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Vampire Weekend

8 Bands Whose Producers Are A Member Of The Band: The Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend, And More

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It's often tough for a band to maintain complete control of their creative vision, especially when they hire a producer from outside the band to help them capture their sound on record. These eight bands, however, remained true to their vision by having a member of the band produce their records.READ MORE

Iron Maiden

7 Bands Whose Bassist Is The Primary Songwriter: The Beach Boys, Iron Maiden And More

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Whenever a band has one member who writes most of the songs, it's more often than not the band's guitar player. However, these seven bands break the mold by featuring primary songwriting contributions from their bassists, rather than their guitarists.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

Galaxie 500

6 Bands With International Lineups: Galaxie 500, The Velvet Underground, And More

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When musicians come together to form a band, they're usually all from the same town, or at the very least, the same state. However, there are a few bands out there that have line-ups featuring musicians from completely different countries. Here are six bands with international line-ups.READ MORE

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8 Albums That Open with Their Best Song: Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, and more

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The tracklisting for an album can make or break the listener's opinion of it. If an album doesn't open powerfully enough, the listener might not even make it through the rest of the songs. These eight albums got around this problem by placing the best song right at the top.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

Seven Songs That Sound Totally Different Live: Lou Reed, Springsteen, and more

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Unless you have the misfortune of seeing an artist lip-synch along to a backing track, the live version of a song is always going to sound at least a little bit different from the version you’re used to hearing. While most artists try their best to recreate the studio version, others view live performance as an opportunity to re-imagine (or correct) the song’s studio version. Here are seven songs that sound very different when performed in concert.READ MORE

Talking Heads

Seven Great Songs That Are Homages to Other Bands: The Clash, Talking Heads, and more

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There are plenty of artists who love to wear their influences of their sleeves, but instead of covering songs by artists they love, sometimes they’ll write a song by blatantly taking another band’s sound and putting their own spin on it. Here are seven great songs that were homage to other bands.READ MORE

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