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47 years ago today, The Rascals released the title track from their sixth studio album, which earned the band another top-40 single.
Given the way the band had been evolving away from writing singles in favor of focusing more on their albums as a whole, it was a pleasant surprise when “See,” composed by Felix Cavaliere, emerged and began its climb up the Hot 100. Arriving over six months before the actual See album hit record store shelves, the song was described by Richie Unterberger as having “a bubbling organ, pummeling rhythm, and train-whistle harmonies that would do the Five Americans proud.”
44 years ago today, Bickershaw, England was the site of what is generally remembered in the UK as one of the all time wettest rock festivals, but for all the rain that was dumped on the crowd during the course of its three days, the crowd’s enthusiasm was rarely dampened.
Organized by future television personality Jeremy Beadle, the Bickershaw Festival featured a wide variety of artists from the UK and the US, and when we say “wide variety,” we’re in no way using the phrase in a hyperbolic fashion: the lineup included Hawkwind, Dr. John, Donovan, the Incredible String Band, Captain Beefheart, Maynard Ferguson, Wishbone Ash, the Kinks, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and a five-hour set from the Grateful Dead.
Zeppelin, Metallica…ah, good. I have your attention.
46 years ago today, a tragedy at Kent State University inspired one of the most powerful protest songs in rock ‘n’ roll history.
When President Richard M. Nixon announced his decision to send a U.S. invasion force into Cambodia on April 30, 1970, it was greeted with considerable disdain by a significant portion of the population, and given that it was an era which was ripe with political protests, it was only to be expected the decision would inspire such protests around the country. On May 1, things started to get ugly in Kent, with protestors taking things too far, damaging storefronts in the midst of making their political statement. In turn, police were dispatched, tear gas was released, and tensions between the two sides increased significantly. On May 2, an ROTC building was set aflame, inspiring cheers from students and further tear gas from National Guardsmen that had been called by Ohio Governor James Rhodes.
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
In the late ‘80s, college rock darlings didn’t get any more darling than 10,000 Maniacs, who – thanks in no small part to the swirling skirts and soulful vocals of lead singer Natalie Merchant – were all over the CMJ charts and eventually worked their way into the mainstream. We’ve reissued two of the band’s key albums from the Merchant era of the band (that’s a casual way of reminding you that they’re still going strong, just with Mary Ramsey in Natalie’s spot), and although you’ll probably remember them simply from their titles, we’ll throw you a bone and offer a few facts about each of them, just in case.
Longtime Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm turns 66 years old today, which is a pretty significant accomplishment when you consider all of the things he’s endured in his life. You’ll read about a couple of those as we take you through five non-Foreigner projects he’s worked on over the years, but for now, we’ll just say that we’re glad he’s still rocking.
Poor Heart, “Won’t Somebody Take Her Home” (1970): Many Foreigner fans have no idea that Gramm was in several bands before he was invited by Mick Jones to join Foreigner, but after Agent Provocateur took the band’s sales figures into the stratosphere, someone over at PVC Records got the bright idea to reissue the lone LP by Poor Heart, a band for which Gramm sang harmony vocals. It’s interesting enough rock in the mold of Grand Funk Railroad, Rare Earth, and Vanilla Fudge, but anyone looking for a proto-Foreigner ain’t gonna find it here.