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35 Years Ago: Psychedelic Furs Reach a Creative Peak by Stirring in a Bit of Pop on ‘Forever Now’

Columbia
Columbia

'Forever Now' straddles – and perfectly balances – two distinct Psychedelic Furs eras.

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Grant Hart’s Punk Love

Reflex Records
Reflex Records

You know the universe is bad whenever two people emerge who need each other creatively as much as they can’t stand each other socially — like Grant Hart and Bob Mould.

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25 Years Ago: Blind Melon Gets Stung by the ‘Bee Girl’ on Debut Album

Blind Melon Debut
Capitol

Blind Melon scored a massive hit with their rootsy debut album thanks to a girl dressed up like a bee.

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25 Years Ago: Trent Reznor Gets Rough on Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Broken’

Nine Inch Nails Broken
Interscope

On Nine Inch Nails' way to 'The Downward Spiral,' Trent Reznor took his music in a darker, more brutal direction on the 1992 major label debut 'Broken.'

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M. Embark on Work Tour

R.E.M. Work Tour
YouTube

A couple of weeks after releasing 'Document,' R.E.M. hit the road in September 1987 to promote their new LP, which would be their most successful yet.

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Sparks Talk About Their Past, Present and Future: Exclusive Interview

Philippe Mazzoni/Sparks
Philippe Mazzoni/Sparks

We spoke with Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks on the occasion of their 24th album, 'Hippopotamus.'

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25 Years Ago: Bob Mould Finally Finds Deserved Commercial Success With Sugar’s ‘Copper Blue’

Rykodisc
Rykodisc

Nirvana arrived and Bob Mould said he knew, right then, that guitar records were back.

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s ‘Document’ Drags College Rock Into the Mainstream

Document R.E.M.
I.R.S.

A Top 10 hit and a platinum album marked the end of their world as an underground sensation, but R.E.M. felt fine.

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R.E.M. Departs on a Fiery Note With ‘Oddfellows Local 151′: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

I.R.S.
I.R.S.

R.E.M.'s bleakest album rumbles to a close with one more roundhouse political punch.

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R.E.M. Ponder Earthquakes and Artistry on ‘King of Birds’: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images

Michael Stipe's earthquake phobia came to the forefront on this 'Document' track, set to a martial beat.

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