The First Lady Of The HBK Gang…

She goes by the name of KEHLANI & always reppin’ for the Bay Area is the first lady of the HBK Gang.  She just released her latest mixtape “You Should Be Here,”  Check the visual to her single entitled the same.  Your comments ALWAYS welcome & mandatory…#SUPPORT Those That #SUPPORT You! #SALUTE

The NEW “Drunk In Love”

Detroit rapper DEJ LOAF is back with her latest visual which according to ELLE MAGAZINE is being called the NEW “Drunk In Love.”  She definitely switches things up on us, bringing a lil sexy to her rhymes.  Your comments ALWAYS welcome & mandatory.  #SUPPORT Those That #SUPPORT You…#SALUTE

 

An Awkward Introduction…Because Aren’t They All?

HELLO

Whenever you go anywhere that requires one of these stickers…you know you’re gonna walk away with a story. Whether it’s a first day of school, a first day on the job, or your first Agalmatophilia Anonymous meeting…You’re you’re taking a chance and leaving your comfort zone behind! It could be terrible or it could be awesome.  You might even make a new friend??…and then that awkward introduction will become legend.

Sooo….I’m Red! Nice to meet you. I host Alternative Hits/Alternative/80’s Hits/Party Hits/Music News here at Slacker. I’m a big fan of music/art/sushi and weirdos are my heroes.

Let’s be friends!

Ps – My name tag is crooked for realistic effect.

Oh, hi.

'Cause I'm a blog, yeah YEAH yeah, (Bonus points if you know what song that plays off of)

‘Cause I’m a blog, yeah YEAH yeah (Bonus points if you know what song that plays off of)

So, welcome to my new blog. This is where you’ll find all my deepest thoughts.

Just kidding. My thoughts don’t really go all that deep. But I’ll try to keep you updated on country music stuff here in Nashville, which is way better, right?

And if you ever have questions or comments or sarcastic remarks (my favorite!), give me a shout on Twitter or Facebook. I have Instagram, too, but that’s mostly just pictures of my dog. But she’s a really cute dog, so…

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Album OTW: La Gárgola from Chevelle

IOS CHEVELLEChicago rock band Chevelle started off as brothers Pete, Sam and Joe Loeffler, until Joe left the band and was replaced by–who else?–their brother-in-law Dean Bernardini. They’ve sold over four million albums in the past 20 years, and they’ve just released album number seven. It’s called “La Gárgola,” Spanish for “gargoyle,” and the album was produced by Joe Barresi who’s worked on albums by everyone from Kyuss to The Melvins. Listen here as much as you want to “La Gárgola” from Chevelle, it’s our Album of the Week.

Bow Wow Wow: Where Are They Now?

Bow+Wow+Wow+Bow_Wow_WowThis 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– Bow Wow Wow!

I imagine this to be what happens at every marketing meeting on earth- a brand or product is conceived, market research is studied, the “Four P’s” are discussed… and then you hire a 13 year old Anglo-Burmese girl you found working at a laundry mat and build a band around her to really sell it. Right?

Worked for Bow Wow Wow, the British New Wave band created in 1980 by Malcolm McLaren to promote his and Vivienne Westwood’s New Romantic fashion line. In fact, McLaren’s pitch was so persuasive, he managed to poach guitarist Matthew Ashman, bassist Leigh Gorman and drummer David Barbarossa away from Adam And The Ants, (leaving poor Adam in a lurch to find new bugs). Once McLaren landed a lead singer in the form of 13-year-old Annabella Lwin, the master plan was complete!

However the band quickly found themselves at the center of controversies related to their album artwork and the content of some of their singles. The band was only allowed to tour outside of the UK once McLaren had assured British authorities he wouldn’t promote Lwin as a “Sex Kitten” as a result of the album cover for See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy, and EMI famously refused to promote their single “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go” because it allegedly promoted home taping as the Side B of the release was blank. Totally reasonable.

