Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Top 10 Most Famous Rock Album Covers

The essence of high selling album is not only about the quality of music, the album cover also plays big part in it. People say to not judge a book by its cover, but they actually do judge a book by its cover. So that's why having an unique and fine looking artwork on the album cover it's so important. The first impression is always important to people, if it doesn't catch their eye they might move on to the next album.
Here are the top 10 most famous rock album covers:

10. Dawid Bowie - Aladdin Sane

Bowie's first album from the position of a superstar. Closed eyes, red lightning bolt and embracing his status as a stardom. Years later, many people are imitating his style with the red lightning bolt. Truly iconic album cover.

9. The Doors - The doors

 The album cover that introduced Jim Morrison & The Doors to the world. Definitely one of the most famous pictures in rock history. Who can forget that distant stare from Jim?

8. Deep Purple - Deep Purple in Rock

 Portraying the band members as the heads of Mount Rushmore surely was a good idea for an album cover, because it left huge mark in rock history. Also the name has double meaning, Deep Purple in Rock as in rock music and Deep Purple in Rock as in carved heads on Mount Rushmore. Genius

7. Queen - Queen II

Even though the picture for Queen's second studio album didn't get much appreciation when it was released it's still one of the most iconic pictures in rock history. The picture became iconic when it was brought back to life for the promotional film of "Bohemian Rhapsody

6. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division's debut album it's one of the most unique pieces of work. The album cover is simple, yet so beutiful and abstract. If someone is wondering what are those lines, they are the visual representation of the first pulsar discovered. Stunning album cover.

5. Nirvana - Nevermind

Innocent newborn baby swimming towards a dollar bill on a fishhook, corrupting him instantly after birth. Brilliant, just brilliant. This is how you get remembered!

4. The Clash - London Calling

Bassist Paul Simmon smashing a bass guitar out of frustration because the bouncers didn't let the audience to stand up from their seats and it was killing the momentum. This iconic picture was photographed by Pennie Smith who actually thought that the picture wouldn't make a great album cover and wasn't a fan of it. Luckily they decided in the end to put it on the album cover, best decision ever. Truly remarkable Rock 'n' Roll picture.

3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I

Black-and-white image of the burning Hindenburg airship has become a synonym for Led Zeppelin. The
origin of the album cover image and the band's name have same roots.
When Page, Beck and The Who's Keith Moon and John Entwistle were discussing the idea of forming a group, Moon joked, "It would probably go over like a lead balloon", and Entwistle allegedly replied, "a lead zeppelin!"
Probably the best story you will ever hear about the background of an album cover.

2. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

The 8th studio album cover of Pink Floyd turned out to be one of the most legendary and iconic pictures in the music industry. When someone is talking about Pink Floyd this is the first picture you have in mind. This album cover has become the unofficial photo that represents the band. There's hardly a person who doesn't recognise this picture.

1. The Beatles - Abbey Road

The album cover of their eleventh studio album was the first one to not have the name of the band or the album's title on the cover. The Beatles were so famous that they didn't even had to put their name on the album cover for people to recognise and buy their music.
The photograph is so simple, yet so special and unique. Apart from Beatles's worldwide popularity, the thing that made this cover so much famous is the recreation of the photo from fans. Many fans from all around the world had tried to recreate this legendary photo when passing the zebra crossing at the street Abbey Road.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Top10 Most Iconic Pictures in Rock Music

Listing the Top10 most iconic rock music pictures of all time. Iconic pictures that have marked an historic moment of rock history and that will hardly ever be forgotten. From best live performances to the most famous album covers, here is the list of top 10 most iconic rock pictures:

10.Woodstock 1969 - 500.000 people attending

9.Elton John - Dodger Stadium 1975

8. John Lennon and Yoko Ono photographed for the cover of Rolling Stone in 1980

7.Chuck Berry kisses his guitar - Madison Square Garden, October 15, 1971

6.Led Zeppelin members in front of the first Boeing 720 "The Starship"

5. Photo of all five Pink Floyd members together in 1968

4. Jim Morrison laying down on stage during a performance - Germany, September 1968

3. Freddie Mercury riding on the shoulders of Darth Vader, how epic is that?!

2. The Rolling Stones logo - there's hardly a person in the world who doesn't know this legendary logo!

1. The Beatles album cover of Abbey Road - same as The Rolling Stones logo, everybody knows it!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Underrated Rock Band: Morphine

   If you are a fan of rock, blues and jazz, well i have good news for you! This band has it all, they found a way to fuse all three genres and produce the most divine sound you have ever heard. Unquestionably one of the most underrated rock bands from the '90s.

