Crucified Barbara

Crucified Barbara, female metal band, female musical band, best female metal band
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, thrash metal
Years active 1998–present
Website crucifiedbarbara.com
Members Mia Coldheart
Klara Force
Ida Evileye
Nicki Wicked

Crucified Barbara started out in 1998 as a punk rock band, but soon they changed their primary style to hard rock . They signed in 2003 with GMR Music Group of Stockholm. Recordings took place in Kristianopel, Sweden at Pama Studios/Blakk Records with producer-engineer Mankan Sedenberg during the spring of 2004. Their advance debut single from their first album In Distortion We Trust, was “Losing the Game”. It was released on 8 December 2005 and went straight to No. 8 on the Swedish music charts. The video to accompany it was recorded and produced by M Industries. The album was released in Sweden on 19 January and is available outside Sweden in several countries including the U.K, the U.S.A, France, Germany, and Benelux. In 2006, they contributed two songs, “Killed by Death” and “Please Don’t Touch”, to St. Valentines Day Massacre, a tribute album to Motörhead.

Crucified Barbara’s second album, Til Death Do Us Party, was released in Scandinavia on 11 February 2009 and in the rest of Europe on February 27.[1] It was produced in part by Mats Levén (known for producing albums by Yngwie Malmsteen, Krux, and Therion, among other bands within that genre.[2] Mats also sang vocals on the song “Jennyfer”.

In November 2009 Crucified Barbara went out on a six weeks European tour to promote the new album Til Death Do Us Party. They played in Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Sweden. A documentary film was made about the tour by film-maker Mats Lundberg from Doom Films. The movie’s preliminary release date is set to late 2010.
Lineup

The current lineup is:

Mia Coldheart (Mia Karlsson) – Vocals, Guitar
Klara Force (Klara Rönnqvist Fors) – Guitar, Backing vocals
Ida Evileye (Ida Stenbacka) – Bass guitar, Backing vocals
Nicki Wicked (Jannicke Lindström) – Drums, Backing vocals

Discography
Album
Title Date of Release US Chart
Position UK Chart
Position
In Distortion We Trust
January 2005 — —
‘Til Death Do Us Party
February 2009 — —
The Midnight Chase
July 31, 2012 — —
Singles
Title Date of Release US Chart
Position UK Chart
Position
“Losing the Game” 2005 — —
“Rock’n’Roll Bachelor” 2005 — —
“Play Me Hard” 2006 — —
“Jennyfer” 2010 — —
Tours

In November 2006, they supported Motörhead along with Clutch.[3] They played at the heavy metal festival Sweden Rock in June, 2006 and again in 2009,[4] with bands such as Heaven & Hell, In Flames and Dream Theater. In 2010 they played at Wacken Open Air. In 2013 they played at Graspop Metal Meeting and Metalfest in Czech Republic.

Children Of Bodom

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Origin Espoo, Finland
Genres Melodic death metal, power metal, neoclassical metal, symphonic black metal (early)
Years active 1993–present
Labels Nuclear Blast, Spinefarm, Century Media, Fearless
Associated acts Norther, Sinergy, Kylähullut, Warmen, Stone, Timo Rautiainen
Website www.cobhc.com
Members Alexi Laiho
Jaska Raatikainen
Henkka Seppälä
Janne Wirman
Roope Latvala
Past members Samuli Miettinen
Alexander Kuoppala
Jani Pirisjoki

Formation and early years (1993–1997)

Children of Bodom was formed in 1993 by guitarist Alexi “Wildchild” Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen under the name of Inearthed. Both musicians had known each other since early childhood and had shared an interest in heavy metal, especially death metal groups, such as Dissection, Entombed, and Obituary. Bassist Samuli Miettinen completed the initial line-up of the band. Inearthed recorded its first demo, Implosion of Heaven, during August of the same year.

Samuli was the main composer of the band’s lyrics for the two years that he took part in Inearthed, but his family moved to the United States in 1995, making it impossible for him to remain in the band. His last contributions to Inearthed were the lyrics of the songs from their second demo, Ubiquitous Absence of Remission which was the first time they worked with producer Anssi Kippo at Astia-studios (Lappeenranta, Finland). In this demo, keyboards were incorporated into the band’s songs for the first time. In order to achieve this, both Laiho and Raatikainen played the keyboards separately, and subsequently mixed the recorded track with the other instruments. Laiho, who had previously only composed the melodies of the songs, assumed the role of the band’s lyricist.

At the time, Raatikainen played French horn in a local big band, and during a rehearsal he met Alexander Kuoppala, a trumpet player and also a proficient guitarist. Shortly after the recording of their second demo, Kuoppala was invited to join Inearthed as a rhythm guitarist.

The bassist chosen to replace Samuli was Henkka “Blacksmith” Seppälä, whom Laiho and Raatikainen had previously known from school. Apart from playing the bass, Seppälä also often doubles as the band’s backing vocalist. Also, the band recruited a musician to specialize on keyboards, whose name was Jani Pirisjoki. Both joined Inearthed in early 1996.

With this new line-up, Inearthed proceeded to record their third demo, entitled Shining. This demo did not impress record labels any more than the previous ones had, and none took interest in the band.[6] Despite their efforts, their music got little exposure and managed only to play at local events. As a last resort, the band decided to record an independent, self-funded album. Considering that none of the musicians had much money to begin with, it was an audacious move.

Laiho wanted to make use of the keyboards more effectively, but Pirisjoki was not attending rehearsals. Thus, he was fired and replaced by a friend of Raatikainen’s, a jazz pianist named Janne “Warman” Wirman.[6]

Wirman was the component which was previously missing from Inearthed. His presence allowed the band to assume the style which would later characterize Children of Bodom. With Wirman, the band successfully recorded their first album in 1997. Their debut, Something Wild, was supposed to be released by a small Belgian label, Shiver Records, but second vocalist Sami Tenetz (from Thy Serpent) acquired a copy of their album through the hands of Kuoppala. They both worked for the same company at the time. Shortly after Inearthed signed this contract, Spinefarm Records’ boss immediately became interested in signing them for a country-wide release.[citation needed] The latter deal was much more attractive to the band, since the Belgian label was offering them close to no help, to the point where they would have to distribute and sell the album themselves.

The band was required to create a new name to sign up to Spinefarm Records. The contract with Shiver records had already been signed under the name of Inearthed. The answer to that problem came as the members looked for good names in their local phone book. When they stumbled upon Lake Bodom, they realized that it was a name with impact and one which had an interesting story behind it. A long list of possible names involving the word Bodom was then made, and they settled with Children of Bodom. The band’s name is derived from the Lake Bodom murders.[7]
Something Wild (1997—1998)

Something Wild was produced, recorded and mixed by Anssi Kippo and Children of Bodom at Astia-studios (Lappeenranta, Finland). In an attempt to promote their band, they opened a show for Dimmu Borgir in 1997. Their success was such that a representative from the Nuclear Blast label shortly approached them with a contract for a European release, a deal which started on the subsequent year.[citation needed] Something Wild was officially released in November 1997, and for promotional purposes the band recorded a music video of the song “Deadnight Warrior”. The video was directed by Mika Lindberg and had a slim budget of €1000. It made use of simple scenery, which consisted essentially of an outdoors location after a snowstorm. The band played for a couple of hours at night, with an average temperature of minus fifteen degrees Celsius.

Although Laiho is very critical of all of the music he has written, he notes that he dislikes Something Wild the most of all of his albums. When recording this album, Laiho had tried to mimic the style of one of his idols, Yngwie Malmsteen, which is why Something Wild is considered one of the most technical albums Children of Bodom have ever produced. Despite this, he still considers it to be their “most important” record, as it “put them on the map.”

Children of Bodom’s first European tour began in February 1998. They played with bands such as Hypocrisy (at such festivals as Under the Black Sun), The Kovenant and Agathodaimon, but suffered from the absence of Wirman, who was concentrating on finishing his studies.[citation needed] He was replaced by pianist Erna Siikavirta for the duration of the tour.

Months later, the band recorded two new songs again at Astia-studios with producer Anssi Kippo, entitled “Towards Dead End” and “Children of Bodom”. The latter was included in a compilation by Spinefarm Records, which after being released remained on the top of Finnish charts for eight consecutive weeks.[citation needed] In late August, the band played the song “Forevermore” live for the first time during a show in Russia. This song was later renamed “Downfall”.

Their second European tour occurred in September of that same year, but once more Wirman was not able to perform with them. Laiho’s then-girlfriend Kimberly Goss (from Sinergy and formerly of Dimmu Borgir, Ancient and Therion) assumed the keyboards this time. By the end of the tour, Kimberly invited Laiho to join Sinergy, which at the time was still in its early stages.
Hatebreeder (1998–2000)

The second album, Hatebreeder, was recorded between the end of 1998 and the beginning of 1999 by Anssi Kippo at Astia-studios (Lappeenranta, Finland). It was originally entitled Towards Dead End, but while in studio the members of the band opted for the current title. To create anticipation in Finland, the ‘”Downfall” single was released two weeks prior to the album’s release. It was accompanied by a new music video, once more directed by Mika Lindberg. Hatebreeder ultimately topped the charts in many European countries. In July 1999, the success of the “Downfall” single and Hatebreeder allowed Children of Bodom to schedule three concerts in Japan with Sinergy and In Flames. During two of these concerts, the live album Tokyo Warhearts was recorded. In it the band managed to seamlessly reproduce and at times improve on their songs. This was a notable achievement for a band with only two albums recorded previously. Under their request, no overdubs were used on the recording of the concert.
Follow the Reaper (2000–2002)

For their next release, Children of Bodom decided to make use of Peter Tägtgren’s Abyss studio in Sweden instead of the Finnish Astia-studio from Anssi Kippo where they had recorded all of their previous releases including the demos from Inearthed. The band wrote eight new songs for this album. While in the studio, they decided to include an extra track that was hastily composed and featured lyrics improvised by Laiho; that track would eventually receive the name of “Kissing the Shadows”. The band gave the album the name of Follow the Reaper and recording sessions took place between August and September 2000; the album saw a worldwide release in late 2000. A music video for “Everytime I Die” was recorded by the Finnish director Tuukka Temonen shortly after.
Hate Crew Deathroll (2002–2004)

In February 2002, Children of Bodom began writing songs for their upcoming album, entitled Hate Crew Deathroll. They returned to Astia-studio (Lappeenranta, Finland) to work with producer Anssi Kippo again. The session ensued during the months of August and September, and the album was released January 2003 in Finland. It remained on the top of the Finnish charts for a total of three weeks and subsequently became the band’s first gold album. Eventually all of the band’s albums reached this status and Follow the Reaper reached platinum.

