When veteran Dutch rockers Golden Earring unveiled their seventeenth studio album, ’N.E.W.S,’ in March 1984, they were still feeling the love shown for their latest Top 10 single, ‘Twilight Zone,’ released just two years prior. But remember that it took nearly a decade after 1973’s career-defining hit, ‘Radar Love,’ to once again breathe the rarefied air found near the top of the charts. On top of all that, the band was nearly twenty years removed from their very first record, way back in ’65.
“Whatever happened to all of the fun in the world?”
By 1994, the Seattle-centric sound generally referred to as “grunge” had pretty much achieved worldwide dominance. But of the four bands credited with flying alternative nation’s flannel flag across the globe -- Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden -- only the last had not yet broken through the Platinum sales plateau.
On many levels — creative, personal, and business-related — 1979 would go down as a banner year in the long and storied career of Frank Zappa. But perhaps nothing else accomplished during those significant 365 days left as large and lasting an impact as the double album cheekily named ‘Sheik Yerbouti,’ which arrived in stores on March 3.
Heavy metal effectively came of age in the '80s, as it coalesced what had previously been a ragtag collective of bands into a bona fide rock and roll sub-genre capable of achieving Top 40 success.