Horn Sections Make Rock Better: I Want a New Drug

The first vinyl I ever owned were two 45s my parents bought me: Juice Newton’s “Queen of Hearts” and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” I’m not sure what that says about me or my parents. But you can probably guess my age. The second pop acquisition: My friend’s older brother taped a Huey Lewis song off of Power 94½. You …

Are your employees punk?

Do you want employees with green mohawks and safety pins in their cheek? How about employees who understand their work, say what’s really going on, strive to strip away what’s not working, willingly suffer to point out problems and pursue joy in their work? This fascinating article details “principles of punk rock at work” that may resonate with you. If …

Horn Sections Make Rock Better: Popscene

I love Britpop, this album and this song. Blur–portrayed as a boy band in the British press, including a manufactured rivalry with Oasis–were really an art school band. Many of their songs are commentaries on modern life. This one fits right in, almost three decades later.

Horn Sections Make Rock Better: No One Knows My Plan

Like the Bunnymen and their Echo, They Might Be Giants originally performed and recorded with a drum machine. That includes all the way to their breakthrough album, Flood. Flood turned 30 last year, which is weird since I’m pretty sure it was just yesterday. The Giants have been churning out genius for decades now. I’ve always imagined John Henry, the …