Being a fan of music, I've noticed most pop and rock from the 1960s and 1970s often carried a recording date of each song in the liner notes. For instance, Elton John's Tiny Dancer
shows a recording date of 9 August 1971. However I almost never see music from 1980 onward carrying any recording dates at all (with a few exceptions such as Prince and Tom Petty's material). Is this information actually printed somewhere in the trade publications, or is it simply not tracked anymore by most studios?
posted by crapmatic
on May 15, 2014 -
What are some successful songs that were attempts to write a song like another band? For example, Kurt Cobain was trying to sound like Pixies with "Smells like Teen Spirit" and The Offspring's "All I Want" was an attempt at a Bad Religion song.
posted by michaelh
on Mar 3, 2014 -
I recently have become very fond of some vocal track only versions of pop and rock songs that someone had reversed engineered from DVDs and posted online, and I would like to find more music like this. [more inside]
posted by jb
on Jun 15, 2013 -
I love playing guitar, and I love British rock/pop/punk (esp. 90s Britpop era). If you were compiling a list of awesome UK music to play on guitar from, say, 1975 to today, what specific songs
would you include? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jan 22, 2013 -
What do non-classically trained singers do for vocal warm-ups and conditioning? Looking for information on how untrained pop, rock, and jazz singers practice and keep their voices in good shape. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks
on Jan 25, 2012 -
Name that song! Instrumental. Very recent. Overheard on the radio and in stores/restaurants where they typically play indie/alt rock. Bouncy. Very strong bassline. Kinda reminds me of Air. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Aug 4, 2011 -
Can someone locate the complete playlist of a cassette that was included with the purchase of a Mercury Marquis station wagon in 1984? [more inside]
posted by germdisco
on Jul 19, 2011 -
What popular songs or songs by popular bands use instruments not commonly associated with rock/pop/alternative music? [more inside]
posted by hoppytoad
on May 12, 2011 -
I would to get a better idea for the history of pop, ideally all the way from Little Richard and up to 2010, though given that there is so much to cover, shorter pieces of this history are also of interest. I guess what I'm looking for is either a podcast or a TV series - something fun and interesting, and that at the end will give me a good feel for how different genres and bands fit together, who started what, and who influenced whom.
posted by Hediot
on Sep 24, 2010 -
Pretend it's 2030 and you're making a Best Of The 00s music mix. What do you include? I pretty much ignored pop music for a decade and now I want to catch up and hear great stuff from this century. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Sep 17, 2010 -
My ears, they are bored (music recommendation filter): I am looking for badass, virtuosic, intricate, musically interesting, preferably contemporary pop/rock
music. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on May 31, 2010 -
European Music Nerds!
I'm putting together a show for a local community radio station and am looking for (preferably foreign-language) not very mainstream
music from Europe. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc
on Mar 19, 2010 -
What's the name of this new rock/pop album, I recently heard about (on NPR?) that used autotune creatively? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza
on Jan 14, 2010 -
Just a curiosity - why do you think that the overwhelming trend in rock 'n' roll / pop style music with male lead vocals is for the male vocalist to sing in a tenor / high tenor / contratenor or higher range - viz. Steve Perry, Triumph, etc.? I just wonder because that isn't the trend so much in other popular music - blues, R'n'B, country, traditional folk, etc.
It's simply puzzled me for years and I wonder if MeFi has any theories?
posted by BrooksCooper
on Aug 31, 2009 -
I like Amy Winehouse, psychobilly, the Pipettes, the Acid House Kings, the O Brother...
soundtrack, and even that throw-back-to-the-Andrews-Sisters Christina Aguilera song. I have a craving for music produced in the now but inspired by the 1930s to early 1960s, with my favourite era being the 1940s. Can you recommend anymore good contemporary rock/pop bands along these lines, including psychobilly bands I may not have heard about yet? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Aug 30, 2009 -
What are some good pop/rock songs that feature an accordion? I'm not looking for any polka/cajun/zydeco-influenced sounds, but more traditional rock tunes - think "The Last Beat of My Heart" by Siouxsie and the Banshees or even "What it Takes" by Aerosmith - where it's just another backing instrument.
posted by adverb
on Jun 20, 2009 -
I'd like some rock en español recommendations, current stuff in particular. I used to listen to a lot of Spanish language pop and rock in the past, but I don't know what's out there these days. [more inside]
posted by needled
on Nov 6, 2008 -
Music video question: It's probably from the late '90s or early aughts, and it might be a Canadian band, rock-pop. I remember the lead singer might be named Dave, or have his band named after him in some way, but it's not Dave Matthews. It's just a video staged in a blue studio with text overlaid about current socio-economic and political crises in the world. Decoration is very sparse and involved things like ladders and amps; the blue tone to the video is overwhelming. Can you help me find this music video?
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Oct 5, 2008 -
What are some good 70's and 80's songs suitable for playing in a pharmacy?
My father owns a family pharmacy and we have an iPod with nice 70's and 80's songs set to play for the customers. Can you tell me some that I can add to the playlist? Remember nice calm easy listening ones are best, and no dirty or bad songs about dying etc.. To get an idea of some of the songs I have here's a link
to the playlist so far.
Specific songs are great, but I will also take artists. Try not to give duplicates. If 10 people give 10 songs that's 100 new songs! Thanks!
posted by ptsampras14
on Aug 18, 2008 -
Let's say you're putting together a mix of your favorite obscure
1990s pop/rock music. What are the top couple of tracks you'd be sure to include? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on Jul 2, 2008 -
I'm in Buenos Aires for a week, what Argentine rock and pop (not Tango) CDs should I buy? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo
on Aug 11, 2007 -
I would like to make a mix of "post grunge" modern rock type music. Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket etc. [more inside]
posted by ND¢
on Jul 26, 2007 -
I recently admitted to myself and to the world that I really, really love ABBA's Dancing Queen
! Are there any interesting indie / rock covers of it to be found online? [more inside]
posted by Lush
on Jan 27, 2007 -
songfilter: I am trying to compile a CD of pop/rock tunes that uses the bagpipes or its assorted cousins including keyboard fakery to achieve a celestial set of tones that only squeezing a bladder with a mouthpiece can provide. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl
on Jun 25, 2006 -
Songfilter: This one is kind of a long shot, but can someone tell me the name of this rock song based on my sloppy transcription of its notes? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster
on Nov 4, 2005 -
I'd like to put together a collection of new (i.e., unfamiliar) music for a friend who gravitates toward the more wistful moments of Belle and Sebastian, James, et al - Brit indie pop that often falls under the dubious label "twee." Any recommendations?
posted by stonerose
on Dec 21, 2004 -
I've been asked to present a special three-hour radio programme on pop/rock bands from Manhattan. Not NYC - a very limiting factor. I'm currently bowled over by The Walkmen
and I want to book-end them with The Velvet Underground. Any suggestions for in between? All I can think of is John Lurie and his progeny, as we tend to think of New York bands, rather than "Manhattan". Thanks beforehand!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 2, 2004 -