features 2019

Paisley Underground

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Led by the four crucial bands The Bangles, The Dream Syndicate, The Three O'Clock and Rain Parade, the Paisley Underground was all about re-interpreting the bright, psychedelic music of '60s acts like The Beatles and The Byrds and blending it with the attitude of the '80s. They used droning guitars, grounded drumming and far out, but sometimes dark, lyrics to make an impact on indie rock forever. Even the inimitable Prince was smitten, naming his own estate and record label "Paisley Park," working with the Bangles and signing The Three O'Clock! Jim and Greg discuss the rise and fall of the Paisley Underground and share where its influence is seen today in music. They also talk about the 2019 collaborative album, 3x4, on which the bands cover each others' songs decades later.

Go to episode 703

The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack"

leader 2019 marks the 55th anniversary of the song "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las. For one week in 1964, The Shangri-Las sat atop the Billboard Hot 100, in front of legendary groups like The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Beach Boys. While it only stayed on the Hot 100 for 12 weeks, the track's impact has extended far beyond 1964. Sound Opinions producer Alex Claiborne talks with writer Ada Wolin about her book Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las and about the group's lasting impact on music and pop culture, as well as their influence over notable punk acts like Blondie and The New York Dolls.

Go to episode 703

Hooked On Sonics: Emily King

Emily King Both Greg and Jim applauded Emily King's latest album, Scenery, which moves deftly between pop, soul, funk, gospel and even a bit of rock. For our occasional series Hooked On Sonics, Emily tells us about the seemingly disparate threads that helped to shape her music, and the song that got her Hooked on Sonics: "Castles Made of Sand" by Jimi Hendrix.

Go to episode 700

Hooked On Sonics: Pedro The Lion's David Bazan

David Bazan Pedro The Lion released their fifth album, Phoenix, earlier this year. It's the first Pedro The Lion album in 15 years, though the band's only constant member, David Bazan, released five solo albums in that time. Bazan is a guy who grew up deep in the evangelical Christian subculture, and many of his songs are scathing critiques of that culture. That plus his father's work as a music pastor led to Bazan getting "Hooked On Sonics" by the instrumental "Axel F" from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack.

Go to episode 697

Hooked On Sonics: Nothing

Nothing "It has been stuck with me forever" is how Domenic Palermo, founder of the band Nothing, thinks of the track "Plainsong" from the Cure. Palermo talked with Sound Opinions about“Plainsong”for our series Hooked on Sonics where we talk with an artist about the song that got them interested in music. Palermo says he was first introduced to the song by his mom when he was about 10, but it wasn't until later in life that the lyrics truly spoke to him.

Go to episode 689