On January 3, 2003, the Finnish Metal Music Awards were held at Tavastia Club in Helsinki. Voting was open to all the metal fans and was presented through the various media outlets that were working with the event’s organizers. Children of Bodom was awarded Finnish Band of the Year.[8]

Children of Bodom’s first world tour began in 2003 and lasted until late 2004. The tour had many sold-out concerts and marked the consolidation of the band in North America, but was also accompanied by an unexpected announcement: Kuoppala decided to quit Children of Bodom for personal reasons right in the middle of the tour without giving previous warning. In an interview, when Laiho was asked why Kuoppala left the band, he stated that, “Well, I try to be careful about what I say about him because there is no bad blood between us. He told me that he just got sick of touring and the whole band/rock ‘n roll lifestyle living in hotels and tour buses and stuff. For me it was really weird because he was always the one who was SO into it! He was a die hard rock ‘n roller and suddenly he made a quick 180 turn in his whole life. This whole situation involves a new girlfriend.”[9] Griffin’s guitarist Kai Nergaard was invited by Laiho to replace Kuoppala, but did not accept the offer. Thus, Alexi’s bandmate from Sinergy, Roope Latvala (founding member of Stone, one of the bands which started the heavy metal movement in Finland) assumed the guitars as a session player, until a more permanent solution could be found. This formation was introduced in Moscow on the 16th of August.
Are You Dead Yet? (2004–2007)
Children of Bodom live in Milan 2006.

After successfully finishing the world tour with Latvala — who then assumed a permanent position in the band’s line-up — Children of Bodom proceeded to record and release the EP Trashed, Lost & Strungout and the single “In Your Face”, which contained songs from their upcoming album and a parody cover of “Oops!… I Did It Again” by Britney Spears. In late 2005, the album Are You Dead Yet? was released, featuring a style different from what had been presented by the band on its previous works. Simpler and heavier guitar riffs were incorporated into Children of Bodom’s sound, as well as elements from industrial music. Reactions from fans to the release were varied; however, the album remains the band’s most commercially successful. It was awarded gold status in Finland and reached first place on the Finnish charts, 16th in Germany, 16 in Sweden and 17 in Japan. The next release of the band was a DVD-single for the song “In Your Face”, which included the music video, backstage footage from the band and a live recording of the song “Sixpounder” at Wacken Open Air festival in 2004. In June, Children Of Bodom was in front of 120,000 spectators, one of their biggest concerts on the last concert of the Böhse Onkelz. On the DVD of the concert, the Vaya Con Tioz was called, Children of Bodom were also with the song “Everytime I Die” represented.

Children of Bodom’s live DVD Chaos Ridden Years – Stockholm Knockout Live was released on December 5, 2006. It contains a recording of a live concert performed on February 5, 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden, with over 90 minutes of live footage. “Chaos Ridden Years” refers to a documentary featuring interviews with band members about the history of the band and footage of the band on tour. It also contains every official music video Children of Bodom has ever made, except for “Needled 24/7”. Guitarist Alexi Laiho was voted world’s best guitarist of 2006 by Metal Hammer magazine.

In June 2006, the band embarked on one of their biggest tours: The Unholy Alliance tour, playing alongside Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon, In Flames and Thine Eyes Bleed. The bands toured the US through June and July and Europe through October and November.

On January 31, 2007, Laiho slid down the lane at a bowling alley after accidentally stepping over the foul line. He slammed hard into the wall, breaking his left shoulder. This rendered him unable to play guitar for six weeks. Due to this incident, Children of Bodom was forced to cancel their first 2007 tours and a festival that they were slated to headline.

On March 31, 2007, the band’s website released information on Laiho’s condition stating that while Laiho’s injury will never fully heal, it no longer affects his ability to play a guitar. The same notice also stated that the band had already written some songs for a new album and would start recording sometime later in 2007.[10]

Children of Bodom was selected to replace Velvet Revolver for the Monsters of Rock festival, playing on the same stage as Ozzy Osbourne and Megadeth.
Blooddrunk (2007–2009)
Live at 2007’s Masters of Rock.

From October to December 2007, Children of Bodom recorded their sixth studio album, entitled Blooddrunk, which was released on April 15, 2008.[11] The album contained 10 songs including a cover of “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” Children of Bodom was featured on the Gigantour 2008 North American tour with Megadeth, In Flames, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire.[12] Children of Bodom was one of the first bands to be confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2008, where they performed alongside many bands including Iron Maiden, Sonata Arctica and Avantasia.[13] Children of Bodom played at Donington Download on the 15th of June, playing a mixture of old and new songs. On March 8, 2008, Children of Bodom did their first ever UK signing event at the Zavvi music shop in Oxford Street, London. They signed copies of their new single “Blooddrunk” in CD, 7 inch and 12 inch vinyls,[14] only 666 copies of the 12 inch vinyls have been made.[15]

On 26 June 2008, Children of Bodom played their first show in Auckland, New Zealand with support from local scene acts Dawn of Azazel and Subtract at the Transmission Room.[16] In 2008, Children of Bodom’s first three studio albums, as well as Tokyo Warhearts, were remastered and re-released with bonus tracks. In September and October 2008, the band toured the USA supporting Blooddrunk with support from The Black Dahlia Murder and Between the Buried and Me. Testament also made a special guest appearance in the main support slot at the tour’s New York City date. In November and December 2008, the band toured in Europe supporting Slipknot and Machine Head. From late January to early March 2009, the band also co-headlined the European tour with Cannibal Corpse with Diablo opening for them. On April 2, 2009, Children of Bodom embarked on the No Fear Energy Tour headlined by Lamb of God with main support from As I Lay Dying and themselves, and rotating opening slots with God Forbid and Municipal Waste, but unfortunately dropped off the tour a week before it was finished following a serious injury Alexi suffered after falling from the top bunk of his tour bus on April 26, 2009, after the show in Palladium Ballroom, Dallas TX. In addition to the injury, on May 8, 2009, at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Alexi and Children of Bodom were forced to quit playing after a few of their songs because of Alexi’s previous injury. Laiho originally planned to continue touring despite his injury, but was forced to cancel last six dates when any efforts to alleviate the pain failed. All summer festival dates went down as planned and were unaffected by Alexi’s injury.[17][18]

In February 2009, Children of Bodom hinted at plans to release a cover album entitled Skeletons in the Closet, which was released on September 23, 2009.[19] They also admitted to being “lazy” when it comes to practicing and talked about plans to have more songs on future albums.[20] The band embarked on a tour of South America and Mexico in September 2009. Support on the trek came from Amorphis. Also in September and October 2009 the band returned to North America to headline a massive, month-long tour. On most dates support on the trek came from The Black Dahlia Murder and Skeletonwitch. Austrian Death Machine and Holy Grail made a special guest appearance in the main support slot at the tour’s second Pomona, California date.[21][22] In October,18th, 2009, four days after the band’s North American tour finale in Honolulu, Hawaii they performed at Japan’s Loudpark Festival along with Megadeth, Judas Priest, Slayer, Anthrax, Rob Zombie & Arch Enemy. In the immediate six days following their performance at the Loudpark Festival, they held three shows in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China respectively. They finished their two month September to October tour in Moscow, Russia. This concluded their year and a half long Blooddrunk World Tour.
Skeletons in the Closet (2009–2010)

Skeletons in the Closet is a cover album released on September 22, 2009. It features covers released on versions of previous albums but also includes four new tracks. Covered artists include Suicidal Tendencies, Britney Spears, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Andrew WK, Billy Idol and Scorpions

Pre-orders through Children of Bodom’s official website included an autographed copy of the album and a T-shirt with the album’s design on it.[23]

Children of Bodom featured a contest to promote their new album in which anyone could win prizes featuring an ESP/LTD M-53 electric guitar, the band’s entire back catalog, and Skeletons in the Closet. The contest ran from August 25 to September 21, 2009. The winners were announced September 28, 2009.
Relentless Reckless Forever (2010–2012)

After the Blooddrunk tour ended, Children of Bodom started recording their new album. During the recording of the drum tracks there was a small tornado and the power was cut out. Consequently the recording was delayed until after their tour with Black Label Society. Children Of Bodom released some information to Metal Hammer magazine about new album tracks. The three track names they released were entitled: “Pussyfoot Miss Suicide”, “Ugly”, and “Was It Worth It?”[24][25]

In November the band announced “The Ugly World Tour 2011” which would run from March–May 2011 and would feature dates around Europe. Opening Acts were Ensiferum, Machinae Supremacy and Amon Amarth (UK only). On November 24, it was announced that the title of the album would be Relentless Reckless Forever. The album was released on March 8, 2011. A music video for “Was It Worth It?” was produced, featuring skateboarder Chris Cole as well as noted pro skaters Jamie Thomas, Garrett Hill and Tom Asta.[26] “Was It Worth It?” was released as a downloadable track for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock on February 2, 2011 for European PlayStation 3 owners, and February 8, 2011 for Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii worldwide, as well as non-European PlayStation 3 owners.

