In an interview music journalist Charles R. Cross said that around 100 DJs insisted to him the only reason Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" became such a Rock radio staple was because of its smokebreak-friendly length. If his theory is true, though, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" (clocking in at a whopping 18:34) would be more than twice as popular.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that iconic Rock band The Who will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in February. Now in the year 6 A.T. (“After Titty”), halftime organizers continue to distance themselves from the horrifying Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake tragedy of Super Bowl XXXVIII, when the world nearly ended because viewers got a sorta-peak of Janet Jackson’s boobage that was less provocative than a mammogram brochure.
We here at Minimum Gauge were very conflicted when we heard the news that Steven Tyler was leaving Aerosmith. On the one hand (the bigger, more convinced one), the dissolution is overdue and they should have stopped about 10 years ago. Still, we appreciate what the band did while they were on drugs.
Four teenagers living near Salt Lake City are in deep doo doo following a recent prank in which they rapped their food order at a McDonald's drive-thru. The kids were cited for disorderly conduct; the drive-thru employee was said to have felt "her safety was at risk." That must've been some wiggity-wack Big Mac attack.
A group of musicians and performers has teamed up to demand that the U.S. government release the names of all songs used to grease the interrogation wheels (a.k.a. torture) at the GW Bush Sleepaway Camp (a.k.a. the Gitmo prison in Cuba).
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers recently auctioned off Elvis Presley collectibles featuring clothes and "sweat-stained scarves," as well as a clump of what is alleged to be The King's actual hair. The dark locks are believed to be from when Elvis received his crewcut upon entering the Army in 1958. The clippings sold for a meager $18,300.
We are pretty sure that Courtney Love was sent here from heaven because God loves tabloids, Minimum Gauge and Internet feuds. Love has taken to social media like a drunken moth to a flame, often incoherently babbling and usually insulting some famous person or another.
We here at Mini Gauge love a good prank. We’re seriously bummed about the proliferation of caller ID because we can no longer telephone our editor at 4 a.m. and tell him we’re a leader of a right-wing conservative group planning a “Tea Party” in his backyard.
We never thought we'd hear the words "Indie Rock" and "coloring book" in the same sentence (then again, we never thought we'd hear the words "Chris Cornell" and "Timbaland" together either, so nothing should really surprise us). But through the mail slot at MiniGauge headquarters recently came 'The Indie Rock Coloring Book,' and we had to bust out our Indie Rock crayons (mostly dull shades of brown and grey) and get to work.
Aw, now this is how all musical feuds should end. When the poor little Indie Rock band Coldplay was recently confronted with a major touring problem (the band's jet wasn't working properly) U2 reportedly jumped to their assistance immediately and loaned the group its own private jet!
Giving the Beatles hell wasn’t enough for Yoko Ono, as Rock Band designers are now getting a taste of the former First Lady of Rock. Ono reportedly decided to wait until the last minute to tell the designers of The Beatles: Rock Band video game that she felt it needed some major overhauls before its release.
For anyone who has ever listened to a Hip Hop song and wondered “What the fuck does that mean?” there is now a Web site just for you. “Snacks and Shit” at snacksandshit.com points out some of the most ridunkulous lyrics to ever leave an MC’s mouth
What do Eminem, Lady Gaga, Guns N’ Roses, Weezer and Pope Benedict XVI have in common? If you answered questionable ties to the Nazi party, well, what the hell is wrong with you? Da Pope is actually soon to become labelmates with the aforementioned as he joins the roster of Interscope Records (or, more precisely, Geffen Records, which is now under the Interscope/Universal umbrella).
According to a report from the AP, Apple and the four major music conglomerates are hashing out a plan to enhance sales of full album downloads. With the rise of iTunes and other legal download services, music fans have chosen to download single tracks over full-lengths, meaning less money for the cash-strapped music industry.
If there was a Nostradamus of the digital music era, it might well have been Kane Kramer, a British inventor and businessman. Thirty years ago he filed patents for his digital audio player, called the "IXI." The device resembled one of those old hand-held electronic football games and held a whopping 3 minutes and 50 seconds worth of audio (roughly three Ramones songs or 1/10th of the live version of "Freebird").