They say listening to Air makes you 100% sexier and we are inclined to agree. Amplify your wattage when you enter to win the vinyl reissues of Premiers Symptomes,The Virgin Suicides, 10,000 Hz Legend, Talkie Walkie, Pocket Symphony, and Moon Safari!
It seems a bit odd to say this, given how long they’ve been defunct, but it’s true: 2015 has been a big year for Joy Division. On June 27, the band’s classic single “Love Will Tear Us Apart” celebrated its 35th anniversary, a momentous occasion which inspired us to go 180-gram crazy and do vinyl reissues of four of the band’s albums. Last month, you may recall that 1979’s Unknown Pleasures and 1980’s Closer hit the LP bins of your friendly neighborhood record store, and if you pay them a visit now, you’ll be able to find the other two albums we promised you.
If Rick Wright was still with us, he would’ve been 72 years old today, but he left the world behind on September 15, 2008, having succumbed to cancer. When he made his departure, however, he did so having imparted no small amount of classic music unto audiences, making a mark on rock ‘n’ roll which won’t soon be forgotten.
Wright’s contributions to Pink Floyd as keyboardist did as much to define the band’s sound as David Gilmour’s guitar, but he also contributed several songs as well, including “Remember a Day,” “See-Saw, “Sisyphus,” “Summer ’68,” and the concluding portion of the “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” saga. Mind you, he also wrote and sang “It Would Be So Nice,” Pink Floyd’s fourth single, which apparently everyone else in the band pretty much loathed, but, hey, Captain Sensible liked it enough to cover it for his album The Power of Love, so there’s that.
When (and what) constitute the dog days of summer vary from region to region, but (like irony) one knows it when they see it. The nights get a little longer and things tend to get slower, funkier. As we round out July into August, this week's playlist is designed to help transition into said dog days...as in a month, we'll all be lusting for fall color and cooler temps. Take us away, Al Green.
ABOUT AQUARIUM DRUNKARD
Today’s birthday boy is a bass-playing Eagle Scout who learned the merits of ragtime music as a youth but quickly came to appreciate the merits of hard rock and went on to make a major impact in the world of alternative metal as a member of Pantera.
Born in Texas in 1964, Rex Robert Brown wasn’t a founding member of Pantera, but he joined the band relatively quickly in their run – he entered their ranks only a year after they first came together – and meshed with his new cohorts Terry Glaze, Diamond Darrell (soon to be known as Dimebag Darrell), and Vinnie Paul in short order. At the time, Brown was using the moniker “Rex Rocker,” but he dropped the “Rocker” in 1990 and finally started using his actual name in 1994. Pantera’s commercial turning point didn’t take place until after Glaze had been replaced by Phil Anselmo in 1987, but 1990’s Cowboys from Hell turned the band into metal superstars, a status they maintained until their dissolution in 2003.
38 years ago today, The Grateful Dead released their ninth studio album overall and their first for Arista Records, the label which would remain their home through their thirteen and final studio album, 1989’s Built to Last.
London hosted the Olympic Games in 2012 and in celebration they put on a whole bunch of gigs at Hyde Park that summer. On July 27th, Duran Duran took to the stage - these are the tracks they played that night, nailing hit after hit from their incredible catalog.
With all due respect to the work accomplished by the band in more recent years, most music fans generally perceive the glory days of The Doobie Brothers to be during the Warner Brothers era of their career. Why? Well, obviously, it’s because that’s when they appeared on an episode of What’s Happening!! and famously provided Rog – played by Ernest Thomas – with the excuse to call the Brothers’ hotel room and ask one of the greatest questions in both TV and rock ‘n’ roll history.