Relentless Reckless Forever was certified gold (sold over 10,000 copies) in Finland on the first day of its release, March 9.[27] As of March 10, the album had sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.[28]
Halo of Blood (2012–present)

Halo of Blood is the band’s eighth studio album. It was released on June 6 in Europe, June 10 in the United Kingdom and on June 11 in North America. The Mayhem Festival tour alongside Rob Zombie, Mastodon and Amon Amarth was also announced on March 18, 2013.

Music journalist Neil Kelly of PopMatters said in praise of the album, “Death metal could very well re-enter mainstream consciousness through Halo of Blood, the most accessible Children of Bodom release yet.”[29]

In May 2014, the band will tour eastern Australia, visiting Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with Eye of the Enemy as support, along with Orpheus Omega in Melbourne.[30]
Band members

Current members

Alexi Laiho – lead vocals, lead guitar (1993–present)
Jaska Raatikainen – drums, percussion (1993–present)
Henkka Seppälä – bass guitar, backing vocals (1996–present)
Janne Wirman – keyboards, synthesizers (1997–present)
Roope Latvala – guitar, backing vocals (2003–present)

Former members

Samuli Miettinen – bass guitar, backing vocals (1993–1995)
Jani Pirisjoki – keyboards, synthesizers (1995–1997)
Alexander Kuoppala – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1995–2003)

Touring musicians

Kimberly Goss – keyboards (1998)
Erna Siikavirta – keyboards (1998)

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Scorpions

best rock band, slow rock band, best german band
Origin Hanover, Germany
Genres Heavy metal,[1][2] hard rock[3][4]
Years active 1965–present
Labels Rhino, RCA, EMI
Associated acts UFO, The Michael Schenker Group, Electric Sun
Website www.the-scorpions.com
Members Rudolf Schenker
Klaus Meine
Matthias Jabs
James Kottak
Paweł Mąciwoda

Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965. Since the band’s inception, their musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.The band’s only constant member is guitarist Rudolf Schenker, although Klaus Meine has been lead singer for all their studio albums. They are known for their 1980s rock anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and many singles, such as “No One Like You”, “Send Me an Angel”, “Still Loving You”, and “Wind of Change”. The band was ranked No. 46 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock program. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” is also No. 18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.

The band is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with claims of sales around 75 million to 100 million records worldwide.

History
Formation and early history (1965–1973)

Rudolf Schenker, the band’s rhythm guitarist launched the band in 1965. At first, the band had beat influences and Schenker himself did the vocals.[13] Things began to come together in 1970 when Schenker’s younger brother Michael and vocalist Klaus Meine joined the band. In 1972 the group recorded and released their debut album Lonesome Crow, with Lothar Heimberg on bass and Wolfgang Dziony on drums.[14] During the Lonesome Crow tour, Scorpions opened for upcoming British band UFO. Near the end of the tour, guitarist Michael Schenker accepted an offer of lead guitar for UFO. Uli Roth, a friend of the Schenker brothers, was then called in to finish off the tour.

The departure of Michael Schenker led to the breakup of the band. In 1973, Uli Roth, who had helped Scorpions complete the Lonesome Crow tour, was offered the role as lead guitarist, but turned the band down, preferring instead to remain in the band Dawn Road. Rudolf Schenker eventually decided that he wanted to work with Roth, but did not want to resurrect the last Scorpions lineup. He attended some of Dawn Road’s rehearsals and ultimately decided to join the band, which consisted of Roth, Francis Buchholz (bass), Achim Kirschning (keyboards) and Jürgen Rosenthal (drums). Roth and Buchholz persuaded Rudolf Schenker to invite Klaus Meine to join on vocals, which he soon did. While there were more members of Dawn Road than Scorpions in the band, they decided to use the Scorpions name because it was well known in the German hard rock scene and an album had been released under that name.[15]
Rise to fame (1974–1978)

In 1974, the new line-up of Scorpions released Fly to the Rainbow. The album proved to be more successful than Lonesome Crow and songs such as “Speedy’s Coming” and the title track established the band’s sound. Achim Kirschning decided to leave after the recordings. Soon after, Jürgen Rosenthal had to leave as he was being drafted into the army. In 1976, he would join a German progressive rock band called Eloy recording three albums. He was replaced by a Belgian drummer, Rudy Lenners.

In 1975, the band released In Trance, which marked the beginning of Scorpions’ long collaboration with German producer Dieter Dierks. The album was a huge step forward for Scorpions and established their heavy metal formula. It garnered a fan base at home and abroad with cuts such as “In Trance”, “Dark Lady” and “Robot Man”.

In 1976, Scorpions released Virgin Killer. The album’s cover featured a nude prepubescent girl behind a broken pane of glass. The cover art was designed by Stefan Bohle who was the product manager for RCA Records,[16] their label at the time. The cover brought the band considerable market exposure but was subsequently pulled or replaced in other countries. The album itself garnered demographic praise for its music from select critics and fan base. In 2008 this image was blacklisted from the English wikipedia by the Internet Watch Foundation, see Internet Watch Foundation and Wikipedia.

The following year, Rudy Lenners resigned for personal reasons and was replaced by Herman Rarebell.

For the follow-up Taken by Force, RCA Records made a determined effort to promote the album in stores and on the radio. The album’s single, “Steamrock Fever”, was added to some of RCA’s radio promotional records. Roth was not happy with the commercial direction the band was taking. Although he performed on the band’s Japan tour, he departed to form his own band, Electric Sun prior to the release of the resultant double live album Tokyo Tapes. Tokyo Tapes was released in the US and Europe six months after its Japanese release. By that time in mid 1978, after auditioning around 140 guitarists, Scorpions recruited guitarist Matthias Jabs.
Commercial success (1979–1991)

Following the addition of Jabs, Scorpions left RCA for Mercury Records in the United States and Harvest/EMI Electrola worldwide to record their next album Lovedrive. Just weeks after being ejected from UFO for his alcohol abuse, Michael Schenker also returned to the group for a short period during the recordings for the album. This gave the band three guitarists (though Schenker’s contribution to the final release was limited to only three songs). The result was Lovedrive, an album which some critics consider to be the pinnacle of their career.[17] Containing such fan favourites as “Loving You Sunday Morning”, “Always Somewhere”, “Holiday” and the instrumental “Coast to Coast”, it firmly cemented the ‘Scorpions formula’ of hard rock songs mixed with melodic ballads. The album’s provocative artwork was named “Best album sleeve of 1979” by Playboy magazine, yet ultimately changed for American release. Lovedrive reached No. 55 on the US charts, demonstrating that the band was gathering an international following. After the completion and release of the album the band decided to retain Michael in the band, forcing Jabs to leave. However after a few weeks of the tour, Michael, still coping with alcoholism missed a number of gigs and at one point collapsed on stage. Jabs was brought back to fill in for him on those occasions when he could not perform. In April 1979, during their tour in France, Jabs was brought in permanently to replace Michael.
The Scorpions’ logo

In 1980 the band released Animal Magnetism, again with a provocative cover this time showing a girl kneeling and a Doberman Pinscher sitting in front of a man. Animal Magnetism contained classics such as “The Zoo” and “Make It Real”. Soon after the album’s release, Meine began experiencing throat problems. He required surgery on his vocal cords and doubts were raised about whether he would ever sing again.

Meanwhile, the band began working on their next album, Blackout in 1981. Don Dokken was brought in to provide guide and backing vocals while Meine recovered.[18] Meine eventually healed completely and was able to finish the album. Blackout was released in 1982 and quickly became the band’s best selling album to date, eventually going platinum. Meine’s voice showed no signs of weakness and fan response to the album was good. Blackout spawned three singles: “Dynamite”, “Blackout”, and “No One Like You”.

Gaining in popularity from their success from “Blackout”, Scorpions performed to over 375,000 fans on Day 2 at the three-day US Festival concert held in San Bernardino, California during Memorial Day Weekend of 1983. The concert was aired live on MTV, giving the band wide exposure in a live show.

It was not until 1984 and the release of Love at First Sting that the band finally cemented their status as the internationally popular band they are now known as. Propelled by the single “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, Love at First Sting climbed the charts and went double platinum in the USA a few months after its release.

MTV gave the album’s videos “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “Bad Boys Running Wild”, “Big City Nights”, and the power ballad “Still Loving You” significant airtime greatly contributing to the album’s success. The channel even supplied Scorpions with the nickname “The Ambassadors of Rock” to the chagrin of industry insiders who recognized the executive influence behind the scenes. The Rolling Stone magazine named them “The Heroes of Heavy Metal”.

The band toured extensively behind Love at First Sting and decided to record and release their second live album, World Wide Live in 1985. Recorded over a year-long world tour and released at the height of their popularity, the album was another success for the band, peaking at No. 14 in the charts in the US and at No. 18 in the UK.

After their extensive world tours, the band finally returned to the studio to record Savage Amusement. Released in 1988, four years after their previous studio album, Savage Amusement represented a more polished and mature sound similar to the style Def Leppard had found success with. The album sold well but was considered somewhat of a critical disappointment. However, British heavy rock magazine Kerrang! did award the album five K’s out of five.

