About Austin KruegerAustin works as a cost analyst for TDS Telecom in the Government and Regulatory Affairs team. He has a marketing degree from UW-Whitewater and has worked in various departments including marketing, sales and network services since joining TDS in 2004. He is a huge sports fan – if he’s not at work, odds are you can find him at Miller Park, Lambeau Field, Camp Randall or the Kohl Center watching the game. In his spare time, he’s chairman of a local non-profit, avid music fan, rec sports MVP and an early adopter when it comes to most new technologies.
Cosmic Thing became a huge hit, eventually selling nearly 10 million copies worldwide and spawning six singles, two of them being on rotation even today across radio stations globally. While this might not be music you listen to everyday, it’s one that gets your spirits up on a tough day. Give Cosmic Thing a shot today—and bring your juke box money!
The list of accolades for this album are too many to list. Q magazine has it as the ninth best album of all time, probably the highest praise—but it’s on every best-of list for the year and the decade. The melodies, the arrangements, less less sampling—they took took the hard beats, crazy synth use and hard breaks—but adapted it for radio. It was all the stuff hardcore ravers wanted; in a package the label could sell to mainstream radio.
His first two albums didn't hit it big but the third try was the charm. An Atlanta radio station music director started playing all the Isaak tracks because they were featured in a David Lynch film. The album became a smash hit putting Heart Shaped World and Chris Isaak on the map.
With two lackluster albums released, Cheap Trick headed to Japan in April of 1978 for a few shows. The welcome they received was a frenzy similar to The Beatles. During the tour, they pressed live recordings of two shows at the Nippon Budokan and then released Heaven Tonight to capitalize on their exploding popularity in Japan and in the U.S.
Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 494 in the 500 greatest of all-time list. That may not seem like a big deal, but the album never hit the mainstream to the extent to get that sort of praise. The album has unique psychedelic pop vibe that's catchy and will keep you coming back.
You hear a lot about the advantages of being born into the music business or having family that can get your foot in the door. While that strategy is undeniable, today’s featured act is the polar opposite—almost literally because she was raised in the wilds of Alaska before taking the world by storm with this debut.
Certain genres of music come and go. One day they’re all the rage, the next they sit on the shelf for a decade. Today’s featured act has taken advantage of the recent renaissance in metal, or perhaps more appropriately, alt metal. Fun fact, they even have the most No. 1 singles on the Mainstream Rock charts of any band, with sixteen.
Depeche Mode is an example of a band that undoubtedly you’ve heard, but maybe can’t exactly place when you hear their tune in the middle of Target. Their seventh album, Violator, was a huge hit and has sold 15 million sold worldwide. Take a listen to one of the most popular electronic bands the world has ever known—and next time you hear them, you won't forget their name.
For an album that came out in 1982, this one has had some real staying power. The anthems are ear worms that even college students can belt out to this day. Get transported back in time to Africa with Rosanna and find out what inspired Weezer to pay homage.
This is considered Paste Magazine's top three most American albums of all time. While not perhaps patriotic in the traditional sense of the word, it is an an iconic piece of music history that is well worth your time today.
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