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Then And Now – How Things Have Changed Over The Last Fifty Years

Things have changed loads since the ’60s, we all know that. But by how much? Some things are almost unrecognisable, but others… well, they’ve stayed more or less the same. Let’s take a look!

1. Films Then

Films Then

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One of the most popular films of the ’60s was the lovely Mary Poppins. Still incredibly popular today, it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year!

2. Films Now

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Marvel is currently dominating the movie landscape, releasing a few big films each year. So far in 2014, we’ve had Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy has performed incredibly over its opening weekend.

3. Video Games Then

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This is Table Tennis, on the Magnavox Odyssey. Most of what you’re seeing isn’t actually the game – the court, the stick figure players, even the green… all of that is on a cutout that you stuck on the TV screen. Without it, it was entirely black and white and looked like this.

4. Video Games Now

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This badass little thing is the Oculus Rift, and it promises to revolutionise video games as we know them. Other virtual reality sets are in development as well, such as Sony’s Project Morpheus.

5. Toys Then

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This early Barbie is the kind of thing nightmares are made of.

6. Toys Now

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Whereas this one looks like a rainbow has vomited all over it. But at least it’s “Hair-Tastic”!

7. Sports Then

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In 1966, Bobbies Moore and Charlton led the England squad to victory in the World Cup, beating West Germany 4–2 in the final.

8. Sports Now

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48 years of hurt later, England are knocked out at the group stages. Germany destroy the competition, and win the title for the first time as a single, united nation.

9. TV Then

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First broadcast the day after JFK was assassinated, “An Unearthly Child” was the name of the first Doctor Who story, with William Hartnell as the First Doctor.

10. TV Now

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Oh. Well, I guess not everything has changed a great deal. This year sees Peter Capaldi taking the helm, as Doctor Who celebrates its 51st anniversary.

11. Boybands Then

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The Beatles. Need we say more?

12. Boybands Now

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Just because something is different, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better. Case in point: One Direction.

13. Shopping Then

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Well okay, that looks pretty pleasant, I have to admit… but there’s not much variety, is there? Where’s the kale? How on earth am I going to get my organic quinoa?!

14. Shopping Now

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Nowadays, we don’t even have to leave the house to get the food in – we can do it all online. But if we do feel like going out, interactive kiosks have helped to speed things up a bit at the checkout.

Don’t upset the Tesco ones though, or you will face the wrath of “UNEXPECTED ITEM IN BAGGING AREA.”

15. Chores Then

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Er… The less said about that advert, the better. But look at that old Hoover – a thing of utilitarian beauty, no?

16. Chores Now

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Who needs to break their back vacuuming when a Roomba can do it for you? There’s no chance that could ever go wrong. No way.

17. Phones Then

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As nice as this shiny little number is, I can’t see how it would fit in your pocket. And how do you play Angry Birds?

18. Phones Now

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With way more processing power than the most powerful computers of the ’60s, today’s smartphones are incredible little things. And you can still call people, believe it or not!

19. Space Travel Then

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The ’60s saw a few huge steps in terms of space travel. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first person to orbit the Earth in 1961, and in ‘69 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took humanity’s first steps on the Moon.

20. Space Travel Now

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Though it’s still being argued about, it’s generally accepted that Voyager 1 – which launched just eight years after the Moon landing – finally left our solar system last year. It’s currently about 12 billion miles away. Incredible.

21. Holidays Then

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Though that might look like a tropical get away, it’s actually the sleepy seaside town of Newquay, in Cornwall. Dig those funky swimming caps.

22. Holidays Now

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It’s so easy to travel abroad nowadays. Get onto Google, search for where in the world you want to go, and get on a plane. You can go anywhere, from Stockholm to Sri Lanka. Pass the suncream!

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Sound-isolating headphones let you really hear your own voice


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LAS VEGAS — Have you ever worn noise-canceling headphones and wished they were, you know, not so noise-canceling?

That’s the idea behind OnVocal Mix360, a pair of behind-the-neck headphones that let you adjust exactly what you hear.

The headphones themselves are sound-isolating, passively blocking out most ambient noise. But the magic happens when you pair your Mix360 with the accompanying app (iOS and Android), which lets you adjust the levels of the three sounds you’re experiencing: the music you’re listening to, the ambient noise and your own voice.

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The Mix360 app has sliders for adjusting exactly how much ambient noise you want to hear.

