Shirley Manson and Butch Vig of Garbage reflect on their 20-plus years as a band and their new retrospective book, "This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake."
New Order’s 1983 synth classic “Blue Monday” is one of the most important and beloved songs of the new wave era. The Manchester group’s iconic founding bassist, Peter “Hooky” Hook, explains that it all came down to indie label Factory Records’ decision regarding the single’s very famous — but very expensive — packaging. The die-cut packaging for New Order’s “Blue Monday” 12-inch single.
Nowadays, indie and alternative rock bands think nothing of promoting their music via TV, commercial, and film placements. But back in the ’90s, when Oklahoma eccentrics the Flaming Lips (who just released their 14th album, Oczy Mlody) hit the stage at the Peach Pit After Dark — aka the hottest fictional nightclub on Beverly Hills, 90210 — to rock out in front of David Silver, Valerie Malone, and Dylan McKay, it was a real eyebrow-raiser and head-scratcher.
“We’ve always been a polarizing band,” AFI frontman Davey Havok admits, as he and his bandmates Jade Puget (guitar), Adam Carson (drums), and Hunter Burgan (bass) sit down with Yahoo Music to reflect on AFI’s wide-ranging discography. “It’s cool when it’s weighted towards the female, because from what I’ve known growing up, ladies always have the best taste in music,” Havok asserts with a grin.
Jones says he rarely spends much time thinking about what might have been if the Pistols hadn’t broken up after less than three years, spectacularly imploding at the Bay Area’s Winterland Ballroom at the end of an infamous, ill-fated, 12-date U.S. tour in early 1978. “But I do wonder about it, if we could have knocked another record out,” adds Jones, revealing that the Pistols attempted to write new music during one of their reunions, in 2003, but nothing came of it.
If you’re a rock ’n’ roll fan who came of age in the ’80s, then you probably partied to “18 and Life” or “Youth Gone Wild” — two massive singles from Skid Row’s quintuple-platinum self-titled debut, one of the best-selling albums in Atlantic Records history. Of course, there was always more to Skid Row than just the big MTV hits, and in Yahoo Music’s Backspin interview covering his Skid Row and solo discographies, ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach admits: “At the time it bugged us that we were just known as a ballad band because of our singles ‘18 and Life’ and ‘I Remember You.’ But you know, as time goes by, who cares about that kind of stuff? Interestingly, Bach tells Yahoo Music that “I Remember You” almost wasn’t good enough for his bandmates Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo, who “thought that the song was too wimpy.