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questions about the genre known as "Rock", which is characterized by a heavy guitar-driven sound

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Why does rap music belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

This morning N.W.A. was announced as a 2016 inductee (coverage by Rolling Stone) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In case you are not familiar, N.W.A. (the name stands for "Niggaz Wit Attitudes")...
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Where did the “rock on” hand sign come from?

A lot of rock musicians use a hand sign to symbolize the concept of "rock on" typically during a performance. The hand symbol is shown below. Where did this hand symbol come from and who created it?
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What defines rock music as a genre?

Which patterns, instruments, characteristics (or whatever) does a song need to have to be considered rock? Can this be objectively analyzed? If not, which subjective dynamics are involved?
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What is “The Seattle Sound”?

You often hear of early 90's Seattle music as having "Th Seattle Sound". What, exactly, are they talking about? Seattle has birthed Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana and ...
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Does rock + rap/hip-hop genre have a name?

I've played a video game Need for Speed Most Wanted, and I came across a weird trend it's it's soundtrack: there were many songs that had hip-hop/rap style, but were backed up by heavy (distorted, ...
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What is “25 or 6 to 4”?

One of - and this is debatable, but it's what I think - the best rock songs ever is by a band called Chicago. But the name has always confused me. The song is called "25 Or 6 To 4". What does this ...
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Is it true that Jimi Hendrix didn't know music theory?

I've often heard that Jimi Hendrix didn't know anything on music theory and harmony, and he was just playing 'by ear'. Is this true or just a urban legend?
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Weird piano chord on Police's Roxanne

On the intro of the song Police - Roxanne we can hear a weird piano chord (just before someone's laughing). The piano doesn't seem to feature elsewhere on the song. Did they ask for a pianist to come ...
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Mods vs Rockers - who won?

I've heard a lot about Mods vs Rockers in the '60s. But can either side reasonably claim to have 'won', either overall or in any of the significant individual 'battles', e.g. the 'Battle of Brighton'?
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What is the actual meaning of the the song Astronomy Domine by Pink Floyd?

This song sounds to me like they are romanticizing fear and panic, but i am not able to understand the actual meaning behind it. Or is it just about an acid trip?
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What is the name of the drum type that sounds like a tin can?

It sounds like drumming with a stick over a simple tin can turned upside down. I have noticed it many times, but in particularly in a couple of songs featuring Slash: Night Train from 0:07 to 0:28 ...
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Anyone know why the riff at the start of 'Eye of the Tiger' has weird timing?

Does anyone know why eye of the tiger has a weird timing in the intro riff but doesn't have this in the outro? Basically the repeat(bars 9-12 with timing change at bar 10) is delayed by an 8th ...
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“Love Beach” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer: considered as serious release?

The album Love Beach by Emerson, Lake & Palmer was made with the intention of fulfilling a contract obligation. So, they could have released an experimental or an absolutely demotivated album, but ...
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Does Blur's song MyTerracotta Heart signal another Blur breakdown?

In Blur's latest album The Magic Whip there's a song called "My Terracotta Heart" that makes me wonder about the future of the band. The Magic Whip is the new album recorded by Blur after 12 years of ...
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Which specific songs are being parodied in this segment from “The Pick Of Destiny”?

I hope this is eligible question for stack. I don't really know where to go with this, and original Stack Overflow was often helping me with programming questions, therefore - here we go: There is an ...
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Why did Ozzy Osborne choose to make “Hero” a hidden track?

When the album "No Rest For The Wicked" was released adding extra "hidden" tracks to the end of albums was the latest "thing." They are usually either an outtake or a song that doesn't fit ...
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Why is rock music not on the charts anymore? [closed]

The days of bands Pink Floyd and Metallica topping the charts are long gone, and I'm really unsure as to why? When and why did rock music die off in popularity and electronic music take over?
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Oasis' song “Waiting For The Rapture” as a tribute to The Doors?

In Oasis’ last album, Dig Out Your Soul, there’s a song called Waiting For The Rapture. That song has a guitar riff that is identical to the guitar riff of the The Doors song Five To One, and it ...
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First rock song to use the 3/4 time signature? [closed]

The three-four time signature is frequently used in swing music or dance music. But what was the first rock song to use this time signature?
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What is Meaning of “Aerials” by System of Down song and music video?

This is one of my favorite songs. I listened to this thousand times, watched video several times but still cannot get the connection. What is the background story of this song? How the Music Video ...
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Photograph of two (possibly) glam rock artists, one holding a guitar - can anyone please identify these musicians?

I have a box of band and concert photos from a storage locker I bought, some possibly from Woodstock. Some things that I've found in the box indicate that the owner was in the music business in some ...
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Rock song with lyric “walking in your shoes”, gruff voice singer like Linkin Park

There's a rock (or metal) popular song, not recent probably. It has these phrases (sort of). "walking in your shoes" "something i am not gonna say to you" "i love you" "and every second i" Can ...
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Why “un, dos, tres, catorce” instead of “un, dos, tres, cuatro” in U2's “Vertigo”?

U2's song Vertigo from their album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb begins like this: Un, dos, tres, catorce!! In Spanish that's "one, two, three, fourteen". Why "fourteen"? I've read a number of ...
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What are popular genre of music in U.S

I am trying to find out popularity of music genres. This page provides the popularity of music genre, but its little old, can anyone share the ranking of genres based on popularity?
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Identify female vocal country/rock song when search for lyrics yielded no exact matches - “you say I won't forget you”?

