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3 Things We Love about 90s Music

Almost all of the people alive today can relate to 90s music. When we hear music from that time, we just cannot help ourselves – we sing along and sometimes we even groove with it. 90s music is not easy to define: it is a diverse combination of many artists and music genres; there is no definite artist or genre that one can singly used to identify 90s music.

There are thousands of reasons to love 90s music. For you it may be a specific artist or it may be the upbeat sound of the music. Some may tell you that it is both. You might be given all manner of reasons, but here are 3 things that people love about the 90s music.

A Trip Down the Memory Lane

Whether one will admit or not, listening to the 90s music gives a person an excuse to have a trip down the memory lane…and for some of us, it can be a pretty long one. Some of us may have been in the prime of our youths during this period or we may have been just blossoming. The point is: whatever experiences we had during this period can be related to a song. So listening to old songs bring back the memories and all we have to do is cruise down that memory lane. If someone asks, we can blame it on the song.

Birth of Legendary Artists

Many of the artists that we now know and love started during the 90s. So we must give credit to this period and all the producers that exist during that time for being able to discover our favorite artists. A lot of great songs were created during this period as well. Some of those songs are still in our iPods, cell phones or computers. We simply cannot get enough of them. Even the pictures of the artists that we admire are still tacked on our walls. If asked why, one can simply answer that these artists are still relevant today, so there is really no point removing them from the walls. But deep inside, the real reason is that we cannot get over them.


As mentioned, there are many artists and genres that represent the 90s time period. So you get to listen to a numerous styles of music and get to know a lot of artists. There is a certain diversity that has not been present during any other period; this diversity is what makes the 90s more memorable than other decades of music.

Diversity is what really defines the 90s music. You can look at it as a combination of a lot of things. It is a healthy mix of a lot of genres and styles that had not been brought together ever before. The concept of mixing styles might seem weird to some, but it has really brought about a lot of really good and memorable songs that are still alive up until now. So get that MP3 player out and listen to your favorite 90s music and then enjoy your trip back to a simpler time.

A History Lesson about Internet Radio

One of the greatest, if not the greatest, inventions of our lifetime is the Internet. It is a way to bring together millions of people from across the world to connect and share information. The Internet offers the user social networking, file sharing, music, and a plethora of information about every subject you want to know about. Radio stations have had to readapt the way they operate since the invention and technology of the Internet. Traditional radio has had a long history and now Internet radio is the current story being written. The history of radio online dates back less than twenty years and is considered modern history.

Online radio stations were first broadcasted in the early 1990s and did not take off right away. The stations, or websites, had to invent themselves and be presented to reach their target audience. Some radio stations were streaming broadcasts of music, talk shows, and some Internet radio is also considered to be a music library of songs found online. Unlike traditional radio, online radio can be accessed anywhere in the world, and in turn anyone in the world can listen to music from another city, state, country, or continent.

Originally, the Internet was a medium for communication, education, and government purposes. As the popularity of the World Wide Web grew, Congress approved the Internet to be used for commercial purposes. The first radio program to be broadcasted online was in 1993, and it was a talk show about computers and the Internet. A year later, the music industry would start to utilize the medium. The Rolling Stones broadcasted their concert live on the Internet. After that, radio stations followed their act and started to stream their shows online.

As the music hype started to spread via the Internet, music file sharing and downloading spread like wild fire. There were a lot of controversies from artists and listeners because the music industry took a hit from decreased record sales and royalties. It was not until 1998 that President Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which included laws to protect musicians and copyrighted material. This means that Internet radio stations have to also pay royalties for music. This also meant that music found online was not free and had to be paid for.

By the late 90s, there were thousands, and still are, of Internet Radio programs. Radio stations online stream live talk show programs and music stations. There are sites that are genre specific, play a mix of different music, and other that play artists that are unsigned by record labels. Having Internet radio has changed the culture and way that people listen to and find music. Bands can gain popularity through the Internet. It is easier to be heard and get heard.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

Cheap Trick Pulling Another Tour Out Of Its Hat

Some bands never die – Cheap Trick may be one of them. This 70s band is now talking about going back on tour with a full run of album shows. Frontman Robin Zander said they are thinking about doing again what they did in the 90s. Guitarist Rick Neilson felt that the 90s shows created somewhat of a trend. At the time, the group played its first three studio albums during multi-night stands, resulting in the creation of the 1999 live album “Music For Hangovers.”

