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Five Parodies of The Knack’s “My Sharona”

Parodies of The Knack's "My Sharona"

In addition to being subject to multiple straight covers, The Knack’s biggest hit “My Sharona” has been spoofed many, many times since it’s release in 1979. The catchy, simple riff and the easy rhyme scheme makes it perfect for parody — so here are five notable spoofs, for better or for worse.

Weird Al Yankovic “My Bologna”

Here it is, the tune that “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded in a bathroom during his senior year of college that put him on the map: “My Bologna,” which was played repeatedly on the Dr. Demento radio show.

Dead Kennedys “Pull My Strings”

This live track was performed only once by the Dead Kennedys in 1980 for the Bay Area Music Awards. The spoof of “My Sharona” — which begins at 1:42 and features the lines “my payola” — was aimed at the music executives in the crowd of the awards show. The song was released on the 1987 compilation album Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death via Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles Records.

Steve Dahl “Ayatollah”

Performing a nationalistic satirical song in an attempt to be funny certainly is an odd response to a hostage crisis. I mean, it would be in any other country besides the United States.

Cheech Marin “My Scrotum”

The stoned 1970s version of Beavis sang this rendition repeatedly in the film Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie.

John Mammoser “9 Coronas”

Voice-over artist and comedian John Mammoser recorded “9 Coronas” in the mid-1980s, and like Weird Al, his version of “My Sharona” was brought to the masses by Dr. Demento.


Click here for five covers of The Knack’s “My Sharona”

Five Covers of The Knack’s “My Sharona”

The Knack "My Sharona"

Whether the familiar riff reminds you of Winona Ryder and Janeane Garofalo dancing in a mini-mart, or Weird Al Yankovic paying homage to lunch meat, it’s a given that you’ve heard at least one version of The Knack’s 1979 hit song “My Sharona.” The track, which was “written in 15 minutes,” according to lead singer Doug Fieger, was inspired by Fieger’s real-life girlfriend, then-17-year-old Sharona Alperin (pictured above on the song’s single).

“My Sharona” also cemented The Knack as a prime-example of a one-hit wonder. However, it allowed them to play to a large fan base for three decades until Fieger’s death in 2010. The song’s reach is so great that it is has been covered and parodied many times by a multitude of different bands in different styles over the years. Though they are not covers you’d mistake for the original version, the five covers below are notable and unique.

Destruction

German thrash metal band Destruction performed a sped-up version of The Knack’s classic tune on their 1990 album Cracked Brain.

Nirvana

On February 16, 1994 in Renned, France, Nirvana goofed around and played a brief rendition of this song before launching into “Drain You.” It is available on numerous bootlegs.

Veruca Salt

Veruca Salt, whose original lineup reformed in 2013, released this cover as a B-side to “Victrola” back in 1995.

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo included a verse from “My Sharona” in their lengthy medley that included, among other songs, “Sonic Reducer” and “Mr. Apollo.” It is the final track on their 2006 album Yo La Tengo Is Murdering The Classics — “My Sharona” appears briefly at the 1:26 mark.

Dandy Warhols

This odd version of “My Sharona” appears on The Dandy Warhols‘ 2005 album All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey.


Click here for five parody versions of The Knack’s “My Sharona”

Watch: Veruca Salt “The Museum of Broken Relationships”

Veruca Salt 2014

As you probably know, Veruca Salt’s original lineup has reunited, including both Nina Gordon and Louise Post, who split back in 1997 — and on Record Store Day 2014, the first of Veruca Salt’s new music was be released as a limited-edition “Seether” single with two new tracks on the B-side, “The Museum of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy.”

Now the band has released their first new music video for the RSD day track “The Museum of Broken Relationships.” The black and white video was directed by Gary Kordan and features the band playing in the studio, nothing more. They let the music speak for itself, and it sounds like the same classic Veruca Salt that you came to know, love, and miss.

Stream the video below. Beneath the official video is a YouTube video that includes both new songs (“It’s Holy” starts around 2:42). Also, Veruca Salt will be heading out on a 2014 tour — click here for dates.

