December 1, 1989
Democracy comes to video this week, as MGM/UA releases the 10 movies selected by critics and the public from a list of 100 MGM classics. Priced at $19.95, the winners are: "Moulin Rouge," John Huston's 1952 filmography of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, which will paint your TV screen with delirious scenes of swirling colors. "Julius Caesar," in which Americans Joseph L.
August 31, 1992 |
When grindcore records popped up a few years ago in the darker reaches of the import-metal bins, the genre was seen as rock 'n' roll pushed to its logical conclusion: 15-second bursts of sound, "songs," that sounded like nothing more than illegible death howls underpinned with throbbing white-noise. Grindcore was more or less the cultural equivalent of that tiny blip of blue light that lingers at the center of the screen after you flick off an old TV.
November 23, 1990 |
Don't misjudge an album by its cover. Because of the Guitar Player magazine logo, the new "Legends of Guitar" series may look like an instructional guide that is of interest only to guitarists. In fact, the series offers an imaginatively designed collection of some of the finest guitar performances of the modern pop era.
July 26, 1996 |
The Sugarhill Gang is the Bill Haley & the Comets of hip-hop music. Like the rock pioneer, whose "Rock Around the Clock" was a pivotal step in renegade rock 'n' roll's transformation into lighter, sock-hop fare, the Gang is best known for a single record and has been accused of watering down a vital musical form. Haley, the critics say, built his music around the creative ideas of a host of R&B musicians and sold it to an audience that hadn't heard the real thing.
May 17, 2004 |
A whole new movie genre began with Bill Haley & the Comets' pulsating song "Rock Around the Clock." Released 50 years ago, the infectious dance tune initially played second fiddle to the Haley hit "Shake, Rattle and Roll." Not until "Rock" was featured during the title sequence of "The Blackboard Jungle," the classic 1955 film about misguided youth, did the song take off with a bullet on the charts.
January 29, 2007 |
No, Chubby Checker didn't write "The Twist." Nor was he the first person to record the tune -- both honors are held by Hank Ballard, who had a minor hit with the song in 1959. But Checker did turn the song into an international dance phenomenon. As he likes to describe the dance -- "It's like putting out a cigarette with both feet, and wiping your bottom with a towel, to the beat of the music." Checker's version of the infectious song hit No.
May 2, 1991 |
After a somewhat disappointing production, "Tied to the Tracks," the spell-weavers of the Magnificent Moorpark Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. are back at full strength with "The Clumsy Custard Horror Show." The show is touted as an amalgam of "The Rocky Horror Show," the "Star Wars" trilogy and "Cinderella." The production (from a stock script by William Gleason and adapted for the company by director Scott Martin) borrows elements from each, "Rocky" least of all.