Old Mar 30th 2012, 09:11 PM   #101
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E is for Eminem.

Few have been able to harness so much anger and satire with the level of focus as Eminem. Never afraid to share his thoughts on the world or the turmoils of his own life, Eminem has been a force in the Rap scene since his debut in 1996. He's made people nervous, he's gone round and round with other artists and offered truces, he's performed on stage with Elton John and has had hit songs performing alongside the likes of Dr. Dre, Rihanna and Dido. He's gone socio-political, he's started a charity for disadvantaged youth and has even done some acting. Eminem has become an enigma.

"The Way I Am" is the music video of choice and features Eminem in his best element, sharing his frustrations with the world and daring the world to take issue.

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"The Way I Am" by Eminem
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Old Mar 31st 2012, 09:24 PM   #102
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E is for En Vogue.

In the 1990's, someone needed to carry the torch for female R&B groups. Who better to do so than En Vogue? Between 1990 and 1996, the foursome managed to top the Billboard R&B chart six times. They also had the somewhat dubious distinction of topping out at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 three times. Their 1992 Funky Divas album was #1 on the R&B Albums chart and is arguably one of the better R&B albums from the 1990's. They teamed with Salt-N-Pepa and had a hit with "Whatta Man" which was played way too much on the radio, but that's how it is when they like you so who am I to argue? Without En Vogue around, 1990's R&B might not have been anywhere near as good.

The music video is "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)." Matthew Rolston is the Director and no one seems able to bring out the beauty out of people with his techniques quite like him.

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"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue
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E is for Enrique Iglesias.

In the world of Latin Pop, there are two realms in particular one can hope to achieve lots of success in, the English and Spanish languages. Few have been able to master this like Enrique Iglesias. A son of Julio Iglesias, Enrique had the talent passed down to him, but it was Enrique himself was able to craft it into something special. Between 1995 and 2010, Enrique dominated the US Latin chart with over twenty different #1 songs. While not having anywhere near as many on the Billboard Hot 100, whenever Enrique has dedicated some of his time to the English language side of Latin Pop, he's still done quite well. His first English language single, "Bailamos," rocketed to #1 in 1999, the year Latin Pop broke fierce not just with Enrique, but also with the likes of Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony. In 2010, Enrique released a bilingual album, Euphoria reasserting his place in the industry as still one of the hottest around, not just in looks, but also in music.

"I Like It" is the music video and while Pitbull's involved, it still manages to be a great song. It samples Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" very nicely and caused me to take notice of Enrique for the first time in several years. Still looks great, too and there's nothing wrong with that.

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"I Like It" by Enrique Iglesias f/ Pitbull
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Old Apr 2nd 2012, 09:36 PM   #104
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E is for Enya.

New Age Music, or that, "Pure Moods," stuff as I tend to call it from time to time is kinda hard to ignore. It has its popularity in the United States, sure, but there's something more International to it. And when done right, it can have a similar effect that old Blues Music can, which is conveying the feelings therein with the right notes. When done right, it can be felt. There have been some notable artists in the field, from Rick Wakeman to Yanni. From Loreena McKennit to Celtic Woman. And who can forget Vangelis? "Chariots Of Fire" did for slow motion running footage what "Yakety Sax" did for fast motion running and comedic scenes. So why Enya?

Enya doesn't necessarily consider what she does New Age Music. To her, it's just "Enya." So in a sense, she's kinda like the rebellion in a genre one might not expect to see one. That and she's had some really good songs over the years which also helps. "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)" scored #1 in several European countries and even cracked the Billboard Hot 100's Top 25 in 1988. In 2001, "Only Time" and specifically the remix of it played quite a bit on radio stations, especially in the wake of the Terrorist Attacks, resulting in a Top 10 status on the Billboard chart. Her songs have had a calm reserve and for all the rock and rap and country and dance and everything else that we're so into, it's good to know that there's good stuff that can relax even the most tense of souls.

"Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)" is the music video of choice. I tend to think this song would have fared better chartwise and in terms of sales had listeners known the title of the song earlier. Originally, it was just "Orinoco Flow," but then "Sail Away" was eventually added on as a subtitle so consumers would know what to look for in stores. The imagery is peaceful, much like the song itself. On a meaningless personal note, in my personal remix of Disney's Fantasia, "Kacestasia," I have this song cued up to play when the Olympus segment begins. But I'm weird.

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Old Apr 3rd 2012, 09:16 PM   #105
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E is for Erasure.

