10 Rock Classifieds That Changed Music History

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Eleven Seven Music
Guess which one of them answered a classified ad?
By: Matt Wake
A few things you can easily find in classified ads: phone sex, apartment rentals, tarot card readers, telemarketing jobs, and a used Toyota Camry with low mileage. Look a little closer, and you might also find your path to rock 'n' roll glory.  

OK, answering most musician classifieds won't automatically punch your ticket to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's more likely to result in an awkward jam session at some stranger's residence with three dudes who are twice your age but only know one song all the way through.

Still, the seeds for many very successful bands were sown in the classifieds section. Here are some of them.

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Was Drake's Homecoming A Direct-to-DVD Debacle?

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Citypages
Aren't We All Lost to a Degree?
Last month, AMC Theaters' Fathom Events hosted a one-night-only nationwide screening of the "lost" Drake documentary Drake's Homecoming. A creature of rumor for years, many thought the footage shot of Drake's return home to perform in Toronto would never see the light of day. Among them, apparently, was Drake himself who took issue with the film's release. As the statement from Drake's representative put it "Obviously Drake and OVO only put out music and video/film that is of the highest quality for their brand and what their fans have come to expect and do not want any fans to buy into something that has not come from them."

That's never a good sign. Still, if you slap the word "controversial" around pretty much anything in the visual medium, it makes people want to see it. That's especially true when you factor in the evolvement of the executive producers, Rap-A-Lot Records founder James "J." Prince and his son Jas Prince. If you've ever seen of the the Princes' talking heads in a rap documentary or heard the elder Prince's intros to various Rap-A-Lot albums over the years, you know he's one of the most consistently compelling entities that hip-hop culture has ever seen. The documentary footage that's either leaked or been seen in trailers over the years of them, most memorably Jas Prince recalling his first time playing Drake for Wayne ("Wayne told me he sucked... he was like, '... don't play me that shit no more, he's not good.'") is the type of material that would appeal to both Drake fans and haters.


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Who Would Compete With *NSYNC?

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Jive Records
You probably lived under a roof that also was above this record.
Last week the internet collectively realized how old it is with the revelation that it's been 15 years since the release of *NSYNC's No Strings Attached album. Where were you on March 21st, 2000? Chances are you were in a record store as No Strings Attached sold 1.1 Million copies in its first day, with 2.4 Million copies in its first week, a record that still stands to this day. Eventually selling over 13 million copies worldwide, it makes one wonder, did any other album even bother coming out that day? Yes, in fact, it was one of the biggest and most diverse days of the music industry's biggest years. Join us as we answer the question Who Would Compete with *NSYNC?


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Five Musicians Who Ripped Off Tom Petty

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Photo by Steve Cohen, slideshow here.
Tom Petty is laughing at all of you copycats.
By: Alex Rice

Just last week, it was reported that pop singer Sam Smith had given Tom Petty a cowriting credit and royalties on his mega Grammy-winning hit, "Stay With Me." Thanks to the striking similarities of that tune to Petty's "I Won't Back Down," it has been impossible to ever hear one without thinking of the other. None of this is really a surprise, of course, since the 64-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is one of the most-copied rock musicians of the last four decades.

Let's take a closer listen to "Stay With Me" and four other songs that owe a considerable debt to the Tom Petty songbook.

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Finally, A Savage Garden Tribute Band!

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Jamie Andrews
Daniel Hardy Wallace and Lee Knell of Savage Garden: A Tribute
Tribute bands these days mean both big business and big fanbases. With countless tributes to bands ranging from The Beatles to KISS to even Sublime making worldwide noise, the tribute genre seems ready for a brand new refreshing homage to further expand the concept's capabilities.

Enter Savage Garden: The Tribute

The brainchild of UK singer Lee Knell (playing the part of Darren Hayes), he's joined by guitar virtuoso Daniel Hardy Wallace (the Daniel Jones to Knell's Hayes) three backing vocalists and the session tracks to bring the duo's iconic late '90s pop staples back to the stage. We spoke to Knell about putting together a tribute that's truly, madly and deeply as faithful and satisfying as a chicka-cherry cola!


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The Greatest Musician-Talk Show Showdowns of All Time

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2 Chainz and Nancy Grace Debate Marijuana
Last week, rapper and alleged activist 2 Chainz (pronounced 'Twooooo Chaaaaaaainz') appeared on Nancy Grace for a debate with the titular host over the legalization of marijuana. While you've undoubtedly seen this creeping on your Facebook feed, we can assure you this wasn't an Onion article or some beautiful fever dream. This really happened. And it was glorious.