“The Museum of Broken Relationships”

“The Museum of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy”

(via Spin, Brooklyn Vegan)

“Friday the 13th” TV Series Announced

Friday the 13th

Unlike the TV series from the 1980s of the same name, a new show entitled “Friday the 13th” is being developed for television that will actually feature Jason Voorhees.

Deadline reports that Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment have set a deal to produce a new hour-long dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of Friday The 13th. Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) are working on a script that sets “a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods.”

Also, apparently Platinum Dunes is working on yet another Friday the 13th film remake for 2015. (via Bloody Disgusting)

40 Bands Named After Cities, States, Countries, Regions, Continents, Planets, and Galaxies

Looking to name your new band, but finding it difficult to come up with something catchy and memorable? Here’s a simple solution: spin a globe, and stop it with your finger. It doesn’t matter where it lands or whether you’re from there. Do you think Of Montreal is from Montreal? Do you think Architecture in Helsinki has ever seen any actual architecture in Helsinki?

I’m not even sure Jets to Brazil ever toured anywhere in South America. Prove me wrong.

It doesn’t matter that there are no Swedish girls in Garaotas Suecas (they’re Brazilian) and no Brazilian girls in Brazilian Girls (they’re American) — these names are not easily forgotten. Of course, the glut of location-based band names is rapidly increasing, so if you wish to name your band after places like, I don’t know…Butte*, or Hawaii*, or the North Pole*…get on it before these names are taken.

(*Please note: I named these three places off the top of my head, and then did a Google search for each one. Butte, Hawaii, and North Pole are all names of bands. There is no way you’re ever going to find a place that hasn’t had a band named after it. Sorry.)

Bands Named After Cities

Boston

Boston

Boston is indeed from Boston, and their debut album, Boston, is the best-selling debut record in the United States, selling more than 17 million copies. The album also contains the riff that Nirvana turned inside-out, upside-down on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”




Chicago

Chicago

Like Boston, Chicago hails from the town for which they are named. The band formed in the late ’60s, and became the leading US singles charting group during the 1970s.




Phoenix

Phoenix

France is nowhere near Phoenix, Arizona, but this Versailles-based band apparently is a big fan of the American Southwest. Or they’re named after the flaming mythological bird. Both are good guesses.




Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge actually hailed from Pearl River, Louisiana, a town that is actually closer to New Orleans than to Baton Rouge. And the band’s dick-swinging glam metal sound was closer to that of Ratt or Dokken than to the Dixieland jazz and blues that put Louisiana on the map.




Houston

Houston

Surprisingly, this band formed in Sweden in 2010, not in Texas in 1984, as their name and image might suggest.




Calexico

Calexico

Tucson-based Calexico named themselves after the US-Mexico border town. Both the band’s name and sound are meant to evoke images of the Southwest — and their second album, 1998′s The Black Light, is a concept album about the desert of Arizona and northern Mexico.




Beirut

Beirut

Beirut, ostensibly named after the Lebanese city, began as a solo project of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Zach Condon. The band once released an album of Balkan folk with a Serbian-language title (Gulag Orkestar), album art featuring a photo found in a library in Leipzig, Germany, and featuring a song called ”Postcards from Italy.” Condon’s geography is all over the damn place.




Nazareth

Nazareth

This Scottish band named after the town where Jesus played and romped as a carefree little boy performed the 1976 version of “Love Hurts” that you heard a million times in those Gatorade commercials. The band is still performing to this day; in fact, Nazareth have been playing for more than 45 years now.




Reykjavik!

Reykjavik!

Reykjavik! are from Reykjavik, Iceland! According to their Facebook pages, they have been ”proudly promoting homosexuality since 2003!” The band members are Geiri! Gummi! Kristján! Haukur! Bóas! And Valdi! They like exclamation points!




Defiance, Ohio

Defiance, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio is the hometown of Defiance, Ohio. But you have to admit, “Defiance” has a better ring to it than “Columbus.”




Berlin

Berlin

Founded in 1978 in Los Angeles, Berlin scored one of the biggest hits in the ’80s when they wrote the song “Take My Breath Away” for the Tom Cruise film Top Gun. They now apparently perform with a couple members of Good Charlotte.