When it comes to synth pop, fanbases may come and go, but Erasure is forever. They had some mainstream success, but for Erasure it was more about providing music for people to enjoy dancing to in a Post-Disco society. Since 1985, the Erasure duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have done just that. In terms of fandom, Erasure has become one of those groups that the fanbase goes out of its way to collect whatever they don't already have, be it albums, singles, bootleg stuff (allegedly) and so on. I've had friends and known of others whose Erasure collection can put the rest of their music library to shame.

"A Little Respect" was for me, the very obvious choice for music video. I think it's a great song and it reminds me of different things, like that scene in DEBS. And if you've seen DEBS, you know the scene I'm talking about without me needing to explain it. It's me standing on stage, singing part of this just to prove I had some kind of a voice. It's early 6th Grade and listening to this when looking for something different from the other pop and rock stuff. A little respect. It's what we all want, really.

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"A Little Respect" by Erasure
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Old Apr 4th 2012, 09:09 PM   #106
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E is for Eric Clapton.

Connecting excellent riffs that are in tune both in rhythm and feeling are as easy as breathing, maybe even easier for Eric Clapton. Well accomplished both as a solo act and also as a member of several bands and elsewhere by 1977, Eric was already having to deal with the expectations for greatness, especially from his admirers. He was even credited as God once according to some graffiti. Mr. Clapton took it all in stride and kept strumming his guitar. Throughout the 1980's, Eric continued to play, recording notable songs like "Forever Man" and "Bad Love." He was poised to continue marching on through the 1990's. Then tragedy struck.

In 1990, two of his roadies died in the same plane crash that would claim the life of another guitar king, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Less than a year later, Eric would lose his son who was only 4 at the time. The result of a grief no parent should have to face, Eric poured his soul into "Tears In Heaven," a poignant ballad dealing with the loss. In 1992, Eric would have one of the more revered MTV Unplugged performances, including a reworking of his Derek & The Dominos hit, "Layla." The 1990's really became a contemporary light period for Eric, having other softer hits like "Change The World" and "My Father's Eyes." Eventually though, Eric would find himself rocking out once again in blues inspiration form, even getting to team up with BB King along the way. And through every great solo and notable song, he made it look easy.

"Bad Love" is the music video of choice. It really highlights what that late 1980's adult contemporary mainstream rock sound was like. As a bonus made of win, Phil Collins plays drums and sings backup. Eric would also make an appearance in one of Phil's videos at the time, "I Wish It Would Rain Down."

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"Bad Love" by Eric Clapton
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E is for Eurythmics.

On their own, Annie Lennox was a heck of a singer and David A. Stewart was really good with instruments and production. Together, they were Eurythmics, a duo that helped shape 1980's Pop. The production put together with a powerful voice made for some great music. They utilized MTV, scoring a big hit with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)," notable for Annie's powersuit in the video. From there, Eurythmics would spend the rest of the decade being a worldwide sensation. In the 1990's, the duo would split to pursue other projects. Annie Lennox would have a great solo career and David A. Stewart would have his own project that would include teaming up at one point with stellar saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Eurythmics would eventually reunite to some success, though they're still forever remembered for their great 1980's run.

"Here Comes The Rain Again" is the music video of choice and my favorite song by Annie and David together. Not only is it a great Eurythmics song in its design, but throw in the orchestral majesty of Michael Kamen and the great becomes even greater.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzFnYcIqj6I&ob=av2e
"Here Comes The Rain Again" by Eurythmics
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E is for Evanescence.

In 2003, Rock got a new wrinkle in the form of Evanescence. Amy Lee's voice combined with a style that's been described as everything from straight up rock to metal to gothic, the band has managed to become one of the more notable names of the 2000's. What the future holds for Amy and the gang is unknown as only time can tell with that. For what it's worth though, it's been a good run so far. They also had "My Immortal" which thankfully isn't being shoved down society's throat as much as it used to be. Great song, though.

The music video is "Bring Me To Life" which is the song that started it all. It started off as boredom in a restaurant and led to an epic little masterpiece with Graeme Revell (yes, fans of The Crow film, that Graeme Revell) leading the orchestra for this song.

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"Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence
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E is for Everclear.

Everclear. Named after some sort of alcoholic beverage, their music at times sounded like the result of the kind of epiphany would could have while wasting away in a drunken state. In those precious moments of vulnerability come ugly truths and they can pour out of one's soul just like those liquids poured in. And with Everlcear, there are no second chances, just a raw fury of emotion.