In fact, the band’s biggest hit, “I Want Candy” was the only single released from their EP The Last Of The Mohicans and barely scrapped the Top 50 at the time, but has since become an enduring New Wave classic.

Fast forward to 2014 and you’ll find Bow Wow Wow has since gathered a roster of interesting admirers including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Sofia Coppola, (who says she drew inspiration from Annabella Lwin as she crafted the style of her film Marie Antoinette), and the band Pretty Girls Make Graves, who covered “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go”. There are also two iterations of Bow Wow Wow playing today- one fronted by Annabella Lwin and the other under the guidance of bassist Leigh Gorman.

So what’s the lesson here? If you’ve got a got a New Romantic fashion line you’d like to launch- go build a band to sell it. You’ll make waves and be remembered. And puffy shirts the world over will rejoice.

Need some additional 80’s eye candy to jog the ‘ol memory? Here ya go, just remember to put Slacker’s, 101 Greatest New Wave Songs on in the background to round out the whole thing!

1. A Light In The Attic

 

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2. Married With Children

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3. Pillow People

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4. Teddy Ruxpin

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5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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6. Donkey Kong

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7. Jellies

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8. Bill & Ted

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9. Slouch Socks

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10. Punky Brewster

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11. Skip-It

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12. Jem

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13. He-Man & She-Ra

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14. Team Cyndi or Team Madonna

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15. Lisa Frank

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16. Cabbage Patch Kids

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Dead Or Alive: Where Are They Now?

DeadOrAliveThis 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– Dead Or Alive!

Holy moly let’s just get this part out of the way- Pete Burns, founder and lead singer of British New Wave band Dead Or Alive, looks pretty wild. Pretty much always has.

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Burns is often considered the poster child of New Wave androgyny and has pushed the boundaries of style, sex and art throughout his career. In fact, Dead or Alive was the product of two previous bands founded by Burns; The Mystery Girls and Nightmares In Wax, which both positioned Burns’ appearance as the primary “Wow Factor” it seems. Rumor has it the catalyst for Burns deciding to morph Nightmares In Wax into Dead Or Alive was pressure from local British music promoters to really “commit” to his outrageous appearance. Thanks British music promoters.

The result was a band that found loads of success on the British charts in the 1980’s- seven Top 40 UK singles and three Top 30 UK albums. Their biggest hit, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” went to #1 on the UK singles chart, #1 in Canada and crossed the pond to peak at #11 in the US, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. What followed was a string of additional singles and albums that flirted with success on the charts, but drove the band further into controversy- videos banned from MTV, retailers complaining about album covers and gothic/horror movie overtones seeping into the mix.

So fast forward- Dead Or Alive never really broke up, but was pared down to Pete Burns and drummer Steve Coy throughout most of the 2000’s and the band continued to release albums comprised of new material, remixes and covers. Pete Burns also managed to solidify himself as a fixture of British reality television, appearing in Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap & Pete’s PA as well as several TV specials where he recounted his experiences with plastic surgery and of course… he had his arm twisted into performing “You Spin Me Round” on just about all of them.

We’re glad Pete Burns is still with us and we’re glad Dead Or Alive happened; besides the fact that we love the music, he sure makes the folks chasing youth and vanity in Hollywood look like a bunch of cowards!

Need some additional 80’s eye candy to jog the ‘ol memory? Here ya go, just remember to put Slacker’s, 101 Greatest New Wave Songs on in the background to round out the whole thing!

1. Ecto Cooler

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2. Glo Worm

 

 

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3. Tee-Shirt Clips

 

 

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4. Super Mario Bros.

 

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5. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

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6. Pogo Ball

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7. Gremlins

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8. Reebok Pumps

 

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9. Belle And Sebastian

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10. Double Dare

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11. Giggles

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12. Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego

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13. Bubble Necklaces

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14. Alf

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15. Small Wonder

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16. A Balanced Breakfast

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