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: Flaming Lips Demand Listeners’ Involvement on ‘Zaireeka’
Were the Flaming Lips about to flame out? A confluence of events in the mid-’90s made it look like the Oklahoma psychedelic rockers might be done for.
35 Years Ago: Prince Combines Sex, Synths and Doomsday on ‘1999’
The multi-talented artist's fifth album was largely created via sonic experimentations in his home studio. His 1982 LP would become his breakthrough release.
Contract Anarchy: The Many Broken Deals That Led to the Sex Pistols’ ‘Never Mind the Bollo…
In the space of about seven months in 1976-77, the Pistols were signed to EMI (then dropped), signed to A&M (then dropped) and signed to Virgin (and kept).
Influence and Infamy: How the Sex Pistols Impacted the Future of Music
The Pistols are a singular influence on much of what came in their wake – fellow British punks, thrash, college rock, Britpop, glam metal and grunge.
R.E.M. ‘Find the River’ and Discover a Sweet Release: The Story Behind Every ‘Automatic fo…
A record that began with a message to the kids about control (“Drive”) ends with a song suggesting that we’re all powerless in the face of mortality.
10 Years Ago: R.E.M. Release Their First Live Album
R.E.M. were 27 years into their career when they put out their first live album, simply titled 'R.E.M. Live,' in October of 2007.
R.E.M. Try to Remember ‘Nightswimming’: The Story Behind Every ‘Automatic for the People’ …
On the 'Automatic for the People' highlight, Michael Stipe employs the only known way to time-travel: memories.
Michael Stipe Wrestles with Writer’s Block to Complete ‘Man on the Moon’: The Story Behind…
The song was ready. Everything was there: Bass, drums, guitars. There was only one slight problem. It didn’t have a title, or lyrics, or vocals.
Meg Ryan, Miami and 10cc Make an Impact on ‘Star Me Kitten’: The Story Behind Every ‘Autom…
The famous actress Meg Ryan convinced R.E.M. to alter the title of the lusty 'Automatic' ballad, so they turned it into an in-joke.
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Vents His Spleen on ‘Ignoreland': The Story Behind Every ‘Automatic…
'Ignoreland' was the most biting and specific political critique of R.E.M.'s then-12-year career.