The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 968: 60 mind-blowing things about music in 60 minutes, 2022 edition

It’s that time again. Another year is nearly at an end and once again we’ve been subjected to the whims of the universe and human stupidity and capriciousness. It got better with COVID, but we still have the war in Ukraine. Politics are more polarized than ever no matter where you got. Social media is making us stupider (and social media is stupider thanks to Elon Musk; when is he going to leave the planet?)

When it comes to the world of music, we lost Taylor Hawkins, Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode, Paul Ryder of The Happy Mondays, Mark Lanegan, Dallas Good of The Sadies, Meal Loaf, Ronnie Hawkins, Coolio, Christine McVie, Olivia Newton-John, and Ronnie Spector among others..

It’s still hard to make a living from streaming. Artists are getting burned out on the road,. And inflation is killing everyone.

That’s a lot to process. Here’s hoping that 2023 will be better We gotta keep the faith because otherwise, we’d go crazy.

This is also the time of year I try to clean up the home office where I do all my Ongoing History research, writing, and production. I’m always looking for interesting to interesting and cool stuff to talk about when it comes to anything related to music. When I accumulate enough material on a particular subject, I can write a new episode.

But this technique also results in a lot of orphaned material, research that has gone unused because I couldn’t find a place for it for whatever reasons. And it would be a serious shame for all this knowledge and data and trivia and factoids to go to waste. That’s why I’m very careful about the annual end-of-year purge.

Watch out. A lot of information is about to be dumped on you. This is the 2022 edge of 60 Mind-Blowing Facts About Music in 60 Minutes.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Blink-182, All the Small Things
  • Lemonheads, It’s a Shame About Ray
  • The Cure, Pictures of You
  • Fatboy Slim, Weapon of Choice
  • Liam Gallagher, Everything’s Electric
  • The Neighbourhood, Sweater Weather
  • Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Weezer, All My Favourite songs

    As usual, Eric Wilhite has a playlist for us,

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