It seems every few years, an outspoken musician gets booked on a talk show and it becomes a cultural event. Magic happens. The best of these moments have become treasured legendary moments and remain preserved in memes for generations to come. It is in salute to these broadcast classics that we bring you The Greatest Musician Talk Show Showdowns of All Time.


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Ralph Chaplin's Labor Anthem 'Solidarity Forever' Still Matters After 100 Years

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An artist's rendition of Ralph Chaplin
Ralph Chaplin's battle-tested "Solidarity Forever" continues to withstand the test of time, reaching its 100th anniversary last Saturday. The radical union song celebrates its centennial having been birthed in Chicago on January 17, 1915 during a "Hunger Demonstration."

Chaplin belonged to the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a radical union (with lots of local history in San Pedro) whose preamble reads: "The working class and the employing class have nothing in common."

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MTV's Year in Rock '94, Revisited

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MTV Home Video
Have you heard enough about '94 yet?
We have only a month left in 2014, and if this year will be remembered for one thing, it's how much time we spent marking the 20th anniversary of 1994. For those of you who've turned on your browser's nostalgia-blocker, you've missed piece after piece about Nas's Illmatic turning 20 and Kurt Cobain's suicide.

It's interesting that 1994 was such a touchstone year for people to reference and reminisce about. To make some sense of this, we revisited MTV's Year in Rock '94 special to find out, from the people of 1994 themselves, what made it such a major year.

We begin our journey with hosts Kurt Loder and Tabitha Soren, the way it should be. But before we jump into anything music-related, it's time for a look back at "media run amok." For as much flak as MTV gets today for "not playing videos," we're starting a "Year in Rock" special with barely anything musical. Still, if there was a year for media overload in terms of sensationalist journalism, it was 1994. In the same 12-month span we had Michael Jackson marrying Lisa Marie Presley, Lorena Bobbitt being acquitted of cutting off her husband's penis, Tonya Harding's attack on Nancy Kerrigan and subsequent sex tape, and the O.J. Simpson car chase. Folks, this was all THE SAME YEAR.

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Art Laboe and El Chicano Retrace the Roots of Brown-Eyed Soul

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JoMo
El Chicano with Art Laboe (center)
Late in the night during the Art Laboe Connection Show on HOT 92.3 Los Angeles, a listener dedicates "Tell Her She's Lovely" by El Chicano to his lady. The legendary radio host says in his unmistakable velvety voice that the band is one of many they'll hear at his upcoming concert in Anaheim. After cueing the track, its Latin funk, thumping bass and deft guitar licks beam over the airwaves. The sounds of Chicano Soul summon whimsical feelings of LA barrio love, whether a heartfelt memory from Whittier Boulevard in decades past or a young couple laying out on the grass near Echo Park Lake today.

The timeless music travels from terrestrial frequencies onto the concert stage when Laboe presents the Chicano Soul Legends concert Saturday at the Theatre at Honda Center. His legion of listeners will fill arena seats for a lineup stacked with the genre's iconic acts from the early '60s to the '70s, including Malo, Tierra, Thee Midniters, the Heartbreakers and El Chicano.


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Ten Musical Projects Ikey Owens Made Great

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David James Swanson
Ikey Owens on October 11 in Mexico City, performing with Jack White. More photos here.
By: Bree Davies
When Isaiah "Ikey" Owens passed away last week, the musician and producer left behind a massive legacy. Most recently the Long Beach, California native was on tour playing keyboards and piano with Jack White -- but he was also a member and founder of Free Moral Agents and was known for his role in seminal rock group the Mars Volta. Beyond his big time projects, Owens had also produced and played on dozens of records in his career, including respected local acts like Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Pocket Lent, Teen Heroes, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, and loads of others.

But still, there was so much more -- Owens had been an integral part of the third wave ska revival in the '90s, worked with hip-hop, noise and R&B artists, toured the world with pivotal rock acts, all while continuing to play with and produce up-and-coming bands. His resume is pages long, but we've compiled just ten of the pieces of music you may not know Ikey Owens contributed to for your listening pleasure.

See also: Ikey Owens Was Long Beach's Ultimate Sonic Wingman

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