So...who were Morphine?

 Morphine was an American rock band originally formed by Mark Sandman, Dana Colley and Jerome Deupree in 1989. They produced 5 successful studio albums but not all of them were produced by the same squad. While working on their first album, Jerome had health issues and had to be replaced by Billy Conway to play the drums. Jerome eventually returned for the debut album and went on a tour with the band through California. Even though the project was successful Mark and Jerome had some personal differences which led to Jerome's abandonment and short return to the band for the second album in 1993. After the second album he left the group again and came back in 1998, in the bands final years.

 Sadly they didn't succeed recieving bigger commercial support and weren't able to go a step forward in the rock industry, which led to their limited expousre to the public in USA. However, they had surprisingly big popularity outside of USA, especially in Australlia and Europe.

 The band was disbanded in 1999 after the shocking death of Mark Sandman while performing on a stage in Italy.


2.The Saddest Song
4."Have a Lucky Day
5.You Speak My Language
6.You Look Like Rain
7.Do Not Go Quietly Unto Your Grave
9.The Only One
10.Test-Tube Baby/Shoot'm Down
11.The Other Side
12.I Know You (Part I)
13. I Know You (Part II)

3.I'm Free Now
4.All Wrong
6.A Head with Wings
7.In Spite of Me
9.Cure for Pain
10.Mary Won't You Call My Name
11.Let's Take a Trip Together
13.Miles Davis Funeral

3.Yes (1995)
1.Honey White
6.All Your Way
7.Super Sex
8.I Had My Chance
9.The Jury
11.Free Love
12.Gone for Good
1.Lilah (instrumental)
3.I Know You (Pt. III)
4.Early to Bed
5.Wishing Well
6.Like Swimming
7.Murder for the Money
8.French Fries w/Pepper
9.Empty Box
10.Eleven O'Clock
11.Hanging on a Curtain
12.Swing It Low

5.The Night (2000)
1.The Night
2.So Many Ways
4.Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer
5.Like a Mirror
6.A Good Woman is Hard to Find
7.Rope on Fire
8.I'm Yours, You're Mine
9.The Way We Met
10.Slow Numbers
11.Take Me with You

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Eminem's Top 15 songs

Having sold over 170 millions of album copies worldwide and won one Academy, 15 Grammy and hundreds of other major awards there is hardly a person who haven't heard of Marshall Mathers a.k.a Eminem.
Except for his main stage name (Eminem) which was firstly M&M he is also known by his evil alter ego - Slim Shady, character that was created in his second studio album "The Slim Shady LP"

Since 1996 till now he has published 8 studio albums from which "Infinite" was his first and "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" being his latest album from 2013. Through the years he has released many singles, has done many collaborations with other famous musicians and has been part of over 300 songs.
Here are mine Top15 Eminem's songs:

15. Space Bound

Album: Recovery

You can't see this side of Em everyday. Softer lyrics and calmer voice to describe a loving relationship that turns out to be abusive. Many people consider this song as sequel to "Kim" where he is rewinding the time when he and his now ex-wife were still in a relationship.

14. Deja vu

Album: Relapse

A song from the album that came after 5 years of hiatus because of Em's private problems. Frightening lyrics that describe his overdose and the life of a life addict. Very powerfull and personal song about Shady's life.

13. Headlights

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2

After years of hate and intolerance between him and his Mom, Marshal realises that after all she is still his Ma and she is still beautiful to him. He feels remorse and is sorry for the things he done in the past that hurt his Mom, especially with his songs "Cleaning Out my Closet" and "My Mom". Very emotional song where you can see his maturity and desire for a new start in their relationship.

12. Mosh

Album: Encore

Without holding back, Eminem goes all out on US's foreign policy for invading the Middle East and directly opposes the candidate for President of USA, George W. Bush. Combine pissed off Eminem with politics and you get a true masterpiece of a song with marvelous lyrics and powerful message.