Cheap Trick was originally formed in 1974 with band members Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos. The band grew in popularity as ‘power pop music’ with a hard-edged yet melodic pop sound. The band was compared to the Beatles with an edge, Cheap Trick’s biggest hits include: “Surrender”, “I Want You To Want Me”, “Dream Police”, and “The Flame”. VH1 labeled the band #25 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

The band released its first album, labeled “Cheap Trick” in early 1977. The band developed a large fan base in Japan and the continued to push forward in popularity. Their second album “In Color” was released later that same year and was more pop-oriented than the first album. Despite their attempt to lighten up, the album failed to chart in America. Cheap Trick tried again with a third album released in 1978, “Heaven Tonight”. Again, not much of a following in America, but the band became megastars in Japan.

Japan continued to support the group and all three of Cheap Trick’s albums became gold records. When the group toured the country for the first time in 1978, they received a welcome that was compared to Beatlemania. During the tour, Cheap Trick recorded two concerts for their loyal Japanese fans at the Nippon Budokan. Video footage was also filmed at the first concert. Ten tracks taken from both shows were compiled and released as a live album titled Cheap Trick at Budokan, which was intended to be exclusive to Japan. The album suddenly became a popular import in the United States, and demand for the album became so great that Epic Records finally issued the album in the US in 1979.

The album “Cheap Trick At Budokan” went triple platinum in the United States. Finally the track “I Want You To Want Me” became recognized in the United States and skyrocketed to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album became Cheap Trick’s biggest selling single. The second single “Ain’t That A Shame” also peaked at #35.

In 1979 “Dream Police” was released. The album didn’t do as well as expected as it was considered an ‘experimental’ style. Before the album was released, Petersson left the group. He rejoined the group in 1987 and helped them record “Lap of Luxury.” Their song “The Flame” became the band’s first ever #1 single.

Like all bands, in 1991, Cheap Trick released their “Greatest Hits” album. The group pressed on throughout the 90s to produce more albums and they even changed their sound to a little more hard rock. The band toured with other bands including Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. By 1997, they attempted to re-introduce themselves to a new generation. With failing record labels, the attempt was difficult to pull off.

Finally the band released another album in 2009 entitled “The Latest”. The album was issued on standard CD as well as limited pressings of vinyl and 8-Track tapes.

What will Cheap Trick do in 2010? Will they attempt to go on tour, yet again and find renewed success? Time will tell.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

Top Paying Careers in the Music Biz

If it’s not in the stars to be the next Jennifer Lopez, or perhaps you are just waiting for your chance to step into P.Diddy’s shoes, there are several alternatives to being in the musical spotlight. Music is an ever-growing business, not only in that spotlight, but in other arenas surrounding it. From CD graphic designers, to sound check technicians and grade school music teachers, music career opportunities are everywhere. Here are the top paying music careers, for the year ending 2009:

1.) Music Director – Average Pay: $49,289/Year
A music director generally works with a musical group; orchestra, symphony choir, or otherwise. They develop and/or coordinate concerts, rehearsals and programming. This position often works with outreach programs, directing fundraising projects, activities and lectures. A musical director career requires a Bachelors of Arts in music, initially, and most likely will also require a Master’s degree in the field. If the fit is right between the musical director and the company he/she is working with, this is a long-term position in most cases.

2.) Sound Engineer for Live Events – Average Pay: $46,550/Year
These sound wizards normally have a mixed background in electrical engineering, music/fine arts and/or audio production. Who wouldn’t want to operate the microphone when a top artist hits the stage, ready to sing? Some of the best sound engineers have Bachelors degrees in Audio Production or Audio Engineering, but there are the few that get behind the scenes with their simple charm, connections and electrical know-how.

3.) College/University Professor of Music – Average Pay: $50,280/Year
Summers off aren’t the only perk of this high paying music career. These accomplished musicians have the opportunity to learn and talk about their craft all day! Professors of music are responsibly for developing solid curriculums, grading performance and assisting students in their musical goals. Music professors also attend several seminars, performances and other learning programs, themselves, to always be up on the music scene, new and old.

4.) Artist/Band Managers – Average Pay: $54,070/Year
The witty business persons take their own creativity and connections to market their particular artists. In charge of contract negotiations, scheduling, planning tours and building relationships with music’s heavyweights, this is a full-time job! Most managers have a degree in Business Administration, Business or Marketing. Although, there are several well-paid managers that have been successful without these credentials. It seems that an artist’s manager is always filling the gaps where they cannot. But the rewards and opportunities are endless.

