The Doctor’s back! This week we’ve got the Pretenders and Echo & the Bunnymen. Omigod!
18 years ago this week, Better Than Ezra released their third album on Elektra Records, an effort which found the band shifting into different musical territories and seemingly finding themselves creatively reinvigorated in the process.
BTE fans got a preview of How Does Your Garden Grow? when “One More Murder” was included on the soundtrack to the first X-Files feature film, and there was little question that the band was delving into darker territory, but it was easy to write off the darkness as being appropriate for the film. It soon became evident, however, that the band was intentionally staring into the abyss, with their new album offering a subtitle: “A Series of Nocturnes.”
Dr. Rhino's still on vacation (Ed. Must be nice...). So, let us revisit one of his classic playlists! The Doctor will be back in the saddle next week, making new playlists just for you...yes you!
49 years ago today, Joni Mitchell performed her first show in the UK.
Having performed in a variety of cities throughout the US and Canada, Mitchell made her way across the pond in August 1967 to make her London live debut at the famed Marquee Club, but it’s a testimony to how early in her career she still was at the time that she wasn’t even headlining. Instead, she opened for a band with the none-more-British name of The Picadilly Line…and, no, that’s not a typo: there’s only one “c.” (We checked.)
Tori Amos turns 53 today, and to put a unique spin on celebrating her special day, we’ve put together a six-pack featuring songs which feature Tori yet aren’t from her catalogue as a solo artist.
1. Y Kant Tori Read, “Cool on Your Island” – We’d feel like we were doing the world a disservice if we didn’t kick things off by offering a reminder of the album that emerged in advance of Tori beginning her solo career. There was a time when it sort of seemed as though she might’ve been a little less than thrilled that Y Kant Tori Read was ever a thing, but in recent years she’s blindsided audiences by suddenly breaking into songs from the album, including this one.