Music is more personal because you're writing it and you're involved in every step of it. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go's. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke. The group consists of Ryan and his friend Zach Shields. After discovering a mutual love of all things creepy, Ryan and Zach set out to launch a spooky musical theater production, which instead became a D.
The guys played all the instruments on the album, including ones they weren't trained to play. Perhaps you've seen a photo of Robert Pattinson carrying a guitar case at an airport? It was practically a paparazzi shot genre in the Twilight years. Speaking of Twilight : Rob recorded two songs for the movie's soundtrack "Never Think" and "Let Me Sign" and was also featured on the soundtrack for his western comedy Damsel. It was mostly a flop, failing to pass no. They released two unsuccessful singles before calling it quits, although one of them, "More to Lose," became a huge sensation in the Philippines.
He released his debut album, The Futurist, in , telling The New York Times , "Clearly, I have some hesitation in being an actor who puts out an album. But after years of writing songs, it gradually became more real.
Michael Shannon is a member of the indie rock band Corporal. In , their self-titled album featured a song called "Obama," supported the then-President's run for re-election. In addition to being one of the brightest spots in Saturday Night Live history and a scene stealer in Bridesmaids , Maya Rudolph — daughter of soul singer Minnie Riperton and composer-producer Richard Rudolph — was the keyboardist and backup singer in a '90s band called The Rentals.
In , before Lucy Hale was even pursuing acting, she was a top-five winner on Fox's American Juniors , a short-lived singing competition for tweens. In , the Pretty Little Liars star returned to her musical roots, releasing a country album called Road Between. But she wouldn't release her debut album, Heartstrings , until They've released six albums since they started making music in None of them are about bacon.
Keanu Reeves played bass guitar for the alternative-rock band Dogstar from to That's not so bad. The Married With Children and Sons of Anarchy star worked as a backup singer in the '70s and '80s for artists including Bob Dylan and Bette Midler. She released a solo album, Well She fronted the rock band Juliette Lewis and the Licks from to , then formed a new band, The New Romantiques , to put out her album Terra Incognita.
The guitars are more wild and atmospheric. The groove is dark and deep and allow for a lot of sonic contrasts. Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for playing Ray Charles, and his musical abilities are just as notable off screen. He was the drummer of Phantom Planet until and launched a solo project called Coconut Records in Among other things, he wrote the theme music to Bored to Death under the Coconut Records banner.
In an era of 'progressive' rock pomposity and minute tracks, the Ramones' back-to-basics approach was rousing and confrontational. Long before they recorded the first rock opera, Tommy, they unleashed a stream of singles that articulated all the youthful pent-up frustration of Sixties London before it started to swing.
Obliterators of rap's boundaries, Massive Attack pioneered the cinematic trip hop movement. Massive Attack's debut LP spawned the unforgettable 'Unfinished Sympathy' and remains a modern classic. In fact, there would be no British urban music scene to speak of. In parallel with Jeff Buckley, Radiohead's Thom Yorke popularised the angst-laden falsetto, a thoughtful opposite to the chest-beating lad-rock personified by Oasis's Liam Gallagher.
Sounding girly to a backdrop of churning guitars became a much-copied idea, however, one which eventually coalesced into an entire decade of sound. Coldplay would not exist, nor Keane, nor James Blunt. Pure, startling genius from beginning to end, Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones seemed hellbent on creating the biggest, most universally appealing pop album ever made. Jones introduced elements of rock into soul and vice versa in such a way that it's now no surprise to hear a pop record that mashes up more marginal genres into a form that will have universal relevance.
Their self-titled debut - the first rap album to go gold - was rough around the edges and catchy as hell. The Chic Organisation revolutionised disco music in the late Seventies, reclaiming it from the naff Bee Gees and ensuring the pre-eminence of slickly produced party music in the charts for the next three decades. They also created a hit-making formula that mixed dance beats with monster hooks.
Yearning, melodic, jangly, and very northern, The Smiths' first album was quite unlike anything that had gone before. It helped that Morrissey was a one-off and that Johnny Marr had taken all the best riffs from Sixties pop, punk and disco and melded them into his own unique style.
But there was something magical about their sound that endless successors have tried to replicate. Thanks to producer Andrew Weatherall and some debauched raving, this former fey indie outfit enthusiastically took on dance music's heady rushes. It was a conversion bordering on the Damascene, but one being mirrored in halls of residence, cars, clubs and bedsits all around the nation. Screamadelica brought hedonism crashing into the mainstream.
There's something refreshingly jolly about the modern-life paranoia expressed by chief Talking Head David Byrne on this album that moany old Radiohead could learn from. Opening track 'I Zimbra' splices funk with afrobeat, paving the way for Byrne and Eno's mould-breaking My Life in the Bush of Ghosts album a few years later. Paul Simon's Graceland might never have been made. The birth of English folk-rock. Considered an act of heresy by folk purists, this electrified album fragmented the band.