5.) Film-Making Sound Editor – Average Pay: $68,620/Year
This may not be one of the most glamorous careers in Hollywood, but once a sound editor has proven his/her self in the film industry, the work is quite steady. A sound editor can spend hours in front of a computer monitor, scraping seconds of sounds varying from the waves of the ocean to screams of horror. Every movie, cartoon and television commercial requires a sound editor; and for anyone who has sat in front of the television long enough – opportunity is out there. The highest paying sound editors work with just as high-paid actors in movies seen internationally. Although, building a resume off of small gigs, temporarily, is a great start.

So if being a musician isn’t in the stars for you and yet you love music, at least you do have alternatives.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

Top Young Women Pop Music Artists

Many women’s names come to mind when we think of pop music. Today, many new faces are showing up on the pop music scene, many of whom are women under the age of 30. Who are some of these top women artists?

1. Amy Lee (b. 1981) – You may know Lee more as the lead singer of Evanescence. With an almost angelic voice along with some heavy metal music, Lee is known for “Bring Me To Life”, which received 2004 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Lee, a classically trained pianist, founded Evanescence in 1995 and by the late 90’s the group had released its major-label debut, Fallen, which featured not only the award winning single “Bring Me To Life” but also “Going Under” and “My Immortal.” Fallen went on to sell fourteen million copies worldwide. Amy Lee was born to parents John Lee, a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara Cargill.

2. Amy Winehouse (b. 1983) – Winehouse’s notoriety has more to do with her personality at times than her voice. Winehouse is most noted for her song Rehab, where she won 2008 Grammy Awards in the categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her album Back to Black was nominated for Album of the Year and won the Record of the Year award. Amy Jade Winehouse (born 14 September 1983) is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, jazz, and rock & roll.

3. Joss Stone (b. 1987) – Stone, another British rocker, is likened to Aretha Franklin. Stone became a familiar name in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album The Soul Sessions. Her second album, which also received multi-platinum awards, Mind, Body & Soul, topped UK Album charts and led with its top ten hit “You Had Me”. Stone has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Joss Stone, born Jocelyn Eve Stoker, is considered a soul and R&B singer–songwriter and actress. She also made her acting debut in late 2006 with the fantasy adventure film Eragon, as the witch Angela, and she made her television debut portraying Anne of Cleves in the Showtime series The Tudors in 2009.

4. Rihanna (b. 1988) After moving to the United States at age of 16, she pursued her recording career and signed with Def Jam Recordings. In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked within the top ten of the Billboard 200 and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single “Pon de Replay”. Success was instant for Rihanna as within the same year she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart. Singles for Rihanna include “Umbrella”, “Take a Bow”, “Disturbia”, and “Don’t Stop The Music”. Rihanna has sold over 12 million albums worldwide in her four-year career span. Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Saint Michael, Barbados.

5. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (b. 1986) is better known by her stage name Lady Gaga. After being signed to and quickly dropped from Def Jam Records at age 19, she began performing in the rock music scene of New York City’s Lower East Side. Her debut album The Fame, was released in August 2008 and achieved instant access, topping the Billboard with singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. To date, Lady Gaga has sold over 20 million digital singles and more than four million albums worldwide.

6. Avril Lavigne (b. 1984) – Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. Lavigne became most notorious her debut album, Let Go, released in 2002. As of 2009, over 16 million copies were sold worldwide, more than 6 million of which were sold in the United States. Her second and third album, Under My Skin and The Best Damn Thing, reached number one on the Global charts. Lavigne has scored five number-one singles worldwide, including “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m With You”, “My Happy Ending” and “Girlfriend”. Lavigne has sold more than 30 million copies of her albums worldwide.

7. Katy Perry (b. 1984) was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California. The second child of two pastors, she has an older sister and younger brother. Perry is most notorious for her single “Kissed A Girl”, released in 2008 and “Hot N Cold”. “Kissed A Girl” peaked at number one on the Hot Digital Songs charts, the Pop 100, and the Billboard Hot 100. “Hot N Cold” peaked at number three on the Hot Digital Songs charts, number one on the Pop 100, and number three on the Billboard Hot 10.

