Butthole Surfers

14 Bands Major Labels Thought Would Be the Next Nirvana

When Nirvana moved from Sub Pop to DGC Records in 1990, the major label hoped they could achieve the sort of success attained by the other former indie band that helped pave the way for the Seattle rockers to sign to a major, Sonic Youth. By 1992, Nevermind had replaced Michael Jackson at #1 on the Billboard album charts, and really did change everything that came after it. It also sent major labels combing through the underground in an attempt to try and catch lightning in a bottle for a second time, and saw some of the strangest bands ever signed to big money deals. … Read More

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Music’s Greatest Lessons About Growing Up and How to Live Your Life

It’s graduation week, and we guess that means at least some of you are preparing to leave college behind for good. If you’ll allow us to get a little misty-eyed for a minute, we remember when we were in the same position, and it’s both exhilarating and frightening — suddenly the future is a big empty space, just waiting to be filled in. Happily, as ever, there’s at least some solace to be found in music, and there’ve been plenty of great songs written over the years about life and how to live it. So here’s a playlist of some of our favorite tracks with something to say on what life’s all about, and how you go about negotiating your way through it. Let us know if there are any lessons you’d like to share, too. … Read More

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10 Album Covers More Shocking Than Kanye’s [NSFW]

Kanye West raised a big hullabaloo over the weekend when he tweeted that the cover art for his upcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, had been banned for it’s nudity. Def Jam, his record label, suggests otherwise — Kanye was just encouraged to go in a more family-friendly direction so that stores like Wal-Mart would stock his album. In either case, the album art, though certainly suggestive, is far from the most shocking thing that has graced the record aisle. For starters, there’s the whole terrifying metal artist group to consider, as well as some cheeky pop stars with a taste for the offensive. Click through for album art that’s worthy of a Twitter kerfuffle. … Read More

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