It seems that there are either personal episodes in the songs themselves or personal episodes of my own that are forever attached to Everlcear's music. I still recall my introduction to their music during the Midnight hour of Halloween night 1995. I had just rode from North Carolina to Maryland with one of my Uncles. Spending the night in the apartment I was staying with my parents in at the time, I knew I was going to have the place to myself for at least the remainder of the evening and most of the morning until they showed up from the same trip. Autumn 1995 was an exciting time to be in Maryland. My Dad was there on business and I was there, because High School was done and I had nothing to do. Cal Ripken Jr. was breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games record in MLB. The Cleveland Browns were announced as being a sacrificial lamb for the sake of Baltimore. And Baltimore was celebrating the Grey Cup run of the Stallions. The music was great. The OJ Simpson Trial was coming to an end. And there I was on a Friday night...a Halloween Friday night, showing up at the apartment, knowing I was gonna watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 at 1 AM and filling the time before that with music videos on MTV. One of those videos was "Santa Monica." Eating my Chef Boyardee Roller Coasters with meatballs (which they should so bring back), I became a fan.

There was "Heartspark Dollarsign" which spoke of the tribulations attached to an interracial relationship. "Everything To Everyone" which comes with a story so personal and borderline insane, I'm almost afraid to even hint at it here. "Father Of Mine" which tells a story of a young man growing up without his absent father, a story I'm thankful not to relate to. There's "Wonderful" and then there's also "AM Radio" which samples Jean Knight splendidly while paying tribute to classic hit radio from the 1970's. And there's "When It All Goes Wrong Again" which I think everyone can relate to at some point. Between 1995 and 2001, Everclear represented a major part of my personal soundtrack through life. Not so much before or after that, but I'll not hold that against them.

The music video is for "Everything To Everyone." There have been times where I've treated it as a dedication to others and other times a dedication to myself. Autumn 1997 was just crazy. You had to have been there and there's really no other way to explain it. Those who were there don't share the tales with strangers. And those who don't may never know and that's just fine. I'll share this much. I didn't sleep much during that time. It was Twisted Metal 2 and the movie Casino playing all day. It was loving and lusting and fighting. It was leaving before Sunrise in order to not burst into flames. It was the impromptu party. It was throwing a frisbee around down from a courthouse at 2 something in the morning. It was personal and times it was painful. It was a reminder of where I stood in the world and what I was up against. It was me rambling. None of this makes sense to you, I'm sure, but it does to me. In short, you had to have been there.

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"Everything To Everyone" by Everclear
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F is for Faith No More.

Kicking off the letter F is Faith No More, a band too different for mainstream and in 1990, too different for alternative. Whatever the category they were meant to be in, they were a rock band first and foremost. They were around in the late 1980's, but it was "Epic" and just as important, the music video for "Epic" in 1990 where FNM started getting a lot more attention. They were poised to be one of the more notable bands of the 1990's in their ability to stand out. Little did anyone realize just what was on the horizon in 1991, with Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine and White Zombie among others bursting upon the scene. It didn't seem to matter to the FNM'ers though or their fans. They had a great Commodores cover in "Easy." They paid homage to the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece Vertigo with their video for "Last Cup Of Sorrow." By the end of the 1990's, Faith No More was no more. Years later, there would be a reunion edition for the occasional concert, but their main run will always be from the end of the 20th Century.

The music video of choice is "Epic" and it's an obvious one to go with. From Mike Patton's mannerisms while performing the vocals to the "Master" shirt to the controversial fish flipping about to the literally explosive finale, it was "Epic" indeed.

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F is for Fatboy Slim.

In terms of the Big Beat sound that has emerged from the 1990's, there are candidates for Head Of The Class. One of the leaders in that struggle is a guy named Norman Cook, also known as Fatboy Slim. When he isn't DJ'ing or dealing with other projects, Norman adopts the Fatboy Slim persona and shows off his skills. Whether it's in his own music or videos or specially remixing songs by others, like "Brimful Of Asha" by Cornershop, Fatboy keeps busy and usually has options to choose from when figuring out what to do next. Chartwise, his main success has been in his native United Kingdom where he has scored some big hits. In the United States, he's still been successful, but it appears a lot of his success is aided by the music videos that accompany the songs. From the destruction of various objects in "Gangster Trippin'" to Spike Jonze portraying a dance instructor who has his troupe perform on a busy sidewalk in "Praise You." And there's Christopher Walken's effort in "Weapon Of Choice."

