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40 Albums Turning 40 This Years

As we enter a new year, a lot of milestone birthdays are happening, including a host of great albums turning the Big 4-0 in 2024.

1984 was a GREAT year for music, and this list proves it:

1.  “1984”,  Van Halen


2.  “Learning to Crawl”,  The Pretenders


3.  “Bon Jovi”,  Bon Jovi


4.  “Out of the Cellar”,  Ratt


5.  “Love at First Sting”,  Scorpions


6.  “Heartbeat City”,  The Cars


7.  “Reckoning”,  R.E.M.


8.  “Grace Under Pressure”,  Rush


9.  “Private Dancer”,  Tina Turner


10.  “Born in the USA”,  Bruce Springsteen


11.  “Purple Rain”,  Prince


12.  “The Last In Line”,  Dio


13.  “Ride the Lightning”,  Metallica


14.  “Powerslave”,  Iron Maiden


15.  “The Unforgettable Fire”,  U2


16.  “Perfect Strangers”,  Deep Purple


17.  “Reckless”,  Bryan Adams


18.  “Building the Perfect Beast”,  Don Henley


19.  “Agent Provocateur”,  Foreigner


20.  “Wheels Are Turnin'”,  REO Speedwagon


Check out the full list of albums turning 40 in 2024 at https://ultimateclassicrock.com/rock-albums-released-1984/


Feel old now?


You’re welcome.

Worst Lyrics in Classic Rock

One of my favorite websites- http://ultimateclassicrock.com– just compiled a list of the worst lyrics in Classic Rock, and it’s hard to argue it.

Here are the Top 10:

1. “Why Can’t This Be Love?”, Van Halen: “Only time will tell if we stand the test of time.”

2. “Don’t Stop Believin'”, Journey: “Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit.” (South Detroit doesn’t exist.)

3. “Roundabout”, Yes: “Mountains come out of the sky, and they stand there.”

4. “Sleeping Bag”, ZZ Top: “Let’s go out to Egypt ’cause it’s in the plan . . . we’ll whip out our mattress ’cause there ain’t no beds.”

5. “Dirty White Boy”, Foreigner: “I’m a loner, but I’m never alone.”

6. “A Horse with No Name”, America: “In the desert you can remember your name, ’cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain.”

7. “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”, The Police: “And when their eloquence escapes me, their logic ties me up and rapes me.”

8. “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, Billy Joel: “Rock and Roller, cola wars, I can’t take it anymore.” (A Coke and Pepsi rivalry frustrates him?)

9. “We Built This City”, Starship: “Who counts the money, underneath the bar, who rides the wrecking ball into our guitars?”

10. “Pinball Wizard”, The Who: “[He] plays by sense of smell.”


Yeah, they’re all pretty bad. But what about “Christine Sixteen” by KISS?

“I don’t usually say things like this to girls your age
But when I saw you coming out of school that day
(Christine sixteen)
That day I knew, I knew
I’ve got to have you, I’ve got to have you

She’s been around, but she’s young and clean
I’ve got to have her, can’t live without her, whoa no”


Or what about Winger’s “Seventeen”?

“She said, “I’m only seventeen (Seventeen)
I’ll show you love like you’ve never seen”, oh
She’s only seventeen (Seventeen)
Daddy says she’s too young
But she’s old enough for me

Or… the creepiest song on the planet, “Into the Night” by Benny Mardones?

What the actual hell?

Does that qualify as Classic Rock?

Probably not. But I wanted to mention anyway, since it always gave me the creeps, and I’m still shocked it gets played on radio stations to this day.

Check out the full list here: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/worst-rock-lyrics/


Got any to add?



Jason and Travis Kelce “Fairytale of Philadelphia”

So far, the new holiday tunes this year haven’t disappointed. Jason and Travis Kelce (Of the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs) are keeping that Christmas ball rolling with a duet called “Fairytale of Philadelphia”.

It’s a take on “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues, and it’s for the deluxe version of the album “A Philly Special Christmas”.

And you know what?

It doesn’t suck.

They don’t sound too bad, do they? I love how different their voices are. And it makes sencheer for theEaglesse since they’re brothers, and Philadelphia is the “City of Brotherly Love”.

Fun fact: although I grew up in West TN, I was born in the Philly area, and moved to Tennessee when I was 9. So, my entire family cheers for The Eagles.  However, with a large portion of my life in KC and Kansas in general, I am for the Chiefs.

Also, here’s some behind the scenes to see how this all came about:

Pretty cool, right?

I love the Kelce Brothers! They seem like genuinely good dudes, and a hell of a good time.

And since we know Travis can carry a tune, maybe a holiday duet with his lady love Taylor Swift?

Is that too much to ask for?

Priscilla Block “Hey Jack”

In case you’ve been missing out, I just want to let you in on one of the up-and-coming artists in Nashville. Priscilla Block combines one hell of a voice, great songwriting, and relatability into one hell of a package.

She just released a new song called “Hey, Jack”, and it totally reminds me of twenty-two year-old me. Except she pulls it off better.

The song- written by Priscilla, Randy Montana, Jeremy Stover, and Dave Cohen- is super catchy, and very relateable. Especially if you’re a young woman in her twenties trying to navigate the dating scene, or if you ever had been that woman before, which I totally was. I really hope Country Radio catches on with her style of Country. She’s already had a couple of his with “Just About Over You”, and a number one hit recently with Justin Moore on “You, Me, and Whiskey”.  I have a feeling that this is just the beginning for this super-talented woman. Also, she is crazy fun to follow on instagram.

A few years ago, when she hi it big on Tik Tok, I got a chance to cha with her, and seriously, you can’t help but love her! Check the interview below:

Isn’t she fun???

