True stories of music and the macabre...
Happy Friday the 13th to those who love all things strange and sensationalist! Today we thought we'd feed that morbid streak by exploring some of the craziest things that have happened in the music industry over the years. Be warned: It's not for the faint-hearted...
1. Ozzy Osbourne's batty stage antics
Probably one of the craziest true stories in rock, Ozzy Osbourne made headlines in 1982 after biting the head off a bat while on stage at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa during his Diary of a Madman Tour. Somebody had thrown the bat on stage during his performance and he, believing it to be made of rubber, seized the opportunity for a bit of theatrical fun.
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Eight stunning covers of Nine Inch Nails as we welcome them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Last weekend was a seminal moment for industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails as they were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 31 years after the release of their debut album Pretty Hate Machine. Iggy Pop was the artist chosen to induct this unique band and, in honour of this momentous occasion, Amazon Music unveiled two stunning covers; Jehnny Beth on Closer and St. Vincent on Piggy.
Nine Inch Nails at Aerodrome Festival 2018 / Photo Credit: Ondrej Hajek/Czech News Agency/PA Images
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The 90s was the greatest decade for movie soundtracks. Change our minds.
The 90s feels like a hundred years ago now, but the movies and music of the decade still stick in our minds, and we still revisit them year after year with a stronger and stronger sense of nostalgia. We're celebrating seven of the most memorable soundtracks of 90s cinema.
1. Lost Highway (1997)
David Lynch movies have never disappointed with their accompanying soundtracks, but Lost Highway has got to be the best. Produced by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, the tracklist features some great alternative tunes as well as original music by Reznor, Angelo Badalamenti and Barry Adamson. Highlights such as David Bowie's I'm Deranged and a unique rendition of I Put a Spell on You by Marilyn Manson make it one of the heaviest and most haunting soundtracks on our list.
Continue reading: Seven Greatest Movie Soundtracks Of The 90s
These songs were written for times like these.
You're probably stuck at home with little to do, no gigs to go to and no parties to attend, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun. We've put together a completely inappropriate playlist of songs about self-isolation, sickness and the apocalypse so you can have your very own CORVID-19 party. On your own.
Photo Credit: Pixabay
Down with the Sickness - Disturbed
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It's the 50th anniversary of the serial killer's debut album 'Lie: The Love and Terror Cult'.
We're taking a rather different approach to our 'Album of the Week' feature this week as we explore instead the power that serial killer and cult leader Charles Manson had on musical culture on this, the 50th anniversary of his album Lie: The Love and Terror Cult which was recorded between 1967 and 1969 and released during his trial in 1970.
Charles Manson, 1968 / Photo Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
While there's arguably nothing especially remarkable about the album to note in terms of musical dexterity - at best, it's a mediocre folk record with disjointed lyrical themes - it does have a cult following thanks to the macabre history surrounding it. Artists like The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Neil Young are purported fans of the album, though whether they would still be if Manson hadn't incited his followers to commit nine murders during the summer of 1969 is another question.
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These albums are not nearly as appreciated as they should be.
Throughout music's history regardless of genre, an immensely small number of names have managed to immortalise themselves with iconic songs. Fewer names still have earned an eternal fanbase thanks to an entire record and the band's that do are now hailed as some of the greatest musicians of all time. Bands such as The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy, Metallica and others have stayed in peoples minds and playlists long after their prime thanks to creating timeless records.
But a band's breakthrough, landmark and iconic record isn't always their best album. In some rare cases, a megastar band will release a record that fails to outshine their other albums, despite being undisputedly superior. This article will comb through the discography of several 'legacy' bands and identify the most underrated and overlooked records they ever released.
Dire Straits - Making Movies
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The Downward Spiral was released on this day (March 8) in 1994.
This week we are looking at the 25th anniversary of Nine Inch Nails' legendary second album. The Downward Spiral was noted by critics for its strong departure from their debut when it was released on Nothing Records and Interscope Records, and they've never released another album quite like it.
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
After their synth-pop based 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine, The Downward Spiral was a surprising change in sound. This was a scuzzier, gritty record with more elements of industrial rock and metal. There was almost something less polished about it, but it did its job in propelling Nine Inch Nails to international stardom.
Perfect tunes for setting the mood.
Happy Valentine's Day! Lots of couples will celebrating this cheesy AF but lovely day, and will most likely celebrate well into the night too. To help you get your evening off to a good start, we've come up with a playlist of some of the steamiest songs to be played in the bedroom.
Sexy Boy - Air
From the French electronica duo's 1998 debut album Moon Safari, this classic appeared in the film 10 Things I Hate About You. Few things are sexier than the French language, and paired with a feminine croon and a psychedelic synth line it's a perfect bedroom theme.
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He thinks artists ought to own their political opinions in public.
Say what you like about Trent Reznor, but he's certainly not afraid to tell it like it is. He opened up in an interview recently about the voice of superstars in the current climate, and his disdain for artists like Taylor Swift who refuse to speak out on important political matters.
Trent Reznor at ASCAP
The Nine Inch Nails frontman thinks that influential musicians sharing their opinions of social and political issues is of vital importance for young people and others who may not be able to voice their feelings but need somebody to stand-up on their behalf. He also thinks that stars like Taylor Swift, who avoid entering into political discussions, care more about their 'brand' than what's going on in the world.
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Some of the greatest, saddest songs ever recorded.
It's an interesting facet of the human condition that we can find beauty and, in some cases, solace in misery and heartbreak. Indeed, musicians have been doing it for years and made a lot of money doing so, simply because we love to wallow in sadness as people. We've put together a dramatic playlist that will no doubt cause you to shed a few tears.
Nine Inch Nails performing at Rock im Park
1. Hurt - Nine Inch Nails