Video Classics

Clash members Paul Simonon (L) and Joe Strummer (R) in 1984 (Getty Images/STR/AFP)

Video Classics: ‘Rock the Casbah’ – The Clash

While it is unclear whether or not [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Clash[/lastfm]‘s 1982 hit, “Rock the Casbah” was written specifically about the Ayatollah Khomeini’s ban of rock music in Iran, it makes a good story, and is so […]

12/20/2011

An orc is an orc, of course, of course. (Michal Sezik, AFP)

Video Classics: ‘Misty Mountain Hop’ – Led Zeppelin

Back in 1971, when [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Led Zeppelin[/lastfm] first released “Misty Mountain Hop”, the cool kids were smoking marijuana and the nerds were reading The Hobbit. Today, the cool kids are (supposedly) saying ‘no’ to drugs and […]

12/06/2011

Bon Jovi (R) Jams With Richie Sambora and Jennifer Nettles at the Grammys, 2010 (Kevin Winter, Getty Images)

Video Classics: ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ – Bon Jovi

I have a confession to make … I was a huge fan of The Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. Yes, something about following the ups and downs of life in an uncomfortable, backbreaking, and […]

10/27/2011

It's Not a Popular Song at This Home (Scott Olson, Getty Images)

Video Classics: “When the Levee Breaks” – Led Zeppelin

Who knew at least one famous rock song had its origins all the way back in the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927? Based on a blues tune by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kansas Joe McCoy[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Memphis Minnie[/lastfm] from 1929, […]

10/22/2011

Bruce Springsteen at Super Bowl XXXXVIII (Getty Images/Jamie Squire)

Video Classics: “Kitty’s Back” – Bruce Springsteen

Though it gets a little jazzy at times, “Kitty’s Back” by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] is nonetheless classic rock from a classic rocker. Moreover, it comes from that classic period in the Boss’ career when he […]

10/12/2011

'Young Americans' album cover (portion)

Video Classics: David Bowie – “Young Americans”

You can add [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Bowie[/lastfm] to the rather lengthy list of non-American musicians who compose lyrics going on about all that’s wrong with the U.S. then proceed to set them to music that borrow heavily […]

09/02/2011

Video Classics: “Jailhouse Rock” – Elvis Presley

There’s no doubt that “Jailhouse Rock” is an all-time classic song, and the movie of the same name is often considered to be Elvis’ best (so sorry, Viva Las Vegas). And yet, The King never […]

08/31/2011

Eric Clapton in 2010 (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Video Classics: ‘Forever Man’ – Eric Clapton

“Forever Man” wasn’t [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eric Clapton[/lastfm]‘s first #1 Top Rock Tracks single (and you can peruse your trivia knowledge now as we won’t give the answer until after the video), it was his second. But […]

07/27/2011

Video Classics: ‘World Turning’ – Fleetwood Mac

The world has revolved more than 10,000 times since [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Fleetwood Mac[/lastfm] first recorded “World Turning.” Is that song still as fresh today as it was back then? You be the judge.

05/05/2011

Video Classics: ‘Ohio’ – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

The exact sequence of events, and indeed the events themselves, surrounding the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, will probably never be resolved to anyone’s satisfaction. The long-propagated view is that it was a […]

05/04/2011

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