Getting The Knack and “My Sharona” 40 Years Later

The Knack‘s driving power pop tune number one smash “My Sharona“ celebrated its 40th anniversary recently, without nary a pomp and definitely no circumstance.

But make no mistake, to be in the summer of 1979 back then, there was nothing bigger on radio or arguably on the music scene at the time than The Knack, with their brash unapologetic attitude, and a sexism in their music that would be all but forbidden if released today. By 1979 punk music was starting to ebb in terms of curiosity and shock value and the later named “yacht rock” was beginning to bubble up, evident in bands like Ambrosia and the solo works of Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross, all with a sonic kind of pullover sweater over the speakers sound to it and all beginning at the end of the 1970s.

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New ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ Trailer Features Lana Del Rey’s “Season Of The Witch” Cover
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A new trailer has been released for the much-anticipated adaptation of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell‘s hit Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, which comes from director André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and producer Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth).

The trailer, which can be found below, will be of interest to anyone excited about the movie, but especially to fans of Lana Del Rey as it features the musician’s cover of the 1966 Donovan song “Season of the Witch.”

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Listen: Bear McCreary, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Cover Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla” For ‘King Of The Monsters’
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For the upcoming sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and the latest entry in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a cover of the 1977 song “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult was recorded.

The cover comes from Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Black Sails, Outlander, and God of War composer Bear McCreary and Serj Tankian of System of a Down.

You can check out the cover song below, along with a track listing for the King of the Monsters soundtrack and Blue Oyster Cult’s original if you’ve never heard it.

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Great Philly Comic-Con 2019: Welcome To My Nerdmare With Alice Cooper
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The Great Philadelphia Comic-Con was a place for geeks of all sorts. Living up to their motto, “Get Ur Geek On,” the con had guests covering all genres of the entertainment world including horror, sci-fi, animation, video games, cosplay and music. Fitting in perfectly amongst the multiverse of geekdom is Alice Cooper, a genuine rock icon going on fifty years in the business. Along with his near 30 albums and countless hits, Cooper is also a bonafide crossover star. The rocker, now 71 years old, earned a bevy of younger fans when he appeared on the Muppet Show in 1978. He appeared multiple times on Johnny Carson, before making a scene-stealing appearance in 1992’s Wayne’s World. It was there I first heard his music and I was hypnotized. He currently has two tours going: one with his main band and another with the Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup along with Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, and members of Guns n’ Roses. On Saturday afternoon, April 13th, Cooper had a Q&A panel, entitled “Welcome to my Nerdmare,” answering questions about his career in music and entertainment.

Strolling out to shouts of “We’re not worthy,” Cooper certainly still controls a room. The moderator jumped right in with questions, and then we got to ask one too.

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Trailer: Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story
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Fans of thrash metal all know that the San Francisco Bay Area is the official birthplace of the genre that saw the rise of legends like Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. Now, a new documentary will give everyone a look at those bands and others who played fast and furious in the 1980s.

Watch the trailer here below for Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story, which features over 50 interviews with members of the aforementioned bands, as well as Testament, Death Angel, Exodus (the title of the doc is taken from a line from “Bonded By Blood,” the title track from Exodus’s debut album), and many others.

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