8. Leona Lewis (b. 1985) Leona Louise Lewis, an English pop and R&B singer–songwriter. Lewis debut single “A Moment Like This” became the fastest selling UK single followed quickly by her single “Bleeding Love”, which reached number one over thirty singles charts around the world. Lewis is also known for her work on the British television series The X Factor. Lewis has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide.

9. Natsha Bedingfield (b. 1981) Natasha Anne is also a British pop singer and songwriter. Bedingfield is known for her first album “Unwritten” in 2004 which sold 2.3 million copies worldwide. This was followed in 2008 by her successful single “Pocketfull of Sunshine” Bedingfield was born in Surrey to New Zealand-born Molly and John Bedingfield who are both charity workers

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

Classic Rock and Kiss

For those around in the 70s, when rock and roll was really taking flight, it is most likely you remember the band KISS. Formed in 1972, this band is most memorable for its members whose who wore flamboyant outfits and painted their faces. The anonymity of the group intrigued followers along with their elaborate stage performances that included breathing fire, spitting blood, guitars that smoked and more. While these tactics may seem over-the-top today, it earned KISS over 24 gold albums and sales that exceeded 80 million.

The idea of face makeup stemmed from the band’s desire to mimic comic book figures. There was the Demon, Gene Simmons; Starchild, Paul Stanley, Spaceman, Ace Frehley, and Catman, Peter Criss. Each person picked a character that best represented their personality. It wasn’t until 1983 that the band members from KISS performed without makeup.

KISS beginnings came from Gene Simmons, whose real name was Chaim Witz, and Paul Stanley, also whose real name was different than his stage name (Stanley Harvey Eisen). The two started a band called Wicked Lester. After recording one album, they abandoned the group in 1972 and formed their new group. Peter Criss, drummer, joined the duo and the three focused on a harder style of rock than from the Wicked Lester days. In early 1973, lead guitarist Ace Frehley joined the group and it was formally then called KISS. The idea came from Criss, whose former band was called Lips. Frehley designed the logo, making the “SS” appear like lightening bolts. Because the letters resembled the Nazi SS, a symbol illegal to display in Germany, the group changed the albums cover and merchandise in Germany to a modified logo that appears like backwards Z’s.

In March of 1973 the band recorded a five-song demo tape. On November 1, 1973, KISS became the first act signed to Buddah Records, later renamed Casablanca Records. KISS first started touring February 1974 in Canada. Initially KISS sold only 75,000 copies of their album. In 1974 they recorded their second album, Hotter Than Hell. This album didn’t do well either. In 1975 a third album, Dressed To Kill was released with the groups trademark song “Rock and Roll All Nite.” The band continued to struggle until September of 1975 with the release of Alive!, which earned KISS a first top 40 single, a live version of “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

It wasn’t until the ballad “Beth” was released as a single did album sales rebound for KISS. The song “Beth” was a #7 hit for the band. After this, the band released two highly successful studio albums in less than a year, Rock and Roll Over and Love Gun. Between 1976 and 1978, KISS earned $17.7 million from record royalties and music publishing. KISS was soon named the most popular band in American in 1977.

Between sales from music and KISS merchandise, the band was bringing in millions of dollars. The group didn’t peak until 1978 when Alive II the band’s fourth platinum album, achieved its highest average.

Drummer Peter Criss did his final tour with the group in 1979. The band found replacement drummer Paul Caravellow, later named Eric Carr and gave him “Fox” makeup.

In 1983, sensing it was time for a change; KISS made the decision to abandon their trademark makeup and costumes. They officially appeared in public without makeup for the first time on a September 18, 1983 appearance on MTV, which coincided with the release of the band’s glam metal new album, Lick It Up.

Lick It Up became KISS’ first gold record in three years. During these non-makeup years, KISS struggled with their identity and fan base. Simmons, arguably the dominating force in KISS during the ’70s, became less involved with the group in the ’80s as he pursued outside interests; most notably, a film career. After the band’s unmasking, he struggled with the loss of the Demon persona. During this time, Stanley became the driving force in KISS, as well as their most prominent member.

Though the original band members haven’t played together in a while, the band is still quite notorious for all ages of listeners and an important part of rock and roll history.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

100 greatest guitarists of all time Carlos Santana

When we think of all the great guitarists throughout time, many names come to mind – Carlos Santana is one of them. In August 2003, Santana was named fifteenth on Rolling Stone magazine’s “List of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. And rightly so. This Mexican-born American guitarist has toured and recorded successfully since the late ’60s. In the 90s he was rediscovered by a new generation with his album Supernatural, which involved well-known artists such as Rob Thomas and Eric Clapton.

