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: Dire Straits Turn Back the Clock on ‘ExtendedancEPlay’
In direct contrast to his band's heavily produced recent work, Mark Knopfler spearheaded this breezy 1983 EP.
15 Years Ago: The Postal Service’s Debut Single Pushes Them to ‘Such Great Heights’
Before it became an indie favorite, was woven into 'Garden State,' and soundtracked so many commercials, 'Such Great Heights' introduced the Postal Service.
30 Years Ago: The Pogues Make Their Masterpiece With ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God…
After a longer-than-expected delay, the Pogues recorded a rollicking, multi-dimensional album that became known as their greatest work.
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.
25 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s ‘Man on the Moon’ Video Finds Deliverance in a Truck Stop
For the second 'Automatic for the People' single, R.E.M. teamed with director Peter Care to film the dusty, iconic video for 'Man on the Moon.'
15 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Reads the ‘Riot Act’
On the band's seventh studio album, Pearl Jam mixed melodic rockers with experimental sounds while dealing with tragedy.
30 Years Ago: Sinéad O’Connor Channels Rage Into Her Debut Album, ‘The Lion and the Cobra’
As a young woman, Sinéad O’Connor was running towards a career in music as much as she was running away. She wrote, recorded and produced her debut LP in 1987.
15 Years Ago: Jam Master Jay Murdered by Unnamed Gunman
The Run-D.M.C. DJ was shot dead in his New York sound studio in October 2002. Although there were witnesses, the attacker has never been charged.