Bands Named After States

Alabama

 Alabama

After Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama is probably the second-most famous Southern rock band from Alabama. Wait — Lynyrd Skynyrd is actually from Florida? You mean all that talk about “Sweet Home Alabama” was a lie? Son of a…




Arizona

Arizona

Featuring singer Zeitia Massiah, this short-lived Eurodance band from England charted back in 1994 with “Slide on the Rhythm” but never produced another hit.




Alaska!

Alaska!

Like Reykjavik!, Alaska! are super excited about their band name! The San Francisco-based trio had a five-year run from 2000 to 2005, and featured Imaad Wasif, Lesley Ishino, and Russell Pollard, formerly of Sebadoh and Folk Implosion.




Kansas

Kansas

Dust. Wind. Dude.




Missouri

Missouri

I’m starting to notice a pattern here. Bands formed in the ’60s or ’70s, like Kansas City’s Missouri, named themselves after the places they were from. Now bands name themselves after random places to be cute or quirky, or whatever.




Texas

Texas

Glasgow’s Texas  took their name from the 1984 Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas. You know who is also named after Paris, Texas? Paris, Texas.

Bands Named After Countries

America

America

If you’ve ever heard of America, you’d probably think they’re American. And if you’ve ever listened to their biggest hit song “A Horse With No Name,” you’d think they’re Neil Young. But they’re neither of those things.




Japan

Japan

Like America, New Wave band Japan hailed from London, England. Naming your band after another country is a thing they have in London.




Brazil

Brazil

Brazil has the distinction of being perhaps the only band on this list that used the name of not one, but two random places they’re not from. Though from Indiana, the band was originally called “London” — however, once they realized that a Hollywood-based band already uses that name, they chose “Brazil” randomly from a map.




Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica is from Paris, and they used to be called “Poney Poney,” which is a name not only superior to “Jamaica,” but to nearly all other band names ever.




Spain

Spain, photo by Miriam Brummel

The front man of Spain, Josh Haden, is the older brother of the Haden triplets, Petra, Tanya, and Rachel.  Though based in California, Spain has an especially dedicated following in Europe, and even played at the 2007 Tanned Tin festival in Castellón.


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RIP Mike Atta of The Middle Class

Mike Atta

Hardcore punk guitarist Mike Atta died after a lengthy battle with cancer on April 20, 2014. Atta’s band with his brothers Jeff and Bruce, The Middle Class, is often credited with being one of the first hardcore bands ever, and were active from 1977 to 1982.

Atta was diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer in January 2010, and the disease spread to his lungs in 2012.

The Middle Class reunited in recent years, and Atta spent the last few years of his life fighting cancer and shredding on stage. He is survived by his wife Pam and son Van. For more info, visit OC Weekly.

Listen: Jawbox “Static”

Jawbox "Novelty"

On May 6, 2014, Dischord Records will reissue Novelty, the second album by Jawbox, on clear vinyl. The 12″ LP features a free MP3 download, which includes the 10 original album tracks plus two extra songs from the “Tongues” seven-inch.

Novelty was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in January of 1992 with producer Iain Burgess and was the band’s first full-length to feature guitar player Bill Barbot, as the band performed as a trio on their 1991 debut album, Grippe. The record has been remastered and recut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Studios and will be pressed onto clear-colored vinyl with revised artwork.

Stream the album’s second track, “Static,” below.

Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies at Age 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died in Mexico City on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the age of 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, is Latin America’s best-known writer.

Garcia Marquez may be best known for his 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature on 8 December 1982 “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”

His death was caused by pneumonia.

(via NPR)

“Mrs. Doubtfire” Sequel to Be Made Starring Robin Williams, Directed by Chris Columbus

Mrs. Doubtfire sequel to be made

According to The Wrap, a sequel to Mrs Doubtfire is in the works. The studio Fox 2000 is developing the project, which will be written by Elf writer David Berenbaum. Robin Williams, who starred in the original 1993 film as Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire, will reprise his roles.

Chris Columbus, best known for his work on Harry Potter, will return to direct. In the first film, Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan costarred, along with Mara Wilson, Lisa Jakub, and Matthew Lawrence — however, no information is yet known about any other cast members for the sequel.

