Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Special tunings

"Now We're Thru'"
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The Poets: Not Actual 12-Strings

The ringing, echo-drenched electric 12-string guitars on the debut single by Scottish rockers, The Poets, are such a striking sound for 1964 and yet a strangely familiar one:  might it be possible that the band later reincarnated as Brian Jonestown Massacre? “Now We’re Thru’” by The Poets (1964) play at

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Hedges & Jordan Planted a Seed

The radical “double-tapping” guitar style pioneered by Michael Hedges and Stanley Jordan was a phenomenon I got to witness firsthand when a former musical sparring partner of mine went away to Boston’s Berklee School of Music and – like Robert Johnson and his famous pact at the crossroads – came

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"1967"
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“1967”: Adrian Belew, Confirmed Believer

I’ve always sensed there to be something particularly special about the Adrian Belew composition, “1967” — the closing track from his classic 1989 album, Mr. Music Head: In recent years, with my growing awareness around the legend of 1967 as a peak year for pop music, I began to suspect

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"The Ostrich"
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“The Ostrich”: Lou Reed’s Patented Dance Step

By now you have no doubt heard that Lou Reed has left us.  My favorite Lou Reed moment that I feel compelled to pass along is his dance send-up from 1964 entitled “The Ostrich” — from a time when he was a songwriting hack for Pickwick Records and part of

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1954: An Explosive Year for Music

We all know that 1954 was the year of Elvis Presley’s famous and influential Sun recordings, but 1954 was also highly noteworthy for the combined impact of these 3 particular tunes — all instrumentals: 1.  “Stratosphere Boogie” by Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant:  phenomenal, blazing twin guitar work – rock

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