"Weapon Of Choice" is featured here for the video and this isn't Christopher Walken's first go-around in this artform. He was also a nice Angel Of Death in Madonna's "Bad Girl" video. In "Weapon Of Choice," perhaps he's the same Death character just enjoying a boring day off. Christopher does love him some dancing. No word on how he feels about cowbell.

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"Weapon Of Choice" by Fatboy Slim
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F is for Feist.

There are only so many people who can say they've collaborated with everyone from Peaches to Stephen Colbert in a recording studio. Feist is such a person. She was a member of a group called Broken Social Scene, but would eventually branch out on her own, scoring some success in her native Canada. She's garnered a niche following in the United States and elsewhere and while it could just be a nice flash in the pan, it could also just be the beginning. I like her voice.

The music video is for "1234" and for anybody wondering, that's pronounced "One-Two-Three-Four." A bit quirky, a bit cute and some great choreography all blend together with this visual representation of a song that was basically presented to Feist in her tour bus. There's such a positive vibe with this song, I can't help but grin a little whenever I hear it.

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"1234" by Feist
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F is for the Fifth.

2004. I remember different things about that year and one of them was my relentless pursuit to listen to everything that I could, music wise. At that time, I was dabbling around with internet radio and even though I had a diverse lineup of music in my library already, I was never opposed to listen to something new, be it mainstream or otherwise. Also at the time, there was a place in Fayetteville I'd go to called the Dragon's Lair. Comic books and fun conversations are the order of the day whenever I'm able to drop by there and this particular day was no different. On this day, however is remembered as the day that B-Man of the Lair introduced me to the music of his band, the Fifth.

The Fifth had already garnered an audience for itself in the Fayetteville area and became a much welcome change in the local scene which while not without other bands was also ripe with Beach Music. Roy Cathey, B-Man and the rest of the Fifth crew set out to let people know that this is also an area of quality rock. And so, the legend continued to grow. I've been to some of their shows and the atmosphere is something that should be appreciated by everyone at least once. You see, with the Fifth it isn't just about the band and their music. The Fifth is a family. It's a state of mind. It's hard to describe to the unfamiliar. What I can say that might be a little more understandable is that their popularity expanded past North Carolina into the rest of the world. Very modestly and without much help from the more mainstream area of rock, the Fifth have found themselves to be favorites from everyone from Ft. Bragg to the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. From Virginia to Japan. From local appearances at various establishments to international audiences online. Their fans, the Fifth Faithful are part of the family itself. Through personnel changes, professional stuff, personal stuff and all the insanity that comes with rock and roll, the Fifth and its Faithful have perservered.

The music video is "The Gift (Just Take It Back)" also known as "Roy's epic acting!" For Roy Cathey, the previous twenty-plus years have been quite the journey. From his days with Cold Sweat in the late 1980's to the Fifth in the 2000's and present, Roy Cathey...to borrow a bit from Ric Flair, sweat, bled and paid the price to show the world his ability to rock, regardless of what radio was into and regardless of styles were generally accepted or not. He's become a testament to dedication to the craft. And most importantly, for both Roy and B-Man, I can call them friends. Why? They're just cool like that.

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"The Gift (Just Take It Back)" by the Fifth
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F is for the Fifth-NJ.

And so, this list has two different bands with the same name. Same names will happen. After all, when Nirvana burst onto the scene in the Early 1990's, it turned out there was already a Nirvana that had existed in the United Kingdom for years. These things can happen and bands laying claim to, "the Fifth," is a notable example. From what I can tell, there have been bands from Tennessee to California all having used that name. Eventually, the, "Will the real Fifth please stand up?" deal would have North Carolina's version step up. Honestly, if not for Roy Cathey's Fifth, chances are, I wouldn't even be familiar with the others. Of the others though, there was one that in the 2000's was going strong and that was the Fifth of New Jersey. This particular Fifth band has a different style, but while not scoring the big record deal they did manage to play Madison Square Garden as an opening act for Weezer, which in itself is a pretty cool achievement. From the Jersey Shore to the New York City Metro area, the Fifth-NJ has carved a nice niche for themselves and also managed to gain a following online.

"Kinked Head" is the music video featured here. It's pretty much performance footage of the Fifth-NJ playing the clubs, rockin' and rollin'. And I like the microphone stand!

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F is for Firehouse.