Old Man Markley Announces New Seven-Inch “Stupid Today,” 2014 Tour Dates

Old Man Markley "Stupid Today"

Old Man Markley will be releasing a new seven-inch entitled Stupid Today on May 6, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords. On the B-side, the band will be covering NOFX’s “Reeko.” Old Man Markley released their last full-length, Down Side Up, in 2013.

Later, OMM will head out on tour in the U.S. for April and May, including a performance at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas. Check out those dates, plus their upcoming Canadian and European runs.

Old Man Markley on Tour
04/26 Scottsdale, AZ at Pub Rock
04/27 Tucson, AZ at Club Congress
04/29 Albuquerque, NM at Launchpad
04/30 Lubbock, TX at The Blue Light
05/01 San Antonio, TX at Limelight
05/02 Austin, TX at Red 7
05/03 Houston, TX at Walters Downtown
05/04 New Orleans, LA at Circle Bar
05/06 Little Rock, AR at Juanita’s
05/07 Tulsa , OK at Mercury Lounge
05/08 Oklahoma City, OK at Bricktown Music Hall
05/09 Dallas, TX at Three Links
05/10 Ft Worth, TX at Aardvark w/ Micky & His Motor
05/11 Corpus Christi, TX at House Of Rock
05/13 Midland, TX at Blue Max
05/15 Flagstaff, AZ at The Museum Club
05/17 San Diego, CA at Soda Bar
05/25 Las Vegas, NV at Fremont Country Club PRB
05/29 Chico, CA at El Rey Theater w/ Reverend Horton Heat
05/30 Petaluma, CA at Mystic Theatre w/ Reverend Horton Heat
05/31 Oakland, CA at The Uptown w/ Reverend Horton Heat
06/12 Vancouver, BC at The Biltmore Cabaret
06/13 Victoria, BC at TBA w/ Fire Next Time *
06/14 Whistler, BC at Garibaldi Lift Company
06/15 Kelowna, BC at Fernando’s w/ Fire Next Time *
06/16 Rossland, BC at The Flying Steamshovel
06/18 Edmonton, AB at The Pawn Shop
06/19 Calgary, AB at Ship & Anchor Sled Island Music
06/21 Winnipeg, MB at Park Theatre
06/27 London, ON at Blackshire Pub w/ Miracles *
06/28 Guelph, ON at Van Gogh’s Ear w/ Miracles *
06/29 Hamilton, ON at Absinthe w/ Miracles *
07/02 Kingston, ON at The Mansion w/ The Stanfields *
07/03 Montreal, QC at Divan Orange w/ Stanfields *
07/04 Ottawa, ON at Mavericks w/ The Stanfields *
07/05 Toronto, ON at Fort York Toronto Urban Roots Festival *
07/22 Gottingen, Germany at Musa w/ Mad Caddies
07/23 Aachen, Germany at Musikbunker w/ Mad Caddies
07/24 Colmar, France at Grillen w/ Mad Caddies
07/26 Lindau, Germany at Umsonst & Draußen
07/28 Munich, Germany at Backstage Free & Easy Festival
08/02 Duffel, Belgium at Brakrock Eco Fest
09/19 Murrieta, CA at Town Square Park GET SHAMROCKED

Veruca Salt’s Original Lineup to Release New Music on Record Store Day, Followed by U.S. Tour

Veruca Salt rehearsing for their reunion tour | Photo by Gary Kordan

In July 2013, it was reported that Veruca Salt’s original lineup had reunited, including both Nina Gordon and Louise Post, who split back in 1997. A couple months later, the band members announced that they were writing new material, which they planned to record with producer Brad Wood.

On Record Store Day 2014, the first of Veruca Salt’s new music will be released, as the band’s original label Minty Fresh is releasing a “Seether” single with two new tracks on the B-side, ”The Museum of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy.”

Then the band heads out on a national tour. Full dates are below.

