Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. How do you follow Dark Side of the Moon's iconic artwork? Set a man on fire, that's how. For the overall concept, Thorgerson had centred on the idea of absence, with the album shrink-wrapped in a dark colour to hide the artwork - a somewhat peverse idea when that artwork was so cool - with the gesture of a handshake between the two men being inspired by Welcome to the Machine and Have a Cigar and by the idea that people hide their true feelings the shrinkwrap for fear of 'getting burned' the cover underneath.
EMI were initially unhappy with the 'non-cover' but, says Storm, "after we stuck a cow on the front of Atom Heart Mother [an earlier album] they knew that anything to do with Pink Floyd was difficult.
It remains a fact of rock 'n' roll that there is nothing cooler than a smashing your guitar, b being able to afford to smash your guitar or best of all c not being able to afford to smash your guitar but doing it anyway. The Clash went one better by d smashing a bass. That thing weighs a lot. Pennie Smith's shot captured that essential sense of abandonment and loss of control, and Lowry's design, paying homage to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis's self-titled album, hammered home the point further.
Often imitated, never bettered. Everything about this cover is cool, from the decision for a new band to not have the album title or band name on the cover, to the use of such an abstract image as the centrepiece of the design. Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris apparently suggested it after seeing it in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy in and the image was lifted wholesale; thus the much-imitated image is effectively copyright-free.
Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut album was nothing short of incendiary - a political and radical call-to-arms soundtracked by ferocious metal riffs. A truly powerful image demonstrating one man's ultimate sacrifice for his beliefs, it was both shocking and inspiring, two ingredients for an iconic album cover. It helped that the album itself would become a cult classic and hugely influential, but that Andy Warhol banana print could have been the cover of Jedward's debut album and still been considered an iconic sleeve image.
Early copies of the album had the invitation to "Peel slowly and see" enabling the owner to peel back the banana skin to reveal a flesh-coloured banana underneath. Fruity indeed. The music, the haircuts, the names and, of course, the album cover, which instantly became an all-time classic. The 'photoshoot' was apparently spontaneous, and featured photographer Colin Lane's then-girlfriend, who had just come out of the shower, and a glove that had been left in their apartment by a stylist.
He certainly did the job. Reed had no interest in putting the band on the cover of the Sex Pistols' only record - "They were ugly anyway'' - so he used what he termed "cheap hype", using ransom-note style lettering, brash colours and simplicity that anyone could recreate; the perfect representation of the DIY punk aesthetic.
Utterly unforgettable and utterly cool. Artist: N. The cover to their landmark album perfectly encapsulated what they were about, the group encircling the listener, as you stare down the barrel of a gun held by Eazy-E.
The idyllic blue Californian sky provides the unlikely backdrop - all may have seemed sunny, but trouble was brewing in Compton. Queen enlisted Rock to capture the photograph for the cover of their second record, eager for some of the glam rock kudos that he had - following work for David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop - to rub off on them, after their debut album had failed to take off as they had hoped. The photo, taken by Francis Wolff, certainly captures the sax legend in a pensive, thoughtful and, well, blue mood; basically looking like the super-cool legend he was.
Thorgerson appears once more in this list, but few can deny the validity and coolness of this effort, for the mighty Led Zeppelin. The natural wonder of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. The album that launched "world music" in America and inspired an infinite number of parking lot and college lawn drum circles was created by Babatunde Olatunji, a Nigerian who moved to the United States in to attend college, and a cast of African-American singers and percussionists.
And while Olatunji slipped below the radar during Afropop's s heyday, he opened the Grateful Dead's New Year's Eve show, introducing the Americas' most visible African-music presence to a new young audience. Dave Brubeck was an ambassadorial figure who spent a chunk of his career bringing jazz to the world on behalf of the U. State Department — a job that, in , sent him to Turkey, where he heard some of the alluringly lopsided rhythms that ended up here. In truth, Brubeck had been flirting with uncommon time for years, but it wasn't until Take Five that it became an organizing principle.
In turn, he made something familiar seem exotic and raw: in this case, cool jazz by way of Eurasian folk. Suddenly Istanbul seemed a little less farther away, or California, a little more. The saxophonist would get much further out what's that piano doing here?
