You may be asking “So, what is this Deezer you speak of?”. Well Deezer is a music streaming service which allows users to listen to music on various devices online or offline. This service has its origins in Paris, France and was created in 2007. There are currently more than 25 million tracks listed on Deezer. More than 30 million users (of which 4 million are paying subscribers) from over 180 countries (including South Africa) stream music using Deezer. Subscription really doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg: roughly R60 per month.
I recently became a Deezer subscriber and I must say that I’m very glad that I did. There’s quite a lot of South African artists using this service and it’s a great way to discover new music. Some of the South African artists who have come to the Deezer party include Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel, aKING, Bittereinder, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Koos Kombuis, Shortstraw, The Plastics, Taxi Violence, Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove, Toya Delazy, Karen Zoid and various others.
Sometimes I forget that I got into rock music in the mid 1990’s, but thanks to Deezer I’ve rediscovered some of the bands that shaped my music taste that I’ve nearly forgotten about. Today I’m featuring 3 of them.
Sepultura: This band was formed in 1984 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Sepultura were a huge force in the death metal, thrash metal and groove metal genres throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. The band was founded by Max Cavalera and his brother Igor. Sepultura means “Grave” in Portuguese. Over the years most of the band’s original members have left, but they are still going strong. To date the band have released 12 studio albums.
The current members of Sepultura are Paulo Jr., Andreas Kisser, Derrick Green and Eloy Casagrande. To date Sepultura have sold more than 20 million records globally. I was first introduced to them in the mid 1990’s when I heard one of their songs on the Barney Simon show on 5FM. I still remember bouncing up and down and heading banging to “Roots Bloody Roots” back in the Shaft days. You may just get the same urge if you hear the song again.
Blind Melon: Remember the mid 1990’s? Remember Shannon Hoon? Remember when “No Rain” was part of the playlist of 5FM? Blind Melon was founded in 1990 in Los Angeles, California in the USA and had huge success before lead singer Shannon Hoon died from a cocaine overdose in 1995. The band went into hiatus and eventually broke up in 1999. But Blind Melon reformed in 2006 and released a new album and are still going strong.
Their new vocalist is Travis Warren and the other 4 members of the band (Rogers Stevens, Brad Smith, Christopher Thorn and Glen Graham) were all part of the original Blind Melon. I sometimes wonder if things would have been different if Shannon Hoon did not die in 1995. They could’ve easily become the next Pearl Jam if you ask me. Thanks to Deezer I was able to rediscover my love for this band and their song “Galaxie”
The Flaming Lips: This band was formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City in the USA. You may remember this band for their hit song “She Don’t Use Jelly” which was released in 1993. Contrary to popular belief, there is a lot more to the Flaming Lips than just that song. To date they have released 16 studio albums and they’re still going strong.
The current members of the band are Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd, Kliph Scurlock and Derek Brown. Former members include Mark Coyne, Dave Kostka, Richard English, Jonathan Donahue, Nathan Roberts, Jon Mooneyham and Ronald Jones. 2 of the orginal founding members are still in the band (Coyne and Ivins). I still remember hearing “Turn it On” on the Barney Simon show on 5FM for the first time. I was so glad to find this awesome tune on Deezer. I totally forgot how awesome this tune is. Feel free to freak the fuck out while you crank up this classic grunge tune.
Well, there you have it, 3 bands that I have rediscovered thanks to Deezer. If you don’t have an account yet, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfectly legal way to enjoy music on your PC, tablet and mobile phone.
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