This Amazing Poster Charts the History of Alternative Music

While some of the biggest alternative acts (like Blondie, Nirvana, or Green Day) can command plenty of radio time, there are many, many bands that have thrived off of the airwaves. And likely, whether you're using Arcade Fire as some background ambience or a '90s alt-rock Pandora station as encouragement to fight for your right to rage against the machine (even as you dutifully fill out your tax returns), alternative music as a genre is perfect for any number of moods.

The history of alt music, in fact, covers such a varied assortment of artists both famous and obscure that it can be difficult to visualize their scope. Luckily, the UK-based design shop Dorothy Studios did the work for us with their "Alternative Love Blueprint—A History of Alternative Music" poster.

Highlighting four major influencers—the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Joy Division, and The Smiths—the art expands to map out some of the many other artists who were influenced by (or sonically comparable to) the hub artists. The result is an all-encompassing musical blueprint with a web of connections that nicely illustrates the geographic grouping of some bands, like Michigan's proto-punks MC5 and the Stooges; or New York's early-2000s scenesters the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and TV on the Radio; to overseas hit-makers Oasis and Blur.

In an interview with WIRED, designer James Quail said he constructed the piece around the Sex Pistols, as they're often considered the true originators of the alternative movement, and from there tried to make a nonlinear web of connections to other artists that would best summarize the genre.

"I tried to map out the bands who influenced each other in some way up to that point, from the early proto-punk and garage rockers through CBGB's era of punk," Quail said, "Then I mapped where those scenes led through punk, post-punk, 2 tone and ska, hardcore, Riot Grrrl, grunge, and so on."

The poster, which sells for roughly $45, is designed to look like a circuit board from an early transistor radio—the Regency TR-1, in fact—and is similar to other poster designs from Dorothy that cover electronic music, acid house, and hip-hop. So if alt music is your jam, today is gonna be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you. And by now, you should've somehow realized what you gotta do: i.e., hang this poster on your (wonder)wall.

Watch Freddie Mercury Sing 'Time Waits for No One' In a Previously Unreleased Video

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Steve Wood, Express/Getty Images

There are a lot of things you probably don't know about Freddie Mercury, the Queen frontman whose life was as colorful as his stage persona. Offstage, the singer was famously enigmatic—a person bandmate Roger Taylor once described as "... shy, gentle, and kind.” Now, fans can catch a never-before-seen glimpse of the singer.

As Variety reports, a previously unreleased video of Mercury singing "Time Waits for No One” was recently dropped by Universal Music. Locked within the company’s vault since the time of its recording more than 30 years ago, in April 1986, the track was produced at Abbey Road Studios as part of Time, a concept album by Dave Clark (of the Dave Clark Five), based on a musical Clark created. Some will note how this version of the song is vastly different from the officially released track, which was an intentional choice.

"Dave Clark had always remembered that performance of Freddie Mercury at Abbey Road Studios from 1986,” Universal Music said in a statement. "The feeling [Clark] had during the original rehearsal, experiencing ‘goosebumps,’ hadn’t dissipated over the decades, and he wanted to hear this original recording—just Freddie on vocals and Mike Moran on piano.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Clark recounted the first time he ever saw Mercury perform: "I stood on the wings of the stage, and I was taken aback because this guy came out in a black leotard and I thought, ‘Wow, what’s this? Liza Minnelli?’ And then he opened his mouth and sang. It was unbelievable."

It was several years after witnessing that performance that Clark approached Mercury about joining the production for Time. Upon listening to a tape of "Time Waits for No One” and taking to it, Mercury agreed.

According to Universal Music’s announcement, Clark never lost those goosebumps he felt during that initial listen, and finally found the original footage in the spring of 2018. Now the video is available for listeners everywhere to share in the euphoric experience.

"The nice thing about the film is it’s Freddie on his own without anybody else, and it shows the emotion of the song,” Clark said. "We all know he’s a great singer, but I don’t think he’s been seen on his own with just a piano like this. It makes you realize how good somebody is.”

[h/t Variety]

The Bittersweet Detail You Might Have Missed in Game of Thrones's Final Episode

Gwendoline Christie in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale
Gwendoline Christie in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale
Helen Sloan, HBO

While the final episode of Game of Thrones was no doubt divisive, many of us can agree that Brienne of Tarth deserved better. One of her last scenes in the episode, "The Iron Throne," showed the newly-appointed knight putting aside any anger she might’ve had toward Jaime Lannister to finish his page in the White Book. The part was bittersweet after watching Jaime leave Brienne to be with his sister, Cersei—making us wish things could’ve turned out differently for our favorite knight.

There is one bittersweet detail in that scene that you might’ve missed, however, which makes it all the more sad. According to NME, one Twitter user voiced that they thought they heard the song “I Am Hers, She is Mine” playing in the background, which Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi considers to be the show’s wedding theme. Fans will remember the melody played when Robb Stark married Talisa back in season 2.

Djawadi has since confirmed it is the song, explaining to INSIDER why he included it:

"It's just a hint of what their relationship—if they had stayed together, if he was still alive—what it could have been. What they could have become. That's why I put that in there. I was amazed some people picked up on it. I was hoping people would go, 'Wait a minute, that's from season two.' And that was exactly my intent. I thought it would be very appropriate."

Though it’s only natural to imagine what could’ve happened if Jaime had stayed at Winterfell, let’s not forget that his honor (and character arc) went out the window when he headed back to King’s Landing.

[h/t NME]