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From the KORD writers:

George Clinton’s electro classic ‘Atomic Dog’ still raises the woof

George Clinton’s musical career spans two distinct realms. The first is physical: during the 1970s, he led the groundbreaking funk/soul collective Parliament-Funkadelic to intergalactic fame and fortune, recording more than 40 R&B chart hits. The other is spiritual: Clinton’s myriad compositions have exerted an immeasurable influence on American music, in particular shaping the sound and […]

‘In Too Deep’ sugarcoats Sum 41’s pop-punk

Sum 41 is synonymous with scabby late-Nineties pop-punk, but its music skews decidedly pop on “In Too Deep.” Though it originally failed to match the chart success of its predecessor, “Fat Lip,” “In Too Deep” has since proven to be the band’s most enduring song, a blissful mixture of Beatlesque vocal harmonies and chunky power […]

How 4 Non Blondes’ ‘What’s Up?’ became the Nineties’ most divisive hit

You can’t help but sing along to “What’s Up?” 4 Non Blondes’ lone chart hit, penned by the band of brunettes’ frontwoman, Linda Perry, catapulted the San Francisco alternative act to short-lived stardom in mid-1993, and despite Perry’s subsequent success as a songwriter, “What’s Up?” continues to define her career as a performer — especially […]

The Allman Brothers Band’s ‘Jessica’ triumphs over tragedy

“Jessica” is seven-and-a-half minutes of light and love — what producer Johnny Sandlin called “the happiest song I’ve ever heard.” The instrumental surfaced at an intensely turbulent time for the Allman Brothers Band, which was reeling from the deaths of two founding members and struggling with drug addiction. That didn’t stop guitarist Dickey Betts from […]

‘Sorry’ makes amends, and makes a man of Justin Bieber

Toward whom is “Sorry” an apology? According to Justin Bieber, the song is a post-mortem plea for reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Selena Gomez. But there is plenty of reason to believe it was directed toward the world at large. The pop phenom and OG YouTube superstar spent his transition into adulthood mired in bizarre, […]

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