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.
In Defense of… R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’
For years, R.E.M. has been dragged through the M.U.D. over this pop hit. We defend the song's place in the band's rich catalog.
35 Years Ago: Dead Kennedys Slow It Down, But Still Rage on ‘Plastic Surgery Disasters’
The Dead Kennedys sought to present a more diverse – if still frantic – musical palette on 'Plastic Surgery Disasters.'
35 Years Ago: Siouxsie and the Banshees Pull a Classic Out of Chaos With ‘A Kiss in the Dr…
The Banshees endured management problems, experimented in the studio and did plenty of drugs on the way to making 1982's 'A Kiss in the Dreamhouse.'
30 Years Ago: Sinéad O’Connor Channels Rage Into Her Debut Album, ‘The Lion and the Cobra’
As a young woman, Sinéad O’Connor was running towards a career in music as much as she was running away. She wrote, recorded and produced her debut LP in 1987.
15 Years Ago: Jam Master Jay Murdered by Unnamed Gunman
The Run-D.M.C. DJ was shot dead in his New York sound studio in October 2002. Although there were witnesses, the attacker has never been charged.
20 Years Ago: Bill Berry Leaves R.E.M.
After a health scare and a rough tour, R.E.M.'s drummer announced that he had lost his passion for the band and retired from the quartet in October 1997.
40 Years Since ‘Never Mind the Bollocks': Where Is Everybody Now?
We’re taking a look at what happened to everyone involved in the Sex Pistols’ one (and only) studio album in the years since its 1977 release.
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).