31 years ago today, Metallica brought their heavy metal stylings to England for the first time, delivering to dear old Blighty some rather hard rock.
The gig in question took place at London's famed Marquee Club, with the band Savage also on the bill. How did this pairing come about? Well, we'd guess it had something to do with a young man by the name of Lars Ulrich having discovered the band's song “Let It Loose,” which appeared on a compilation album entitled Scene of the Crime. If you've somehow managed to find yourself a copy of Metallica's famed audition tape for the Whiskey A Go-Go, then you know that the band covered that song, along with “Killing Time” by the band Sweet Savage. (No relation.)
25 years ago today, the future former frontman for House of Pain - you know, the band that graced us with the unforgettable single “Jump Around” - dropped his debut solo album, an effort which you probably don't remember from its original release because…well, frankly, it wasn't terribly successful.
I can't stop playing this.
I discovered it on the Spotify playlist "Top 100 Country Tracks," which I follow and have synched to my phone and when I'm burned out on the usual suspects I pull it up and see what's going on in the country world.
And too many of the tracks are me-too.
Iconic Rock Band to Perform on Hollywood Boulevard for March 30 & March 31 Broadcasts
Los Angeles, CA - On Monday, March 30, Van Halen will visit 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' as the late night host's in-studio guest discussing the band's first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth - TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, which will be released as a double CD; four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; and digitally beginning March 31, 2015.
27 years ago today, the former frontman for The Smiths arrived at the top of the UK Albums chart with his debut solo album a mere six months after the release of his band's final studio effort, Strangeways, Here We Come.
Produced by Stephen Street, Viva Hate had already been preceded by Morrissey's debut single, “Suedehead,” which hit #5 on the UK Singles chart and caused Smiths fans' mouths to start watering at the thought of what Viva Hate would sound like, which no doubt had something to do the album's out-of-the-box success.
35 years ago today, Van Halen released their third album, an effort which was surprisingly not called Van Halen III, although they did eventually use that title…and having acknowledged such, let us never speak of it again.
73 years ago today, the Queen of Soul was born, and the world hasn't been the same since. (We mean this in a good way, of course. But you probably figured that.)
Over the course of her career, Aretha Franklin has seen 20 of her songs make their way to the top of the Billboard R&B Singles chart, starting with 1967's “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) and finishing - at least for the time being, anyway - with 1985's “Freeway of Love.” This is an amazing accomplishment, to be certain, but to celebrate Aretha's birthday, we decided to put together a playlist containing these songs…except they're performed by other people.
If you thought 1978 was great, check out some platters from 1988!
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