Release Date: September 14 The Skinny: These Brits play football stadiums and star in Guitar Hero but largely remain ciphers to American audiences, perhaps due to an emphasis on ostentatious riffs over immediate hooks and their lack of an indelible anthem (2006's "Supermassive Black Hole came closest). The Resistance doesn't shy from the challenge, further amping up their symphonic ambitions on epic throwdowns like "United States ofEurasia (+ Collateral Damage)." Fast Fact: Bellamy claims that the title track (already a No. 1 Alternative radio hit) is a retelling of the love story between the characters Winston Smith and Julia in George Orwell's 1984.
Ask John Lydon: Anger is an energy, but disco is a weapon. Like so many other first-wave punks and post-punks — Wire, Joy Division, the Clash and Blondie, just to name a handful — Johnny Rotten eventually discovered that setting his shredding guitars and caterwauling vocals to a dance-floor thump gave his music a power… More »