When the 1990's began, Charlotte's own Firehouse looked poised to become the band for the final decade of the 20th Century. Conventionally speaking, there was a decent argument for the notion. They had the skillset, the looks, some mainstream appeal and their sound represented a natural evolution of what had worked well enough in rock the previous half-decade. As it turns out, the Early 1990's weren't really about the conventional. The hair/glam look and style was finding itself kicked to the curb in favor of the Seattle scene. It was a time of revolution in rock, but it appears Firehouse didn't bother reading the memo. Good thing, too.

People can say what they will about Nirvana, Alice In Chains or Soundgarden, etc. All great bands as far as I'm concerned. Despite that and the raging wind of grunge blowing through, Firehouse marched onward, unafraid and not intimidated. The first half of the 1990's may have belonged to Nirvana, from the sound to the legacy, but Firehouse was able to still maintain its presence during that time. They had the standard rock of "All She Wrote" and "Reach For The Sky." And they also knew how to utilize the love song/power ballad with "Love Of A Lifetime" and "I Live My Life For You." And while the Music Revolution would come and go, Firehouse would keep going, even if it required a change of pace.

Satisfied with their success in the United States and discovering an international audience ready to embrace them, it was on to touring other parts of the world. For all of the various casualties, musically speaking that took place during that turbulent time of the 1990's thanks in large part to the Seattle invasion, Firehouse remained unconquered. In retrospect, they may have been among the truest rebels of that period.

The music video of choice is, "All She Wrote." It's not so much about the video itself as it is the song. In terms of Firehouse tunes, it's easily my favorite. And dig all that hair! For what it's worth, that young girl who at one point in the video gets to sing a couple of words on camera with the band? I seem to recall about half the white girls in high school my Freshman year having that hairstyle. Why I remember these things? I have no idea.

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F is for Fleetwood Mac.

With Fleetwood Mac, certain things are just going to be ignored right off the bat. The Pre-1977 years where they went from digging the blues to their conversion into adult contemporary and rock. The professional turmoil and changeover in lineups and the personal turmoil involved within that lineup. Aside from my quip that it's a good thing Reality TV wasn't really a thing back in the 1970's, because Fleetwood Mac would have been prime fodder for it, none of that really matters to me for their inclusion on this list.

For Fleetwood Mac, 1977 started with them getting their first Billboard US #1, "Dreams." From there, it was numerous hit songs and settling into to the 1980's and the MTV Generation. Their videos for "Hold Me" and "Gypsy" were mainstays on the young channel. Also during the 1980's, their three main vocalists, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks would each enjoy solo success. The late 1980's also saw more success although by 1990, it seemed clear that the group wasn't the same without Lindsey around.

In 1992, "Don't Stop" became a musical tool for Bill Clinton's Presidential campaign and from that, Lindsey's reuniting with Fleetwood Mac would occur. In the 1990's, Fleetwood Mac reestablished itself in the adult contemporary scene. In the 2000's, Fleetwood Mac became one of those older bands a nice portion of the younger generation would come to appreciate. And while this list of artists goes by 1977 as its starting point, there is one song from before that time that is worth noting here. That song is 1975's "Landslide."

"Landslide" has stood the test of time and may even be more appreciated now than it was in the mid-1970's. It was covered by the Smashing Pumpkins during a time in which their popularity was ever-increasing. In 2002, the Dixie Chicks had their cover which became part of the Political circus of Mainesgate or whatever it was being called. The popular TV show Glee (featuring the seriously awesome Jane Lynch...oddly enough, I've yet to find myself interested in watching, despite Jane being made of Win) also had their own rendition of "Landslide." Getting back to Fleetwood Mac's original, its most intriguing usage came from a memorable episode of South Park in 2011.

The music video of choice is "Little Lies." Christine's on lead vocals while Lindsey and Stevie share in the backing vocals and it all just blends nicely with the music. "Little Lies" would be Fleetwood Mac's first #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, with future #1's in that category being, "Everywhere" and "As Long As You Follow." I guess Christine McVie just brings out the best in Fleetwood Mac when it comes to the contemporary. At least chartwise.

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F is for Fokis.

Fokis is a true independent in the realm of Rap & Hip Hop and in the 2000's, displayed a very blue collar attitude when it came to achieving success in the music industry. Relentless time in the studio or on the road, from concerts to parties to radio appearances, Fokis has managed to earn a following. From the lyrics in his songs to the cartoony logo on the t-shirt, Fokis has displayed a focus on his dedication to the craft. And there's something to be said for the t-shirt, because I still have a Fokis shirt. Fits a little tighter than it used to ten years ago, but that's neither here or there.

