Six records that changed the world
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The history of popular music is in a lot of ways like the history of western civilisation. It’s messy, occasionally bloody, often beautiful, sometimes sad and almost always interesting. Since the beginning of recorded music there have been dozens of seemingly small moments and events that have completely changed the musical landscape. Usually these unassuming game changers took the form or a seven inch single. Relentless Energy Drink has launched new 250ml can, a small but power hit of energy, which may be in a smaller can but is still 100% No Half Measures. To celebrate this and tomorrow being the start of Record Store Day, Relentless has selected some of its favourite seven inches from history, and looks at how they changed the face of music. Chuck Berry and the birth of Rock n Roll In the movie Back to the Future there’s a scene where a time travelling Marty McFly performs Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’ at a 50’s high school dance and inadvertently invents Rock n Roll. This is a great scene for two reasons A) the bit where the 80’s born McFly starts riffing Van Halen style in front of a terrified 50’s audience and B) because it’s sort of true. Without Check Berry there would be no Rock n Roll, he (along with Little Richard and Bo Diddely) was one of the earliest Rhythm and Blues artists to take the music out of African American dance clubs and onto national radio. Creating a driving guitar style that would go on to influence everyone from John Lennon to Joe Strummer, Berry’s first single ‘Maybellene’ sold over a million copies. It may have been Elvis Presley and his good looks and snake hips that became the face of the genre, but it was Chuck Berry who gave it it’s soul. fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn
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