20 years ago this week, Robyn Hitchcock returned from something resembling self-imposed retirement and unleashed his debut album for Warner Brothers.
After concluding his contract with A&M Records with the release of his 1993 album, RESPECT, Hitchcock laid low for a bit, ostensibly because of the death of his father, and when he resurfaced a few years later, he was signed to Warner Brothers and sans his longtime backing group, The Egyptians.
36 years ago today, Jethro Tull released their 13th album, but if things had gone in the manner in which they’d been originally planned, then the material contained therein would’ve instead seen release as Ian Anderson’s solo debut.
Oh, sure, you know they wanna rock, and they’ve made it quite clear that they’re not gonna take it, but beyond that, just how much do you really know about these characters who call themselves Twisted Sister? Well, for those of you who have an interest in looking beyond the band’s two biggest hits and a desire to begin exploring their back catalog, we’ve got a perfect gateway drug for you: TWISTED SISTER: BEST OF THE ATLANTIC YEARS.
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.”