• David Johansen Has ‘Mixed Feelings' About New York Dolls Rock Hall Nom as He Preps Sylvain Sylvain Tribute

    18 days ago - By Billboard

    A band whose impact far outpaced their commercial performance, New York Dolls never rose past No. 116 on the Billboard 200 , but there's a slew of artists from the '70s and beyond whose No. 1s would be unthinkable without the pioneering look, sound and attitude of these glammed-up NYC proto-punks.
    On one hand, you can see why the Dolls aren't yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; but on the other grimy-fingered, nail-polish-slathered paw, it's wild to think that a band who embodied rock ‘n' roll chaos for an entire generation of budding musicians isn't in the Rock Hall yet. That may...
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  • Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh Talks Rock Hall Nom & Working on ‘Rugrats' Revival

    18 days ago - By Billboard

    Few artists have maintained such fealty to a concept as Devo , the Akron-based rock band formed around the idea that society is “de-evolving” into a tractable, regressive herd mentality - a concept dating back to 1973 which frontman Mark Mothersbaugh tells Billboard actually “resonates more now than then.”
    As much a performance art troupe as a rock band, Devo ascended to national attention thanks to their outlandish costumes (firetruck-red energy dome hats, factory worker outfits) and a handful of new wave hits on the Hot 100, led by the No. 14-peaking “Whip It” in 1980.
    While they might...
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