On the Savage Amusement tour in 1988, Scorpions became only the second Western group (not American) to play in the Soviet Union. Uriah Heep had performed in December, 1987 in Leningrad. The following year the band returned to perform at the Moscow Music Peace Festival. As a result, Scorpions developed an extended Russian fan base and still return to perform.[19]

Wishing to distance themselves from the Savage Amusement style, the band separated from their long-time producer and “Sixth Scorpion”, Dieter Dierks, replacing him with Keith Olsen when they returned to the studio in 1990. Crazy World was released that same year and displayed a less polished sound. The album was propelled in large part by the massive success of the ballad “Wind of Change”. The song muses on the socio-political changes that were occurring in Eastern Europe and in other parts of the world at the end of the Cold War. On July 21, 1990 they joined many other guests for Roger Waters’ massive performance of The Wall in Berlin. Scorpions performed both versions of “In the Flesh” from The Wall. After the Crazy World tour Francis Buchholz, the band’s long-serving bassist, left the group.
Later days (1992–2009)

In 1993, Scorpions released Face the Heat. Bass was handled by Ralph Rieckermann. For the recording process, Scorpions brought in producer Bruce Fairbairn. The album’s sound was more metal than melodic. Neither the heavy metal single “Alien Nation” nor the ballad “Under The Same Sun” came close to matching the success of “Wind of Change”. Face the Heat was a moderate success. In 1995, a new album, Live Bites, was produced. The disc documented retro live performances from their Savage Amusement Tour in 1988, all the way through the Face the Heat Tour in 1994. While the album had a technologically cleaner sound in comparison to their best-selling live album, World Wide Live, it was not as successful.

Prior to recording their 13th studio album, 1996s Pure Instinct, drummer Herman Rarebell left the band to set up a recording label. Curt Cress took charge of the drumsticks for the album before Louisville, Kentucky-born James Kottak took over permanently. The album had many ballads. Still, the album’s singles “Wild Child” and the soothing ballad “You and I” both enjoyed moderate success.

1999 saw the release of Eye II Eye and a significant change in the band’s style, mixing in elements of pop and techno. While the album was slickly produced. The video to the album’s first European single, “To Be No. 1”, featured a Monica Lewinsky look-alike which did little to improve its popularity.

The following year, Scorpions had an artistic collaboration with the Berlin Philharmonic that resulted in a 10-song album named Moment of Glory. The album went a long way toward rebuilding the band’s reputation after the harsh criticism of Eye II Eye. However, critics accused them of following on the coattails of Metallica’s similar collaboration (S&M) with the San Francisco Symphony which had been released the previous year, even though the orchestra had first approached Scorpions with the idea in 1995.
Scorpions in 2007

In 2001, Scorpions released Acoustica, a live unplugged album featuring acoustic reworkings of the band’s biggest hits, plus new tracks. While appreciated by fans, the lack of a new studio album was frustrating to some, and Acoustica did little to return the band to the spotlight.

In 2004, the band released Unbreakable, an album that was hailed by critics as a long-awaited return to form. The album was the heaviest the band had released since Face the Heat. Whether a result of poor promotion by the band’s label or the long time between studio releases, Unbreakable received little airplay and did not chart. Scorpions toured extensively behind the album and played as ‘Special Guests’ with Judas Priest during the 2005 British tour—these were the Scorpions’ first dates in the UK since 1999.

In early 2006, Scorpions released the DVD 1 Night in Vienna that included 14 live tracks and a complete rockumentary. In LA, the band spent about four months in the studio with producers James Michael and Desmond Child working on a concept album titled Humanity: Hour I, which was released in late May 2007, and was followed by the “Humanity World Tour”.

In 2007, the band collaborated with two of their signature tracks in the video game series, “Guitar Hero.” “No One Like You” was featured on the “Rocks the ’80s” version of the game while “Rock You Like A Hurricane” was released on “Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock.”

On May 14, 2007, Scorpions released Humanity – Hour I in Europe. Humanity – Hour I became available in the U.S. on August 28 on New Door Records, entering the Billboard charts at number No. 63.

In a September 2007 podcast interview, Meine said the album was not so much a “concept album”, but rather a collection of songs with a common theme. “We didn’t want to make another record with songs about boys chasing girls. I mean, come on, give me a break,” Meine said.

Asked in 2007 if the band was planning to release a Humanity – Hour II, Meine replied:
“     That is what everybody is asking. There might be. Who knows? Right now we are at the beginning of the world tour. It is exciting to play the new songs and they go very well with the classics. It is exciting that there is a whole new audience out there. There are many longtime fans but there are a lot of young kids. We just played in London and in Paris and there were young kids rocking out to songs that were written way before they were born. It is amazing. I don’t want to think about Hour II right now because Hour I is so exciting. It is very inspiring to see how much the audience enjoys this new music.     ”

— Klaus Meine

On December 20, 2007, Scorpions played at a concert for the elite of Russia’s security forces in the Kremlin. The concert was a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Cheka—predecessor of the KGB. The band has claimed that they thought they were performing a Christmas concert. They have said that their concert was by no means a tribute to the Cheka, communism, or Russia’s brutal past. Members of the audience included Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.

On February 21, 2009, Scorpions received Germany’s ECHO Honorary Award for lifetime achievement at Berlin’s O2 World.
Sting in the Tail, touring and next album (2010–present)

In November 2009, Scorpions announced that their 17th studio album, Sting in the Tail, would be released in early 2010, recorded in Hanover with Swedish producers Mikael “Nord” Andersson and Martin Hansen. Sting in the Tail was released on March 23, 2010.

On January 24, 2010, the band announced their intentions for Sting in the Tail to be their last album, with the tour supporting it being their final tour, although the band later made the decision to continue recording past the end of the tour.Dokken was scheduled to open for them but canceled after a dispute.

On 6 April 2010, Scorpions were enshrined in Hollywood’s Rock Walk in a handprint ceremony, with the band members placing their hands in a long slab of wet cement next to other musical artists.

An album of re-recordings of older songs, Comeblack, was released on 7 November 2011.

Frontman Klaus Meine was asked in a July 2011 interview about the future of Scorpions and whether the band was going to make another album. He replied, “Our newest project comes out in the next few months. It gives you a chance to experience the Scorpions in 3D. You can actually feel the smoke string out of the guitar like it is a live show. It is an incredible experience. The DVD features our concerts in 3D in Germany. We are just about to do the mix and it should be in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia hopefully soon. Indeed, the strong 3D technology makes us feel like pioneers after all these years (he says, laughing). We have an album coming out later this year featuring classics. You know our love for them. The ’60s was the era for our inspiration. Our movie/documentary also is soon to be released. We have cameras with us on tours, so this documentary is being made during our tours. It also gives you a picture of the Scorpions career and journey.”

Almost a year in advance it was announced Scorpions would headline the Wacken Open Air Festival on 4 August.

Despite ongoing rumours of a break up or retirement, guitarist Matthias Jabs told AZ Central on June 12, 2012 that Scorpions would not be splitting up. A month later, Jabs told Billboard magazine that the band has been working on an album that will contain unreleased songs they recorded for the albums Blackout, Love at First Sting, Savage Amusement and Crazy World and plan to release it in 2014. In April Scorpions announced shows in Russia and Belarus with an orchestra in October 2013. On 11, 12, and 14 September 2013, the Scorpions played three MTV Unplugged concerts at the Lycabettus-Theatre in Athens.[35] On November 6, 2013 they announce 4 more MTV Unplugged Concert in Germany 2014. In December 2013 in an interview at Rock Show radio program in Greece, Klaus Meine said he is not sure if the album that will contain unreleased songs they recorded for the albums Blackout, Love at First Sting, Savage Amusement and Crazy World is going to be released in 2014 or later on.
Band members
Current members

Rudolf Schenker — rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals in “They Need a Million”, “Hey You” and “Love is the Answer” (1965–present)
Klaus Meine — lead vocals, guitars (1970–present)
Matthias Jabs — lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1978, 1979–present)
James Kottak — drums, backing vocals (1996–present)
Paweł Mąciwoda — bass, backing vocals (2004–present)

Former members

Lothar Heimberg — bass, backing vocals (1965–1973)
Wolfgang Dziony — drums, percussion, backing vocals (1965–1973)
Karl-Heinz Vollmer – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1965–1970)
Michael Schenker — lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1970–1973, 1978–1979)
Francis Buchholz — bass, backing vocals (1973–1983, 1984–1992)
Uli Jon Roth — lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Drifting Sun”, “Fly to the Rainbow”, “Dark Lady”, “Sun in My Hand”, “Hell Cat”, “Polar Nights” (1973–1978)
Jürgen Rosenthal — drums, percussion, backing vocals (1973–1975)
Achim Kirschning — keyboards (1973–1974)
Rudy Lenners — drums, percussion (1975–1977)
Joe Wyman – drums, percussion (1977)
Herman Rarebell — drums, percussion, backing vocals (1977–1983, 1984–1995)
Ralph Rieckermann — bass, backing vocals (1993–2000, 2000–2003)
Curt Cress — drums, percussion (1996)
Ken Taylor — bass, backing vocals (2000)
Ingo Powitzer — bass, backing vocals (2004)

Manager

Leber/Krebs (Management 1979-1980er)
Doc Mc Ghee (Management 80er/90er)
Peter F. Amend (Lawyer, Booker and Manager 1991–present)
Stewart Young (1995–present)
Tom Consolo (Front Line Management;Frontline Management Group, Azoffmusic Management; North-America, 2011)
Steve Martin (The Agency Group, 2012)

Source: Wikipedia

Happy birthday Kurt

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Kurt Cobain (foreground) and Krist Novoselic live at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.
Background information
Birth name Kurt Donald Cobain
Also known as Kurdt Kobain
Born February 20, 1967
Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.
Died April 5, 1994 (aged 27)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres Grunge, alternative rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, artist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1982–1994
Labels Sub Pop, DGC, Geffen
Associated acts Nirvana, Fecal Matter
Notable instruments
Fender Jag-Stang
Fender Jaguar
Fender Mustang
Fender Stratocaster
Martin D-18E
Univox Hi-Flier Mosrite “The Ventures” Guitar

Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. April 5, 1994) was an American musician and artist. He was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene, having its debut album Bleach released on the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989.

