Queen Crazy

Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Hits #1

On the Billboard Hot 100 for 23 February, 1980, Queen could call themselves a No. 1 band in America for the first time.

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, which had been thwarted in its efforts to top the UK bestsellers list the year before, seized the American singles crown, and wore it for a full month.

Written solely by Freddie Mercury and delivered in a rock ‘n’ roll tribute style with heavy echo on his voice, the song had spent two weeks at No. 2 in Queen’s home country in November 1979. It was held off the top there by Dr. Hook’s pop confection ‘When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman.’

In the States, ‘Crazy Little Thing’ removed the Captain & Tennille’s ‘Do That To Me One More Time’ from the No. 1 spot. It stayed there four weeks, before being succeeded by another British rock classic, Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall.’

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Slap Shot

Slap Shot Turns 41: 11 Fun Facts

Time to put on the foil: The ultimate hockey comedy, Slap Shot, was released to theatres 41 years ago this week!

Between all the F-bombs, cameo appearances from NHL players and timeless one-liners, the movie has a cult status among hockey circles and cinema geeks alike.

We’re looking at 11 facts about the movie to celebrate the anniversary:

1. Al Pacino fought for the lead role.

Reggie Dunlop, the Chiefs’ player-manager, ended up going to Paul Newman.

That was my kind of character—the hockey player,” said Pacino in an interview with journalist Lawrence Groebel. “Paul Newman is a great actor, it’s not a matter of that. I read that script and passed it on to George Roy Hill that I wanted to talk to him about it, and all he said was, ‘Can he ice skate?’ That’s all he was interested in, whether I could ice skate or not. That was a certain kind of comment.”

2. Locker room tapes helped spice up the script.

Screenwriter Nancy Dowd was inspired by her brother Ned, winger for the Jets, to write the script for Slap Shot. She asked him to tape the locker room banter between teammates. They didn’t mind being recorded, and the conversations helped inspire the tone and dialogue of the script.

3. A referee who can’t skate

Larry Block played a referee who starts lecturing Steve Hanson during the national anthem. It turns out the scene was incredibly hard to shoot because Block had trouble skating and kept falling. They eventually cut the scene so Block didn’t have to skate.

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Music Podcasts

10 Music Podcasts You Need To Hear ASAP

If you’re approaching music podcasts for the first time, it can be tough to decide what to listen to.

There’s a ton of noise, with podcasts being dedicated to specific genres, new music vs. classics, and even specific bands.

We’ve dug through the trenches of music podcasts and rounded up ten of our absolute favourites.

Here’s what we think are best when it comes to music podcasts:


Off The Record: The Joe Smith Collection

James Brown. Joan Baez. Barry White. Elton John.

These are just a few of the dozens of guests Joe Smith has interviewed over his life. The retired music executive has in-depth conversations with musicians, executives and more, and this archived collection is a treasure trove of incredible talent.

Any music historian owes it to themselves to give it a listen.

Listen to Smith’s interview with Aerosmith below:


Song Exploder

Song Exploder, well, exploded onto the scene in 2014, where artists from various outlets (pop musicians, TV composers, and more) dissect a certain song and everything that went into making it.

This bi-weekly podcast are quick hits (approximately 15 minutes apiece) and feature massive names like U2, Metallica and Iggy Pop. Take a listen to the latter’s episode below.

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Soft Cell

Soft Cell Reunite For “One Night Only” Concert

“Tainted Love” can only last for so long: English synthpoppers Soft Cell will reunite for one concert in London.

Marc Almond and David Ball will join forces once again for the band’s 40th anniversary. ‘One Night, One Final Time: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ will take place on September 30 at London’s O2.

Almond also revealed that a Soft Cell box set will be coming this year, stating that it will include a couple new studio tracks while chatting on Chris Evan’s BBC Radio 2 breakfast show. (more…)

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George Harrison

George Harrison’s Solo Career Explored

With George Harrison’s birthday coming up (Feb. 25), as well as his solo career spanning box set out now, we’re taking a deeper dive into his work outside of The Beatles.

From his first soundtrack album onward, it was a joy to watch George Harrison realize his full potential as a progressive musician outside of the group mentality.

What’s your favourite George Harrison record? Let us know in the comments below!

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WONDERWALL MUSIC –1 November 1968

Wonderwall Music is the soundtrack album to the 1968 film Wonderwall. The songs are all instrumental pieces, except for occasional non-English vocals, and a slowed-down spoken word segment on the track “Dream Scene”.

Standout song: “Dream Scene

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ELECTRONIC SOUND –9 May 1969

The album is entirely comprised of two lengthy pieces performed on the Moog synthesizer.

Standout song: “Under the Mersey Wall

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ALL THINGS MUST PASS – 27 November 1970

CAN: Gold | US: 6x Platinum

This triple album was the first solo release post-Beatles break-up. Also George’s most successful, selling over 6 million copies in the United States alone.

Standout song: “My Sweet Lord

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