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It's probably worth mentioning what "rock and roll" actually is. There are two definitions of "rock and roll". The first definition is a genre popular of music that originated in the early to mid 1950s and ended in 1959, because of the following events: The drafting of Elvis into the army (1958) Little Richard retiring to become a preacher (1959) The ...


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It was started by Ronnie James Dio. It originates from an old Italian symbol called a Malocchio, or "Evil Eye". It's all explained pretty well here. R.J. Dio – "I doubt very much if I would be the first one who ever did that. That's like saying I invented the wheel, I'm sure someone did that at some other point. I think you'd have to say that I made ...


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Mixing rap and rock is about as old as rap. Take Run-DMC's version of Aerosmith's "Walk this Way", or the early Beastie Boys, or Public Enemy recording with Anthrax, or Ice-T's Body Count project. I think some people would put the groups you list in different categories. There's Rap rock and Nu Metal, and some alternative metal has rap/hip-hop components. I'...


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Which patterns, instruments, characteristics (or whatever) does a song need to have to be considered rock? Era: Given that 'Rock' evolved (and encompasses) 'Rock n Roll', one defining aspect of rock music would be that it had to be created no earlier than the 1950s (when the term was coined). Instruments: This is a bit tougher, but I suppose we could ...


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"Speculation that the song's lyrics are drug related has been largely dismissed. Lamm himself says that the title is "just a reference to the time of day" and that "the song is about writing a song. It's not mystical." The time of day in reference is 3:35 AM (or 3:34 AM), which would then be 25 (or 26) minutes to 4 AM." From the Wikipedia entry


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Like other people said Jimi Hendrix never took lesson so he would have never formally learned any music theory, but that doesn't mean he was absent of the knowledge of any music theory. Music Theory in the simplest is the study of what works and what doesn't in music. So while there is a formal path for studying the subject, simple things like someone ...


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I have listened to a lot of music from the list you named and if I am not mistaken this is what it means: From Wikipedia: Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s in the American state of Washington, particularly in Seattle. From Wikipedia Grunge is generally ...


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It's about space, plain and simple. It's literally just a description of space - its colors, planets, stars, supernovas scaring Dan Dare. It's typical Barrett - something very, very simple wrapped in fantastical storytelling. That aspect of his songwriting really didn't change much in the 'aftertime'. Though his depression is showing through, the tunes ...


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I found out it was unintended and a fun fact. In 2000, Vic Gabarini published in interview with the band, on Revolver Magazine. Here is an extract : Revolver: On Roxanne, the band's first big hit, there's a laugh followed by a weird piano chord in the beginning. What the hell was that all about? Copeland: Tell them what really happened, Sting. Tell ...


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Well, this may be semantics, but rock music continues to have its own charts -- several of them, in fact. If the question is "why is rock music not at the top of the Billboard pop charts?" then I would say it has to do with the shift from a blues based aesthetic of pop music to a gospel and hip-hop based aesthetic. For the last few generations of music ...


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It sounds like a cowbell to me. The "Cowbells in popular music" section of the "Cowbell (instrument)" Wikipedia page notes that Guns N' Roses have often used the cowbell, notably in "Nightrain," "Welcome to the Jungle," and "It's So Easy."


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According to this page, Jim Peterik, one of the songwriters, said: I [...] started slashing those chords to the punches we saw on the screen. So, apparently, they were trying to synchronize the timing of the chords to the timing of the punches in a certain scene. Even though the final cut of the scene where the song is being played doesn't show any such ...


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These two guys are Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn, members of the band T. Rex. Marc Bolan Mickey Finn I also found a fan work based on this photograph, by Paolo-Art:


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25 Or 6 To 4 should be interpreted as: Twenty five or [twenty] six [minutes until] four [o'clock, AM]


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The term "Crossover" generally denotes music mixing two or more genres, but was used more specifically in the nineties for bands combining (hard) rock and hip-hop elements - like Rage Against The Machine, Urban Dance Squad, Such A Surge etc.


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The album was not satire. It was a contractual obligation to manufacture a radio-friendly collection of songs. The band individually have said as much. Here is a pretty good "Reader's Digest" review of what went down, which was written as a 35th Anniversary review a few years back. To condense: Looking back on the album during a 2011 interview, Keith ...


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You might be thinking of another Linkin Park song, "Numb". Looking at the lyrics, it has a few lines very close to the ones you remembered from it (emphasis mine), but it's missing "something I am not gonna say to you" and "I love you". Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes And every second I waste is more than I can take And ...


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Densmore told Billboard: What were the influences that shaped the Doors' sound and what does each member of the band bring to the table? John Densmore: Ray grew up in Chicago so he had the blues, Muddy Waters and all that. He also had classical training. That was pretty cool. That was invoked in the intro to "Light My Fire," which was very kind ...


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This is going to be a bit of a "list question" which isn't great for the SE format, but just for starters [& with no refs, just straight off the top of my head]... Deaths... The Beatles survived the loss of Stuart Sutcliffe - though at the time of his death he was no longer a member of the band. The Rolling Stones survived the loss of Brian Jones. The ...


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Its earliest use can be seen in India, as a gesture very commonly used by Gautama Buddha as Karana Mudra which is synonymous with expulsion of demons and removal of obstacles like sickness or negative thoughts. The same usage can be seen in Italy and Mediterranean culture as well where, when confronted with unfortunate events, or simply when these ...


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The existence of many blues, gospel, and rock songs featuring trains is indisputable. The correlation you see to rock band's first albums is probably some kind of selection bias. Trains were a major part of American life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Unlike today, when most passenger train use is in cities, passenger trains would be regularly ...


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Humans have a natural tendency to bob their heads to a beat. This occurs in many types of music, but "headbanging" is when this is taken to a much more intense level. The performer or listener throws his or her whole body into moving to a hard rock song, shaking their head violently forward and backward to the heavy beat, often making their long hair fly ...


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Genius has a cool feature which lets users interpret song meanings cooperatively. It also allows you annotate the meaning of smaller blocks of the lyrics. As it happens, Aerials has been interpreted quite extensively: http://genius.com/System-of-a-down-aerials-lyrics This is the main interpretation of the song: The overall theme of the song is our ...


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The song is about the past, explained Coxon to NME: In his track by track guide to 'The Magic Whip' for NME, Coxon explained that the track 'My Terracotta Heart' was about his relationship with Albarn. He admitted: "I knew it was going to be an incredibly sad song, which is why I put the crying guitar on there. What I didn't know at the time ...


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As always, genius is a good source for analyzing of song meanings. This particular song has been extensively analyzed by multiple users. Having said this, most of the time a song's meaning is subject to interpretation. To start with, linoleum is a type of floor covering. The whole song is playing around with this floor theme. It starts with the first few ...


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Over time most bands innovate, mature, or perhaps reinvent themselves (or whatever you want to call it ...). This goes for their music as well as their style/image. If they didn't they would probably fade away or be critized for their lack of creativity. In the proces of change you'll always have people that disagree/dislike the way things are heading and ...


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Theodore Gracyk (Rhythm and Noise, Duke UP, 1996) makes the interesting claim that what separates "rock" from jazz, blues, soul and other kinds of rhythm & blues (including 1950s rock 'n' roll) is the ontological primacy of the recording over live performance. A rock musician is more like a painter than a jazz musician: his "work" is the recording, ...


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Insane Clown Possee is a Rock/HipHop band which appeared in a B-Movie called Death Racers (2008). ICP did the majority of the soundtrack to the movie.


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