Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the first chapter in David Bowie’s so-called “Berlin Trilogy,” a series of LPs which, although they threw many listeners at the time, have since gone on to become some of the most critically acclaimed albums in his discography.
14 years ago today, the rock world bid farewell to a musician who was almost as closely associated with T. Rex as Marc Bolan himself: Michael Norman Finn, a.k.a. Mickey Finn.
Born in Surrey, England on June 3, 1947, Finn first joined forces with Bolan in late 1969, and it was famously reported by the BBC news, “Marc Bolan was supposed to have said of Finn, ‘He can’t sing, but he looks superb.” Admittedly, Finn’s skills as a sideman for Bolan were in a different class than his predecessor, Steve Peregrin Took, but he quickly found his place within T. Rex, and having done, he remained with the band for as long as there was a band, i.e. until Bolan’s death.
40 years ago today, the Ramones released their second album, an effort which sounded suspiciously like its predecessor but still won over both the critics and the band’s fans.
We know you’ve been doing everything possible to put 2016 out of your mind, and given everything that went down and all of the people we lost over the course of those 365 days, we totally get that. Still, if you could just push past all of that and think back to last January, you’ll recall that Rhino launched its first ever “Start Your Ear Off Right” campaign, wherein we released titles from some of our most revered artists. Given that it went over like gangbusters, we’ve decided to do it again, and it all starts today!