33 years ago today, a certain Material Girl released her debut single on Sire Records, and now “Everybody” knows her name. (Did you see what we did there?)
Even before Madonna was anybody, she walked around New York with the attitude that she was somebody, perhaps hoping that it was only a matter of convincing everyone else. Having written and recorded a handful of songs, she carried around her rough tapes in hopes of being able to catch a break, which is what happened the night she convinced the DJ at Danceteria - a gentleman by the name of Mark Kamins - to play one of those songs: “Everybody.” Its reception was sufficient for him to decide to try and help Madonna get a record deal, and although he struck out on his first try - Chris Blackwell of Island Records declined to sign her - he came up a winner at Sire Records which signed her for a two-song deal.
This week, our 180-gram vinyl reissue program is providing you with one of the true gems of the Britpop era: the debut album from Supergrass.
Recorded at Sawmills Studios in Cornwall, England, I Should Coco is such an exuberant pop album that it really only takes a single listen for you to correct deduce that the guys who recorded it were in their teens (Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey) or, at best, early twenties (Mick Quinn). The killer cut on the album is, of course, “Alright,” which was so undeniably catchy that it even caught the ears of American radio programmers, and that hardly ever happens.
Legendary Jamaican music behemoth, Trojan Records, is synonymous with both the history and proliferation of island's Reggae, Rocksteady, Ska and Dancehall scenes. Over the past decade the label has released a vast amount of compilations, box sets, retrospectives and 'celebrity' guest-DJ curated compilations. Great for the faithful, redundant to the skeptic and formidable to the newbie. This week's playlist digs into the vaults.
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
George Carlin, Playin' with Your Head: There's a vocal chapter of the George Carlin fan club that considers this album to be the last time Carlin delivered a set that wasn't heavily political, and there's some merit to that theory. That's not to dismiss anything that may have emerged afterwards, but when AllMusic wrote that this was a fine companion piece to Carlin's classic A Place forMy Stuff, they were not wrong: it's fantastically funny from start to finish.
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