“Show Me the Way” by Peter Frampton is from the first “big album” sales-wise,Frampton Comes Alive. Given his background, how is this a departure from his previous band experience? What instrumentation is used that sounds new in this recording? How does his vocal delivery correspond to the lyrical content?
“More Than a Feeling” by Boston is an example of blending blues-rock with progressive rock. How does the instrumentation add to the ebb and flow of the song? Where do believe the “hook” of the song begins? Elaborate.
The Sex Pistols were the first popular punk group from England. “Anarchy in the UK” offers an example of their attitude to mainstream English culture and authority. How does the music reinforce the lyrical stance? Does the performance present the group as a force or as merely a trend? Elaborate.
“My Best Friend’s Girl” by The Cars shows an early example of New Wave crossing over to commercial radio. How does the music develop throughout the song? Are there poignant highlights that distinguish sections? Does the vocal delivery evoke an emotional response or is it void of emotion? What makes it “radio-friendly”?
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson is significant in many ways. What breakthrough was it culturally? Musically, how does the groove fit against the vocal delivery? How does the production play into the presentation?
“”Like a Virgin” by Madonna displays her affinity for dance and controversy. How does her image project into the musical performance? Is there any similarity between her and Jackson’s production value?
“Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police offers a glimpse of the group at the height of their popularity and creative flow. How do their roots in ska and reggae show through in this piece? Does the band’s technical prowess overshadow the song? How does the vocal delivery support the lyrical content?