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Dr. Dre -

8 Albums With Misleading Titles: The Smiths, Dr. Dre, And More

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Though an album title shouldn't tell you explicitly what kind of music you're in for (where's the fun in that?), a title does have a subtle influence over how we hear an album, or how we expect it to fit into the artist's career arc. These eight albums, however, went with titles that ended up being misleading for either one of these reasons.READ MORE

John Fry

John Fry of Ardent Studios Dead at 69, Founder Produced Records by Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes, Big Star

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John Fry, the acclaimed producer/engineer of Ardent Studios in Memphis, died yeserday (Dec. 18) at the age of 69. An unbelievable list of talent recorded with Fry at Ardent including Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band and The White Stripes. However, it was Fry's involvement with Big Star that remains a partnership of legend to this dayREAD MORE

Simon & Garfunkel

9 Bands That Have Broken Up More Than Once: Simon & Garfunkel, The Velvet Underground, And More

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Yesterday, Sept. 18, the very sad news broke that Ohio indie rock legends Guided By Voices had suddenly broken-up and canceled their upcoming tour dates. This is second time the group has split (the first split occurred back in 2004), which isn't all that uncommon. Here are nine other bands that have broken up twice, or even more times.READ MORE

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11 Album Covers That Represent The Band Name: Led Zeppelin, Deerhunter, And More

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Writing a band name on the front of an album is usually enough information for most music consumers to figure out who an album is by, but these artists took this a step further, by choosing cover art that actually represents the band name.READ MORE

Big Star

Big Star's First Two Records—'#1 Record' and 'Radio City'—Getting Individual Releases with Liner Notes from Mike Mills

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Stax Records will finally be releasing Big Star's acclaimed albums '#1 Record' and 'Radio City' as individuals again.READ MORE

The Smiths -

10 Albums That Close With Their Shortest Song: The Beatles, The Smiths, And More

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Many musicians have a natural inclination to close out albums or concerts with their biggest number (see: Purple Rain), but these ten artists did just the opposite, by placing the shortest track on the album at the very end.READ MORE

Weezer -

12 Classic Albums Produced By Musicians Outside The Band: Weezer, Beck, And More

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Today marked the tragic passing of Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, and along with being a founding member of one of the most influential bands in history, another one of his crowning achievements was his production of the Replacements' classic 1985 album Tim. Here are some other classic albums that were produced by musicians outside of the band.READ MORE

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21 Albums Known By Two (Or More) Different Names: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, And More

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Though most albums are given official titles, sometimes these titled prove to inconvenient or confusing, which leads to fans referring to the album by another name entirely. Here are twenty-one albums known by at least two different names.READ MORE

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6 Pop Stars That Went Avant-Garde: John Lennon, Kanye West, And More

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It's usually a good idea for musicians, especially pop musicians, to move outside of their comfort zone and try out new things, but these six artists took this practice to an extreme by making music that can't be considered pop at all. Here are six pop stars that went avant-garde.READ MORE

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds -

8 Songs Written About Other Musicians: Nirvana, Nick Cave, and more

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A vast majority of musicians write about things that they either love or hate, whether it means certain places, politics, or even other musicians. Here are eight songs written about other musicians.READ MORE

Robert Smith of The Cure

6 Musicians Who Became Side Members in Other Bands: Robert Smith, David Bowie and more

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Once an artist is established as the primary force in a successful band, it's pretty rare to see them join another band as a sort of background figure, but these six artists did exactly that. Here are six artists who became sidemen in other bands.READ MORE

Big Star

5 Bands Who Only Got Famous After Breaking Up: The Velvet Underground, Big Star, Slint and more

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Thousands of bands form every year, but unfortunately most of them don't ever achieve significant commercial success.These five bands, however, somehow managed to achieve their greatest popularity only after they had broken up.READ MORE

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7 Song Mistakes That Were Intentionally Left In: The Beatles, R.E.M., and more

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The beauty of recording is that you can delete all of the mistakes until you have a perfect song, but any good musicians will tell you that sometimes, mistakes are the most interesting parts of a song. Here are seven great songs with mistakes that were intentionally left in.READ MORE

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6 Great Albums That Had Delayed Releases: The Beatles, Neil Young, and more

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Most albums don’t take very long to be released after they’ve finished production, but there are some albums that had difficult journeys towards their release date, whether it was due to label intervention or the band simply being unsatisfied. Here are six great albums that were subjected to delayed release dates.READ MORE

8 Pairs of Songs with the Same Title: Which is Better?

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While musicians can be sued if they plagiarize lyrics or melodies, song titles are pretty much fair game, resulting in a ton of songs with the same name. I’ve decided to stack up some of the best songs that share titles and see which is better. These might seem like arbitrary comparisons based on a coincidence, but so are “Best of the Year” lists, and those are cool.READ MORE

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