covered by several artists, including KORN, whose version was highly successful among the new generation of listeners. Cameo is a primarily funk and R&B group, which group leader and producer Larry Blackmon calls “Funk-n-Roll” (2016). One … Continue reading Blog Post 6: “Word Up!” by Cameo

Blog Post 3: London Calling – The Clash

“London Calling” by The Clash is a well-known punk track that has been enjoyed through the decades and has not lost its place in the punk movement that signified-- and still signifies-- the messages of independence, originality, and rebellion in teen culture. While many variables set “London Calling” apart in its time from other popular … Continue reading Blog Post 3: London Calling – The Clash