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You control all three inputs with sliders on the app. When you make an adjustment, the Mix360’s three microphones go to work, bringing in the sounds you want to hear — similar to Bose’s noise-canceling earbuds.

You might want to go completely music-only for the duration of a subway ride, for example, but then turn up the ambient noise when you get to where you’re going — to avoid any unfortunate collisions.

Trying out the Mix360 at CES 2105, I came away impressed with how well it did its job. It did take a second for the adjustments to kick in — but when they did, a noise-filled ballroom went from muffled to crystal clear. There is a bit of artificiality to the sound at first, but that sensation quickly goes away.

When you turn up your own voice, you’re in for a surprise. The headphones render it in the way that others hear it, not you. “Do I really sound like that?” will likely be your first question.

The Bluetooth device is rated at 9 hours of battery life for music listening. The Mix360 will be available in May, but you might not like the sound of the price tag: $299.

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How The Naked And Famous Will Make It In America

California dreamin, from left: Jesse Wood, Alisa Xayalith, Aaron Short, Thom Powers, David Beadle Photograph by LeAnn Mueller for BuzzFeed

It’s a warm, sunny afternoon in early September, but the rehearsal studio on the east side of Los Angeles where four of the five members of the New Zealand band The Naked and Famous are hanging out is cool and dark. Twenty-six-year-old drummer Jesse Wood sits behind his kit, fiddling with his drumsticks. Bassist David Beadle, 24, is sitting on the floor, sipping on a green smoothie (“I went to a barbecue and had a few beers,” he says, as if to justify why he would be drinking something so…L.A.). Singer and keyboardist Alisa Xayalith wanders in and out of the room. Her co-bandleader and boyfriend Thom Powers, a compact, quick-talking 26-year-old, is holding a book called How to Master the Media, a souvenir from his recent training session with the book’s author. “I feel far more confident and much less stupid with the media now,” he tells me, looking me in the eye as I scribble in my notepad.

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After all, they didn’t move 19 time zones and nearly 7,000 miles to not make it big. What’s perhaps surprising is how forthright and laser-focused they are about it. Being honest about giving a shit is the new not giving a shit but actually giving a shit. And what Powers and the rest of the band honestly give a shit about these days is that their just-released second album, In Rolling Waves, blow up bigger than their first, 2010’s Passive Me, Aggressive You, which peaked at No. 91 on the Billboard 200. That and their 45-date international tour, which began this month in San Diego and will take them to perform in their native New Zealand for the first time in two years.

The band’s manager, a tall, weathered fellow New Zealand native named Campbell Smith, who also runs the NZ leg of traveling festival Big Day Out, is looking at a box of the band’s CD liner notes. “These are hard to read,” he says to Powers. “We can’t recall the first print run, so let’s make sure to change it for the next.” Powers nods. Smith is part manager, part in loco parentis: He takes out a manila envelope and tells the band that they need to sign some forms to get their driver’s licenses renewed, and also places a call to the fifth band member, Aaron Short, who’s running late, to find out where he is. It turns out he’s “moving house,” as the Kiwis say, but when Smith hangs up he says that Short is only 15 minutes away.

“He said he’d be 15 minutes, but he’ll actually be 45,” says Powers, in the manner one might talk about one’s brother. “I mean, he could be leisurely walking into a burrito store.”

There is something familial about the group. Today they’re all in what they tell me are typical monochromatic outfits: Beadle and Powers are both in skinny black jeans, white T-shirts, and black boots; Wood is wearing gray pants and a black tee; and Xayalith — whose hair is a minty ombre — is in black skinny jeans, a black tunic, and black patent leather combat boots.

The band wants to perform a song off the new album for me, so Xayalith, who at 27 is the oldest TNAF member, excuses herself to go to warm up her voice, and I hear muffled hissing sounds that sound somewhat like a bird in distress coming from the next room. Powers is hungry, and Beadle has started eating a chocolate chip cookie; Powers asks for a bite. “Wait — is this a bad-boy cookie or a good-boy cookie?” I assume he’s wondering whether it’s a pot cookie, but no: In Los Angeles in 2013, “good-boy cookie” apparently means gluten-free.

