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The Chemical Brothers: “Go”

Here is a nice song and a really cool video from The Chemical Brothers. It’s called “Go.” I may be off base, but it reminds me a bit of Kraftwerk.

The band’s website is pretty odd. Intriuging, but I think I am too old to like it.

The Wikipedia profile of the band (now that’s a website with which I can deal) says that the principals of The Chemical Brothers are Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. The band formed in 1991 and has won four Grammy awards.

The profile says that the duo are “pioneers at bringing the big beat genre to the forefront of pop culture.” The Chemical Brothers have had five number one albums and 13 top 20 singles and two number one singles in its native Great Britain.

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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