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.
35 Years Ago: Nena Soars to Pop Stardom with ’99 Luftballons’
When German new wave band Nena released their debut album in 1983, they had little idea of the worldwide success they would score with one of the LP's tracks.
35 Years Ago: Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ Become Reality
The second LP from Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's duo, and its blockbuster single, made the duo instant synthpop stars.
30 Years Ago: Billy Idol Rides ‘Mony Mony’ to the Top
At the height of his popularity, Billy Idol took a live cover of Tommy James's "Mony Mony" to the top of the American charts - and helped inspire a lewd chant.
The Day the Beatles Made Their Television Debut
This wasn’t the band’s big break, a star-making performance or anything like that.
‘Jack and Diane’ Hit No. 1, But Did John Mellencamp Even Like It?
It was the “little ditty” that became a smash, and caused some huge headaches along the way.
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.
How R.E.M. Mixed Dreams, T.V. and Politics on ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It’
R.E.M. brought together a variety of experiences to create the second 'Document' single and one of the most famous songs in the band's catalog.
40 Years Ago: The Police’s Classic Lineup Plays Their First Show
In the summer of '77, the Police traded their founding guitarist for Andy Summers and played their first gig with their famous lineup in Birmingham, England.
35 Years Ago: Billy Idol Starts Again With Debut Solo Album
After his punk band broke up, Billy Idol began a solo career and released his first solo LP, which included "White Wedding," on July 16, 1982.
When the Beatles Debuted ‘All You Need Is Love’ to the World
They were approached about this historic broadcast just weeks before the arrival of 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.'