The boys in the band Photographs by LeAnn Mueller for BuzzFeed

Every era gets the Los Angeles music scene it deserves, and every Los Angeles music era has itself managed to define a world unto itself, even if the sounds weren’t always consonant. So in the ’60s and early ’70s, that meant free-spirited hippies like Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, and Frank Zappa getting stoned and playing acoustic guitars in Laurel Canyon; in the late ’70s and ’80s, Van Halen and Mötley Crüe doing harder drugs wearing leather pants, performing in filthy clubs on the Sunset Strip and destroying everything in their wake, and Tom Petty showing up in a van straight from Central Florida; in the ’90s, Tupac and Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre and the rise of West Coast rap, and baldly L.A. rock bands like Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their sounds may have been different, but for all of them the common thread was that L.A. was where you went when you wanted to Make It in the music industry.

And so in an era where people become stars on YouTube from their bedrooms, and anyone can upload a song to Soundcloud, and musicians talk about going it alone, without the constraints or gatekeepers of the mainstream music industry, TNAF are in some ways a throwback, a band who wear their ambition on their sleeve and aren’t shy about making the Machine work for them. But they also have a Doc Marten-clad foot firmly in the present.

To wit, they have a Snapchat account from which they sent out clips of them making the new album over the summer. In return, they got more than a few dick pics. “One of them was so intense,” says Powers. “The guy put so much effort into it. He’d written, ‘Wanna ride?’ on the bottom of it. I took a screenshot, so on his phone it’ll say TNAF screenshotted. But do we take the picture and draw ourselves on it? Do we one-up him? Blow his mind?” While the industry scrambles to figure out how to harness social media, The Naked and Famous could be the first band ever to concoct a viable dick-pic-centric marketing strategy.

In any case, the aughts have brought with them an eastward shift of the city’s musical nexus, a part of town that feels like a sunnier, happier Williamsburg, and so it’s possible that The Naked and Famous, a young, good-looking, hard-working five-piece band from a country over 200 times the size of the city of Los Angeles but with just a few hundred thousand more people, with a big, spacious electro-rock sound that feels very of the moment, but with nary a drop in sight. Roomy and melodic, it’s primarily a showcase for Xayalith’s startlingly clear soprano, which is what carries TNAF’s music from being pleasant but ultimately unremarkable to something truly special, yet never quite feels like it’s actually from anywhere. Their music could be coming from Brooklyn or Montreal or Auckland or Portland, and when I ask Powers whether he feels like living in L.A. while they were writing and recording the album influenced its sound, he’s dismissive. “No, not at all,” he says. “And I don’t mean that in a bad way — I just mean that if you look at our first record, it doesn’t sound like my mom’s house in New Zealand. But I can understand how people would be interested in, like, a band moves to L.A. and they hear the record and they just want it to be, like, guitar solos.”

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The boys in the band all grew up together in Auckland; Xayalith met Powers when they were both going to the city’s MAINZ music college, and after dropping out, the pair worked together at a record store. She says she “always grew up around music” — her father was a singer in a band in his native Laos — and there was “lots of karaoke in my family.” (Her family fled Laos after the country’s civil war; Xayalith was born in New Zealand in 1986.) At 13, she taught herself to play guitar.

“I was inspired at the time by a New Zealand artist, Bic Runga — she was the first female artist I had seen who made it look so cool to play guitar and sing at the same time. I was inspired by the folky singer-songwriter vibe.” Later, after hearing singers like Fiona Apple and Karen O, she says she realized, “I didn’t need to be in the singer-songwriter folky mold that I thought was the only thing that was possible.”

Powers has been writing music since he was 16, teaching himself the skills he needed to record and sound-engineer his own work. These days, his process generally begins with “sitting down, just mucking about, recording ideas for songs,” he says. “Sometimes I might finish an entire song on my own, but if it’s just a template and there’s room for something to be written, that’s usually when Alisa gets involved and it becomes more of a collaborative effort.”

Some songs on the new album, like the final track on the album, “Small Reunion,” sound like they could be referring to Powers and Xayalith’s relationship, even as it pertains to their dynamic within the band: “I don’t mean to sound ungrateful / Shouldn’t we both be in frame? / For such a reconnecting gesture / To be voyeurs in exchange.” But Powers says the song is actually “about a group of people I left behind as a young adult,” and that in fact none of the songs on the album should be taken as any kind of reference, veiled or otherwise, to the pair. “People are always going to read too deeply into Alisa and I as a female and male lyricist — they’re songs that seem obvious, but they’re not. They’re not just love songs or relationship songs. There’s stuff on there that’s more complicated than that.”

“My relationship with Thom is one of the most important things in my life,” says Xayalith, and of course I believe her, but it’s hard not to look at the two of them and the rest of the band and not think of the history of people in relationships in bands, and how that has almost never not ended badly, for the couple and, of course, the band. But it’s also hard not to look at them and the way they casually link arms when they’re walking, and how their voices harmonize perfectly, and how their dynamic seems to work for the band in a really effortless way, and not think: Well, maybe.

