A Guide To Great Spinning Music

One of the earliest Queen songs, “Fat Bottom Girls” was released in 1978 as part of the “Jazz” album. She unfortunately died young and penniless and, as with several musicians on this list, plagued by a drug habit.

I’ve been playing the guitar for a long time. I started when I was twelve – I’m 34 now – learning “Smoke on the Water”by Deep Purple. After a week of constantly practicing the chorus using bar chords until my timing was perfect I realized that this was it! This was what I wanted to do with my life!

And so it went on year after year from Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to Guns and Roses then Iron Maiden, Queen, Metallica, Van Halen, you name it! If the music had fast lead guitar I was there listening to it.

YES’ biggest years were from 1971 to 1979 when progressive rock meant something. Yes albums like fragile, Close to the Edge, Relayer, and Going for the One were mainstays of Fm radio. Eight or nine years is a decent run for any band. But YES soldiered on into the 80’s thanks to the mega-platinum success of their albums 90125, Big Generator, Union and Talk. The 90’s came and went and YES really did fit the bill as “best band you’ve never heard” as they produced music that had become a nitch item only to their many fans. But as the new millennium beckoned, these guys were STILL producing great music and touring like many bands half their age.

Eruption: Eddie Van Halen: Van Halen: This instrumental is all out speed and a killer tapping section. It blew everyone away when it was release in the late 70’s.

Their name comes from the creative combination of Ted Nugent’s single “Cat Scratch Fever,” and the artist “Cat Stevens.” As with traditional bands, the emerging industry of imitation bands also requires a catchy moniker. Others in the mash-up tribute pursuit have hit the stage with Incubush (Incubus/Bush combo), Knopfler Radar (Dire Straits/Golden Earring), and Seger Genesis (Bob Seger/Genesis).

Look, in these economic circumstances, none of us can afford to ignore any source of gifts for the people we love. What better use for a pile of ex-gifts than to regift them to people who can genuinely use them?

How do all of these characteristics shake out for you when choosing a boyfriend, and are there any you’d add to the list? Does confidence just take all of these characteristics into consideration?

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