After signing with major label DGC Records, the band found breakthrough success with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from its second album Nevermind (1991). Following the success of Nevermind, Nirvana was labeled “the flagship band” of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as “the spokesman of a generation”.Cobain, however, was often uncomfortable and frustrated, believing his message and artistic vision to have been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal issues often subject to media attention. He challenged Nirvana’s audience with its final studio album In Utero (1993). It did not match the sales figures of Nevermind but was still a critical and commercial success.

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. The circumstances of his death at age 27 have become a topic of public fascination and debate. Since their debut, Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, has sold over 25 million albums in the US, and over 75 million worldwide.

Early life

Kurt Donald Cobain was born on February 20, 1967, at Grays Harbor Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington, to a waitress, Wendy Elizabeth (née Fradenburg) (born 1948),and an automotive mechanic, Donald Leland Cobain (born 1946). His parents were married on July 31, 1965 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. His ancestry included Irish, English, Scottish, and German.Cobain’s Irish ancestors migrated from County Tyrone of Northern Ireland in 1875.[6] Researchers have found them to have been shoemakers, originally named Cobane, who came from the village of Inishatieve near Pomeroy, settling in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, and then in Washington.Cobain himself believed his family came from County Cork in southern Ireland.Cobain had one younger sister named Kimberly, born on April 24, 1970.[3][5]

Cobain’s family had a musical background. His maternal uncle Chuck Fradenburg starred in a band called The Beachcombers, his Aunt Mari Earle played guitar and performed in bands throughout Grays Harbor County, and his great-uncle Delbert had a career as an Irish tenor, making an appearance in the 1930 film King of Jazz. Cobain was described as being a happy and excitable, while sensitive and caring child. His talent as an artist was evident from an early age. His bedroom was described as having taken on the appearance of an art studio,[2] where he would accurately draw his favorite characters from films and cartoons such as Aquaman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Disney characters like Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Pluto.[9] This enthusiasm was encouraged by his grandmother Iris Cobain, who was a professional artist herself. Cobain began developing an interest in music early in his life. According to his Aunt Mari, he began singing at two years old. At age four, Cobain started playing the piano and singing, writing a song about their trip to a local park. He listened to artists like the Ramones[10] and Electric Light Orchestra[11] and would sing songs like Arlo Guthrie’s “Motorcycle Song,” The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”, Terry Jacks’ “Seasons in the Sun” and the theme song to The Monkees television show at a young age.[12]

When Cobain was seven years old, his parents divorced.[13] Later in his life, he said the divorce had a profound effect on his life. His mother noted that his personality changed dramatically; Cobain became defiant and withdrawn.[14] In a 1993 interview, he elaborated:

“I remember feeling ashamed, for some reason. I was ashamed of my parents. I couldn’t face some of my friends at school anymore, because I desperately wanted to have the classic, you know, typical family. Mother, father. I wanted that security, so I resented my parents for quite a few years because of that.”

Cobain’s parents both found new partners after the divorce. His father had promised not to remarry; however, after meeting Jenny Westeby, he did, to Kurt’s dismay. Kurt, his father, Westeby, and her two children Mindy and James, moved into a new household together. Cobain liked Westeby at first, who gave him the maternal attention he desired. In January 1979, Westeby gave birth to a boy, Chad Cobain. This new family, which Cobain insisted was not his real one, was in stark contrast to the attention Cobain was used to receiving as an only boy; he soon began to express resentment toward his stepmother. Kurt’s mother began dating a man who was abusive. Cobain witnessed the domestic violence inflicted upon her, with one incident resulting in her being hospitalized with a broken arm. Wendy steadfastly refused to press charges, remaining completely committed to the relationship.

Kurt behaved insolently toward adults. He began bullying another boy at school. These behaviors eventually caused his father and Westeby to take him to a therapist, who concluded that Kurt would benefit in a single family environment.[18] Both sides of the family attempted to bring his parents back together, but to no avail. On June 28, 1979, Cobain’s mother granted full custody of Kurt to his father.

Cobain’s teenage rebellion quickly became overwhelming for his father, who placed Kurt in the care of family and friends. While living with the born-again Christian family of his friend Jesse Reed, Cobain became a devout Christian and regularly attended church services. Cobain later renounced Christianity, engaging in what would be described as “anti-God” rants. The song “Lithium” is about his experience while living with the Reed family. Religion would remain an important part of Cobain’s personal life and beliefs, as he often used Christian imagery in his work and maintained a constant interest in Jainism and Buddhist philosophy. The band name Nirvana was taken from the Buddhist concept, which Cobain described as “freedom from pain, suffering and the external world,” which paralleled with the punk rock ethic and ideology. Cobain would regard himself as both a Buddhist and a Jain during different points of his life, educating himself about the philosophies through various sources, including through watching late night television documentaries on both subjects.

Although not interested in sports, Kurt was enrolled in a junior high school wrestling team at the insistence of his father. Kurt was a skilled wrestler, yet despised the experience. Because of the ridicule he endured from his teammates and coach, he allowed himself to be pinned, in an attempt to sadden his father. Later, his father enlisted him in a little league baseball team, where Cobain would intentionally strike out to avoid playing on the team.

Cobain befriended a homosexual student at school, and suffered bullying from heterosexual students who concluded that Cobain was gay. In an interview he said that he liked having the identity of being gay because he did not like people and when they thought he was gay they left him alone. Kurt stated, “I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn’t”. His friend tried to kiss him and Kurt backed away and told his friend he was not gay but would still be friends with him. In a 1993 interview with The Advocate, Cobain claimed that he was “gay in spirit” and “probably could be bisexual.” He also stated that he used to spray paint “God Is Gay” on pickup trucks in the Aberdeen area. Aberdeen police records show that Cobain was arrested for spray painting the phrase “Ain’t got no how watchamacallit” on other vehicles. One of his personal journals states, “I am not gay, although I wish I were, just to piss off homophobes.”

Cobain enjoyed creating works of art. He would often draw during school classes, including objects associated with human anatomy. When given a caricature assignment for an art course, Cobain drew a posing Michael Jackson. When his art teacher told him the caricature would be inappropriate to be displayed in a school hallway, Cobain drew an unflattering sketch of then-President Ronald Reagan.

As attested to by several of Cobain’s classmates and family members, the first concert he attended was Sammy Hagar and Quarterflash at the Seattle Center Coliseum in 1983. Cobain, however, claimed that the first concert he attended was the Melvins; he wrote prolifically in his Journals of the experience. As a teenager living in Montesano, Cobain eventually found escape through the thriving Pacific Northwest punk scene, going to punk rock shows in Seattle. Cobain soon began frequenting the practice space of fellow Montesano musicians the Melvins.

During his second year in high school, Cobain began living with his mother in Aberdeen. Two weeks prior to graduation, he dropped out of Aberdeen High School upon realizing he did not have enough credits to graduate. His mother gave him a choice: find employment or leave. After one week, Cobain found his clothes and other belongings packed away in boxes. Feeling banished from his own mother’s home, Cobain stayed with friends, occasionally sneaking back into his mother’s basement.Cobain also claimed during periods of homelessness to have lived under a bridge over the Wishkah River, an experience that inspired the Nevermind track “Something in the Way”. However, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic said, “He hung out there, but you couldn’t live on those muddy banks, with the tides coming up and down. That was his own revisionism.”

In late 1986 Cobain moved into an apartment, paying his rent by working at “The Polynesian Resort”, a Polynesian coastal resort approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Aberdeen. During this period, he was traveling frequently to Olympia, Washington to go to rock concerts. During his visits to Olympia, Cobain formed a relationship with Tracy Marander. The couple had a close relationship, but one that was often strained with financial difficulties and Cobain’s absence when touring. Marander supported the couple by working at the cafeteria of the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, often stealing food. Cobain spent most of his time sleeping into the late evening, watching television and concentrating on art projects. Marander’s insistence that he get a job caused arguments that influenced Cobain to write “About a Girl”, which was featured on the Nirvana album Bleach. Marander is credited with having taken the cover photo for the album. Marander was not aware that “About a Girl” was written about her until years after Cobain’s death.