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Since Short still hasn’t shown up, we’ve piled into Wood’s rental car to go to the band’s favorite neighborhood restaurant, a casual Vietnamese place called Xoia, for lunch. As we drive, I can’t help but think that they are those types of talented people who are reasonably good at anything they attempt, with the capacity to get really good at things if they just put their mind to them. Which is something I think about when I wonder aloud whether it was hard for them to adapt to driving on the other side of the road, since I, an American who has recently moved to Los Angeles from New York City, seem to have trouble driving even on the correct side of the road. Not really, they all agree. Then Wood offers that when he went back to New Zealand, he once realized he was on the wrong side of a road, and another time, while making a left turn, he went over a barrier by mistake.

They don’t, however, take their musical talent for granted. For the last year and a half, since they got back from their last tour, it’s been a full-time job. “We need a place to go every day,” says Powers, explaining why they rent a rehearsal space.

Jesse Wood Photographs by LeAnn Mueller for BuzzFeed

We’ve arrived at the restaurant, but then Wood says he’s going to pick up Short, who’s just finished moving the rest of his boxes. This is a band that sticks together: When I ask who they hang out with in Los Angeles, Powers responds: “Honestly, just ourselves. We’ve got scattered friends in different places, but we’re a pretty tight little unit, a little family.” Until last month, in fact, the five were living together in a house in Laurel Canyon. “When we stopped touring, we had the opportunity to go live in separate houses, but it was weird because we’d been touring for the last two years,” says Xayalinth. “So we were like, why not just live in a house together? It’s like a stationary tour bus.” (The Laurel Canyon house ended up providing the setting for parts of the “Hearts Like Ours” music video, and the press photos for the new album were shot there.) Now all of them except Wood, who lives with his girlfriend in West Hollywood, are in close proximity in Echo Park — Xayalith and Powers together, and Beadle and Short, after living together for a few weeks, live separately with friends.

“I feel like it’s very easy for us to band together because we’re all from the same area in New Zealand, and we’ve entered into this new country,” says Short, 25, who has shown up and apologized for his tardiness. “We went and got driver’s licenses together because it’s new and daunting to do on your own, so it was cool to have everyone around to help each other assimilate into this new country.”

I ask the band where they like to go in L.A., and they seem somewhat stumped. At Powers’ prompting, Beadle offers that he’s gone hiking in the Palisades. The rest of the band is silent. “As you can tell, we don’t really get out a lot,” says Xayalith.

“We just work,” says Powers.

“We’re all so dedicated to this band,” says Xayalith. “Rehearsing, practicing, working — that’s at the forefront of what we’re doing. That’s why we’re here in L.A., to do that.”

“Oh — we went to the beach last week,” says Wood. “Zuma Beach.”

“It was my birthday,” says Xayalith. “It was a good excuse to go to the beach.”

Photographs by LeAnn Mueller for BuzzFeed

The Naked and Famous were initially hyped by an influential Brooklyn- and London-based indie label, Neon Gold, that released “Young Blood” as a 7-inch in September 2010, and yet they’ve signed a major-label deal with Republic Records; their music is played on commercial radio; and they have licensed every song on Passive Me, Aggressive You — to TV shows including Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood, and One Tree Hill, video games, and ads. It seems hard to imagine that only a few years ago, a band like this would have likely been made to feel like they had to choose sides, or treat this kind of ambition like a shameful secret.

“Licensing has become a huge part of developing the fan base, because you reach people that don’t normally know about you,” says Powers. “Something like Gossip Girl — you go online the next day and there’s people saying, ‘Oh, I heard this song, this new band,’ and you can see the effects of that working. The whole idea of selling out because you sold your music — that’s gone. No one thinks like that anymore.”

David Beadle Photograph by LeAnn Mueller for BuzzFeed

Short chimes in that this system doesn’t just provide revenue, it provides cover. “You can get out of it pretty easily,” he says in the manner of one who has, in fact, gotten out of it pretty easily. “Like, if you agree with it, then, ‘Yeah we were happy to work with these people,’ and if you don’t like it, you can be like, ‘Oh, it was the label that did that.”

And radio, says Powers, is still “massive” in the U.S. for the band.

“‘Young Blood’ is still going in America,” says Beadle. “On 98.7” — an influential Los Angeles rock station — “it’s still like number-18!”

