Category Archives: rock

Give me your body: the best of Queen

58% on Rotten Tomatoes is frankly higher than I expected for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic, as most reviews I’ve heard or read have been scathing. But there’s one good thing in all this hubbub over the film: it’s making … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, best of, rock

Do you wanna get rocked? The biggest and best of Def Leppard

No band in the ’80s sounded bigger than Def Leppard, and that wasn’t because of their riffage; that was thanks to “Mutt” Lange, sprinkling his magic studio dust over them in his pre-Shania years. On their biggest album and crowning achievement, … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, best of, rock

First love, heartbreak, tough luck, big mistake — what else can you do?: Pat DiNizio, RIP

My heart hurt when I read the news, late Tuesday night, that the Smithereens’ leader, Pat DiNizio, had died at the age of 62. Besides R.E.M., there’s no band I more closely associate with that chiming Rickenbacker guitar sound, so … Continue reading

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Like a transmission from somewhere distant: on “You Got Lucky”

I highly recommend you read the entire TSJ tribute to Tom Petty, but I’m particularly pleased with what I contributed, on his late 1982 single “You Got Lucky,” so I’m reposting it here for posterity. ***** In the fall of 1982, … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, RIP, rock

He was born a rebel: Tom Petty, RIP

I grew up in the ’80s (I was born at the end of 1970), so Tom Petty was everywhere: on the radio, on MTV, and on the cover of Rolling Stone. His 1981 cover, where he’s ripping a dollar bill in … Continue reading

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You know I ain’t that handsome: the best of John Mellencamp

[Regarding the above image: John Mellencamp had to be the most unlikely three-time SPIN cover star, but thank god he was buddies with publisher Bob Guccione, Jr., who did some great interviews with him. (Especially as he only got a single … Continue reading

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Last of the rock gods: Chris Cornell, RIP

Chris Cornell was, indisputably, to the ’90s as Robert Plant was to the ’70s: a long-haired, handsome frontman with charisma and charm to spare, deep, soulful eyes, and a voice. Oh, that voice. A primal, erotic wail, really. Where Cobain … Continue reading

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