Comedy rock

  1. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 9:30 AM EST Ray Collins, right, with Frank Zappa in 1969 (Getty Images) Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a Ca ...

  2. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Signs Elvis Presley Agreement, Zappa Family Trust Makes Deal With TuneSat, More

    November 18, 2011 8:05 AM EST Imagem Signs Presley/Gladys Agreement Imagem Music USA has signed a worldwide music administration agreement with Elvis Presley Music/Gladys Music catalog, co-owned by the Elvis Presley Enterprises and the families of the late publishing executive ...

  3. Web Trends: Listen To Rihanna's New Single

    November 11, 2011 3:00 PM EST Google Trends: 12. nigel tufnel day : People are celebrating 11/11/11 in homage to the Spinal Tap guitarist's famous "It goes to 11" line in "This Is Spinal Tap" Twitter Music Trends: No new music trends Digg Music News/Vi ...

  4. Web Trends: Listen To A New Bjork Song

    November 04, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. gwar : GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot aka Fattus Maximus was found dead on the band's tour bus yesterday (Nov. 3) 10. justin bieber baby : People continue the outrage over Mariah Yeater's paternity claim 14. cory smoot : See ...

  5. GWAR's Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, Found Dead on Tour Bus

    November 04, 2011 7:57 AM EDT MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The lead guitarist for the costumed heavy metal band GWAR has been found dead on their tour bus. Manager Jack Flanagan and record label Metal Blade say Cory Smoot was found early Thursday before crossing into Canada following a ...

  6. Backbeat: Steel Panther Packs NYC's Gramercy For Night of Hair Metal Spoofing

    October 17, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Back row (L-R): John Dimaio, Frank Arigo, Brent Porche, Stix Zadinia, Sean "the Rabbi" Tyszler, Glen Parrish and Ken Fermaglich. Front (L-R): Satchel, Starr and Lexxi Foxx. (Photo: Theo Wargo/WireImage) Comedy rockers Steel Panther packe ...

  7. The Key To Every Hit Song: Axis Of Awesome's 4 Chord Theory

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "It's dead simple to write a pop hit," says Axis of Awesome's Benny Davis at the start of the below video, shot at the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The secret? Four chords. The same four chords are used in ever ...

  8. 'Flight Of The Conchords' Ending Run

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST "The Flight of the Conchords" is officially dead. After months of speculation, the quirky HBO comedy series' co-creators Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement and James Bobin broke the news on their Web site. "We've noticed the l ...

  9. 'Flight of the Conchords' Defy Struggling TV Story

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.S. cult hit television show "Flight of the Conchords" follows the travails of a marginally talented musical duo from New Zealand trying to make it in New York City, but in reality the pair are far from struggling. Jemaine Clement and B ...

  10. 'Conchords' To Offer Next Day Downloads, Album

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Flight Of The Conchords' eponymous HBO show returns to the airwaves on Jan. 18, and this time around, fans will be able to purchase music from each episode the day after it airs, Billboard can reveal. Shortly after the conclusion of the 10-ep ...

  11. Online Buzz Lifts 'Conchords'

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST In an encouraging sign for the upcoming second season of HBO's offbeat comedy Flight of the Conchords, the premiere episode has raked in some 250,000 streams in its first 10 days on FunnyOrDie. That is in addition to the tens of thousands of ...

  12. Beastie Boys Plot Star-Studded Vote Shows

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys have drafted Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper to join them on the Get Out and Vote tour, which will begin Oct. 28 in Richmond, Va. Shows are also set for Nov. 1 in St. Paul, Minn., and Nov. 2 in Milwaukee. &qu ...

  13. Fintage Inks Zappa Deal

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fintage Music will now be sub-publishing nearly 1,000 Frank Zappa titles outside North America. Zappa's widow, Gail, has closely watched over use of Zappa's songs for many years to protect the integrity of the legendary artist's wor ...

  14. Spinal Tap Reuniting For Live Earth Show

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spinal Tap is back, and this time the band wants to help save the world from global warming. The fictional heavy metal group immortalized in the 1984 mockumentary, "This Is Spinal Tap," will reunite for a performance at Wembley Stadium i ...

  15. Q&A: HOWARD BENSON

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT At Bay 7, the Los Angeles recording studio producer Howard Benson calls home, there are parking spaces reserved for Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel. While Benson can't include Tap on h At Bay 7, the Los Angeles recording ...

  16. Stanley M. Gortikov Dead At 85

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stanley M. Gortikov, a former Capitol Records executive who served as president of the RIAA from 1972-87, died June 24 at his home in Brentwood, Calif., of natural causes. He was 85. WASHINGTON -- Stanley M. Gortikov, a former Capitol Records exec ...

  17. GWAR Inks With DRT

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Album due in the fall. Heavy metal group GWAR has signed with New York-based DRT Entertainment. The band will release its first album of new material in three years this October. GWAR -- which stands for God What an Awful Racket -- will reunite wi ...

  18. Zappa Widow Seeks Infringement Damages

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Frank Zappa's widow appeared in a Canadian court Monday seeking unspecified damages from a furniture company for using one of her husband's tunes in a 1995 appliance advertisement. Frank Zappa's widow appeared in a Canadian court Mo ...