“We can’t get rid of it,” says Wood.

“It’s like, ‘That’s great, guys, but we’ve got this new song…’” says Powers.

“That’s pretty common, though, as well,” says Wood. “A band will release a second album, but they’ll keep playing the original single.”

“They’re nice, they’re good,” he says of the band’s label. “It’s a bunch of people working at a company, trying to make the company work, who like their jobs, and like music. That’s all it is. I haven’t experienced any sort of big, scary, corporate boogeyman — I’ve just met people who work at companies who put out music. I feel like some of that stuff is sensationalized and dramatized by hipsy-dipsy kind of musicians.”

It’s clear that, to Powers, adopting a posture of antagonism — toward corporate America, toward record label executives, toward The Man — is an antiquated notion, one that is a sure path to failure. Later, Powers will tell me by phone that musicians tend to be “quite erratic and quite emotional people — artists are like that. They do whatever they want, whenever they want. But you can’t really make it out of New Zealand with that attitude. You can’t function as a group of people with that attitude.”

Neon Gold previously had a hand in launching like-minded, upwardly mobile artists such as Gotye, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Haim, and Icona Pop. “They’re quite a tastemaker blog, and that was kind of the vessel that opened us up,” says Xayalith. From there, she says, “it just snowballed.”

“There was all this organic internet buzz, and then there was an old-fashioned bidding war among record labels and stuff,” says Powers. “That was pretty cool — we got wined and dined.” (After releasing Young Blood on their own label in New Zealand, they signed to Fiction in the U.K. and Republic Records in the U.S.)

“We had a four-hour dinner once,” says Wood.

“I’d so much rather be back at the record store in New Zealand cleaning CDs,” says Powers. At one point, almost without thinking, he reaches over to Xayalith’s plate and finishes off her meal.

Photograph by LeAnn Mueller for BuzzFeed

Back in the studio, the band gets ready to play a couple of songs. “What do you want to hear?” Powers asks, and I suggest that they play a few tracks off the new album. As I say it, I realize I also want to hear them play “Young Blood,” but I am also thinking back to the exchange in the restaurant, and am suddenly reluctant to ask.

In Rolling Waves isn’t so much a departure from Passive Me, Aggressive You as it is an evolution: Xayalith’s pitch-perfect soprano sounds more confident; the songs — almost all of which were written by Powers, Xayalith, and Short — more grown-up, reflective of their three years away from home. “You can really hear how much different my singing voice is, from the EPs to our new album,” Xayalith tells me afterward. “On In Rolling Waves I feel like I’ve really come into my own and discovered what I’m vocally capable of. We’ve played so many shows — I’ve grown a lot as a singer.”

Xayalith goes into the hall to warm up her voice again, while Short sets up in the sound booth — he handles the band’s electronic production, as well as complements Xayalith on keys. Wood settles in behind his drum kit, while Powers straps on a guitar and Beadle fiddles with his bass. Eventually everything is in order and Xayalith has emerged; I’ve got headphones on in the sound booth with her and Short. They launch into the first few notes of “Hearts Like Ours,” the first track on the new album, and though I guess I shouldn’t be, I’m surprised at how perfectly clear and in-tune Xayalith’s voice is.

“It feels like the polyphony wasn’t high enough,” Powers says when they finish, before launching into “A Stillness,” followed by the languid, six-minute-long ballad “Grow Old.” To my ears, it sounds like they’ve nailed it, and it occurs to me that even this three-song performance — when a photographer is also snapping pictures of them as they play — is itself a form of media training, an opportunity for them to show that they’re unfazed by my presence. As I say good-bye, they’re settling in for another few hours of rehearsal. Their day, it seems, is just getting started.

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44 Songs You Have To Air Guitar To Before You Die


Air guitar: It’s one of the world’s greatest pastimes. It doesn’t really matter how you play. It doesn’t matter what you air guitar to. The only thing that matters is that when you air guitar, you rock hard.

That being said: If you’re going to break out the air guitar, these are the songs you should be strumming along to.

1. AC/DC, “You Shook Me All Night Long”

First on this list for alphabetical reasons. Would be top 5 even if it was a non-alphabetical ranking.

2. Arcade Fire, “Wake Up”

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Goodness, that opening riff.

3. The Black Crowes, “She Talks To Angels”

Proof that acoustic songs can be great air guitar material, too.

4. The Black Keys, “10 A.M. Automatic”

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Wait ‘till the solo comes, and go nuts.

