Monday, January 29, 2007

New Wave is one of my favorite types of music. It's great for listening or dancing. It was initially marketed as a chart-friendly version of punk. The style was often mixed with other genres such as Funk, Disco, Reggae and Ska.

Tom Petty has jokingly taken credit for "inventing" New Wave. He has been quoted as saying that journalists struggled to define his band, The Heartbreakers. They were not punk rock, but some still wanted to identify them with Elvis Costello and the Sex Pistols. Petty also suggested that the 1978 song "When the Time Comes" from the "You’re Gonna Get It!" album "might have started New Wave. Maybe that was the one."

Regardless of who invented it, please enjoy these New Wave Hits.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Van Halen made a "jump" into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday along with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., the Ronettes and Patti Smith.

Van Halen was the 1980s hard rock quartet led by guitarist Eddie Van Halen and outrageous lead vocalist David Lee Roth, and later rocker Sammy Hagar. They put out hits such as "Jump" and "Panama."

R.E.M. was the quintessential indie rock band until breaking through to mass success in the early 1990s with songs like "Losing My Religion." Their first single, released in 1981, was "Radio Free Europe."

Grandmaster Flash led the most innovative act in early hip-hop. 1982's "The Message" was like a letter from urban America. Their 1983 anti-cocaine polemic, "White Lines," was critically acclaimed.

Punk rock poet Patti Smith and Phil Spector favorites the Ronettes round out the 2007 class.

A panel of 600 industry experts selected the five artists, who must have issued a first single or album at least 25 years before nomination, to be inducted at the annual ceremony on March 12th in New York.

Listen to this special featuring Soon-To-Be Rock 'N Roll Hall of Famers.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

If you were a fan of WOKY in Milwaukee from the mid-60's to the mid-70's, you're in for a treat. The Mighty 92 is back! Check it out at The toll-free request line is 1-800-659-1965.