CLASSIC ALBUM… #1 RECORD, BIG STAR

Alex Chilton and Chris Bell were the Memphis whiz kids at the heart of Big Star. They mixed British-pop finesse with all-American hard rock, from the surging “Feel” to the acoustic “Thirteen.” Big Star didn’t sell many records, but the Eighties explosion of poppy garage bands would’ve been unimaginable without them.
CLASSIC ALBUM… #1 RECORD, BIG STAR

Alex Chilton and Chris Bell were the Memphis whiz kids at the heart of Big Star. They mixed British-pop finesse with all-American hard rock, from the surging “Feel” to the acoustic “Thirteen.” Big Star didn’t sell many records, but the Eighties explosion of poppy garage bands would’ve been unimaginable without them.

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THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

August 1, 1987, Los Lobos were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Ritchie Valens song ‘La Bamba’, which was also a No.1 hit in the US. The song was the title track from the film based on Ritchie Valens who died in the same plane crash the killed Buddy Holly.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

August 1, 1987, Los Lobos were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Ritchie Valens song ‘La Bamba’, which was also a No.1 hit in the US. The song was the title track from the film based on Ritchie Valens who died in the same plane crash the killed Buddy Holly.

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CLASSIC ALBUM… IN UTERO, NIRVANA

Nirvana hired hard-nosed Steve Albini to record the follow-up to Nevermind. Geffen asked them to clean up some of the results, and you can hear the tension in white-noise ruckus like “Serve the Servants.” But the only thing that can explain the scalding “Rape Me” is inner pain.

CLASSIC ALBUM… IN UTERO, NIRVANA

Nirvana hired hard-nosed Steve Albini to record the follow-up to Nevermind. Geffen asked them to clean up some of the results, and you can hear the tension in white-noise ruckus like “Serve the Servants.” But the only thing that can explain the scalding “Rape Me” is inner pain.

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THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

July 10,1965, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, the group’s first chart-topper there. In the UK, the song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

July 10,1965, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, the group’s first chart-topper there. In the UK, the song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.

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CLASSIC ALBUM… SEA CHANGE, BECK

Breakup records are rarely this lovely. Sea Change is the pristine sound of everything falling apart, a glossy take on a bummed-out Sixties folk sound. The music seems to be floating up from the bottom of the ocean; the words were straight from Beck’s broken heart.
CLASSIC ALBUM… SEA CHANGE, BECK

Breakup records are rarely this lovely. Sea Change is the pristine sound of everything falling apart, a glossy take on a bummed-out Sixties folk sound. The music seems to be floating up from the bottom of the ocean; the words were straight from Beck’s broken heart.

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THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

June 29th, 2000, Eminem’s mother went to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million (£5.8 million) civil suit, after taking exception to the line “My mother smokes more dope than I do” from her son’s single ‘My Name Is’.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

June 29th, 2000, Eminem’s mother went to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million (£5.8 million) civil suit, after taking exception to the line “My mother smokes more dope than I do” from her son’s single ‘My Name Is’.

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CLASSIC ALBUM… THA CARTER III, LIL WAYNE

"I am so far from the others," Wayne rapped. "I can eat them for supper/Get in my spaceship and hover." And the N’awlins-bred genius made good on that boast on a weird, luscious pop-rap odyssey.
CLASSIC ALBUM… THA CARTER III, LIL WAYNE

"I am so far from the others," Wayne rapped. "I can eat them for supper/Get in my spaceship and hover." And the N’awlins-bred genius made good on that boast on a weird, luscious pop-rap odyssey.

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THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

June 28th,1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fourth studio album One Of These Nights. The album which became their breakthrough album released three US Top 10 singles, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, (which won a Grammy), ‘Take It To The Limit’ and the title track.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

June 28th,1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fourth studio album One Of These Nights. The album which became their breakthrough album released three US Top 10 singles, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, (which won a Grammy), ‘Take It To The Limit’ and the title track.

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Rolling Stones Debut New 50th Anniversary Tongue LogoBand Commissioned Artist Shepard Fairey to Update Famous Tongue-and-Lip Design

"It’s quite amazing when you think about it," Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone late last year, discussing the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, the band asked artist Shepard Fairey to update their iconic tongue logo with a sleek new design.

