Bryan Wawzenek is a freelance journalist who writes for Diffuser.fm and Ultimate Classic Rock. He learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. His mind is racing, as it always will. Don't start him talking, he could talk all night. The sunshine bores the daylights out of him. Don't touch him, he's a real live wire. Most things he worries about never happen anyway. But he's been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come.
15 Years Ago: The Postal Service’s Debut Single Pushes Them to ‘Such Great Heights’
Before it became an indie favorite, was woven into 'Garden State,' and soundtracked so many commercials, 'Such Great Heights' introduced the Postal Service.
Influence and Infamy: How the Sex Pistols Impacted the Future of Music
The Pistols are a singular influence on much of what came in their wake – fellow British punks, thrash, college rock, Britpop, glam metal and grunge.
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Vents His Spleen on ‘Ignoreland': The Story Behind Every ‘Automatic for the People’ Song
'Ignoreland' was the most biting and specific political critique of R.E.M.'s then-12-year career.
R.E.M. Show Some Soul on ‘Everybody Hurts’: The Story Behind Every ‘Automatic for the People’ Song
R.E.M.'s R&B-influenced ballad took an uncharacteristically direct approach to the subject of suicide.
25 Years Ago: R.E.M. Create a Melancholy Masterpiece With ‘Automatic for the People’
Initially planning to make a big rock record, R.E.M. decided to focus on acoustic sounds and dark themes on their eighth and, perhaps, most celebrated album.
20 Years Ago: The Verve Stumble Toward Elegance on ‘Urban Hymns’
Despite a sampling controversy and a troubled dynamic within the band, the Verve had their big moment with their third album, released in September 1997.
25 Years Ago: Stone Temple Pilots Battle Copy-Cat Claims on ‘Core’
As STP released their debut album in September 1992, the California band encountered monster success, along with perceptions that they were grunge poseurs.
30 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s ‘Document’ Drags College Rock Into the Mainstream
A Top 10 hit and a platinum album marked the end of their world as an underground sensation, but R.E.M. felt fine.
Radiohead Started Out ‘Lucky’
In a way, 'OK Computer' began before Radiohead even realized what was going on. 'Lucky' predated the sessions, but ended up being the perfect fit for the album.
How Radiohead Were Born Again with ‘Airbag’
The first track, and final single, from 'OK Computer' found Radiohead creating a bridge between 'The Bends' and their new album, inspired by a car accident.