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.
Debut albums for a band can truly be hit or miss. Sometimes a band is still tinkering with the lineup or even their sound so what you get is a hodgepodge of old stuff written by the lead singer before the band got started. Or, sometimes you’ll get a bunch of random tracks that the band had no time practice but were forced out in the studio. But, every once in a while, you get a debut album that makes music history–although it’s very rare, when it happens, that album becomes music legend.
Relive the mid-90s today with Hootie. I can promise you it’s as good as you remember, and you will find yourself singing along with the first half of the album. Completely worth $5 bucks, and it’ll help break your Tuesday blues.
Many friends of mine tell me they just can’t get over Geddy Lee’s vocals, and it makes Rush a tough listen. This album might be a great introduction for those types, as there is quite a bit of instrumental on this record, and it can give you a great appreciation for what they were doing. I think this album is a near perfect blend of top 40’s radio and pure rock music. If you’re a fan of simply well done rock music, it should be right in your wheelhouse.
Peter Hernandez was born in October of 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the age of 2, Peter was given the nickname of Bruno because of a striking resemblance to professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. The Mars surname was added later, as a differentiator between him and other Hispanic pop artists. He moved to LA to become a star but it took a while—he was a well-known writer and producer before being known as a musical artist. His first album is proof that good things come to those who wait.
Music can actually just be a really good story, told through musicians and leading the listener to truly understand the highs and lows of what the writer was or is feeling when singing their songs. Today’s band may not be the first to bring a theatric element to music, but they sure did do it well.
To say this album is a 90s icon is probably an understatement. Five tracks on the record saw major radio play as singles, and those may not even be the best songs here. This album helped to start the trend of post-grunge music in that era. It was like grunge had grown up into an adult and I think this album portrays that image perfectly. It's definitely an iconic album from a great decade of music, and can be yours today for only $5.
Don't let the "alternative" or "alt rock" label on this band scare you away—they're so much more. There's rock guitar, a little funk beat, and even a touch of reggae in spots. Put it all together, and it's probably something you've never experienced before...but for the same price as a fancy drink at Starbucks, you can give it a listen.
This is one of the best-selling albums worldwide at over 30 million sold; it’s the eighth best-selling all time in the UK; it won two Grammy awards in 1986, and it sits at #51 on the Greatest Albums of All Time list. Five bucks for such an outstanding album, almost seems like you’re robbing Amazon.
Metaphorically speaking, which deserves more credit; the band that sold millions of albums, or the guys that influenced that band? I’ve heard this question raised many times in the music industry, as it’s fairly common for a band to have gotten started because they heard some local band rock out as teenagers. Today’s band, The Meat Puppets, was most definitely the influencer of a very big 90s band that I seem to talk about every week.
Success doesn’t always come overnight. Bands can struggle to book gigs for decades before signing that major record deal. Heck, sometimes bands never make it big—they continue to play your local, dusty theater until they all decide to get real jobs. Today’s band didn’t have to wait very long to see success, and when they got the ball rolling, they darn near shot to the moon.
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