Radiohead might cherish its outlier status and relish more cerebral tangents, but it's also a band that intimately understands the hearts of so many of its admirers.
Radiohead's Thom Yorke (illustration by Andy Friedman)
At SXSW this past March, punk icon John Doe, who co-founded X with guitarist Billy Zoom, took part in a Grammy Museum panel on the Ramones and explained that the Queens rockers were akin to "pop art," a bridge between Andy Warhol and street art. Doe also said that the Ramones influenced X, reflected in Zoom's guitar playing and even the robust brevity of many of X's early songs. So what better man to assess "Five Essential Ramones Songs" than the great John Doe?
John Doe (photo by Jim Herrington, PR)
Sirius XM "The Loft" host Meg Griffin, formerly of WFUV, WNEW-FM, WXRK and other New York radio stations, reflects on the Ramones for FUV Essentials.
Meg Griffin (front row, second from the right) and the Ramones with Linda Stein and Danny Fields (back row) in 1979 at WPIX-FM in New York (photo by Tomas Boyle, courtesy of Meg Griffin)
Margaret Glaspy's dynamic full-length debut, Emotions and Math, is a thrilling joyride of sinewy, bluesy rock and pretty, robust ballads. She has been compared to Joni Mitchell by a lot of music critics and in truth, Mitchell's Blue has always stood out for Glaspy as an embodiment of great songwriting craft.
Margaret Glaspy (photo by Ebru Yildiz, PR)
Derry-born Bridie Monds-Watson, who records as Soak, was born in 1996, two years after Joni Mitchell released Turbulent Indigo, but the Northern Irish songwriter discovered the elder musician's albums thanks to her parents. Read Monds-Watson's carefully considered list of her "Five Essential Joni Mitchell Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Soak's Bridie Monds-Watson (photo by Joshua Halling, PR)
Joni Mitchell (Original photo: Asylum Records [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)