Also, she just announced her “Hey Jack” tour for 2024.

Ya’ll, the Priscilla Block Party is just getting started!

Get ready.

The Beatles “Now and Then”

This one has been a LONG time coming…

The FINAL Beatles song!

Thanks to technology, a song that John Lennon had recorded a demo of finally gets to see the light of day with his vocals on it!

I have been waiting on this for months now, as so many others have since hearing that this was going to happen.

And it’s well worth the wait! Such a beautiful, haunting song. What a gift!

Check out “Now and Then”:

Ok, yeah, that was really, really good. Times like these are when technology is definitely our friend!

And the story on how this song came to light is pretty amazing as well. Check it out at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/02/arts/music/beatles-now-and-then-last-song.html

Again, what a gift!

Al Pitrelli of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Interview!

Everyone knows and loves Trans-Siberian Orchestra. They are a holiday staple world-wide, and to get the chance to chat with the OG Guitarist and Music Director Al Pitrelli?

Well, color me thrilled, is all.

I was even more thrilled to discover what an amazing, uplifting and positive human being he is.

Take a listen:

Isn’t Al just the best?

Seriously, put a Trans-Siberian Orchestra Show on your holiday bucket list if you haven’t already.

Find out dates and info at https://www.trans-siberian.com/

Oh, and some videos just to get you excited!

The Foo Fighters on SNL

Last night, one of my favorite bands ever in existence- The Foo Fighters- took the stage as the musical guests on “Saturday Night Live”.

As per usual, they freaking slayed it.

I LOVE that they were joined by H.E.R. for this song. She’s incredible.

Also, mad props to Christopher Walken for introducing them properly this time. Anyone remember this from 20 years ago?

Memory Lane, man.

I’m honestly just happy to see the Foos keeping it going so string after the devastating loss of Taylor Hawkins.  I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to take the stage each time without him.

Way to keep on keeping on.

I know they have a big 2024 ahead, and I’m just excited to see what they do next.


The Most Controversial Song the Year You Were Born

Music is life.

It can make you happy, sad, excited, and a million billion other emotions… including triggered.

That being said, one of my favorite sites http://Loudwire.com made a list of the “Most Controversial Songs the Year You Were Born” and it’s a really cool walk down Musical Memory Lane.

A few highlights:


1962:  “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)”,  The Crystals


1964:  “A Change Is Gonna Come”,  Sam Cooke


1969:  “Give Peace a Chance”,  Plastic Ono Band


1971:  “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”,  Gil Scott-Heron


1975:  “The Pill”,  Loretta Lynn


1977:  “God Save the Queen”,  Sex Pistols


1982:  “The Message”,  Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five


1983:  “Relax”,  Frankie Goes to Hollywood


1986:  “Dear God”,  XTC


1988:  “[Eff] tha Police”,  N.W.A.


1990:  “Justify My Love”,  Madonna


1992:  “Killing in the Name”,  Rage Against the Machine


1994:  “Closer”,  Nine Inch Nails


1999:  “Goodbye Earl”,  The (Dixie) Chicks


2000:  “Stan”Eminem


2002:  “Dirrty”,  Christina Aguilera


2004:  “American idiot”,  Green Day


2008:  “I Kissed a Girl”,  Katy Perry


2010:  “Pumped Up Kicks”,  Foster the People


2018:  “This Is America”,  Childish Gambino


Again, you can check the full list at https://loudwire.com/most-controversial-song-year-born/

And this year’s pick? Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town”, which has caused quite an uproar between politcial parties.

I was born in 1983, so my song is “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, which is basically a tutorial on getting off.

What song was raising eyebrows the year you were born?

Which song still gets you all riled up today?

Are These The Best Movie Soundtracks of All Time?

I just saw that Uproxx.com made a list of the Top 50 Movie Soundtracks of all time.

Kind of a tall order to rank them, don’t you think?

Here’s their Top 10:

1.  “Purple Rain”,  1984


2.  “Saturday Night Fever”,  1977


3.  “Pulp Fiction”,  1994


4.  “Singles”,  1992


5.  “Super Fly”,  1972


6.  “Boogie Nights”,  1997


7.  “American Graffiti”,  1973


8.  “Dazed and Confused”,  1993


9.  “Trainspotting”,  1996


10.  “A Hard Day’s Night”,  1964

Check the full list https://uproxx.com/indie/best-soundtrack-albums-ranked-list/

Now while I respect most peoples’ opinions on such polarizing subjects, I have to say that I’m pretty damn disappointed to not see “Forrest Gump”, “Almost Famous” and “Blow” on the list.

And even though the movie was kind of lamesauce, what about “City of Angels”? That was a pretty epic 90’s soundtrack and it gave us one of the most overplayed songs of the 20th Century (“Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls).

Also, is “Purple Rain” really the best movie soundtrack ever? I mean, EVER?

I mean, “Purple Rain” itself is a glorious song, but the entire soundtrack?

So many questions…

What is YOUR favorite movie soundtrack?

What should have made the list, and got totally passed over for something less worthy?

Enlighten me!

Tanya Tucker Rides a Horse Onto the Opry Stage!

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved Tanya Tucker. Not only is she a great Country singer-like, total LEGEND status- but she has always been an equine enthusiast as I have been since pretty much birth.  She actually used to show Arabian Horses, which is the breed I’ve always been into, but lately has moved onto Friesians, which, really, unless you are super rich, good luck affording one!  They’re like the Onyx Unicorns of the equine species.

Anyhow, Tanya made quite the entrance at the Grand Ole Opry Friday night, riding her Friesian Stallion onstage!


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Tanya was at the Opry to promote her new album “Sweet Western Sound” which came out this past Friday.

Always a total QUEEN!