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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:37pm
Jesus and Mary Chain

28 years ago today, brothers Jim and William Reid released their sophomore studio album, an effort which not only confirmed that their 1985 debut, Psychocandy, wasn’t just a one-off but also made the band’s fans more comfortable in theorizing that The Jesus and Mary Chain might actually have some staying power.

Given how many additional albums the band would subsequently release, it may seem surprising that anyone might’ve actually been uncertain about the state of the J&MC, but to put things in perspective, they’d just cut ties with their manager – the legendary Alan McGee – and drummer Bobby Gillespie had decided to step out from behind his kit and leave the Reids behind in favor of making a proper go of it with his own band. Given the success that Gillespie ultimately found with Primal Scream, it was obviously the right call, but his departure left Jim and William a man down. What to do, what to do…

https://open.spotify.com/album/1vtsYpapUeoDNMJOWRql9b
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:46pm
Follow & Win

First is the worst, second is the best... make those old playground chants come true when you're named the winner in our second Follow & Win: Greatest Hits Giveaway. Don't overthink it, just follow the Topsify Greatest Hits playlist on Spotify. One lucky follower will receive special edition vinyl from Led Zeppelin, Faces, and Joy Division as well as deluxe CD releases from Linda Ronstadt, Alice Cooper, and Duran Duran.

https://open.spotify.com/user/topsify/playlist/3Nxv0V4YqRFTnmLyuKFKJk
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:23pm
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World
Talk about forgotten men. Brad Delp offs himself and years later he's just a footnote in the history of rock and roll, his crime being a member of the most successful new band of 1976/7, which burst on the scene with an album so perfect, so pristine, so hook-laden, that the cognoscenti could only lambaste it.
https://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/1QLxhPLevsyo3FaRn9CEcn
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:02am
Faces CD
Faces - Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, Rod Stewart, and Ronnie Wood - are a bit like a certain Reckless Sleepers song: they came quick and they didn't stay long. As such, the fact that they delivered four classic albums in four years (1970-1973) cemented their reputation in such a fashion that they still remain on critics' short list of the greatest British rock 'n' roll bands of all time. At the same time, though, they're also a band which - despite their back catalog being relatively small - some younger fans have never taken the time to explore, since the subsequent years have often found their efforts overshadowed by the individual accomplishments of their members.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:41pm
Gig of the Week

Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie Valli and his legendary group, The Four Seasons are back on everyone's minds again. Here, we look back to their gig at the DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, MI, in 1985.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:07pm
Kevin Ayers
44 years ago today, Kevin Ayers, one of the founding members of the legendary psychedelic band known as Soft Machine, released the debut single from his third solo album, Whatevershebringswesing, which has since gone on to be described by many as the best full-length effort in his back catalog.
https://open.spotify.com/album/3Haef15rAqdXGdApyKTylR
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:00pm
Happy 50th: The Hollies, “Look Through Any Window”

50 years ago today, the Hollies released the single in the UK which would, when it finally saw US release the following month, provide the band with their very first top-40 hit in America.

Written by Graham Gouldman and Charles Silverman, “Look Through Any Window” came on the heels of “I'm Alive,” a track which - ironically enough - failed to make a dent on the American charts despite having been written by an American: Clint Ballard, Jr., also known for having composed “Game of Love” (Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders) and “You're No Good,” which was recorded by Dee Dee Warwick, Betty Everett, and the Swinging Blue Jeans before Linda Ronstadt turned it into a #1 hit.

https://open.spotify.com/album/2402cQzUxJmedBhorfia9n
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 3:19pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

1999 saw the world’s population crack the 6 billion mark. This of course meant that is was time to party like it was the very year we were living in…let the music play, maestro!

https://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/5VtZlnpzTQZjaCYmxMd50b