The Electric Fetus has been a gathering place for music heads and counter-culturists in Minnesota since 1968. It began as a place to get turned on to something a little out of the ordinary, and that still holds true today. People still come together at the Fetus to talk about music and life in general, and to take in fun live performances and events.
Head on over to the Minneapolis location where you can grab a free Replacements poster with a purchase of their recently released THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1981-1990 boxed set, while supplies last.
Although we didn’t plan it this way, the timing really couldn’t have worked out better: just as Faith No More bassist Billy Gould is turning 52, we’re releasing the details about our upcoming expanded reissues of Faith No More’s two most commercially-successful albums, The Real Thing and Angel Dust.
First things first, though: let’s talk about William David Gould, who was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and began playing bass while he was attending Loyola High School alongside future bandmate Roddy Bottom. Gould’s first band was called The Animated, and we really wish we’d gotten to hear them, given Wikipedia’s assurance that they sounded like a cross between XTC, the Buzzcocks, and Michael Jackson. Well, that and the fact that their frontman was Chuck Mosley, who – as you may already know if you’ve clicked on this link – would soon go on to front Faith No More.
15 years ago today, Neil Young released his 24th studio album, an effort which delivered a sonic return to his country-tinged sounds of his ‘70s material. This was not a bad thing.
Recorded at various points during the late ‘90s (between August 26, 1997 and May 28, 1999, to be more specific), Silver & Gold found Young in a more thoughtful mood than he’d often been during the ‘80s and ‘90s, a.k.a. the angry old man period which found him delivering tracks like “This Note’s for You” and “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Indeed, this tends to be a pretty peaceful album, with Young coming across as relaxed and reflective.
Rather than fumble around for various ways to say how great we think the album is, we thought instead that we’d offer Young’s own comments on the songs, which he provided for the Reprise Records press release way back when the album was originally released. Oh, and special thanks to Human Highway for reminding us this even existed, because it’s always preferable to actually get the artist’s thoughts and memories when the opportunity presents itself.
1. "This Diamond Ring"
Gary Lewis & the Playboys
Cowritten by our Lefsetz favorite, Al Kooper. However, Al was horrified by this take until the royalty checks started piling in. Al saw it as a soul number. And I'm including Al's take from his 1977 album "Act Like Nothing's Wrong," check it out.
But Gary Lewis's version was different. Haunting, very sixties.
51 years ago today, Peter Asher and Gordon Waller landed atop the UK Singles chart with a song that’s officially credited to Lennon-McCartney but which was unquestionably composed completely by McCartney. (If you’ve never heard it, stay tuned, because once you give it a spin, you won’t question it, either.)
The origins of Peter and Gordon are pretty simple: Asher and Waller met while the two of them were attending Westminster School, they began playing together as a duo, and as a result of Asher’s sister, Jane, being in a romantic relationship with the future Sir Paul, they were fortunate enough to find themselves in a position to enter the studio with previously-unrecorded compositions by the Beatles’ predominant songwriters.
Had he not died on December 6, 1988 at the all-too-young age of 52, Roy Orbison would be celebrating his 79th birthday today, and we’d probably all be a lot happier if he were here to do so, but even in his absence, we thankfully still have plenty of his music to enjoy. You may be surprised to learn, however, that the last album of new material that Orbison released in his lifetime actually came out almost a full decade before he left us.
We know, you’re probably thinking, “But, hey, what about that song ‘You Got It’? What album did that come from? Wasn’t that his last album?” Well, the album in question is Mystery Girl, and it’s quite wonderful, but it actually didn’t come out until February 7, 1989. (It also wasn’t Orbison’s last posthumously-released album of new material: that honor goes to 1992’s King of Hearts.) In fact, Orbison’s last studio album of new material during his lifetime was Laminar Flow, released on Asylum – his only full-length effort for the label – in 1979, and all things being equal, it makes Mystery Girl’s posthumous release all the more tragic, because no singer of Orbison’s caliber deserves to have their last new album be the one where they “went disco.”
25 years ago this week, Joy Division played at the Ajanta Cinema in Derby, UK. Sadly, it turned out to be one of their final gigs, just under a month before the untimely death of Ian Curtis. That night the audience were left wanting more even after two encores - the final song being a duet with the support band 'Section 25.' Listen to the full setlist here.
We’re pleased to wish Glen Campbell a happy 79th birthday today, although we obviously know that it could be far happier for the legendary singer, guitarist, and actor, given his 2011 Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Still, Campbell’s condition, while tragic, is no reason to neglect this opportunity to pay tribute to the man on the day of his birth, especially given how much wonderful music he’s brought to the world throughout his career.