Thursday, September 1, 2011

The 27 Club

As an avid music fan, I didn't hear about the 27 club bot with some research, I found out that a lot of famous and talented musicians died at the age of 27. Some of those are Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Jim Morrison of The Doors and Amy Winehouse among the rest. Seems kinda creepy if you think about it, especially about rumors of some of them having a white Bic lighter with them near their bodies...- creepy indeed.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rockstars that had a premature death

These are lists of rockstars that died early or before their time. Mostly due to drug-overdose,accidents and suicides.

Cliff Burton(25)

Bassist of Metallica

Died after being thrown out of the window and was crushed by their tour bus after it went out of control.

Kurt Cobain(27)
Frontman of Nirvana

Died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Bradly Nowell(28)
Frontman of Sublime

Died of a heroin overdose.

Shannon Hoon(28)
Frontman of Blindmelon

Died of a drug overdose.

Elvis Presley(42)
Solo Artist

Died of an overdose of prescription drugs.

Jimi Hendrix(27)
Freestyle Guitarist

Asphyxiated in his own vomit.

"Dimebag" Darrel(38)
Guitarist of Pantera

Murdered on stage.

Sid Vicious(21)
Bassist of The Sex Pistols

Died of an heroin overdose.

Ian Curtis(24)
Frontman of Joy Division

Suicide by hanging himself on a clothes rack.

Freddie Mercury(45)
Frontman of Queen

Pneumonia excacerbated by AIDS.

Jim Morrison(28)
Frontman of The Doors

Suspected heroin overdose.

John Lennon(40)
Member of The Beatles

Murdered by stalker Mark Chapman.

History of rock

In the 1950's a new genre of music is born, Rock. It has its roots from Rock and Roll, Blues and Country Music with a little bit of classic and jazz mix. It revolves around the tunes of the electric guitar with the a steady rhythm of the bass guitar and drums and sometimes with the piano or a keyboard. Some 10 years into the birth of rock it developed into sub-genres like Foll-rock, Blues-rock, heavy metal, hard rock, and punk rock. Later on other sub-genres like Alternative-rock, new wave, grunge and nu metal which is usually composed of a quartet, sometimes a trio or even a duet, others even include a second guitarist or a keyboardist to form the classic 5 set-up.
In the modern era, sub-genres like rasta-core, electronic-rock and metal core began popping as a result of other genres mixed with rock.

Example of bands in different sub-genres of rock:

Elvis Presly - Rock and Roll

Badfinger - Pop-rock

The Ramones - Punk-rock

R.E.M. - Alternative-rock

Black Sabbath - Heavy Metal

Soundgarden - NU Metal

Eric Clapton - Blues rock

Jimi Hendrix - Psychedelic rock

Iron Maiden - New Wave

Nirvana - Grunge

Green Day - Pop-punk

Jimmy Eat World - Emo

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My top 5 bands of the 90's

5. Tool

They showed that even though you are in a rock band, you can still be intelligent and still be enjoyable to the mainstream audience.

4. 311

311(Three Eleven) release several albums, including the self titled triple-platinum album "311". They introduced a new-era of genre through alternative music with a blend of reggae

3. Incubus

Incubus, with their new style of alternative playing with with the immense use of gadgetry and the use of turn-tables. They wrote popular singles like "Warning", " "Wish you were here", "Circles" and their hit single "Drive".

2. Third Eye Blind

Third eye blind is an alternative band in the early 90's which produced singles that topped the billboard charts like "Graduate", "Never let you go", "Jumper" and my personal favorite "Semi-charmed life".

1. Nirvana

Nirvana, the most popular band in the 90's is a grunge/metal-alternative band composed of Drummer Dave Grohl, Bassist Krist Novoselic and vocalist Kurt Cobain. They have chart topping singles like "Heart-shaped box", "All apologies", "Come as you are" and the greatest song in the 90's by billboard 100 and is also my personal favorite. Sadly their reign ended with the death of Kurt Cobain on April 5th, 1994 who committed suicide on his Lake Washington home. Cobain's artistic endeavors and struggles with heroin addiction, illness and depression, as well as the circumstances of his death have become a frequent topic of fascination, debate, and controversy throughout the world.

He was ranked by Rolling Stone as the 12th greatest guitarist and 45th greatest singer of all time, and by MTV as 7th in the "22 Greatest Voices in Music". In 2006, he was placed at number twenty by Hit Parader on their list of the "100 Greatest Metal Singers of All Time".