Veruca Salt on Tour

6/22 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
6/23 Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
6/24 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
6/26 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
6/27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
7/09 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
7/10 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
7/11 Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
7/12 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
7/13 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
7/21 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
7/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
7/24 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
7/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/26 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

(via Spin)

21 Iconic Punk Band Logos

Members of punk rock bands will often state that punk is all about the music…but if you don’t think it has a lot to do with visual imagery, fashion, and artwork, you’d be lying to yourself. Since punk’s inception, bands and labels have prided themselves on coming up with great DIY show flyers and — as the examples below illustrate — iconic and memorable logos. Here are 21 of the best, presented in no particular order.

Descendents

Descendents Milo logo

The classic Descendents logo is a caricature of the band’s bespectacled singer, Milo Aukerman. It originally appeared on the band’s debut full-length, Milo Goes to College, in 1982, and has since appeared on the cover of the majority of the band’s releases. The original illustration was drawn by Jeff Atkinson, and was based on earlier drawings by Milo’s high school classmate Roger Deuerlein.

Misfits

Misfits skull logo

First used by the band on their third vinyl single, 1979′s “Horror Business,” the Misfits‘ infamous skull logo was actually taken by Glenn Danzig from the 1946 serialized film The Crimson Ghost.

Today it is a staple of mall-punk t-shirts, key chains, buttons, bracelets, caps, beaniesguitar picks,baby onesies, bibs, women’s shoes, sneakershigh-heelsmessenger bagssocks, clocks, headphones, shot glasses, Zippo lighterstongue studsUSB flash drives, cell phone cases, CD visors….plus  gloves, coffee mugs, skateboard decks, patches, air fresheners, notebooks, pencils, patches, posters…I can’t keep this up, I’ll never finish…

Husker Du

Husker Du logo

Despite the friction between band members, Husker Du‘s logo symbolizes their unity: the circle represents the band, the horizontal lines are for the three members (Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton), and the vertical line stands for their creative connection.

Germs

Germs logo

During their brief history, the Germs went through a whopping nine drummers. Dan Bolles, however, was by far the longest-tenured, and he also designed the band’s simple logo: a blue circle on a black backdrop, said by some to represent a cigarette burn that vocalist Darby Crash called “the Germs burn,” inflicted on the skin of a fan or a member of the band.

Crass

Crass logo

Anarcho-punks Crass had an ironically militaristic logo, and that, along with their tendency to wear second-hand surplus military uniforms onstage, led some to wrongly accuse the band of fascism. The logo was designed by Dave King, a friend of drummer Penny Rimbaud.

Black Flag

Black Flag bars logo

While the Misfits’ logo is the most reproduced logo of all time, Black Flag‘s simple bars logo is likely the most tattooed. Guitarist Greg Ginn‘s brother,  Raymond Pettibon, designed the distinctive logo (meant to represent a flag waving in the wind), in addition to most Black Flag album cover art.

The bars were inked onto each member of the band, and have been permanently branded on a multitude of fans as well.

Dead Milkmen

Dead Milkmen logo

Drummer Dean Sabatino designed the logo of The Dead Milkmen. Of course, this is a dead cow, so perhaps this would have been a more accurate logo.

Social Distortion

Social Distortion logo

Interestingly, the smoking and boozing skeleton that represents Social Distortion was created by Mackie Osborne, wife of Buzz Osborne of the Melvins. Since 1980, Osborne has created album artwork for many bands, including Circle Jerks, The Vandals, All, Tool, Tricky, Melvins, and many more.

Operation Ivy

Operation Ivy logo

Op Ivy’s logo, commonly known as “Ska Man,” was created by vocalist Jesse Michaels in 1987. It appeared on the cover of the band’s debut EP, Hectic, and on their only full-length LP, Energy, as well as on subsequent compilation releases.

7 Seconds

7 Seconds logo

Front man Kevin Seconds created his long-running band’s logo, which features a slew of intersecting lines, angles, and a numerical “7″ buried in the middle. However, the stenciled band name is much more commonly used.

Bad Religion

Bad Religion cross logo

The famous “Crossbuster” logo was created by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz way back in 1980, when he was 18 years old.

In 2001, in regards to the logo, guitarist Brian Baker stated, “The name Bad Religion and the Crossbuster logo came to pass in the minds of two [teenagers] who were trying to find the most offensive name and image they could possibly find for the punk band they were starting in their garage… These are not people who thought that 21 years later they would be on the telephone doing interviews.”

