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The ‘80s: Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer World’

When one thinks of the influences of hip-hop artists, an electronic music group from West Germany is not the first one that comes to mind. However, the group Kraftwerk, one of the pioneers of electronic music, was a heavy influence […]

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The ‘80s: Steely Dan’s ‘Gaucho’

The band Steely Dan kicked off the decade with the release of their seventh studio album, Gaucho in November of 1980. Core members Walter

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The ‘80s: Robert Palmer’s ‘Heavy Nova’

In 1988, English singer Robert Palmer released the album Heavy Nova, a title that incorporated his love of heavy metal and the rhythms of

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The ‘80s: The Jacksons’ ‘Triumph’

In 1980, The Jackson 5, all grown up and by this time known as The Jacksons, kicked off the decade with Triumph, the follow

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Sample This: The Isley Brothers’ “Between The Sheets”

In 1983, the Isley Brothers released the album Between The Sheets, which hit the Top 20 on the pop chart and shot to number

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The ‘80s: ‘Batman’

The feature film Batman hit the big screen in the summer of 1989.  The film, directed by Tim Burton, starred Kim Basinger as Vicki

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The ‘80s: Bananarama’s ‘Wow’

The group Bananarama formed 30 years ago in London when teenagers and childhood friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward met Siobhan Fahey. They released

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The ‘80s: The 30th Anniversary of Alexander O’Neal’s Eponymous Debut

Alexander O’Neal released his self-titled debut album thirty years ago, but the Natchez, Mississippi native had already gotten his feet wet in the music

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The ‘80s: Kool & the Gang’s ‘Emergency’

1984 marked twenty years since Kool & the Gang’s formation as the Jazziacs.  Over the course of a couple of decades, the group had

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Sound Check: Edwin Briscoe

Edwin Briscoe is a Dallas, Texas native who, for the past 13 years, has called New York his home.  He’s a musician who



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