Carlos Santana got his roots in Mexico, where he grew up. He spent a great amount of time around music as his father was a mariachi violinist. Santa took up the violin at five, but at eight switched to the guitar. Later when the family moved to Tijuana, he began playing in clubs and bars. By the early ’60s, the family moved to San Francisco and Santana followed. In 1966 Santana created the Santana Blues Band. Despite the name, the group was at first a collective; it was required to name a nominal leader due to a provision of the musicians union. The name was eventually shortened to Santana and the band debuted at the Fillmore West Theater in San Francisco on June 16, 1968. Soon after, Santana recorded the album Super Session that had featured himself with Mike Bloomfield and Steve Stills. The result was The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, which marked Santana’s recording debut.

Santana’s career only evolved from here. He toured the U.S. prior to the release of the album, including a notable appearance at the celebrated Woodstock festival in August 1969 that was filmed and recorded. Santana was released the same month, and it became a massive hit, as did its follow-ups Abraxas (1970) and Santana III (1971). After completing recording and touring activities in connection with Santana III, the original Santana band broke up.

Carlos retained rights to the group’s name Santana that consisted of himself and a constantly changing collection of hired musicians. His first recording after the breakup of the original group was a live show performed in Hawaii with singer and drummer Buddy Miles. The album reached the Top Ten and eventually went platinum. Following the release of the Santana band album Caravanserai (1972), Carlos formed a duo with John McLaughlin, guitarist for the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The two shared a spiritual leader in guru Sri Chinmoy, who bestowed upon Carlos the name Devadip, meaning “the eye, the lamp, and the light of God.” Devadip Carlos Santana and Mahavishnu John McLaughlin’s duo album Love Devotion Surrender was released in June 1973. It reached the Top 20 and eventually went gold. After releasing another Santana band project, Welcome, Carlos next teamed up with another religious disciple, Turiya Alice Coltrane, widow of John Coltrane, for a third duo album. Their collaboration, Illuminations, was released in September 1974; it spent two months in the charts, peaking in the bottom quarter of the Top 100.

During the 1970s, Carlos Santana released a series of gold or platinum albums: Borboletta (1974), Amigos (1975), Festival (1976), Moonflower (1977), and Inner Secrets (1978). In February 1979, he finally released his first real solo album, the half-live, half-studio Oneness/Silver Dreams — Golden Reality, actually credited to Devadip.

During the 80s, songs that got more radio time began making their appearances included “Winning” in 1981 and “Hold On” (a remake of Canadian artist Ian Thomas’ song) in 1982 both reached the top twenty. Santana again paid tribute to his early rock roots by doing the film score to La Bamba, which was based on the tragically short life of rock and roll legend Ritchie Valens and starred Lou Diamond Philips.

Carlos spent almost five years away from recording, not returning until June 1999 when he issued Supernatural on Arista Records. The Santana band album featured many tracks co-written by guest stars such as Rob Thomas of matchbox 20, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, and others. Paced by the number one singles “Smooth” and “Maria Maria,” the album became the biggest hit of Santana’s career, selling upwards of ten million copies. It also won Santana eight Grammy Awards.

In 2002, Santana released Shaman, revisiting the Supernatural format of guest artists including P.O.D. and Seal. Although the album was not the runaway success its predecessor had been, it produced two radio-friendly hits. “The Game of Love” featuring Michelle Branch, rose to number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent many weeks at the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Other albums followed including Possibilities and All That I Am. In 2008, Santana started working with his long-time friend, Marcelo Vieira, on his solo album Marcelo Vieira’s Acoustic Sounds, which is due to be released at the end of the year. It features tracks such as “For Flavia” and “Across the Grave”, the later featuring heavy melodic riffs by Santana.

In addition to his music notoriety, Santana also oversees several business ventures including the Milagro Foundation, which has donated nearly $3 million to help disadvantaged youth; his women’s shoe line, Carlos by Carlos Santana, which has racked up $100 million in sales; his signature brand of sparkling white wine; his partnership in Maria Maria, a chain of high-end Mexican cantinas; and his upcoming documentary called Architects of a New Dawn, which advocates global change through the power of positive thinking.

What will this 100 greatest guitarists do next? One can only imagine.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

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