Idle Chatter Archives

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Veteran freelance journalist and VWMusic founder, Andrew Daly shares his love for all things music in this column, with a particular focus on KISS, guitar, drums, hard rock, and more. Stay tuned.

2020 Articles:

Remembering Neil Peart

Am I A Punk Or Poseur?

Chris Knight: A Singular Songwriter

High Fidelity: A Mix-Tape of Life, Love, & Vinyl

Remembering Little Richard

Vaporwave: Audiovisual Art Via Nostalgia

The New Abnormal: Your Soundtrack To The Apocalypse

Rough And Rowdy Ways: Bob Dylan’s Latter-Day Defining Moment

Neil Young’s Time In The Ditch: A Retrospective

The Understated Genius Of Bob Mould

Dare To Be Weird: A Lesson From Frank Zappa

Taylor Swift’s Transition

Women Who Rock

A Poseur’s Dream: Vultures And FOMO In An Age of Unreason

Saying Goodbye To Reggae’s Ambassador, Toots Hibbert

The Endless River: The Musical Genius Of Bob Ezrin

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Fear of Music: How Satanic Panic Shaped Music & Culture In The 1980s & Beyond

Ripped Off: Thoughts On File Sharing & Artists Who Steal Music To Get Ahead

My Album Of The Year: ACϟDC Turns Back The Clock

Imagining The World Through The Eyes Of John Lennon

Remembering MF DOOM

2021 Articles:


Format Wars: Why You Don’t Have To Choose Between Vinyl & CDs

Groups That Should Have Been Huge: Indie Bands And The Issue Of Exposure

Anecdotes & Albums: A Summary of KISS Army Servitude

Return To The Sunset Strip: 10 Underrated Glam & Hair Metal-Era Albums

The Road To The Roxy: 10 Underrated Glam & Hair Metal-Era Albums Part II

KISS Lead Guitarists Ranked

The Final Countdown: 5 Underrated Guitarists Of The 80s Hard Rock & Heavy Metal-Era

Rolling Thunder: 5 Underrated Drummers Of The 70s & 80s Hard Rock & Heavy Metal-Era

Music That Defined An Era: Analyzing The Rise And Fall Of Oasis

Say It Ain’t So: Five Forgotten Rock Albums of the 1990s

Barre Chords, Arpeggios & Riffs: Five Rhythm Guitarists Who Changed Rock Music

Into The Void: Thirteen of “Space Ace” Frehley’s Most Savage Tracks

Album vs. Album: Sizing Up KISS’ Two Most Underrated Albums In Unmasked & Creatures Of The Night

The Beatles vs. The Stones: An Exercise In Rock ‘N’ Roll Tedium

Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution: Uncovering Ten Underrated ACϟDC Tracks

Got To Choose: Ten Underrated Tracks By The Hottest Band In The Land — KISS!

Blood, Sweat & Arrogance: Five Albums That Defined Cock Rock

Close To The Edge: Five Underappreciated Progressive Rock Albums of the 70s & 80s

A Farewell To Kings: Five Underappreciated Progressive Rock Albums of the 70s & 80s Part II

The Headbangers Ball Reaches Its Edge: 10 Underrated Glam & Hair Metal-Era Albums Part III

Stage Freight: Uncovering Ten Cult Rock Albums Of The 1970s

Mad Fer It: Oasis Studio Albums Ranked

Show Don’t Tell: Ten Overlooked Rush Deep Cuts

2022 Articles:

Vital Signs: Ten Overlooked Rush Deep Cuts Part II

Portrait Of An Enigma: Analyzing Vinnie Vincent’s Pre-KISS Output

KISS Live Albums Ranked

Play Dirty: Lead Guitarists Who Shaped the 80s & 90s Glam Metal-Era

Beyond “Beth”: Ten Essential Solo Cuts From Peter Criss

Retrospective Reviews: Union (1998)

Wicked Sensation: Vocalists Who Defined the 80s & 90s Glam Metal-Era

One Night Only: Original KISS Drummer Peter Criss Hits The Stage Once Again With Sisters Doll

Led Zeppelin Studio Albums Ranked

Unlimited Love: Boredom Birthed Via Overwrought Nostalgia

A Hypothetical Evening with Van Halen, Van Hagar & Joe Satriani

Retrospective Reviews: KISS’ Revenge (1992)

The Ankh Warrior Rises: Vinnie Vincent Shreds at Creatures Fest

Versatility Meets Virtuosity: Remembering Guitarist Bob Kulick

KISS Studio Albums Ranked Part One: The 70s

KISS Studio Albums Ranked Part Two: The 80s

KISS Studio Albums Ranked Part Three: The 90s & 2000s

NYC Crumbles in the Wake of The Stadium Tour

Shake Your Money Maker: The Black Crowes Take Atlantic City by Storm

The Race For Ace: Remembering Frehley’s Comet 35 Years On

Treasured Island: Two Lives Defined Via Music

Year In Review: 25 Rock & Metal Albums That Shaped 1990

Creatures of the Night: A Hail Mary from a Band on the Rocks

Traversing the Abyss: A Guide to Obscure ’70s Rock

I Love It Loud: 20 of Gene Simmons’s Most Overlooked Tracks

Pixies Studio Albums Ranked

2023 Articles:

10 of Rock Music’s Most Memorable Guitars

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