34 years ago today, The Smiths performed their first concert in London.
When Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, and Andy Rourke took the stage of the Rockgarden, it’s hard to say what the assembled crowd was expecting, since the club’s flyer really hadn’t done much to help explain the band’s music, calling them “difficult to pigeon-hole” and only offering the vague suggestion that their sound “leans towards pop and the dance floor."
39 years ago today, The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash made its American debut as a television special on NBC, earning the lowest ratings of any prime-time television show airing on network television that week. Great songs, though.
42 years ago today, Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album landed atop the Billboard 200, giving the band a chart-topping album in America for the fourth time in their career.
Although the whole of the album was produced by Jimmy Page, the contents of PHYSICAL GRAFFITI were taken from a variety of Led Zeppelin recording sessions, stretching as far back as July 1970. Technically, though, the recording of the album didn’t begin until November 1973…and even that’s not really accurate, since the sessions which were attempted by the band at that time didn’t end up amounting to anything. In fact, it wasn’t until January 1974 that they actually recorded material that turned up on the finished product.
The Doctor hath taken the “D” and doubled it!
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47 years ago today, the former Small Faces released their first full-length album with Rod Stewart fronting the band.
When Stewart entered London’s De Lane Lea Studios with Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones to record the album that would officially introduce Faces to the world, they did so in what some have argued was a bit too much of a hurry. Granted, the desire to start fresh was a strong one, so it’s easy to understand why they did it, but there’s some question as to how much better the resulting album, FIRST STEP, might have sounded if they’d given their new lineup a bit more time to simmer.
40 years ago today, Kraftwerk released their sixth album, an LP that found the German band shifting away from the realm of Krautrock in favor of a sound which is now generally identified as synthpop.