• Album Reviews: The Ramones - It's Alive, Plus Lost Bayou Ramblers, Janiva Magness, Nilsson

    13 days ago - By TMR

    In the late 1970s, the airwaves and record stores offered a mix of mainstream pop, disco, and so-called classic rock with hits ranging from Barry Manilow's “I Write the Songs” to ABBA's “Dancing Queen” and Chicago's “If You Leave Me Now.” Some of the era's bestselling music was good, but nearly all of it was a million miles from rock's roots, and the new wave and punk bands that sprung up in response were having none of it. Outfits like Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Talking Heads, the Clash, and the Sex Pistols opted for a much rawer, back-to-basics sound.
    But nobody took rock back...
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