"Back On Da Block" is the music video featured, with the concept being that his music being akin to an underground drug of choice for those looking to get their fix of good independent rap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF7Txezs1Ug
"Back On Da Block" by Fokis
WARNING: Salty language involved in the video!
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Old Apr 16th 2012, 08:50 PM   #118
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F is for the Foo Fighters.

When 1994 began, Dave Grohl was drumming for Nirvana. Fast forward to the end of the year and with that band disbanded in the aftermath of Kurt Cobain's death, Dave knew he was going to need something to do. Thus, the Foo Fighters came into being. Pat Smear, who had been with Nirvana in its final stages and had also gained some noteriety as part of a punk band years earlier called the Germs (and there's that "Raspberry Beret" music video by Prince & The Revolution where he's hanging out) joined up. In 1995, the Foo Fighters began rocking their way into the hearts of fans everywhere.

The Foo Fighters have been much celebrated, not just for their sound, but for their music videos. They've been able to spoof everything from Mentos commercials to Falling Down, but don't let that distract you from their ability to rock. Into the 2010's, the Foo Fighters are still going strong and don't appear to be letting up anytime soon.

"Everlong" is the music video of choice and in retrospect, almost has an Inception vibe to it in terms of all the dream jumping going on. The Colour And The Shape is an album worth getting for guitar aficionados.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBG7P-K-r1Y&ob=av2e
"Everlong" by the Foo Fighters
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F is for Foreigner.

With a mixture of British and American for the lineup, Foreigner was always going to be foreign somewhere to someone. In 1977, Foreigner started making its impact with "Feels Like The First Time." They achieved chart success and were a staple for the mainstream rock scene in the late 1970's and early 1980's. They worked with the excellence known as Mutt Lange and gave the world "Juke Box Hero." In 1984, Foreigner hit a high watermark with "I Want To Know What Love Is." The rest of the 1980's was spent making a few more hit songs, including some ballads for the contemporary crowd. Lou Gramm, Foreigner's lead singer would eventually see some success as a solo artist. From the 1990's onward, Foreigner has managed to soldier on, sometimes with Lou and sometimes without. Either way, they were able to make their impact.

"That Was Yesterday" is the music video and is indicative of a genre of music video that was becoming really popular, the "get some concert footage and make a nice day in the life kind of montage out of it to a nice tune." That same technique would be utilized by everyone from Bon Jovi to Def Leppard to Janet Jackson. It was also the follow-up to "I Want To Know What Love Is," which was a nice way for Foreigner to remind any new audience members that they were more than just a band that was good at the slow songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxz7UkOQ5v4
"That Was Yesterday" by Foreigner
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G is for Garbage.

Butch Vig, Steve Marker and Duke Erikson had the studio and the pedigree to make things happen when the time was right. Once Shirley Manson was added to the fold, that time became now. Prior to the end of 1995, the first thing that would spring to mind when hearing the name, "Butch Vig," would be his work with Nirvana. By the end of the of the following year, it was all Garbage. I didn't notice as much at first. "Queer" got some airplay and I thought, "Ehhh...it's decent." Then "Only Happy When It Rains" started getting more play. It's hard to describe what it was like listening to that song in completion for the first time. It was a thing of beauty. At the time, all I wanted to do was write a little and draw a lot while listening to music. In early 1996, there was different stuff to enjoy, from Jo Dee Mesinna to La Bouche to Def Leppard. "Only Happy When It Rains" really stood out for me. Then there was "Stupid Girl" which made one of the greatest usages of a Clash drum track (outside of a Clash song itself) ever. There was "Milk" and "#1 Crush" which were haunting, erotic and even a bit creepy. "Push It" and "I Think I'm Paranoid" showing that the previous years were not a fluke. Into the 2000's, Garbage would have tunes like "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)" and "Run Baby Run" as the group settled in. Into the 2010's, Garbage remains active. But when I think of Garbage, I'll always think of 1996 and what my world was like back then.

"Only Happy When It Rains" was the only choice I considered for the music video spotlight here. They actually did that video at the same time they were working on the follow up, "Stupid Girl." Other songs may have scored higher on whatever chart, especially "#1 Crush" which scored a #1 of its own on the Modern Tracks chart. To me, "Only Happy When It Rains" will be the definitive Garbage song and of my favorite songs of any kind by any artist.

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"Only Happy When It Rains" by Garbage
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G is for Genesis.