One of Ornette Coleman's greatest insights was that sometimes the most avant-garde music is also the truest to its roots, that you can demolish traditional musical architecture without abandoning the sounds that made those traditions once feel so alive. The cohesive tone, overarching concept and wild popularity of Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours helped establish the emerging inch record format. The first Sinatra record specifically recorded to be a set of songs instead of a collection of singles helped solidify the idea of "album as a statement" — something we still adhere to in the digital age.
After a healthy career singing charming, uptempo numbers for sweethearts of all ages, Sinatra decided to make an album so broken and lonely he couldn't even smile for the cover.
Without it there is probably no Drake, no Smiths or any other artist who coped with their sadness by curling up on it like it was some kind of gigantic pillow. Certainly he'd recorded ballads before, but not in such concentration or such sustain, creating one of the first albums that understood the way some moods demand to be heard for more than three minutes at a time.
A blueprint for modern folk music, Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl Ballads introduced the idea of the songwriter as a personality of his own. The Oklahoma-born Guthrie pioneered music as reportage, offering details and pathos from the frontlines of an American disaster area. And though definitions of "frontlines" continues to mutate, Dust Bowl Ballads — both its wryness and its gravitas — defined the bard-on-the-scene responsibilities adhered to by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Public Enemy, the Clash and countless others.
The media-savvy Guthrie initiated the age of songwriter-as-messenger, bending traditional melodies and country-blues techniques to anti-authoritarian purposes: punk-folk for the New Deal. From Kanye West to Woody Guthrie, the monumental musical statements that changed the world. Share this Album. Clay model used in the engineering process. Radiohead In Rainbows Mary J. Blige What's the ? Dre The Chronic Various Artists Artificial Intelligence Nirvana Nevermind Forgot Password An error has occured - see below: E-mail To reset your password, enter your registration e-mail address.
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It's an idyllic warm-weather love song with a wavy soul flair simultaneously worthy of Stax and 4AD -- but one nonetheless beset with the forever-lingering doubt and insecurity of a band who named one of their biggest hits "Can't Be Sure"; as joyous as summer's beginning, and as terrifying as summer's end.
Boyz II Men's final Hot topper might not rank as one of their ten best-remembered songs in , largely because its power is so much subtler than the show-stopping ballads and new-jack-swinging dance songs the group is most recalled for. Nonetheless, the song is a triumph, both for the soft heartbreak of the group's extended seasonal metaphor and the gorgeous space-age production of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis -- it might not have sounded like a particularly logical No.
Funky Green Dogs, "Fired Up! No surprise they named a turn-of-the-millennium, late-night-advertised dance comp after this one -- few songs have ever been so accurately titled, right down to the exclamation mark.
Imani Coppola, "Legend of a Cowgirl" No. A Levi's commercial come to musical life, the Donovan-sampling , genre-splicing "Legend of a Cowgirl" was destined to be popular for almost exactly the length it was: Not very, but long enough to make a permanent impression on anyone who temporarily fell for its unpredictable alt-pop charms.
Imani Coppola -- no relation to any of the famous ones -- proved at true one-hit wonder in the U. This cut off Dylan's acclaimed comeback Time Out of Mind was hardly inescapable back in '97, but has since gone on to be something like his "Hallelujah" -- a subtly impactful late-period ballad, so frequently covered and reinterpreted that it is one of the storied singer-songwriter's most famous compositions.
In Dylan's case, his version is actually still best: The sentiment of "Make You Feel My Love" has simply proven more effective as delivered through the ex-folkie's frayed croon than by more obviously powerful singers like Billy Joel and Adele , almost given credibility by his transparent fragility. Foxy Brown feat. Let the record show that for all the Jiggaman's eternal GOATness -- and for however fondly we remember his debut Reasonable Doubt today -- his first true crossover hit came as a songwriter and featured sparring partner on Foxy Brown's "I'll Be.
The sixth and to date final top 40 hit for U. Still, the thing works because of the bass tremors unsettling the crooning underneath, and the zooming synths that crest and crash like ocean waves around Gahan, giving "It's No Good" just enough edge to keep Depeche Mode relevant amidst the rise of electronica. OutKast wasn't quite weaponized yet for their total mainstream takeover by the time of sophomore album ATLiens , but they did make some big inroads with singles like the title track, whose ecstatically moaning beat and irresistible sing-along chorus had new scores of fans saying oh-yay-er.
