Essays Archive

26 Apr 2008

R.E.M. vs. U2, Part 2

Given that both R.E.M. and U2 both represented the rise of alternative rock in the 1980s, it’s surprising that their musical styles rarely, if ever crossed. U2 often sang of the political problems of the moment and
25 Apr 2008

R.E.M. vs. U2, Part 1

Who’s better: R.E.M. or U2? It may not seem like it now, but for most of the 80s and part of the 90s both groups seemed to stare eyeball to eyeball, releasing one album after another. And
21 Apr 2008

Desert Island Discs: Purple Rain – Prince

Year: 1984 Top chart position: #1 If Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, then Prince Rogers Nelson was definitely the Prince of Pop. And Rock. And Funk. Prince followed a similar path as his contemporary, releasing