Genesis means different things to different people. From time to time, one may bump into an individual who will shout at you the virtues of the Pre-1977 years where Peter Gabriel was lead singer and everything was artsy and inspired a bit perhaps by the Moody Blues and Nirvana (UK band from the late 1960's). By 1977 though, Peter had already departed for his solo journey through the music industry, leaving Phil Collins to take over as lead vocalist on top of his duties as drummer. Along with Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, Genesis evolved with Phil at the microphone.

1978 is when things really started to get rolling for Genesis as "Follow You, Follow Me" became a hit and from there it was just a steady stream of success and a new audience. The 1980's would see Phil Collins splitting his time between solo efforts and Genesis. At one point in 1987, Genesis' "In Too Deep" would find itself battling Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" on the Billboard chart. For the rest of the 1980's, Mike would handle his own side project, Mike + The Mechanics which would score some success while Phil continued on with his solo stuff. Tony had his own project, Bankstatement along with other solo projects. Genesis went from being a band to being an all-star band in a sense and in 1991, Phil, Mike and Tony joined forces once again. While it seemed the rest of the music industry was at war with itself, Genesis came through relatively unscathed.

By the mid-1990's, another band, Stiltskin was starting to generate a slight buzz with its lead singer, Ray Wilson including a rock radio hit, "Inside." I mention this, because soon enough it would be Phil's turn to depart the band to focus mainly on his own material and presumably ride off into the sunset. With that, Ray joined the group and while achieving success internationally, the Ray Wilson version of Genesis didn't quite hit that same level of acceptance in the United States. Ray's time was short lived, but still they at least got "Congo" out of it. I always liked that song. Through it all, Genesis was ever evolving and occasionally splintering off before reuniting. Their legacy is that of quite a collection, not just from Genesis itself, but from the various projects its collective membership took part in.

The music video of choice is "Jesus He Knows Me," which is in tune with Genesis and specifically, Phil Collins' ability to present commentary on the world-at-large. In previous music videos, Genesis had managed to highlight the plight of Mexican immigration issues, heavily dipped in satire with "Illegal Alien." There was "Land Of Confusion" which is arguably their most well known video where with the help of Spitting Image took aim at both world politics and popular culture, utilizing a puppet-form of President Reagan as its lightning rod. In 1992, "Jesus He Knows Me" saw its video inspiration in the form of false prophets of the television screen. Both the song and video gleefully take aim at those who exploit the spiritual faith of others for the simple sake of personal profit. And before you get all curmudgeony about it, there is (so far as I know) no actual 3:25 in the Book of Genesis. The, "3," stood for the number of members in the group and the, "25," represented the number of years Genesis had been around up to that point. You can rest easy now.

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G is for George Clinton.

Before I start, there's that specificity oriented part of me wanting to let you know that this is not about George S. Clinton, who's been a great composer over the years. Yes, that's a different person. And just so no historians get confused, this also has nothing to do with the United States' fourth Vice President. This is about George Clinton. The Parliaments who became Parliament which eventually morphed into Funkadelic, then eventually George officially going solo.

In 1977, George had Parliament and Funkadelic going strong and was the pioneer of the P-Funk sound. His sound and persona became a heavy influence on everyone from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 1982, George started engaging in solo projects, including Computer Games which would unleash "Atomic Dog" upon the world. George has worked with many different artists over the years and has given the world some fun music videos, from "Atomic Dog" to "Paint The White House Black." George also played a role for Midway Games as an unlockable-by-code persona in the arcade and console hit, NBA Jam. P-Funk is a very distinct sound and George Clinton pioneered it into existence. No matter how many fine artists there are in music, there are only so many who can lay claim to genre creation and/or manifestation. George is one of the few and proud who can do just that.

"Atomic Dog" is the obvious video of choice. From 1982, the music video came out during the Video Game Arcade craze of the Early 1980's. The industry itself was still a year or so away from hitting a crash point, but that was later. For the time being, it was Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga, two of the games spotlighted in this video and for me, a personal flashback to childhood, adolescence and early adulthood at the Take Five arcade. It seemed like every good video game one could think of passed through there at some point. From Ms. Pac-Man to Paperboy to Hogan's Alley, it was all there. Years later, it would be the fighting games capturing many people's attention and lots of quarters being fed into those machines. Anything that can bring back fond memories of those arcade days is good by me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkmivRWegU
"Atomic Dog" by George Clinton
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G is for George Harrison.

