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…
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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.
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.
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!