Love is all you need…unless, of course, you’ve recently had your heart broken into a million pieces. Red hosts this countdown of the greatest songs about splitting up and holding a grudge, covering every genre and era…because, after all, heartbreak and revenge are universal. Click here and enjoy, (but not too much).
This week at Slacker we’re celebrating all things 80’s & New Wave while our Slacker countdown, the 101 Greatest New Wave Songs cranks in the background. What can we say, we’re New Wave fans! Some folks here would even argue it was the greatest period ever in the storied history of Rock music. The hair, the synthesizers, the androgynous edge, the elevation of punk ethos and pop excess straight into outer space- what’s not to love?!
So in the spirit of celebration, we’re taking a rewind/fast forward look at some stand out New Wave artists to get a sense of what exactly they’ve been up to since their New Wave peak and where they are now. Today – A Flock Of Seagulls!
It’s hard not to immediately give a nod to THE standout New Wave haircut from the era – Mike Score’s gravity defying “Flock Of Seagulls Hairdo“, (some speculate the hairdo to be the true author of their single biggest hit “I Ran So Far Away“). The hairdo was intended to resemble an actual seagull and must’ve had only enough juice to fuel their self-titled hit first record, A Flock Of Seagulls – a concept album about the alien invasion of earth, with tracks about an alien abduction following a sequential story line. Sadly, subsequent albums like Listen and The Story Of A Young Heart failed to stir listeners or the charts and the band broke up soon after.
So fast forward- in 2002 their hit single “I Ran So Far Away” was featured in the hit video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the band played their final show with the original lineup in 2003 for VH1’s “Bands Reunited” and as of 2013, Mike Score was continuing to play shows under the “A Flock Of Seagulls” banner, but as the only original member in the group. Whether a fan or a critic, it’s hard to classify the legacy of “A Flock Of Seagulls”- are they relegated to being remembered as a joke band? Were they New Wave pioneers? Do modern listeners only grant them ironic appreciation?
Who cares?! We’re just glad A Flock Of Seagulls is a part of the New Wave story, because the story wouldn’t be the same without them. Oh yeah… and Mike Score is now bald. So there’s that.
Slacker serves up a sweeping retrospective of the biggest hits and misses in the history of the Grammy Awards–in alphabetical order! Join your hostess Red, as she recounts Grammy record-breakers from Adele to Kanye to Sinatra, with a barrage of Grammy trivia lining up with each letter of the alphabet. It’s the Grammy A-Z; something that could only happen on Slacker.
Pink has become one of the biggest names in music by doing things her way. The uncompromising singer was named the #1 pop musician of the first decade of the 2000s by Billboard magazine. This week she releases her new “Truth About Love Tour” DVD, and in celebration Slacker has put together a station counting down your favorite Pink songs using our Engagement Quotient. Get the party started with the Pink Top 33!
Who doesn’t love Dave Grohl? The Foo Fighters front man turns 45 this week, and since he’s currently in the studio hard at work on the band’s eighth album, Slacker celebrates with a station counting down your favorite Foo Fighters tracks. That’s right, this countdown uses what we call the Engagement Quotient, or EQ, which just tallies up the plays, hearts, skips and bans to get a definitive Top 33. By the way, a single artist station like this is usually only available for our Premium users but thanks to a special arrangement, we can offer this station to everyone for a limited time. It’s the Foo Fighters Top 33, something that could only happen on Slacker.
Bruce Springsteen has sold over 60 million albums in his career, making him the 15th highest selling artist of all time. At age 64 he shows no sign of slowing down. His 18th studio album “High Hopes” comes out next week, and in celebration Slacker counts up your song plays, skips, hearts and bans to create a station counting down the biggest Boss songs of all time. It’s the Bruce Springsteen Top 33, something that could only happen on Slacker.
The Top 20 of 2013 is a high energy, fast paced and highly produced sound picture. Recall the extraordinary events of the last year in the Top 20 of 2013 from ABC News and Slacker. Click here to listen!
We’ve harnessed the power of our EQ charts to create a countdown of the new songs from new artists that you loved the most in 2013. Mat Diablo is your host for a look back at the artists that made the biggest impression in 2013 across all genres, featuring appearances from Lorde, HAIM, Rich Homie Quan, Thomas Rhett, Imagine Dragons, Zedd, and more! Listen up- it’s the Top 50 Breakout Artists of 2013!