From the Baby Boomers who experienced the British Invasion firsthand to the scores of alienated youth who found salvation in the sounds of Robert Smith's Fender Jazzmaster -- some of us owe our lives, for better or worse, to British rock guitar.
"I sort of buried the emotion of 'Mad World' under a whole heap of percussive synth, if you see what I'm saying. For me, it always worked as an up-tempo song. But the way that Michael Andrews and Gary Jules did that is just straight to the jugular, it's just amazing."
Disney has had such a long winning streak with its animated comedies and musicals that it's almost possible to forgive the problems with Frozen, which opens in Los Angeles today and in wide release on Nov. 27.
Odds are, the word that pops into your mind when I mention Phil Collins is probably something like "Sussudio." It's highly unlikely that the first word you'd think of would be "Alamo," but that's about to change.
If you like Vampire Weekend, you'll love Ra Ra Riot. That's a tag line that's probably followed the latter indie rock band wherever they go, unrightfully so. I asked them about touring and the new record.
Collins remembers, "When I was twelve or thirteen The Beatles' first album came out. They had some Motown and early soul record covers, like the Stones did. This is the music that I kind of lived my life to."
There's a statement you'll hear everyday in Malawi. "After all, this is Africa..." is said in response to anything that's slow, late, malfunctioning, isn't rational, isn't sensible, is puzzling, perplexing, or absurd.