A brilliant, complex man and musician, Marvin Gaye released his nine-song conceptual suite, 'What's Going On,' 45 years ago in May 1971. Following a perfect storm of despair and determination, Gaye not only transformed his own career, but the trajectory of contemporary protest albums. He also gave black Americans an album that defined their concerns.
Marvin Gaye (illustration by Andy Friedman)
When Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who worked with David Byrne on 2015's Contemporary Color shows, heard that Byrne's former band was one of our FUV Essentials, they sent along a list of the Talking Heads songs they loved best: a thank you from one New York band to another.
Lucius' Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe (photo by Piper Ferguson, PR)
To a teen stuck between rock’s first glorious age and its second revolutionary one, Talking Heads were the anchor.
Photo by Sam Howzit [CC 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons and still of band from Sire Records press photo.
The Talking Heads—David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison—will always be New York's envoys of its golden age of art punk, no wave, new wave and post punk, but they concurrently laid the foundations for the future of artists like Radiohead, Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem.
Talking Heads (illustration by Andy Friedman)
It's fair to say that Scott Devendorf, of The National and LNZNDRF has loved the music of the Grateful Dead for a lifetime. The bassist, who wrote about his "Five Essential Grateful Dead Songs" for FUV, worked with his bandmates from the National on the epic, five-hour, 59-track Day of the Dead covers compilation which came out in the spring of 2016.
The National (courtesy of the band, Facebook.com, PR)
Buzz Poole, Rita Houston, Kara Manning & Pete Shapiro at WFUV (photo by WFUV)