Bryan Wawzenek is a freelance journalist who writes for Diffuser.fm and Ultimate Classic Rock. He learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. His mind is racing, as it always will. Don't start him talking, he could talk all night. The sunshine bores the daylights out of him. Don't touch him, he's a real live wire. Most things he worries about never happen anyway. But he's been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come.
20 Years Ago: Pearl Jam ‘Yield’ to Maturity
After years of battles with Ticketmaster, the music industry and each other, Pearl Jam emerged with a calmer mood and bolder music on their fifth album.
The Song Stays in the Picture: Rock Soundtracks in the New Hollywood
In 1967, 'The Graduate' pioneered the use of rock and pop music in serious movie-making. Hollywood took notice and movies have never been the same.
35 Years Ago: Dire Straits Turn Back the Clock on ‘ExtendedancEPlay’
In direct contrast to his band's heavily produced recent work, Mark Knopfler spearheaded this breezy 1983 EP.
30 Years Ago: The Pogues Make Their Masterpiece With ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God…
After a longer-than-expected delay, the Pogues recorded a rollicking, multi-dimensional album that became known as their greatest work.
45 Years Ago: Jeff Lynne Becomes the Maestro on ‘ELO 2’
In the 13 months that separated Electric Light Orchestra’s 1971 debut LP and the band’s 1973 follow-up 'ELO 2,' the partnership between founders Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne fell apart.
35 Years Ago: Nena Soars to Pop Stardom with ’99 Luftballons’
When German new wave band Nena released their debut album in 1983, they had little idea of the worldwide success they would score with one of the LP's tracks.
35 Years Ago: Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ Become Reality
The second LP from Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's duo, and its blockbuster single, made the duo instant synthpop stars.
In Defense of … Alice Cooper’s ‘DaDa’
Alice Cooper can’t recall making 'DaDa,' but that doesn’t mean that the 1983 album isn’t worth remembering.
30 Years Ago: Billy Idol Rides ‘Mony Mony’ to the Top
At the height of his popularity, Billy Idol took a live cover of Tommy James's "Mony Mony" to the top of the American charts - and helped inspire a lewd chant.
Why Paul Simon’s ‘Songs From the Capeman’ Became Such a Protracted Failure
Paul Simon may have put more effort into 'The Capeman' than any other project in his long career.