No matter, the opening cry of 'Come all you roving minstrels' proved galvanic. Until Dare, synthesisers meant solemnity. Phil Oakey's reinvention of the group as chirpy popsters, complete with two flailing, girl-next-door vocalists, feminised electronica.
You might argue Nirvana's landmark album changed nothing whatsoever. All their best seditious instincts came to nothing, after all. And yet Nevermind still rocks mightily, capturing a moment when the vituperative US underground imposed its agenda on the staid mainstream. Five good-looking young men hauled the jangling sound of Television and the Velvet Underground into the new millennium, reinvigorating rock's obsession with having a good time.
Ten years after hip hop's arrival, its original joie de vivre had been subsumed by macho braggadocio. Three Feet High made hip hop playful again, with light rhythms, unusual sound samples and its talk of the D. Acid house was sniffed at as a fad until it started producing 'proper' albums. Frequencies was its first masterpiece. Updating the pristine blueprint of Kraftwerk with house, acid, ambient and hip hop, it made dance music legitimate to album-buyers.
Restricting our anniversary list to a mere 50 was a tortuous process. We know you have opinions on these highly emotive matters, so join the debate and make a case for your choice of record at observer. The Observer Music. The 50 albums that changed music. Sun 16 Jul KE 3 Kraftwerk Trans-Europe Express Released at the height of punk, this sleek, urbane, synthesised, intellectual work shared little ground with its contemporaries.
KE 5 Robert Johnson King of the Delta Blues Singers Described by Eric Clapton as 'the most important blues singer that ever lived', Johnson was an intensely private man, whose short life and mysterious death created an enduring mythology. SOH 6 Marvin Gaye What's Going On Gaye's career as tuxedo-clad heart-throb gave no hint he would cut a concept album dealing with civil rights, the Vietnam war and ghetto life. LH 12 Miles Davis Kind of Blue A rare example of revolutionary music that almost everyone liked from the moment they heard it.
NS 14 Joni Mitchell Blue Though Carole King's Tapestry was the biggest-selling album of the era, it is Joni Mitchell's Blue that remains the most influential of all the early Seventies outings by confessional singer-songwriters. SOH 15 Brian Eno Discreet Music Brian Eno, it is said, invented ambient music when he was stuck in a hospital bed unable to reach a radio that was playing too quietly, giving him the eureka moment that set the course not only for his post-Roxy Music career as an 'atmosphere'-enhancing producer, but for the future of electronic music.
EJS 20 The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo At one inspired stroke, Sweetheart vanquished the cultural divide between acid-munching, peace-preaching long hairs and beer-swilling, flag-waving good old boys by creating the enduring hybrid of country-rock. NS 21 The Spice Girls Spice The music business has been cynically creating and marketing acts since the days of the wax cylinder, but on nothing like the scale of the Spice phenomenon, which was applied to crisps, soft drinks, you name it.
JB 23 Augustus Pablo King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown Jamaica's invention of dub - a stripped-down, echo-laden instrumental remix of a vocal track - was spawned principally on the B-sides of local reggae hits and in the island's competing sound-systems, with technician-engineer King Tubby as its master creator, a man who could 'play' the mixing console.
NS 25 James Brown Live at the Apollo This remains the live album by which all others are measured, and is still the best delineation of the raw power of primal soul music. NS 28 Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain Prince had been plugging away with limited success for several years when the man in tiny pants reinvented himself as a purple-clad movie star.
DG 34 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath A mere 30 minutes long, this was none the less the album where heavy metal was first forged. KE 39 Michael Jackson Thriller Pure, startling genius from beginning to end, Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones seemed hellbent on creating the biggest, most universally appealing pop album ever made.
EJS 41 Chic Chic The Chic Organisation revolutionised disco music in the late Seventies, reclaiming it from the naff Bee Gees and ensuring the pre-eminence of slickly produced party music in the charts for the next three decades. LH 43 Primal Scream Screamadelica Thanks to producer Andrew Weatherall and some debauched raving, this former fey indie outfit enthusiastically took on dance music's heady rushes.
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Tips and Warnings. Related Articles. Author Info Last Updated: May 16, Listen to lots of existing concept albums. You might also try listening to or watching some Broadway musicals - they're always working music around a story. Try to become a good songwriter for songs generally. If you already write poetry or can play an instrument, you're already halfway there!
Try to identify your concept. What is important to you? Do you have a message you want to project to change society? Or have you got a vision of the future or the past or present for that matter that you want to turn into a story? Or do you just have a story to tell, plain and simple? You don't have to have any songs in your head at this point - just moods and themes. Try to decide on specific styles, sets of chords or repeating sequences of notes or chords technically called "leitmotifs" or sound effects to represent different things.
Start writing lyrics and music around this framework you've built up. Yes No. Not Helpful 2 Helpful Basically, to score music is to write it down on a staff a set of 5 parallel lines on which music is written so that other people can play it while reading it.
Naturally, knowledge of music theory is a necessity in scoring music.
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