September 1, 1989 |
Over time, pop music fans learn to be wary of artists who define themselves more by what they aren't than by what they are. Case in point: the Bee Gees, who headlined the Universal Amphitheatre on Wednesday and Thursday. The Brothers ("Don't Blame Us for Disco, Please ") Gibb have spent the better part of the last decade on the run from the white dance-music legacy they left behind.
September 27, 1998
The U2 singer limits his choices to bands and warns that his list is "far from definitive." 1. The Punk Rock Album: (The Sex Pistols had the best singles, but I'll choose) the Ramones' "Leave Home" "Edge and Larry were 14, Adam and myself were 16, when, after an argument about the arrangement of our own songs, we conned an Irish national TV producer that we had written 'Glad to See You' and 'I Remember You' [from that album] . . . We got the TV show, switched the songs back to our own. . . .
May 16, 1988 |
Talk about pop contrasts. Three days after Irving Berlin, the most beloved American songwriter of the 20th Century, was honored at a black-tie affair at Carnegie Hall, a jeans and T-shirt crowd gathered Saturday at Madison Square Garden for a 13-hour concert starring heavy-metal pioneers Led Zeppelin.
August 22, 1993 |
Now that Duran Duran is the toast of pop again, what's the next act to be resurrected from obscurity? Left Bank Management, the Los Angeles-based company that helped mastermind Duran Duran's comeback, hopes the answer is one--or all--of its other clients: Richard Marx, the ever-resilient Bee Gees and--brace yourself--Meat Loaf. "(For) an act that has a name but is not currently in vogue, the negatives are huge," says Allen Kovac, the head of Left Bank.
May 10, 2007 |
The Times' pop music critic's take on "American Idol": -- THE real loser on Tuesday's show? Barry Gibb. Even though the Final Four contestants got two songs apiece during the series' quarterfinal round, none of them did much justice to songs they chose by guest vocal coach Gibb, although Jordin Sparks' old-school R&B treatment of "To Love Somebody" fared best.
June 14, 2001 |
The Bee Gees may have been born in England, but they clearly picked up a key character trait during their childhood years in Australia--these guys come back more often than a boomerang. This weekend they share the stage at KIIS-FM's Wango Tango 2001 with such hot young pop acts as Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson and host Britney Spears--performers who weren't born when the Bee Gees got their first taste of success. Or, in some cases, their third.
March 16, 1997 |
Sunday "The Irish in America" / 5 and 9 p.m. A&E Actor Aidan Quinn ("Avalon") narrates this historical look at "those who turned poverty into prosperity." Denied liberty in their native country, 5 million men, women and children learned to "expect the unexpected" after emigrating to America between 1650 and 1922. Catholicism, religious strife, English penal codes and the Great Famine of 1847 are among the topics of this two-hour program. **** "Storytellers" / 7 and 10 p.m.
September 27, 1987 |
* * * "E.S.P." The Bee Gees. Warner Bros. Though this is the Bee Gees' first album in six years, you can tell they haven't stopped listening to the radio or keeping up with new releases. Most of the songs sport contemporary, techno-style arrangements that rely heavily on synthesizer and drum machines. A few songs even recall specific artists and/or their hits.
December 16, 1990 |
How much of a favorite artist's music do you want in one package--and how much are you willing to pay for it? Those are the key questions facing consumers in the era of the boxed set--the record industry's favorite new marketing strategy. How, for instance, do five hours of Elton John sound to you--for about $60 for the CDs, a bit less for the cassette packages? Good idea or rip-off?
February 4, 2010 |
In jail, Sarah had imagined herself sitting on Oprah's stage. The talk show host would listen sympathetically to the Iraqi widow's story. The audience would applaud as she told how she had made hardened militants cry while she helped grill them for the U.S. military. They would know, despite the rumors, that she had never betrayed the Americans. Now that she was free, Sarah concentrated on a letter: "In the name of God, Dear Oprah, peace be upon you," she typed. "I'm sure you're going to be a little surprised because a lady from Iraq is writing to you, a woman from America.