5. Black Sabbath, “War Pigs”

Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses

6. Bon Jovi, “Wanted Dead Or Alive”

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Perfect for air guitaring while pretending like you’re holding a Richie Sambora double-necked guitar.

7. Boston, “More Than A Feeling”

As good an air guitar song as they come.

8. Bruce Springsteen, “Glory Days”

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You air guitared to this song at your third grade sock hop, and it hasn’t gotten old since.

9. Chic, “Good Times”

Just keep it funky.

10. Cream, “Sunshine Of Your Love”

Nobody writes an air guitar-able riff like Clapton. Nobody.

11. The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”

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Touching yooooooooooouuuuu….

12. Dire Straits, “Sultans of Swing”

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That end solo: That’s your moment.

13. Dispatch, “The General”

You air guitared to this on the way to lacrosse practice, and you’re not ashamed to admit it.

14. Eagle-Eye Cherry, “Save Tonight”

You’re laughing, but pump this one right now and try to resist the rhythm guitar part.

15. Grateful Dead, “Casey Jones”

All of this.

16. Guns ‘n Roses, “Paradise City”

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The end solo is about as fast as one can humanly air guitar.

17. Heart, “Crazy On You”

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That intro.

18. The Hives, “Hate To Say I Told You So”

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Those Swedes know how to write an air guitar-friendly riff.

19. Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”

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You’re skeptical, but turn this on and watch your hands. It’s a weirdly excellent song to air guitar to.

20. Jimi Hendrix, “Purple Haze”

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It’s Jimi. Does anything more need to be said?

21. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’”

You are air guitaring. You are screaming out Steve Perry lyrics. For the first time in your life, you are alive.

22. Kenny Loggins, “Danger Zone”

If this song doesn’t make you want to strap on a flight suit and go air guitaring around your house, something might be wrong with you.

23. Led Zeppelin, “Kashmir”

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Prepare your fingers for all those DAH NAH NAHs and DO DO DOs.

24. Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Free Bird”

Did you really think we weren’t going to include “Free Bird”?

25. The Meters, “Cissy Strut”

Funk works just fine on air guitar, too.

26. Michael Jackson, “Beat It”

Bonus points if you can do that Van Halen solo while moving your hips like Michael.

27. Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

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28. Pearl Jam, “Alive”

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Go and wail on those first few bars.

29. Pink Floyd, “Wish You Were Here”

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The mellow air guitar song you played in your room while wooing that drunk Theta sophomore year.

30. Queen, “Fat Bottomed Girls”

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When that first Brian May lick comes in, just start swinging your arms like a maniac.

31. Radiohead, “Paranoid Android”

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Just make sure you wait until it hits that second level.

32. Rage Against The Machine, “Bulls on Parade”

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Even on air guitar, this song somehow gets loud.

33. The Ramones, “Blitzkreig Bop”

The key here: Just strum as fast as your arms will go.

34. The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

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So many amazing Stones riffs to choose from, but there’s something especially perfect about this track.

35. Sonic Youth, “Teenage Riot”

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When the song picks up about a minute in, just let the rhythm take over.

36. Spin Doctors, “Two Princes”

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Another ’90s rhythm guitar part you literally cannot resist.

37. Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Pride and Joy”

Blues sounds perfect on your air Strat.

38. The Supremes, “You Keep Me Hanging On”

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Get that rhythm air guitar going, and let Diana and the ladies take care of the rest.

39. Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town”

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The solo. The other solo. The everything. Perfect, forever and always.

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Kanye West Postpones Yeezus Tour Dates

Kanye West performs at the Samsung Galaxy Note II New York in 2012. 13thWitness / Getty

Kanye West postponed three concert dates Thursday after a truck carrying video equipment for the show was involved in an accident.

According to a representative from Def Jam, a custom-made video truss and 60-foot LED screen were damaged in the accident. West’s shows in Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis have been postponed. A spokesperson from Def Jam told Fader information about the postponed dates would be announced.

“Yesterday, on the road to Vancouver, a truck carrying The Yeezus Tour’s custom-made video truss and 60-ft circular LED screen was in an accident that damaged the gear beyond repair.

This gear is central to the staging of The Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team at DONDA.

As a result of this event, it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated.

Kanye West will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans.

The Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis dates have been postponed. Further details on the affected tour dates will be announced shortly.”

It is the second time West’s Vancouver date has been postponed. He has also rescheduled his performance in Anaheim and cancelled a date in Salt Lake City.

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