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Throwback Thursday: The Beach Boys

Throwback Thursday: The Beach Boys

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re celebrating the career of The Beach Boys in the wake of the release of their latest greatest hits album Fifty Big Ones. Has any band ever had such a wide appeal as The Beach Boys?  Sure, they likely have their detractors – maybe their music is too saccharine for some, too cloying, […]

Throwback Thursday: Bonnie Raitt

Throwback Thursday: Bonnie Raitt

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re celebrating Bonnie Raitt’s birthday with a set of her music. Active since the 1970′s, Bonnie Raitt has been an icon for quite some time.  The early parts of her career are characterized by a roots influenced sound that was heavily acclaimed, if not widely popular.  That changed in the […]

Throwback Thursday: RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis

Throwback Thursday: RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis

For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re celebrating Anthony Kiedis’ 50th birthday with a set of Red Hot Chili Peppers songs. A brief survey of any number of my high school friends would quickly make it apparent that, at a time, my favorite band was far and away Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Though that may no […]

Throwback Thursday: R.E.M.’s “Document”

Throwback Thursday: R.E.M.’s “Document”

For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s Document by playing tracks from the album. Document‘s original album artwork featured the phrase “file under fire.”  The designation fits this album maybe more so than any other in the deep R.E.M. catalogue.  Not only is fire prominently used (i.e. screamed) in the chorus of “The One […]

Throwback Thursday: Jimi Hendrix Experience

Throwback Thursday: Jimi Hendrix Experience

For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re playing a set from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, which was founded 46 years ago tomorrow. Few bands have been as influential as The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Formed in London (officially on October 12, 1966), bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell were originally conceived as Hendrix’s backing band.  The […]

Throwback Thursday: Janis Joplin

Throwback Thursday: Janis Joplin

For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re marking the 42nd anniversary of Janis Joplin’s death with a set of classic Joplin songs. Few artists have left as indelible a mark on music as Janis Joplin.  She cleared the way for female musicians to have more opportunities in music than ever before and is considered an idol […]

Throwback Thursday: Bryan Ferry

Throwback Thursday: Bryan Ferry

For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re celebrating Bryan Ferry’s 67th birthday with a set of Roxy Music songs. I didn’t really become familiar with any of Bryan Ferry’s work, whether with Roxy Music or solo until I began working at WERS.  Fortunately for me, we play a lot of it.  Soon enough, I had listened […]

Throwback Thursday: Leonard Cohen

Throwback Thursday: Leonard Cohen

For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re playing a set from Leonard Cohen to celebrate his 78th birthday, which is this Friday. Lou Reed, when inducting Leonard Cohen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, described him as part of the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.”  It would be hard to argue with […]

Throwback Thursday: Johnny Cash

Throwback Thursday: Johnny Cash

This week, we’re playing a set of covers of Johnny Cash songs for Throwback Thursday. Johnny Cash’s career spanned about half a century and included over 1,ooo songs and dozens of albums.  His incredible body of work crossed genres and tastes and influenced countless artists.  His early period is associated with rockabilly and rock and […]

Throwback Thursday: “Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe”

Throwback Thursday:  “Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe”

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we will be playing a few tracks off of the forthcoming Nick Lowe tribute album Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe. Throughout Nick Lowe’s nearly half-century long career he’s pulled on many influences.  Part of what makes his music so special and versatile is the fact that it can’t really […]

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