11. Mockingbird

Album: Encore

One more song from hist fifth studio album and probably his least offensive. Very emotional song dedicated to his daughters Hailie and Alaina. He acknowledges that growing up with parents like him and Kim can be difficult and he is sorry for all the trauma they caused to them.
Eminem admitted in an interview with the magazine Rolling Stones that he got emotional and actually cried when i finished the song

10. Infinite

Album: Infinite

Without developed persona and voice but with marvelous wordplay, pure lyrics and sick beat Eminem introduces himself to the world. He starts big and he is hungry, there are no boundaries for him.
“There’s never been a greater since the burial of Jesus" - 'nuff said

9. Role Model

Album: The Slim Shady LP

Self-mocking, sarcastic, humorous song that tends to piss off conservative people. Pure classic Slim Shady stuff, an alter ego that made him famous and made people to fall in love with his work.
Kids, remember, don't take it literally he ain't the role model you should follow.

8. Criminal

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP

If you are not familiar with Eminem's music and career even though that is hard to believe, this song would be a good intro for newbies to see what can they expect from his other works.
As always, not political correct, offensive as a person could get and most importantley not givinig a flying fu*k. These are the things that made him famous, the persona he created and all off that included in one song.

7. Beautiful

Album: Relapse

Probably the strongest song on his 7th studio album that came after 5 years of hiatus, an album that marked the new more mature Eminem.
Slow, dark and deep lyrics that describe his battle with depression over the years, it is not easy being Marshall Mathers. Many people who were in similar mental state as Marshall, found this song quite inspiring and gave them hope because its indicating optimism and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

6.The Way I Am

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP

The second single from his third studio album is one of Em's most popular and controversal songs.With an unique beat, creepy piano sounds and funeral bells, it is hard to not have it stuck in your head.
One of the realest songs he has ever written, without hesitation Em takes on everything. The Way I Am was the core, the basis of Eminem's persona in the media and the hip hop game.

5. Rap God

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2

The arrogance of Eminem that everyone missed since 2004 was brought back for a moment in his latest album, and what a moment was that. A record braking single that left everyone with their mouths open. To be able to crown yourself as the "Rap God" your name probably has to be Eminem and no one else. Surreal rhymes and lyrics even for him. The thing that makes him one of the greatest hip hop artist is the fact that even when he is comparing himself with God he doesn't forget who inspired him and whose product he is.

4. The Real Slim Shady

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP

The leading single of MMLP, Eminem's best selling album, is there something more to say? Everyone has heard it at least once on the radio. Catchy and goofy song with ill rhymes and a doze of seriousness. Not many people in the game can make such delivery.

3. Stan

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP

Breathtaking, song for history and future schoolbooks. The piece that proved his uniqueness, diversity and legendary status in the game, showing the world that he can write something else than mocking others and himself. Playing both characters in such a marvelous way, with so many emotions, it's something really special and exceptional.
Also, to not forget to credit the truly amazing performance of Dido on the hook which gives the song another dimension. Another thing that makes this song so legendary is Em's performance at the Grammys with Sir Elton John after the media labeled him as homophobic, definitely one of Marshall's best pieces of work.

2. My Name Is

Album: The Slim Shady LP

The song that introduced Shady to the world, a world that wasn't prepared for him. A guy who is hungry for glory, doesn't care about your feelings and you better not stand on his way, except if you don't want your ass to be roasted in his next ill lyrics and rhymes. Song that even made his mom to sue him, he really "just don't give a fuck".
Although he had already released one studio album, many people consider "My Name Is" as the start of his professional career because of the influence it had on his life and the rap game.

1. Lose Yourself

Album: Curtain Call: The Hits

Hands down, not only Eminem's but one of the greatest songs ever in Hip Hop. Song that was written to promote his semi-autobiographical movie "8 Mile", turned out to be one of the greatest songs, winning him an Oscar, Grammy and many, many other major awards. Legendary piece of work that allowed him to enter Hip-Hop Hall of Fame, making him immortal. Also, in all the seriousness how can somebody forget
"Mom's spaghetti"?