Giallo not only revitalized Italian genre filmmaking, but also the career of an obscure Italian prog-rock group.
X represented something very different in American punk rock.
The story of a true global synthesist.
How a song co-written by a chipmunk became the theme for a house built by a rabbit.
The origins of the foxtrot are lost in a tangle of unanswered questions.
Stephin Merritt: Cole Porter, Nino Rota — or both?
Computer games have proven fertile grounds for songwriters since the late 1970s.
Regarding the theory of de-evolution, and its best-known proponents.
The greatest Christmas song of all time?
The unintentional impact of the misheard lyric.
No artist's career transverses as many disparate corners of the rock n' roll world as Kim Fowley's does. From the Argyles to Frank Zappa, Fowley has been there, done that. Learn more about the amazing Kim Fowley in this episode of NOTES.
There have been many songs crafted in constructed languages.
He lit up May Day parades and peered from church facades. He is still with us today, distributing Christmas gifts and hawking canned vegetables. And he lives on in pop music as well. Learn more about the mysterious Green Man in this episode of NOTES.
Ernest Hogan could run, but he couldn't hide from his betrayal of his own people.
Even as it went nuclear nuts, America also went commie crazy. While Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy ferreted reds out from under our beds, conservative country singers and right-wing rockers gave musical voice to our nationalistic nightmare. Find out more in this edition of NOTES.
From Carnegie Hall to a prison cell, Rae Bourbon's arc was a tragic one.
Like many a romance, America's love affair with nuclear power took a sour turn once a third party entered the scene. Find out how when the Soviets developed their own hydrogren bomb, atomic terror infiltrated pop music in this episode of NOTES.
His life led him through the little-known world of "pansy humor" — and into murder.