As another summer heads to the airport, my thoughts head back to 1982, when I was a secretary in the Artist & Repertoire (A&R) Department at CBS Records and the song "Goodbye to You" first aired on the radio.
The Zombies, one of the most influential bands to hit the U.S. during the British Invasion of the 1960's, made multiple appearances at this year's South By Southwest music conference, and by many accounts, stole the conference outright.
"I wrote a song about my high school girlfriend who broke my heart and have been milking it ever since. The irony of it is, it's the very first song I ever wrote and it's the song that's pinned on my back, kind of like 'kick me.'"
I've decided that I don't care what pop music means anymore to anyone else. I only care about what's popular with me. And so from now on, I'm going to try and put my own small spotlight on some albums that really pop for me that you might not have heard otherwise.
As a cranky, sleep-deprived new parent in the throes of box sets by hipsters, I declared (on Twitter, no less) that there was absolutely no need for me to hear Kanye's latest magnum opus. Until I heard a track on YouTube.
Tom Petty's album Pack Up The Plantation was a somewhat rockin' example of his stage shows. In comparison, that release was nothing more than a handful of crumbs compared to the feast that is The Live Anthology.