This week we’re celebrating the greatness of three folks who share the same birthday: Joey Ramone, Pete Townsend and Andre the Giant. What stars aligned to bring these three utterly unique individuals into the world on May 19, we may never know, but their collective awesomeness remains undiminished.

Pete Townsend is one of the greatest songwriters in history, not to mention a pure force of nature on the guitar, windmilling his way to blood splattered rock and roll glory. As the Who’s ultimate creative force over the last 40 plus years, Townsend has sold over a hundred million records, wrote the concept albums Tommy and Quadrophenia. He plays ten instruments. Rolling Stone Magazine voted the tenth greatest guitar player of all time, and he’s in the the Rock and Roll Hame of Fame. Not bad.

And the songs – what great song. Here’s a stripped down version of “Let My Love Open the Door.”

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Black Keys [Song of the Day] Fever

by Tony Shea May 13, 2014

If new albums are being released then it must be Tuesday. The Black Keys dropped their new album Turn Blue today. The duo from Akron Ohio have now released 8 albums featuring their original blend of blues garage rock, including the lead track from the new album, “Fever” which the band performed on Saturday Night […]

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[SONG] of the Day – Smashing Pumpkins – An Ode to No One

by Shea Garage December 2, 2013

It was on this day back in 2000 that Smashing Pumpkins played their last show at the Metro in their hometown of Chicago…that is before they reunited in 2006. Love Billy Corgan or hate him, there’s no denying that the Pumpkins have created a singular brand of blazing rock and roll over the last twenty […]

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[Song of the Day] The Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait

by Sara Gatewood November 25, 2013

One of the best pop songs ever written. **You should like Shea Magazine on Facebook Here!

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The Ear Worm Chronicles – XTC – Garden of Earthly Delights

by Dan Cohen November 22, 2013

This obsessive ear worm by post punk titans XTC below occupies a special, deeply damaged pleasure center in my brain. Way back when sauropods roamed the primordial North American plain and I was a mere 24, the tape deck in my car wouldn’t spit out the tape for an entire summer. The tape? “Oranges and […]

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