Nick DeRiso is associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in newspapers, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
Prince Fully Inhabits the Holy Trinity on ‘I Would Die 4 U': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
This could easily be misconstrued as nothing more than messianic hubris from Prince, but there was much more to "I Would Die 4 U."
30 Years Ago: The Bangles Rock Out for ‘Less Than Zero,’ but Trouble Looms
A No. 2 hit cover of 'Hazy Shade of Winter' couldn't save the Bangles.
30 Years Ago: Bryan Ferry Finally Returns With More Upbeat ‘Bete Noire’
As with so much of Bryan Ferry's career, 'Bete Noire' took longer than he'd ever imagined.
Prince Finds a Kindred Spirit With Tommy James’ ‘Crimson and Clover': 365 Prince Songs in …
Though it seemed a bit out of left field, Prince must have felt a connection – perhaps on many levels – with Tommy James' "Crimson and Clover."
30 Years Ago: INXS Finally Achieve, Then Immediately Question Superstardom With ‘Kick’
After finding some success with 1985's 'Listen Like Thieves,' INXS rushed toward the path of most resistance.
Prince Gets Back to His Old R&B Ways on ‘A Million Days': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Prince's "A Million Days," a tender ballad that evolves into a torrid cry for love, arrived during a period of stability and retrenchment.
Tom Petty Never Abandoned His Values, Or His Band, Over a Remarkable Career
Even as Tom Petty's career branched out, the Heartbreakers always remained a touchstone.
Prince Creates His Own Revolution-Style Groove on ‘Life Can Be So Nice': 365 Prince Songs …
Long before their official split, Prince was already drifting away from the Revolution.
Prince’s ‘Right Back Here in My Arms’ Soundtracks a Season of Loss: 365 Prince Songs in a …
He didn't know it at the time, but "Right Back Here in My Arms" perfectly echoed the approach Prince ultimately took in dealing with unimaginable pain.
Prince Assumes a New Disguise on ‘Partyman': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
During a period in which he was just beginning to deeply explore the pitched battles between good and evil, Prince found Batman and the Joker to be the perfect proxies.