Fear

Fear logo

Are you not familiar with this Fear logo? You’re not alone. Vocalist Lee Ving created this image in 1978 — but due to the fact that it somewhat resembles a swastika, the band’s stencil/spray paint name logo is what most fans have latched onto.

Pennywise

Pennywise

Speaking of logos that bear resemblance to other symbols, I can’t help but think of Volkswagen when I see the encircled, interlocking “PW.” It was designed in 1991 by Fred Hidalgo, who states, “It was done in one try on a napkin using a Sharpie.” Hidalgo has also created artwork for Bad Religion, The Offspring, and NOFX.

Ramones

Ramones shield logo

The Ramones‘ well-known logo was created by punk rock icon Arturo Vega, who served as the band’s creative designer and lights operator, and later as their archivist. Sadly, Vega passed away in 2013 at the age of 65.

Flipper

Flipper logo

Flipper guitarist Ted Falconi drew the first version of this logo in 1979. It appeared in various iterations on most of the band’s releases, and its simplicity made it a popular choice of taggers in the band’s hometown of San Francisco and beyond.

The Adicts

Adicts logo

Since 1975, The Adicts have adhered to their A Clockwork Orange “Droogs”-inspired style and image. Their logo, designed by guitarist “Pete Dee” Davison, is reflective of that.

Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys logo

An interlocking “DK,” or a sideways picnic table? The Dead Kennedys‘ logo was conceptualized by bandleader Jello Biafra and created by artist Winston Smith. According to Biafra, “I wanted to make sure it was something simple and easy to spray-paint so people would graffiti it all over the place.”

Circle Jerks

Circle Jerks skank logo

“Skank Kid” was drawn by artist/cartoonist and punk rock fan Shawn Kerri. Sadly, according to internet lore, Kerri was never compensated for her work, nor did she receive any royalties from the band for their continued use of her creation.

Nirvana

Nirvana smiley face logo

In addition to being a celebrated musician, Kurt Cobain was also a talented visual artist, creating album art for both Nirvana‘s Incesticide and In Utero. He also drew the band’s smiley face logo, which was supposedly inspired by the marquee sign at The Lusty Lady strip club in Seattle.

Naked Aggression

Naked Aggression logo

The original drummer of Naked Aggression, Cyrus Highsmith, designed the band’s logo in 1992. “It’s so simple yet powerfully striking,” says singer Kirsten Patches. “Most corporations would kill to have a logo that eye-catching.”

Minor Threat

Minor Threat black sheep

Minor Threat had a number of iconic logos (such as the Bottled Violence man).  However, it was Cynthia Connolly‘s simple black sheep, featured on the cover of the Out of Step EP, that so perfectly encapsulates the essence of the band.


Click here for 12 Punk Show Flyers from the 1970s

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman as Host of “The Late Show”

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of “The Late Show.” CBS announced the decision Wednesday afternoon in a press release, less than a week after Letterman’s announcement that he will retire in 2015.

“Specific creative elements,” like the show’s location and producers, will be decided and announced at a later date, according to CBS. Colbert will retire his “Colbert Report” character when he takes over.

(via Gawker)

Joan Jett May Front Nirvana At 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Joan Jett

April 10, 2014 will see Nirvana inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — at least, for three of its members: Bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl, and the late front man Kurt Cobain. Unfortunately, despite being the second-longest tenured drummer of the band (whose participation in the recording of the single “Love Buzz” is the entire reason Nirvana is eligible for induction this year), Chad Channing will not be included.

Apparently, the drummer will not be participating in the musical performance of the evening either. A photo was posted to both the Nirvana and Foo Fighter’s Facebook pages showing Grohl’s drum set, Novoselic’s bass, and guitars belonging to Pat Smear (Nirvana’s last touring member on second guitar) and Joan Jett. So, it appears that the band will reunite once again with Jett at the helm.

In 2012, Grohl, Novoselic, and Smear joined up with former Beatle Paul McCartney for several live performances. (via HuffPo)


Click here for 12 Bands Featuring Former Members of Nirvana