Led Zepplin

ROCKTOBER 2012: 2007 - You Can't Put A Price Tag On A Rainbow

 2007 was the year where bands reuniting wasn’t quite overdone, so when Sting & The Police finally set aside their differences and hit the road in honor of “Roxanne”’s 30th anniversary, the music world was elated. After nearly a decade apart, Zach de la Rocha returned to front his old band Rage Against The Machine. Conveniently enough, his fellow bandmates were still playing together in Audioslave, but now that Rage had returned, their fans who were angry and wanted change back in the 90s were now older, wiser, and probably still just as angry, but happy that their favorite band was back onstage. On the flipside, The Spice Girls reunited. THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.


To be fair, THIS HAPPENED TOO!

As the years went on, and more and more households acquired the internet, piracy became a huge hot button topic. With leak culture being huge and artists and record labels struggling to combat it, some actually took the opportunity to capitalize on it. Free from their contract with Capitol Records, Radiohead did the unthinkable. Not only did they announce that their latest release, In Rainbows, would be out in 10 days, but they defied all logic and told people they could pay what they wanted for this new album.


ROCKTOBER 2012: 1979 - All In All It Was Just Another Fool In The Rain

With 1979 we saw the end of an era. Foreshadowing electronica and more arena rock, the 1970s also showed us how to do the hustle and spit on our fans. We smashed guitars with Townshend and (years later) became immortalized by Billy Corgan in Smashing Pumpkins' hit "1979," and we saw a lot of new music and new faces with punk rock, disco, and everything in between. We lost Sid Vicious and Charles Mingus but saw the birth of Derek Trucks, Pete Wentz, Kris Kross, Macy Gray, Chris Daughtry and Bob Bryar of My Chemical Romance. It was a big year for music, rounding out the last decade of ROCK AND ROLL before it went down the path of becoming alternative, independent, underground, massively mainstream, English, and sad.

1979 gave us new bands from everyone between Bananarama and Modern English. Leaders of the Do-It-Yourself movement, Mission of Burma and Husker Du, got together; we saw the first EP from Def Leppard and Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door, their final record of entirely new material released just before the too-soon death of legendary drummer John Bonham. And if you weren't rocking out to Cheap Trick's infamous At Budokan, you were learning how to skank with The Specials, the first of many British ska revival bands.

One of the greatest bands ever released Highway To Hell, the last AC/DC record to feature Bon Scott before he too, faded into the black.  Hell is FULL of ROCK including the title track - which you might also know from any commercial outlet ever including baseball games, TV commercials, movies and mixtapes – and the timeless “If You Want Blood (You Got It)”. 


ROCKTOBER 2012: 1969 - We’re Not Going to Take It -- Never Did, and Never Will

Welcome to Rocktober, kids! This year we here at Chunky Glasses are gonna strap the site to a chair and force feed it some history for a whole month. Like any surly teenager, it claims to hate history, but we know it secretly loves it because there’s NO WAY IN HELL to hate the knowledge we’re going to drop for the next 31 days. Join us now as we start in 1969, when Led Zepplin released their first album AND their second album, The Who released a rock opera about pinball, seat belts were optional, and a man walked on the Moon...if you believe that sort of thing. Seriously, good times never seemed so good.

If you don’t already know that 1969 was quite possibly the greatest year ever in music history, and one of the most influential - there was this thing called “Woodstock” that you may have heard of. The concept of the super group kicked into overdrive with Led Zepplin and Blind Faith, Sly & the Family Stone and Crosby, Stills & Nash put out brilliant first albums, and we were introduced to Bob Marley, Santana, the Jackson 5, and Genesis (remember back when Genesis had their original lead singer, and did not suck?). Chicago also put out its first album (See parenthetical for Genesis). Debut albums by the Stooges and MC5 kicked rock and roll in the ass, shit got weird with King Crimson, and the Beatles had one or two things to contribute on their way out the door. Also, the Hells Angels drank $500 worth of beer at a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont, and it all ended very, very badly, so maybe you’d better grab that seat belt after all.

Led Zepplin performing in 1969 for about 100,000 people less than they would in a few years

While stuff now seems to move at warp speed, we have to wait and wait and wait for new material from groups we love - it may be two or three years in between releases of new material, even though technology has advanced to a degree undreamt of in 1969. However, in the late 60’s and early 70’s most groups put out at least an album a year, and a lot of them put out two. Credence Clearwater Revival managed to release three albums in 1969, one of which included a little song called “Proud Mary.” Think Ike and/or Tina Turner wrote it? Think again. Whether you’re a CCR fan or not, releasing three albums in ten-month span, all of which hit the annual Top 10, is simply an incredible work ethic. Which means that James Brown was known as the hardest working man in show business when that actually meant something - and the title track of 1969’s Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud had already been released both as a mega single and as a track on Brown’s Christmas album, making it the hardest working track in show business at the time. Unless you count “Proud Mary.” Or “Sweet Caroline,” which by the way, was released in, um, 1969. And also “My Way.” Shit, we’d better keep moving or we’ll be here all day.