I'm trying to identify a song which the lyrics say something like "you say I won't forget you" // "you say that I don't love you" (something like that, I was at the gym and couldn't write it down or ...
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Is there symbolism in the word “train” that is particular to rock music culture?

I do not know much about music, but I keep noticing a strange pattern in rock song names and was wondering if there’s more to it. Many bands tend to have a song, and usually on the first album, ...
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NOFX's song “Linoleum” - what's the meaning of this song?

What's the meaning of NOFX's song Linoleum? What's the reference to linoleum?
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Amateur's History of Rock and Roll

I'm looking to learn more about the history of rock and roll music, and I'm interested in all of it, from Fats Domino to today. I'm mostly familiar with classic rock (Beatles, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, ...
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Why Linkin Park lost their fans in the mid?

I saw a lot of like pages in Facebook like "Linkin Park ex-fans", "Bring back the old LP", whatever. I love their songs, almost every one <3 . So any soldier here who can answer me? Why people ...
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Cat Stevens Numbers Cartoon?

I was recently listening to Cat Steven's Numbers album, and remembered watching a cartoon special on US television based on this story when I was a kid. This was obviously quite a while ago in the 70'...
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Who would have been the “US” Beatles if the “UK” Beatles hadn't come along, in an alternative universe?

In a recent paper "The evolution of popular music: USA 1960–2010" published on the Royal Society Open Science website, the authors claim that "... these results suggest that, even if the British did ...
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Music video with monster chasing firefly

The video of this song shows a monster chasing a firefly at first. Eventually, the monster catches the firefly, he puts her in a cage. He realizes then that the firefly is sad, is losing her shine. He ...
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Looking for examples of irregular time signatures being used in post rock

Post rock and prog rock are very different, however they both share an experimental nature. Having gotten used to irregular time signatures through prog rock, I was disappointed to find that the ...
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Steve Vai logo meaning

Is there any significance in the Steve Vai logo below? To me it looks like the artist's name but I was always wondering if there is more in it since Steve always likes to put hidden meanings ...
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Why is a lot of Rock music focused on stuff like demons and Satan?

I have a friend who's really into Rock and Metal music. A lot of the music I see him post online, has names that seem to worship demons or Satanic beings. So, I wanted to know if the idea behind Rock ...
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Why did Maverick Records ask Muse to remove falsetto?

Origin of Symmetry was an album made by alt-rock band Muse in 2001. Maverick Records, the planned publisher before release, had asked that some songs be recorded again without lead singer Matthew ...
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Heavy metal song including the “Gayatri” mantra in the lyrics

Heavy Metal and lyrics has Gayatri mantra "Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥtát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ" Searching for 3 years now !!
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Why did David Bowie never play any songs from Labyrinth live?

I'm a fan of David Bowie and I thought he was excellent in the 1980s movie, Labyrinth. I also liked a lot of the music from that movie, which Bowie wrote the soundtrack to. However, apparently he ...
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Who was there before The Doors?

Who was there before The Doors in terms of inspiring them, or sounding similar? I saw on the rock timeline website, there was the inception of rock music, but what I see is a lot of artists making ...
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Name of song with lyrics “let it shine”

I heard a song in yoga class that I enjoyed very much but never had a chance to ask what is was. It's in f minor and has a strong beat. The tempo, key, and feel is quite reminiscent of "Staying Alive"...
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Can a band (i.e. Linkin Park) survive the loss of a core member?

After Chester committed suicide and broke our hearts, I wondered what will happen next? Will Linkin Park survive? Is there an example from history where bands were able to recover after losing a core ...
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First rock band ever?

Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the ...
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Who was the guy in the B-52's video “Roam”?

In the music video Roam by the B-52's there appears to be an African American B-52 with large hair (not really an Afro but similarly large). Upon seeing that I though "Oh, cool, the B-52s were more ...
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“Summertime”, late 60s, early 70s, who sang it?

Who sang the version of "Summertime" that received a lot of airplay on American pop radio in the late 60s or early 70s? I've been wracking my brain, searching youtube, and I can't find it. It wasn't ...
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Mr. Blue Sky: does the opera tune heard at the end come from another song?

In the song "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra, we can hear a tune towards the end that sounds like an opera song (starting at 3:32). Was this tune invented for the song or does it come from ...
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Punk rock music video with exploding mailboxes

I think the genre is punk Very heavy bass The lead singer is a black haired girl. In the video she is walking down a street and as she passes mailboxes, they explode. I think "bracelet" and "sitting/...
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A song from my memories - industrial rock

There was a nice tune from late '80s or (more likely) early '90s. I can remember the melody but not the artist name nor title nor any part of lyrics. I remember there was a music video in industrial ...
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Why do radio stations only play hit songs?

Those hits never used to be hits. It took radio play to become a hit. I’m a huge Led Zeppelin fan and as much as I love Stairway, Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love, etc. I just sometimes get so sick of ...
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Did any members of Katrina and the Waves have pet anteaters?

This certainly seems like an incredibly unnecessary question, but I need it answered to prove a point to a buddy of mine. Have any of the members of Katrina and the Waves ever have, legally or ...
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“Mein Herz Brennt” - Rammstein, what's the point?

I have been listening to this song for quite a while, and I always have the same question in my head: What is happening in the video ? Where are they, what's the story, who's that weird monster, what'...