An overview of the indelible, varied work of one of Hollywood’s most inventive soundtrack composers.
An inspired piece of cutting-edge experimentation, Frank Zappa considered his 1967 album ‘Lumpy Gravy’ to be one of his absolute masterpieces. He was right.
With his own recording studio and a seemingly endless head for ideas, Frank Zappa was a truly independent artist who paved the way for future generations.
With a harmony-laden music commonly referred to as “sunshine pop”, Spanky And Our Gang’s self-titled album represented the antithesis of 60s protest rock.
Queen's debut album, released by EMI after many others had turned it away, proved to be an important, auspicious & vital entry, now sounding like a landmark.
Having got out of the 1970s intact, Queen were now very definitely – Rock Royalty. The Game topped the UK and US charts and would go on to sell an estimated twelve...
After battling personal setbacks, Queen soldiered on and regrouped to deliver one of their strongest efforts in the 80s, ‘The Miracle’.
Queen's 10th studio album ‘Hot Space’ saw the band experiment with electro-disco and featured Freddie and Bowie's iconic single, 'Under Pressure'.
Twenty months after the release of The Miracle, along came Innuendo in February 1991. Queen's fourteenth studio album is tinged with sadness as it was the last to be released during Freddie...
Queen’s operatic and torch flavoured elements once again rose to the fore with A Day At The Races, clearing another hurdle with aplomb. Groucho Marx even sent the group a handwritten note...
A Night At The Opera, as we all now know, is a masterpiece. Everything from its title (borrowed from The Marx Brothers 1935 movie) to the music, the album’s artwork and the...
A musical and sonic mind blast, the four LA Roxy performances have gone down in history as some of Zappa and The Mothers’ finest ever live shows.
From biting satire to loving homage, the best Frank Zappa songs prove exactly why he’s one of the few artists who truly deserves the epithet “genius”.
From ‘American Bandstand’ to Elvis Costello’s ‘Spectacle’, US music TV has caught the winds of change in pop and rock. We revisit some classic performances.
From hip 60s shows such as ‘Ready Steady Go!’ to the iconic ‘Top Of The Pops’ and anarchic mayhem of ‘The Tube’, UK music TV has a rich history.