Beatle. Traveling Wilbury. George Harrison. Perhaps not more than all, but arguably more than many, George Harrison has earned a right bit of respect for his efforts in the music industry. By 1977, Beatlemania had come and gone and George was already a well established solo artist. He had hit songs that reflected on his Beatles days, "All Those Years Ago" and "When We Was Fab." There were other hits like, "Blow Away" and "Got My Mind Set On You." There was the all-star formation of the Traveling Wilburys and his success there. And in 1995, when it was time to reprise a couple of John Lennon tunes in the name of one last brush of Beatles greatness, George was there, along with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (as well as fellow Wilbury Jeff Lynne helping with production). His work with the Wilburys continues to gain more appreciation as the years follow and with the Anthology series, George was able to help welcome a new generation of Beatlemaniacs. George also had his own record label, Dark Horse Records which would eventually wind up in the clutches of Parlophone in 2004, a few years after his death.

For what it's worth, between George's solo entry on this list and his being part of the Beatles and Traveling Wilburys, this makes him among the most well represented in this Alphanumerics project. That in itself is impressive.

"Got My Mind Set On You" is the music video of choice, although there was an alternate video that was filmed where George is in a giant gumball machine (at least that's how I remember it). I like this spooky house version though. And yes it's a cover and my usual policy is to avoid those for this list. So if there's an exception it's for good reason. Aside from the 5th Grade flashbacks (some more pleasant than others), I see this as one of those moments in music where the cover became the superior to the original, by James Ray. And that's just an example of how awesome George Harrison was. He could make a great cover of a song to the point where it would simply become his song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_niy2ZM5Jo
"Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison
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G is for George Michael.

George Michael didn't have a Sports Machine like another man with the same name, but in the latter half of the 1980's, he was a pop music hit machine. Initially he was one half of Wham! with Andrew Ridgely. Once that split happened, George was on his own and his solo career took off in both dance appeal and the exploitation of sexuality. Now the idea of sex itself in music is nothing new. One can listen to most any oldies or maybe even a classic rock or R&B station and hear lovely songs of yesteryear involving concepts such as, "making love," and whatnot. In 1987, George Michael went for the jugular with "I Want Your Sex." George didn't just want to embrace the taboos of sexual language in popular music, he wanted to tear it down. In the years since songs like "I Want Your Sex" and "Father Figure," one could argue that George has managed to succeed in his mission somewhat. Pop Music has become a lot less inhibited in terms of language and mature content. George Michael played a big role in that, so those who dig it know who to at least partially thank and those upset know who to blame along with Elvis Presley.

In the 1990's, George continued to rack up hits and also got to perform with Queen. And really, if one thinks about it, in the wake of Freddie Mercury's death there were only so many singers could do the glam and showmanship justice in the role of Queen's lead singer and George Michael was that guy. George also got to perform on stage with Elton John and at one point in the 1980's had performed backing vocals for Elton's "Nikita." Of course there was also that duet George had with Aretha Franklin, so he was very adept at performing well with other artists. In the 21st Century, George Michael's popularity may have waned a bit in the United States, but in his native United Kingdom, he's still just as popular.

The music video of choice is "I Want Your Sex," though really it's Part I of that song. Part II's more of an instrumental reprise. It was his first single as a solo artist and it was George Michael making sure he had everyone's attention. With all the controversy that followed, the message in the video was one that I'm sure even the most Puritan among us could appreciate, "Explore Monogamy." There's also quite a bit of, "There's a fetish for that," going on in the video which just makes it even more entertaining.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vldh7oQD-a4&ob=av2n
"I Want Your Sex" by George Michael
WARNING: Sexual visuals and stuff
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G is for George Thorogood & The Destroyers.

Someone had to bring the harsher edge of pure guitar rock to the 1980's. Why not George Thorogood? With a heavy blues influence and an acid tone in his singing voice, George and his Destroyers spent the latter half of the 1970's pursuing their art and the 1980's and '90s, pushing to new heights. In 1982, "Bad To The Bone" was unleashed upon the world and those who didn't know about Mr. Thorogood before certainly did now. There were other great tunes like "Gear Jammer," "I Drink Alone," and "Get A Haircut," with George's unique delivery and penchant for killer blues-metal riffs. Along with George's guitar work, there was also Hank Carter at saxophone and his ability to deliver quality sax solos.

"Bad To The Bone" is the music video of choice and arguably George's signature tune. The song is heavy in Bo Diddley influence and Bo himself is in the video, serving as George's opponent in a series of pool games. I'm not sure if it's good or bad that as a kid, I also remember there being an Alvin & The Chipmunks version of this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyhJ69mD7xI&ob=av2n
"Bad To The Bone" by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
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