Soon after Marander separated from him, Cobain began dating Tobi Vail, an influential DIY punk zinester of the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill. After meeting Vail, Cobain vomited as he was so completely overwhelmed with anxiety regarding his infatuation with her. This event would inspire the lyric: “Love you so much it makes me sick,” which would appear in the song “Aneurysm”. While Cobain would regard Vail as his female counterpart, his relationship with her waned. Cobain desired the maternal comfort of a traditional relationship, which Vail regarded as sexist within a countercultural punk rock community. Those who dated Vail would be described by her friend Alice Wheeler as “fashion accessories.” Kurt and Tobi spent most of their time together as a couple discussing political and philosophical issues. In 1990 they collaborated on a musical project called “Bathtub Is Real”, in which both Vail and Cobain sang, played guitar and drums. They recorded their songs on a four-track tape machine that belonged to Vail’s father. In Everett True’s 2009 book “Nirvana: The Biography” Vail is quoted as saying “(Kurt) would play the songs he was writing, I would play the songs I was writing and we’d record them on my dad’s four-track. Sometimes I’d sing on the songs he was writing and play drums on them….. He was really into the fact that I was creative and into music. I don’t think he’d ever played music with a girl before. He was super-inspiring and fun to play with.” Slim Moon described their sound as “… like the minimal quiet pop songs that Olympia is known for. Both of them sang; it was really good.” Cobain’s relationship with Vail would inspire the lyrical content of many of the songs on Nevermind. Once, while discussing anarchism and punk rock with friend Kathleen Hanna, Hanna spray-painted “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on Kurt’s apartment wall. Teen Spirit was the name of a deodorant Vail wore; Hanna joked that Cobain smelled like it. Cobain, unaware of this, initially interpreted the slogan as having a revolutionary meaning. The slogan inspired the title to the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

Shocking Blue

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Origin The Hague, Netherlands
Genres Rock, nederbeat, psychedelic rock, blues rock, folk rock
Years active 1967–1974
Labels Pink Elephant, Polydor, Penny Farthing, Colossus
Past members Mariska Veres
Robbie van Leeuwen
Cor van der Beek
Klaasje van der Wal
Fred de Wilde
Henk Smitskamp
Leo van de Ketterij
Martin van Wijk

Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band from The Hague, the Netherlands, formed in 1967. Their biggest hit, “Venus”, went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970, and the band had sold 13.5 million discs by 1973, but the group disbanded in 1974.[1]

History

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Shocking Blue was founded in 1967 by Robbie van Leeuwen. The group had a minor hit in 1968 with “Lucy Brown is Back in Town”. After Mariska Veres took over the vocals, the group charted a world-wide hit with the song “Venus”, which peaked at No. 3 in the Netherlands in 1969. The song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. It subsequently sold 350,000 copies in Germany, and topped the U.S. chart for three weeks, the first song from the Netherlands to do so. It sold over one million copies there by January 1970, and received a gold record awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America. Global sales exceeded five million copies.[1] The song was based on “The Banjo Song” (1963) by The Big Three.

Other hits include “Send Me a Postcard” in 1968/69 and “Long and Lonesome Road” (often mistakenly named as “Long Lonesome Road”) in 1969. Shocking Blue’s songs also received quite a large amount of radio airplay on Dutch channels.[2][3]

“Venus” was followed by “Mighty Joe” (flip-side “Wild Wind”) in 1969 and “Never Marry a Railroad Man” (flip-side “Roll Engine Roll”) in 1970, which both sold over a million records.[1] Later songs – including “Hello Darkness” (1970), “Shocking You”, “Blossom Lady” and “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” (1971), “Inkpot”, “Rock in the Sea” and “Eve and the Apple” (1972) and “Oh Lord” (1973) were successful in Europe, Latin America and Asia, but failed to chart in the U.S..

In 1974 Mariska Veres left the group to start a solo career until 1982. Her singles “Take Me High” (1975) and “Lovin’ You” (1976) were mainly popular in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Other known singles were “Tell It Like It Is” (1975), Dusty Springfield’s “Little By Little” (1976), and “Too Young” (1978). Most of these songs today are rare.

Shocking Blue made a comeback in 1979, and recorded “Louise” as their first single since their breakup back in 1974. However, the song was never released for unknown reasons. They did however, perform live with their earliest songs such as “Venus” and “Never Marry a Railroad Man” in 1980. They made another comeback in 1984, and later recorded “Jury and the Judge” with “I Am Hanging on to Love” on B-side, and yet another unreleased song “Time Is a Jetplane” in 1986.

Nirvana covered the Shocking Blue song “Love Buzz” as their debut single in 1988, and it also appeared on their 1989 album Bleach.

Mariska Veres died of cancer on 2 December 2006.
Members

The initial line-up consisted of

Robbie van Leeuwen (guitar, sitar and backing vocals) (1967-1973)
Fred de Wilde (vocals, 1967–1968)
Klaasje van der Wal (bass guitar, 1967–1972)
Cor van Beek (drums) (1967-1974)

Later members were

Mariska Veres (vocals, 1968–1974)
Leo van de Ketterij (guitar, 1970–1971)
Martin van Wijk (guitar, 1973–1974)
Henk Smitskamp (bass guitar, 1972–1974)

Discography
Albums

1968 Shocking Blue (Polydor) also known as “Beat With Us” (German title)
1969 At Home (Pink Elephant)
1970 Scorpio’s Dance (Pink Elephant) also known as “Sally Was A Good Old Girl” (Japanese title)
1971 Third Album (AKA Shocking You, Pink Elephant)
1972 Inkpot (Pink Elephant) – The official music of Mark Six
1972 Live in Japan (Pink Elephant)
1972 Attila (Pink Elephant) also known as “Rock In The Sea” (Japanese title)
1972 Eve and the Apple (Same as “Attila” with one different track, Polydor)
1973 Dream on Dreamer (Polydor)
1973 Ham (Same as “Dream On Dreamer”, but with 3 different songs and 6 alternate versions, Pink Elephant)
1974 Good Times (Pink Elephant)

Singles

1967 “Love is in The Air” / “What You Gonna Do” (Polydor)
1968 “Lucy Brown is Back in Town” / “Fix Your Hair Darling” (Pink Elephant)
1968 “Send Me a Postcard” / “Harley Davidson” (Metronome)
1969 “Long and Lonesome Road” / “Fireball of Love” (Metronome)
1969 “Venus” / “Hot Sand” (Pink Elephant)
1969 “Mighty Joe” / “Wild Wind” (Metronome)
1969 “Scorpio’s Dance” / “Sally Was a Good Old Girl” (promo)
1970 “Never Marry a Railroad Man” / “Roll Engine Roll” (Metronome)
1970 “Hello Darkness” / “Pickin’ Tomatoes” (Metronome)
1971 “Shocking You” / “Waterloo” (Metronome)
1971 “Serenade” / “Sleepless at Midnight” (Buddah)
1971 “Blossom Lady” / “Is This a Dream” (Polydor)
1971 “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” / “I Like You” (Polydor)
1972 “Inkpot” / “Give My Love to The Sunrise” (Polydor)
1972 “Rock in the Sea” / “Broken Heart” (Polydor)
1972 “Eve and the Apple” / “When I was a Girl” (Polydor)
1973 “Let Me Carry Your Bag” / “I Saw You in June” (Polydor)
1973 “Oh Lord” / “In My Time of Dying” (Polydor)
1974 “This America” / “I Won’t be Lonely Long” (Polydor)
1974 “Dream on Dreamer” / “Where The Pick-Nick Was” (Polydor)
1974 “Good Times” / “Come My Way” (Pink Elephant)
1975 “Gonna Sing My Song” / “Get It On” (Decca)
1980 “Louise” / “Venus” (promo)
1986 “The Jury and The Judge” / “I am Hanging on to Love (Polydor)
1994 “Body and Soul” / “Angel” (Red Bullet)

Compilations

LPs

1969 Sensational Shocking Blue (Discofoon)
1971 Hello Darkness (Pink Elephant)
1972 The Shocking Blue Perfect Collection (Polydor)
1972 The Best of Shocking Blue (Pink Elephant)
1973 Shocking Blue’s Best (Metronome)
1973 With love from… Shocking Blue (Capri)
1978 The Shocking Blue Double Deluxe (Polydor)
1980 Venus (Piccadilly)
1981 The Shocking Blue Greatest Hits (CNR)
1986 Best of Shocking Blue (CNR)
1986 Classics (21 Records)

CDs

1986 The Best of Shocking Blue (Victor)
1990 The Very Best of Shocking Blue (Red Bullet), (Arcade, 1993)
1990 Shocking Blue 20 Greatest Hits (Repertoire)
1990 Venus (Castle Communications AG)
1994 A Portrait of Shocking Blue (Castle)
1995 Shocking Blue The Golden Hits (Red Bullet)
1997 Singles A’s and B’s (Repertoire)
1997 Shocking Blue Grand Collection (A.R.O.)
1998 Shocking You (Laserlight)
2000 Shocking Blue Golden Collection 2000 (Lighthouse)
2000 All Gold Of The World Shocking Blue (Mekkophone & Castle Communications)
2004 Shocking Blue Greatest Hits (Red Bullet)

DVDs

2004 Greatest Hits Around The World (Red Bullet)

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Hypocrisy (band)

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Hypocrisy is a death metal band from Sweden. It was formed in 1990 in Ludvika, Sweden by Peter Tägtgren.

Musically, the band started off with a traditional death metal sound on their early albums, but soon turned into a melodic death metal band. Their early lyrics – written by original vocalist Masse Broberg – dealt with anti-Christian themes and Satanism. However, the band later chose to focus on themes such as the paranormal and extraterrestrials. Contrary to what some might believe, Magus didn’t leave because of a shift in lyrical content, but because of a cracked eardrum during their 1st European tour (he later went on to black metal band Dark Funeral as Emperor Magus Caligula). Their tenth album, Virus, contains themes more typical of death metal such as violence, the horrors of reality, insanity, torture, war, drug addiction, and emotional strife. Twelfth album End of Disclosure deals with conspiracy and anti-illuminati themes.

