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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor The Cure kept raising the stakes and honing their craft with each new album. The kinetic spark of their classic debut Boys Don't Cry gave way to lush and darker terrain with albums like Faith, Seventeen Seconds, and Pornography. In 1982, however, Robert Smith and company began indulging […]
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Written by Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor Todd Rundgren was/is arguably a pop genius! 'Tis true! From his early days fronting the Nazz, a band drenched in Anglophile Mod inspired sounds, through his fascinating solo career which would merge on and off with Utopia, his more progressive styled band, Todd was bursting with a […]
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Album Essentials: The Violent Femmes Debut Album

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This week’s Summit Essential is a true American Classic! As the story goes, the Violent Femmes were discovered while busking on the street in front of a theater where the Pretenders were playing. They were asked to come in and do a short opening set that night, and the rest is history. Call them folk, […]
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Written by Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor It's no stretch to say that Sly & the Family Stone created some of the most joyful music ever made. The radiant vibes of their rock and soul mash-up made for some of the best records of the 1960s. The sonic vision of one Sylvester Stewart, aka […]
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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor With the golden glow of the summer of love just underway, British Beat merchants the Zombies entered Abbey Road studios to record what would eventually become one of the most celebrated albums of the 1960s, 'Odessey and Oracle.' The Zombies had struck gold in 1964 with their early […]
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Album Essentials: The White Stripes - "Elephant"

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After 4 years and three albums, the White Stripes had built a rock-solid reputation and a rabid fanbase, elevating them to blushing-like status in the underground. Their mix of distorted blues, chaotic garage rock and a reverence for vintage cool made them the poster children for a new generation of rock and rollers. In the […]
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