The Eagles – Hotel California (1977)


“Hotel California” is the title track from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. It is one of the best known songs of the album-oriented rock era. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles’ original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh. The song has been given several interpretations by fans and critics alike, but the Eagles have described it as their “interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles”. In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Henley said that the song was about “a journey from innocence to experience…that’s all”.

Peter Gabriel – The Barry Williams Show (2002)


The final part of the two-letter, single-syllable trilogy. While its predecessor US took longer to record than any other of Peter’s albums, UP outdid it, finally emerging in 2002 after a gap in the discography of a whole decade. With Peter having regained the production reins for himself (with some additional help at the mixing stage from Tchad Blake and Stephen Hague), hundreds and hundreds of hours of recordings were made, ultimately being slimmed down to the final ten tracks.

Despite the first single The Barry Williams Show railing against the moral-free ways of trash TV, UP soon reveals itself to be another deeply personal statement, with birth and death being near-constant themes. Mostly recorded at Real World Studios (although some initial recordings were made in Senegal, France and on a boat on the Amazon), once again Peter’s contacts book came into its own, with the likes of Peter Green, Danny Thompson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Daniel Lanois, Black Dyke Band and Peter’s daughter Melanie all making contributions. But the best collaboration is surely the out-of-body experience of Signal To Noise, featuring the gravity-free voice of the mighty Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Laibach – No History (2015)


Video for No History was made by artist Vuk Jevremović, a big fan of Laibach. Vuk Jevremovic was born 1959 in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), but he spent his childhood in ex Jugoslavia. Following the family tradition, he studied Architecture at The Technical University Belgrade and graduated in 1984. After spending some time in the navy as a diver, he decided to dedicate his life to art: painting and drawing. He started exhibiting in 1986 and during the following years he was considered as a promising young artist in former Yugoslavia. He decided to move to Munich in 1991 where he studied at the academy of Fine Arts with professor Gerhard Berger. Later, he graduated as master student with professor Joseph Kosuth, 2002.

His inclusion into the animation world was due to a casual encounter with one renowned animator, Nedeljko Dragic, from Zagreb. He joined the animation course Dragic was giving and felt in love forever with the moving images. His first animation was based on a cheetah in motion, The Wind Subsides. That first film was shown all over the world, and it won 2 Grand Prix and 17 Awards. The next film, inspired by a R.M.Rilke’s poem, Panther, was also successful. It won 15 international awards and came into final balloting for the Oscar award (1998) as best animation short.

Since then, his life has been linked to animation and he has continued to create short films: Diary (2000)Oscar qualified, Faces (2002), Quercus, (2003), The Wheel Turns (2005) , Close Your Eyes and Do Not Breathe (2006) ,Lux (2007) and Patience of the Memory (2009) Oscar qualified.

Mötley Crüe – All Bad Things (2015)


Coinciding with today’s announcement and the theme of the Final Tour, the band also released its new single “All Bad Things” this morning which is available for sale digitally here: The single is accompanied by a video clip of highlights of Mötley Crüe’s 34-year career which premiered today on The Tonight Show’s blog – to preview the band’s national TV appearance on the show this Thursday.

Koudlam – Benidorm Dream (2015)


Something of a unique figure in French electronic music, Koudlam nods towards the more pastoral end of house while retaining a deeply individual sensibility.

Difficult to define, his sun-bleached productions reached fruition on 2009’s ironically titled debut album ‘Goodbye’.

Returning with new record ‘Benidorm Dream’, the producer is clearly in the mood to experiment. Introducing outlandish melodic flourishes, hallucinogenic vocals and dis-orienting electronics, Koudlam pieced the album together in a skyscraper which stared out across Benidorm.

The title track is a gorgeous yet unsettling introduction, while the visuals ably expand on these themes. [Source]

[Dedicated to Søren Rasted & Ulrich Møller-Jørgensen]