Background information
Origin Ludvika, Dalarna, Sweden
Genres Death metal
Melodic death metal
Progressive death metal
Blackened death metal
Years active 1990–present
Labels Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Immortal, Pain, Dark Funeral, Bloodbath
Website www.hypocrisy.cc
Members Peter Tägtgren
Mikael Hedlund
Reidar “Horgh” Horghagen
Past members Klas Ideberg
Masse Broberg
Jonas Österberg
Lars Szöke
Mathias Kamijo
Andreas Holma

After spending three years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida[4] in 1990, founder Peter Tägtgren returned to his homeland of Sweden, to form his own band. Hypocrisy’s early releases were noted as being well-executed death metal, but panned for not being particularly innovative. That criticism waned as the band matured, cultivating a more distinctive sound as well as employing an introspective lyrical approach. Later releases have a more atmospheric sound, with lyrical exploration of aliens and abduction experiences. Their release Virus has seen the band return to more death metal themes. Their most recent release, End Of Disclosure Sounds like (with peters own words) more Hypocrisy than ever. The theme around the album is conspiracy theories and anti-Illuminati based lyrics with an atmospheric,melodical sound.

Tägtgren’s experience as a producer may have also have led to the band’s change in musical direction, as he is more closely involved with many other bands while producing their albums.

On November 17, 2009, Hypocrisy cancelled their U.S. tour. After cancelling earlier in 2009, Hypocrisy confirmed a North American tour for 2010. Joining Hypocrisy on the “Long Time, No Death” tour were Scar Symmetry, Hate, Blackguard and Swashbuckle. From January to March 2010, they toured Germany, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, finishing in Moscow. Their North American tour took place in May 2010.

On October 14, 2011, Hypocrisy released a DVD called Hell Over Sofia – 20 Years of Chaos and Confusion. It contains a full concert from the “Long Time, No Death” tour. The DVD also contains a one and a half hour documentary about the band.[5] On November 10, 2011, Mikael Hedlund announced writing material for a new studio album during an interview with Metal Shock Finland’s Chief Editor, Mohsen Fayyazi. Mikael tells Metal Shock Finland:
“ It’s too early to say what it’s going to sounds like, but all I can say is that it’s not gonna be any change of style. It will be a classic HYPOCRISY album without [any] compromises. We already got some material and we’re really looking forward to enter the studio again. We don’t know yet when it will [be], but hopefully after the summer 2012. Nothing is confirmed yet. We’re doing the Metalfest tour [of Europe] in May/June plus some other festivals. That’s the plans at the moment. ”

In early 2012 the band began to write new material for a follow up to A Taste of Extreme Divinity. On December 21, 2012 Hypocrisy announced that the title of the upcoming CD would be End of Disclosure.
Band members

Current members

Peter Tägtgren – vocals, guitar, synthesizer (1990–present)
Mikael Hedlund – bass (1992–present)
Reidar “Horgh” Horghagen – drums (2004–present)

Former members

Lars Szöke – drums (1990–2004)
Magnus “Masse” Broberg – vocals (1992–1993)
Jonas Österberg – guitar (1992–1995)
Andreas Holma – guitar (2000–2006)

Live members

Mathias Kamijo – guitar (1995–2000)
Klas Ideberg – guitar (2006)
Tomas Elofsson – live guitar (2010–present)

Discography
Albums

Penetralia (1992)
Osculum Obscenum (1993)
The Fourth Dimension (1994)
Abducted (1996)
The Final Chapter (1997)
Hypocrisy (1999)
Into the Abyss (2000)
Catch 22 (2002)
The Arrival (2004)
Virus (2005)
A Taste of Extreme Divinity (2009)
End of Disclosure (2013)

EPs

Pleasure of Molestation (1993)
Inferior Devoties (1994)
Maximum Abduction (1996)
Virus Radio EP (2005)
Too Drunk to Fuck (2013)

Demos

Rest in Pain (1991)
Rest in Pain (1992)

Compilations

10 Years of Chaos and Confusion (2001)
Beast of Hypocrisy (2012)

Live Releases

Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken (1999, CD)
Hell Over Sofia – 20 Years of Chaos and Confusion (2011, DVD)

Singles

“Carved Up” (1996)
“Don’t Judge Me” (2008)
“Eraser (Live)” (2011)
“End of Disclosure” (2013)

Source: Wikipidea

Narayan Gopal Guruwacharya

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Narayan Gopal Gurubacharya (Nepali: नारायण गोपाल गुरूवाचार्य) (October 4, 1939 – December 5, 1990) is the most prominent and popular singer and composer in the history of Nepali music. He is popularly referred to as “Swar Samrat” (Nepali: स्वर सम्राट, meaning: Emperor of Voice) in Nepali music. He is also known as “Tragedy King.” He is well known as a singer as well as a composer. His voice range allowed him to sing songs of every genre of Nepali music. His songs are often richly orchestrated with the sitar, harmonium and flute. He belongs to the first generation of Nepali singers who took singing as a profession. His songs have also been used in movies and dramas.

Born October 4, 1939
Kathmandu, Nepal
Died December 5, 1990 (aged 51)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Spouse Pamela Lama Guruvbhacharya
First Song Panchi ko pankha ma dharti ko diyo
Last Song Birahi Maya Adhuro Rahyo
Cause of death
Diabetes
Occupation Singer, Musician, Playwriter, Editor

 

Personal life

Narayan Gopal Gurubacharya was born into a Newar family in Kilagal Tole, Kathmandu, on October 4, 1939 (18 Asoj, 1996 B.S.) to father Ram Gopal Gurubacharya and mother Asha Devi Gurubacharya. He had five brothers and six sisters. He completed his School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exams in 2016 B.S. and obtained Bachelor of Art degree in Humanities from Tri-Chandra College. Later he also went to Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda to study classical Indian music, but returned without completing his studies. He married Pemala Lama in 1971 (Falgun 2027 B.S.). Later he joined the Rastriya Naach Ghar (National Dance Theater) and rose to the post of manager (hakim). He also worked as the editor of a musical journal Bageena (बागीना) for its first three issues around 2028 B.S. He became the managing director of Sanskritik Sangsthan (Cultural Center) from 2036-05-10 to 2040-10-04 B.S.; became adviser to the Ministry of Communication from 2046-04-16 on wards; and an associate professor in Lalit Kala Campus. He also wrote a musical drama titled Kanchi Masyang (कान्छी मस्याङ).

Personality

People who knew him during his lifetime recount some of his personality: He had a considerable knowledge of history. He was an enthusiastic photographer; and he loved to watch football; he was a good chess player. In the kitchen, he was a good cook. Apart from singing, he liked to spend considerable effort in organizing various events. In his editorship, the first editions of Bageena (बागीना) magazine was issued.

Early career

The potential of his vocal talent was first recognized by his friend Manik Ratna Sthapit. Manik Ratna, who used to live in the neighboring Pyukha Tole, and Prem Dhoj Pradhan, who used to live in Bheda Singh Tole used to get together and do vocal practices using Hindi songs. But Narayan Gopal, however, would joke around by changing the words of the songs that they used to sing. Prem Dhoj and Manik Ratna recounts that he used to change the Hindi words into Nepali, thus damaging the melody of the songs to comical effect. Manik Ratna’s household was like a kind of a music school since his uncle, Siddhi Ratna Sthapit, was an expert instrumentalist. In BS 2016, after completion of his SLC exams, Prem Dhoj Pradhan took him to Radio Nepal to take a voice test. He sang “Panchi ko pankha ma dharti ko diyo,” written by Dr. Ram Man Trishit and composed by Prem Dhoj Pradhan himself. He passed the voice test on his first trial. Narayan Gopal’s first public musical performance was during the 40th anniversary of Tri Chandra College, which he agreed on to do at the request of his friends. During the performance, he acted as the tabala player.

In his own household, Narayan’s father, Asha Gopal Gurubacharya, was a strict classical musician. His father did not allow any modern music, except for classical music, to be entertained in his house. Ustad Asha Gopal considered modern music as shallow and vulgar. It was in order to appease his father that he went to India to take up lessons in classical music in Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. But due to ill adjustment, he dropped out from the University after only four and half months.

First successes

By that time Prem-Manik duo had started to sing their own compositions. Following suit, Narayan Gopal composed six original songs written by the contemporary poet Ratna Shumsher Thapa. In that collection four of the songs were for solo vocal (स्वर्गकी रानी, आँखाको भाखा आँखैले, भो भो मलाई नछेक, मधुमासमा यो दिल) and two were for duet (बिछोडको पीडा र ए कान्छा ठट्टैमा यो बैंश जानलाग्यो). All these songs were eventually recorded in Kolkata, India, while he was in that country for his studies. These songs started to attract attention within Nepal and India, and in short time he became recognized as a major Nepali singer.

Nepal at the time had recently been liberated from Rana rule. Midst these wave of social and political changes, Narayan Gopal was able to lend his voice to songs related to love, life, hope, and patriotism. While the East-West highway was under construction, he recorded ‘जाग, जाग चम्क हे नौजवान हो,’ whereas in the fervor of patriotism ‘आमा ! तिमीलाई जलभरिका औंलाहरुले चुम्न’. Such songs made him popular among the youths of Nepal. His songs further evolved as he became more selective of songs with right combination of words, music, and emotions. Along with his contemporaries such as Pushpa Nepali, Bacchu Kailash, Tara Devi, Amber Gurung, Prem Dhoj Pradhan, Nati Kaji, Shiva Sankar, he added a new dimension to the modern Nepali music. To broaden his style, he started to hold discussions with his admirers, his competitors, and his critics. It was in this process of development that he visited Darjeeling, India, during the March 1965. The visit was fruitful for two reasons: there he met his long-time fan and future wife, Pemala Lama, with whom he fell in love; and it was there that he met another young, struggling musician Gopal Yonzon, with whom he formed a close friendship as mitjyus, in part because both had Gopal as their names.
Partnership with Gopal Yonzon

With the partnership of Gopal Yonzon during the later sixties, Narayan Gopal’s music entered a new phase of development. In the words of Ishwar Bhallav, Narayan Gopal became the singer of the hearts of the Nepali people. It was in this phase that he started to sing his famous songs of love, loss, and tragedy; and he emerged as the most prominent singer of this era. At this time, the musicians of Nepal were starting to become more self conscious and were seeking to express themselves in original emotions and style. Originality was becoming increasingly important. It was also at this time that new sounds from the West, such as by the Beatles and Bob Dylan, were entering and influencing the music of Nepal. In order to confront the influence of Western pop music, a new consciousness and a new style of music was felt to be necessary. To meet these challenges, Narayan Gopal in partnership with Gopal Yonzon created songs that have since been ever popular in Nepal. Song like बिर्सेर फेरि मलाई नहेर, चिनारी हाम्रो धेरै पुरानो, तिम्रो जस्तो मुटु मेरो पनि, लौ सुन म भन्छु मेरो रामकहानी not only gave new lease of life to Gopal Yonzon’s musical career, but it also carved a special niche for Narayan Gopal among the listeners of Nepali music.