The tongue was first used on the Sticky Fingers album sleeve in 1971 and designed by John Pasche, a student the Royal College of Art in London. Pasche was commissioned in 1969 by Jagger, who was unhappy with the designs provided by the Stones label, Decca Records. “The design concept for the tongue was to represent the band’s anti-authoritarian attitude, Mick’s mouth and the obvious sexual connotations,” Pasche later said. “I designed it in such a way that it was easily reproduced and in a style I thought could stand the test of time.” (More via Rolling Stone…)

Rolling Stones Debut New 50th Anniversary Tongue Logo
Band Commissioned Artist Shepard Fairey to Update Famous Tongue-and-Lip Design

"It’s quite amazing when you think about it," Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone late last year, discussing the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, the band asked artist Shepard Fairey to update their iconic tongue logo with a sleek new design.

The tongue was first used on the Sticky Fingers album sleeve in 1971 and designed by John Pasche, a student the Royal College of Art in London. Pasche was commissioned in 1969 by Jagger, who was unhappy with the designs provided by the Stones label, Decca Records. “The design concept for the tongue was to represent the band’s anti-authoritarian attitude, Mick’s mouth and the obvious sexual connotations,” Pasche later said. “I designed it in such a way that it was easily reproduced and in a style I thought could stand the test of time.” (More via Rolling Stone…)

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Exclusive Book Excerpt: Amy, My Daughter by Mitch WinehouseLate Singer’s Father Recounts the Origins of ‘Rehab’…

After the tragic death of Amy Winehouse last year, her father, Mitch, agreed to write a memoir about his daughter’s brief life. In this exclusive excerpt from Amy, My Daughter, he recounts when Amy switched representation from 19 Management to Metropolis Music, her first meeting with producer Mark Ronson and their early work on the tunes that would form her blockbuster album, Back to Black. “You know, they tried to make me go to rehab, and I told them no, no, no,” she told Ronson during a walk in New York, talking about her family. “That’s quite gimmicky,” he said. “We should turn that into a song.” (More via Rolling Stone…)

Exclusive Book Excerpt: Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse
Late Singer’s Father Recounts the Origins of ‘Rehab’…

After the tragic death of Amy Winehouse last year, her father, Mitch, agreed to write a memoir about his daughter’s brief life. In this exclusive excerpt from Amy, My Daughter, he recounts when Amy switched representation from 19 Management to Metropolis Music, her first meeting with producer Mark Ronson and their early work on the tunes that would form her blockbuster album, Back to Black. “You know, they tried to make me go to rehab, and I told them no, no, no,” she told Ronson during a walk in New York, talking about her family. “That’s quite gimmicky,” he said. “We should turn that into a song.” (More via Rolling Stone…)

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CLASSIC ALBUM… BOY DON’T CRY, THE CURE

Before they became a goth-punk group, the Cure were a minimalist, inventive post-punk power trio. Boys is all hummable hooks, choppy guitars and mopey vocals. “10:15 Saturday Night” and “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” are ingenious: You wait for a guitar solo and get a club-footed bass line instead.

CLASSIC ALBUM… BOY DON’T CRY, THE CURE

Before they became a goth-punk group, the Cure were a minimalist, inventive post-punk power trio. Boys is all hummable hooks, choppy guitars and mopey vocals. “10:15 Saturday Night” and “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” are ingenious: You wait for a guitar solo and get a club-footed bass line instead.

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THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

June 27th, 1987, Whitney Houston became the first women in US history to enter the album chart at No.1 with Whitney and she also became the first woman to top the singles chart with four consecutive releases when ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ hit No.1.

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CLASSIC ALBUM… LIVE AT THE HARLEM SQUARE CLUB, 1963, SAM COOKE

Cooke was elegance personified, but he works this Florida club until it’s hotter than hell, while sounding like he never breaks a sweat. He croons “For Sentimental Reasons” like a superlover, and when the crowd sings along with him, it’s magic.

CLASSIC ALBUM… LIVE AT THE HARLEM SQUARE CLUB, 1963, SAM COOKE

Cooke was elegance personified, but he works this Florida club until it’s hotter than hell, while sounding like he never breaks a sweat. He croons “For Sentimental Reasons” like a superlover, and when the crowd sings along with him, it’s magic.

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THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

June 26th,1974, Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

June 26th,1974, Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.

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CLASSIC ALBUM… RUM SODOMY AND THE LASH, THE POGUES

With a voice like an ashtray, Shane MacGowan led this fabulous disaster of an Irish folk-punk band. Produced by Elvis Costello (who married bassist Cait O’Riordan), Rum careens between the maudlin and the explosive.

CLASSIC ALBUM… RUM SODOMY AND THE LASH, THE POGUES

With a voice like an ashtray, Shane MacGowan led this fabulous disaster of an Irish folk-punk band. Produced by Elvis Costello (who married bassist Cait O’Riordan), Rum careens between the maudlin and the explosive.

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