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Five for Friday – Impressive Rock Formations

This is likely just a cheesy attempt to highlight some of my favorite bands, so I thought I should also include something scholarly, therefore… Five for Friday – Impressive Rock Formations:

Wave Rock – Australia

This 15 meters high and 110 meters long impressive natural rock formation is located in Western Australia. It derives its name from the fact that it is shaped like a large, smooth wave. The total outcrop covers several hectares. The unusual shape of the rock is greatly highlighted by vertical darker streaks of algae, which grow on the surface of the wave, and by dark black stains which change to brown during the dry season.

The Beatles – England

The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England: John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Former members included Pete Best (drums, vocals) and Stuart Sutcliffe (bass, vocals). Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1950s rock and roll and skiffle, the group worked with different musical genres, ranging from Tin Pan Alley to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, style and statements made them trend-setters, while their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. After the band broke up in 1970, all four members embarked upon successful solo careers.

 The Wave – USA

This spectacular sandstone formation called “The Wave” is located on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, Arizona. This incredible formation can be reached by hiking approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) across rugged, trail less landscape, making the round-trip to and from The Wave a nearly 6-mile (9.7-kilometer) hike that climbs about 350 feet (107 meters) in altitude.

Aerosmith – USA

 Aerosmith is an American hard rock band, sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston” and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”.  Their style, rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, glam, and rhythm and blues, which has inspired many subsequent rock artists.  The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970.  Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith.  By 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.  They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972 and released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album.  In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their status as hard rock superstars.  By the end of the 1970s, they were among the most popular hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal following of fans, often referred to as the “Blue Army.”

Brimham Rock – England

 This 300 meters high incredible rock formation located on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

…and a bonus:

The Traveling Wilburys – Earth

Traveling Wilburys was a supergroup consisting of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.  The band recorded two albums during the two years they were together.  “Wilburys” was a slang term coined by Harrison and Lynne during the recording of Cloud Nine as a pet name for various types of equipment in the recording studio.  The term was used again when the entire group was together.  Harrison suggested “The Trembling Wilburys” as the group’s name; instead, Lynne suggested “Traveling”, which was agreed on by the group.


Like a Rolling Stone (Magazine) – Top 100 Songs

What do you believe are the greatest songs in (relatively recent) history?  Rolling Stone Magazine created their list almost four years ago (December 2004), but I only recently wandered onto it (I should really get out more).  These are not the greatest ROCK songs, mind you, just what Rolling Stone calls the greatest songs.  I’m sure the decision for the top choice on the list (Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan) was influenced by the name of the magazine.

Random thought: I’m not sure why I’ve momentarily wandered from book lists… (I’m sure it’s temporary)

For those of you who commented (thank you) on the last song list I posted:

Daisyfae: Be My Baby is #22, Tears in Heaven didn’t make the top 100.

Stacybuckeye: Beatles hold 10 of the top 100 songs.

Leaving Evangeline: Nirvana is at #9 on this list, Pearl Jam still didn’t make the top 100, nor did Radiohead, Green Day, or Rage Against the Machine.  Good news (dripping with sarcasm, or sarchasm on Sanity Found’s post) is that Michael Jackson is on this list too!  But, we have The Clash at #15.

Beaverboosh: Still no Spinal Tap.

Mssc54: I hope you can remember some of these…

Literate Housewife: U2 is #36 and #93 (not quite reigning supreme, but still…)

Amber: No Pink Floyd.

Britinla: Sorry, none of yours here.

don’stuff: (Hey, that’s me) A Day In The Life by The Beatles is #26 (it’s a crime).

The List:

  1. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
  2. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
  3. Imagine, John Lennon
  4. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye
  5. Respect, Aretha Franklin
  6. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
  7. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
  8. Hey Jude, The Beatles
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
  10. What’d I Say, Ray Charles
  11. My Generation, The Who
  12. A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke
  13. Yesterday, The Beatles
  14. Blowin’ in the Wind, Bob Dylan
  15. London Calling, The Clash
  16. I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles
  17. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
  18. Maybellene, Chuck Berry
  19. Hound Dog, Elvis Presley
  20. Let It Be, The Beatles
  21. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
  22. Be My Baby, The Ronettes
  23. In My Life, The Beatles
  24. People Get Ready, The Impressions
  25. God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
  26. A Day in the Life, The Beatles
  27. Layla, Derek and the Dominos
  28. (Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
  29. Help!, The Beatles
  30. I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash
  31. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin
  32. Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones
  33. River Deep – Mountain High, Ike and Tina Turner
  34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, The Righteous Brothers
  35. Light My Fire, The Doors
  36. One, U2
  37. No Woman, No Cry, Bob Marley and the Wailers
  38. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
  39. That’ll Be the Day, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
  40. Dancing in the Street, Martha and the Vandellas
  41. The Weight, The Band
  42. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks
  43. Tutti-Frutti, Little Richard
  44. Georgia on My Mind, Ray Charles
  45. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley
  46. Heroes, David Bowie
  47. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel
  48. All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix
  49. Hotel California, The Eagles
  50. The Tracks of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  51. The Message, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  52. When Doves Cry, Prince
  53. Anarchy in the U.K., The Sex Pistols
  54. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge
  55. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen
  56. Long Tall Sally, Little Richard
  57. Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum
  58. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
  59. The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan
  60. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
  61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On, Jerry Lee Lewis
  62. Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
  63. For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield
  64. She Loves You, The Beatles
  65. Sunshine of Your Love, Cream
  66. Redemption Song, Bob Marley and the Wailers
  67. Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley
  68. Tangled Up in Blue, Bob Dylan
  69. Crying, Roy Orbison
  70. Walk On By, Dionne Warwick
  71. California Girls, The Beach Boys
  72. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, James Brown
  73. Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran
  74. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
  75. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
  76. Strawberry Fields Forever,The Beatles
  77. Mystery Train, Elvis Presley
  78. I Got You (I Feel Good), James Brown
  79. Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds
  80. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye
  81. Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino
  82. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
  83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), The Beatles
  84. Every Breath You Take, The Police
  85. Crazy, Patsy Cline
  86. Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
  87. Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
  88. My Girl, The Temptations
  89. California Dreamin’, The Mamas and The Papas
  90. In the Still of the Nite, The Five Satins
  91. Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
  92. Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones
  93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, U2
  94. Good Golly, Miss Molly, Little Richard
  95. Blue Suede Shoes, Carl Perkins
  96. Great Balls of Fire, Jerry Lee Lewis
  97. Roll Over Beethoven, Chuck Berry
  98. Love and Happiness, Al Green
  99. Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones

Music Taste Linked to Personality?

Heavy metal fans are “quite delicate things?”  They are if you believe Adrian North.

Yahoo News UK & Ireland reports that Adrian North, a psychology professor at Heriot-Watt University, has completed a research study linking music taste to personality.  He said: “People do actually define themselves through music and relate to other people through it but we haven’t known in detail how music is connected to identity.”  Those participating were asked to rate 104 musical styles in the study and were also questioned on aspects of their personality.

His study included more than 36,000 people from around the world and suggests that fans of heavy metal are gentle and introverted, but not hard working; indie listeners exhibit low self-esteem, those fond of pop are uncreative, country and western lovers are hard-working, those who like rap are outgoing and jazz and classical music supporters are innovative and bursting with self-confidence.

My favorite quote was from the BBC.  They reported North saying, “The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and of being a danger to themselves and society in general.  But they are quite delicate things.”

Both articles also list some similarities between fans of different genres.  To see the actual paper (and others), click here.

Photo from the Yahoo Article

Photo from the Yahoo Article

The 300 Greatest Rock Songs – But I’m Only Going to Mention 100

I stumbled across this and could not believe what I was reading.  Digital Dream Door has posted a list of the 300 greatest rock songs.  Now, in fairness, they do lead with this disclaimer: “These Rock Music songs are meant to be taken as a basic starting point for a greatest songs discussion.  All these Rock Music songs are crucial to know for full appreciation of the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll music.”

However, while reading, this is what I could not believe: A Day In The Life by the Beatles was ranked SEVENTH!  Seventh… One of the greatest songs on one of the greatest albums by one of the greatest bands (have I adequately displayed my bias?). 

I’m so weird about the Beatles that all through high school I tried to work a Beatles quote into almost every paper I had to write – even science!Well, at least DDD met their goal of causing discussion (at least by me).  What do you think?

The List (click to see the full list – if you go to the site you can listen to each song):

1. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
2. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
3. Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
4. Respect – Aretha Franklin
5. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
6. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
7. A Day In The Life – Beatles
8. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
9. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
10. What’d I Say – Ray Charles
11. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
12. Won’t Get Fooled Again – Who
13. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
14. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
15. Imagine – John Lennon
16. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
17. Layla – Derek & the Dominos
18. Light My Fire – Doors
19. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
20. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
21. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis
22. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
23. Hey Jude – Beatles
24. Hotel California – Eagles
25. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
26. You Really Got Me – Kinks
27. American Pie – Don McLean
28. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
29. Baba O’Riley – The Who
30. Sympathy For The Devil – Rolling Stones
31. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
32. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
33. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
34. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
35. Yesterday – The Beatles
36. My Generation – The Who
37. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
38. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
39. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
40. Shake, Rattle & Roll – Big Joe Turner
41. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
42. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
43. In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
44. Time – Pink Floyd
45. Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
46. Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream
47. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
48. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
49. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
50. What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye
51. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
52. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
53. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
54. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
55. Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard
56. Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
57. Roundabout – Yes
58. Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
59. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
60. Sixty Minute Man – The Dominoes
61. Voodoo Child (slight return) – Jimi Hendrix
62. November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
63. One Nation Under A Groove – Funkadelic
64. The House Of The Rising Sun – Animals
65. Mr. Tambourine Man – Byrds
66. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
67. Please, Please, Please – James Brown
68. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
69. Somebody To Love – Jefferson Airplane
70. Dust In The Wind – Kansas
71. Slow Ride – Foghat
72. Crossroads – Cream
73. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
74. With Or Without You – U2
75. More Than A Feeling – Boston
76. We Will Rock You – Queen
77. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
78. 21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
79. Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
80. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills and Nash
81. Show Me The Way – Peter Frampton
82. Where Did Our Love Go – Supremes
83. My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) – Neil Young
84. Money – Pink Floyd
85. Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
86. Master of Puppets – Metallica
87. Stand! – Sly & The Family Stone
88. Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits
89. That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
90. Dream On – Aerosmith
91. Maybellene – Chuck Berry
92. Every Breath You Take – Police
93. Jesus Christ Pose – Soundgarden
94. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
95. All Day And All Of The Night – Kinks
96. Tom Sawyer – Rush
97. Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan
98. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
99. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
100. All Right Now – Free