Soon he found himself to be sought after by all the major composers of Nepal. He collaborated with established composers like Nati Kaji, Shiva Sankar, Amber Gurung, and Dharmaraj Thapa. He was starting to be known as the singer of intellect.

During the beginning of the seventies, he married his long-time fan Pemala at the age of thirty-one. After their marriage his residence shifted for sometime to Pokhara and later for sometime to Hetauda. In Pokhara, he became acquainted with the poet Bhupi Sherchan, while in Hetauda he became acquainted with fellow songwriter and composer Bhim Birag. As a result of the interactions, he composed and sang Bhupi Sherchan’s सानै हुरीमा बैँसको सपना and अल्झेछ क्यारे पछ्यौरी तिम्रो चियाको बुट्टामा; and he sang Bhim Birag’s तिमीले पनि मजस्तै माया दिएर हेर.

Later career

After his short stay in Hetauda, Narayan Gopal returned to Kathmandu and managed to find a job in Rastriya Naach Ghar (National Dance Theater) with the help of his friends Manik Ratna and Janardan Sama. He had entered Naach Ghar as a mere instrumentalist, but he slowly rose to the post of a hakim (rector). While he was in Naach Ghar, he lost many of his friends or abandoned many of his previous collaborators. After he became the hakim of Naach Ghar, he was no longer in speaking terms with his early mentor Manik Ratna. Similarly, the relationship with his childhood friend Prem Dhoj became distant. After the marriage of his mitjyu Gopal Yonzon, the relationship between the two also dampened. Among the reasons for this was his fame, success, and growing arrogance.

At this stage of his life, he found himself confronting a new generation of Nepali youths. Among the young musical talents of that time, his partnership with Dibya Khaling took off; and he started lending his voice to Khalings compositions, thus initiating another phase of his singing career. Songs like सँधै नै म हाँसे तिमीलाई रुवाई, मायाको आधारमा सम्झौता नै हुन्छ, बिपना नभइ helped to revive his popularity. During this stage he started to collaborate with new breed of songwriters such as Khyetra Pratap Adhikari, Kali Prasad Rijal, Norden Rumba, Dinesh Adhikari, and Bishwambhar Pyaukurel, while his relationship with his old collaborators was neglected. Among the composers of the new generation, he collaborated with the likes of Sambhujit Baskota, Bhupendra Rayamajhi, and Shubha Bahadur. In his late stage of career, he lent his considerable prestige to launch the career of many upcoming musicians. As such, he was willing to compromise his artistry and sing weak songs by new composers and songwriters. He also sang in film songs.

In total his career spanned twenty-eight years, during which he sang in eighteen movies and recorded a hundred and fifty-seven songs.
Death

Narayan Gopal suffered from diabetes, yet had a propensity for sweetmeats. This habit led to his demise in December 5, 1990 (19 Mangsir, 2047 B.S.) in Bir Hospital, at 9 p.m. in Kathmandu, at the age of fifty-one. He had no children. He has four brothers and three sisters.

Musical Style

To Narayan Gopal, the most important part in the art of modern songs were: melody, lyrics, and the singer. This did not rule out other aspects, however. Chords, he said, are required to put life in the music, but the chord progression is part of the arrangement, not something to base the composition of the melody on. When the melody is composed, the arranger will make the progression from the melody. Without a good arrangement, Narayan Gopal said, a song will be like a vegetable dish without salt or other spices.

The aspects of this recipe at work included nonrepetitive melodies moving over the accompaniment in short, repeated rhythmic figures; heterophony, countermelodies, chords, and harmonic progressions; one melody for refrain, another for the verse, and then — as part of the arrangement — melodies for the instrumental interludes marking off the sung sections.

Awards and recognitions

Narayan Gopal was awarded several national honours which include (all dates in Bikram Sambat):

Best Composition (Radio Nepal) – 2023 B.S.
Best Singer (Radio Nepal) – 2024 B.S.
Ratna Record Award – 2039 B.S.
Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, Fourth – 2033 B.S.
Indra Rajya Laxmi Award – 2040 B.S.
Chhinalata Award – 2044 B.S.
Jagadamba Shree – 2045 B.S.
Urbashi Rang Award – 2047 B.S.
Trishakti Patta, Third – 2048 B.S. (posthumously)
Narayan gopal singing award-1969

Biography in other media

A short biography (available at first, second, and third) has been made as a tribute to Narayan Gopal.
Discography

Geeti Sradhanjali Vol 1-4 (2049-03-02)
Swarneem Sandhya Vol 1-2
Preyasi Ka Yaad Haru (2054-02-16)
Prem Ko Mala
Manche Ko Maya
Malai Nasodha
Lali Gurash Bhayechu
Aljhe Cha Kyare
Timro Mann Ma
Geeti Yatra Vol 1 (2044-10-10)
Narayan Gopal Ka Aadhunik Geet Haru Vol 1-9
Malati Mangale (a musical drama)

Joe Satarani

Awards and nominations

Nominations

Satriani has the second most Grammy Award nominations (15, after Brian McKnight), of any artist without winning. See further artists.

Year Album Category
1989 “Always With Me, Always With You” Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Surfing with the Alien Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1990 “The Crush of Love” Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1991 Flying in a Blue Dream Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1993 The Extremist Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1994 “Speed of Light Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1995 “All Alone” Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1997 “(You’re) My World” Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1998 “Summer Song” (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1999 “A Train of Angels” Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2001 “Until We Say Goodbye” Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2002 “Always With Me, Always With You” (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance from Live in San Francisco
2003 “Starry Night” Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2006 Super Colossal Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2008 “Always With Me, Always With You” (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance from Satriani Live!

Source: WIKIPEDIA

Steven Siro Vai

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Birth name Steven Siro Vai
Born June 6, 1960 (age 53)
arle Place, Long Island, New York, United States
Genres Instrumental rock,hard rock,heavy metal,progressive rock, progressive metal, experimental rock, speed metal
Instruments keyboards, vocals
Years active 1978–present
Labels Favored Nations, Relativity, Urantia Records, Akashic Records,Epic
Associated acts Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz,David Lee Roth,Whitesnake,Meat Loaf, Zappa plays Zappa, Devin Townsend, Billy Sheehan, G3,Iwrestledabearonce
Website www.vai.com
Notable instruments
Ibanez JEM
Ibanez Universe

Nepali Singer Navras Shrestha

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Navras Shrestha (Rajopadhayaya) (born September 30, 1988) is the main songwriter, founder, lead vocalist, Lead guitarist and lyricist for the Nepal first Newari heavy metal band “The Lakhey”.

Navras Shrestha founded The Lakhey in 2004. THe Lakhey first recorded song “Dhampa Tacha” originally sung and written by “Bikash Shrestha” is one of first and best Newari Metal song.

Birth name Navras Shrestha
Born 2044-06-14
Genres Metal, Rock, Newari Metal
Occupations Musician, Web Developer, singer-songwriter, Director, Photographer, Script writer
Instruments Guitar, vocals,Bass, Didgeridoo, Dimey(Newars Drum)
Years active 2006-Present
Associated acts The Lakhey, Newa The King, Navras ‘N’ Students
Website www.navras.com.np, thelakhey.com.np

 

Early life

Navras Shrestha (Rajopadhayaya) (born September 30, 1988) is the main songwriter, founder, lead vocalist, Lead guitarist and lyricist for the Nepal first Newari heavy metal band “The Lakhey”.

Navras Shrestha founded The Lakhey in 2004. THe Lakhey first recorded song “Dhampa Tacha” originally sung and written by “Bikash Shrestha” is one of first and best Newari Metal song.

Malshree Dhun by Navras Shrestha

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Posted by Juju Navras Shrestha on Saturday, October 17, 2015

Early life

Navras Shrestha was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, son of Saraswoti Shrestha Dress Designer and Raj Bhakta Shrestha Teacher of Nepal’s first School Durbar High School. He Has two older sister and one older brother.
Musical influences

Shrestha was sixteen years old when he first began vocal lessons and finally, at the age of eighteen, he began to play guitar.

Shrestha identifies Nirvana as having been his main musical influence as a child,and has said they were the reason he wanted to play guitar and formed band. He has also cited Narayan Gopal, Arun Thapa, Phatteman Rajbhandari, Aruna Lama, Megadeth, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Scorpions, steve vai and Zakk Wylde as important influences.

Songs

First Newa Metal Song Dhampa tacha

Jeewan By Navras Shrestha

Videos

First Newari Metal Song – Dhamapa Tacha

Sweating Bullet Lead Cover

Photography

Fashion Photography
Female Photography


Male Photography


Religious Event Photography