Still, then as always, it's the chemistry between the duo that remains at the center of their appeal; Big Boi's cooler-than-a-polar-bear's-toenails cockiness tag-teaming with Andre 's piano-in-the-dark prancing for one of the most potent one-two punches the genre had ever seen. You undoubtedly remember the thing for its cathartic chorus, in which Meredith Brooks declares herself to be the spectrum of all things feminine and human -- though only one of them was memorable to enough to risk getting censored on top 40 radio.
Sadly, radio would attempt the same with the singer, with a similar lack of success. Thank god for Nelle Hooper, the script doctor of '90s U. With that final bit in place, "6 Underground" was a deserved crossover hit -- the radio breakout Portishead never quite got to enjoy -- and still delicious and mysterious enough 18 months later to soundtrack the Cruel Intentions trailer.
Roy Davis Jr. Peven Everett, "Gabriel" Did not chart. An impeccable, two-stepping duet between a man and a pair of muted trumpets, a love song to the archangel of love and to dance music in general, beautiful enough to make the heavens weep. Unsurprisingly, it was far too British to go anywhere in the U. Maybe not since a different Mutt Lange-produced Diamond-seller from a decade earlier had such a blockbuster LP been led by such an unassuming lead single -- ask an average fan to name five songs from Shania Twain's Come on Over , and they'd get at least four deep before they'd even consider mentioning "Love Gets Me Every Time.
If this seems too high to you for a novelty single, then it's probably been too long since you actually listened to the damn thing. Despite being her debut single, Erykah's Baduizm lead-off swayed with the confidence of a seen-it-all vet, the singer having been around long enough to know how to laugh off what a day it's been, acknowledge that the world still keeps turning, and demand that someone get her a cup of tea already.
Garbage, " 1 Crush" No. Duncan Sheik, "Barely Breathing" No. Overplayed to hell at the time, but actually kind of a perfect pop song in retrospect: attention-grabbing opening lines, immaculate chorus with a very effective verse lead-in , stakes-raising bridge, tricky false ending, and final lines that smartly close the song where it began.
An Emotions-sampling, Miami Bass-derived one-off that amounted to a significantly less emotionally overwrought "Just a Friend" -- replacing "You got what I need" with "You 'bout to get fired, girl! It was Amber's only top 40 hit -- though she got close with the similarly potent "Sexual Li Da Di " in -- and perhaps for that reason, it's hard to stress just what an instant time portal this song is back to the years of Tamagotchis and N64s.
Chumbawamba, "Tubthumping" No. Once you got sick of "Tumbthumping," it was a little hard to get well to it again, because its chorus was so inescapable and oppressive -- it's almost impossible to remember what it was like to hear this song even for the 20th time, let alone the first time. But objectively speaking, it's a pretty clever alt-pop anthem, with its fake-out intro, straight-faced " pissing the niiiiight awayyyy " verses, and bar-room refrain, which turned a sentiment rebellious enough to lead one of the band's anarcho-punk screeds a decade earlier into something better equipped to cheer on soccer comebacks.
Michael Jackson, "Stranger in Moscow" No. A rare near-forgotten hit for Michael Jackson -- the song's paltry chart placement remains his lowest peak on the Hot -- "Stranger in Moscow" is actually one of the singer's all-time most affecting ballads, a lonely-in-a-crowd lament that unnerves with desolate, rainy production and one of Jackson's most personal vocals. The real-life controversy in MJ's life surrounding the song largely explains both why the song tanked on the charts and why it felt so authentic; even its more enigmatic lyrics "Stalin's tomb won't let me be," "Armageddon of the brain" bear the wounds of a man besieged by people who asking him questions, and badly lacking in anyone to really listen to his answers.
Van the Man is known as a romantic soul, and songs like "Moondance" are still proving it every day, but this -- his first proper solo album -- remains a stunning masterpiece of hyper-romantic impressionism.
Played like folk, moaned like the blues, orchestrated like classical and accompanied like jazz, every song starts off deceptively gentle and then spurs Van on to greater and greater heights of romantic ecstasy. It's an album so powerful it has literally been known to save lives. Jackie Gleason was a titan among comedians for his work on the "Honeymooners," but he was also well-known in his day for recording numerous albums of impossibly lush "mood music.
This is the best collection of his work so far, guaranteed to ensnare whoever you have in your Space Age Bachelor or Bachelorette Pad; it's so sweet and silky folks not used to the genre may need a few spins to settle in.May 07, · Watch the official Forever For Now album trailer, in support of LP's full length album release, out now. Video directed by Brett Sullivan and produced by .