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10 years ago today, the sophomore effort by Gorillaz topped the UK album charts and ultimately went on to outsell the band’s debut, thereby confirming that just because you’re a virtual band doesn’t mean that you can’t still shift mass units.
The album that would eventually become Demon Days first began life while Jamie Hewlett was in the process of putting together a script for a Gorillaz movie, which had been under discussion since the band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2001. More specifically, it came about because the Gorillaz movie fell through, leaving some of the concepts toyed with in the script available to be cannibalized for song lyrics, although the majority of the lyrics on Demon Days were inspired by Damon Albarn taking a train trip from Beijing to Mongolia. However the album eventually came to pass, the long and the short of it is that the band members were excited at the prospect of putting together a new record, and it showed in the final product.
Turning 48 today: the Gallagher brother who isn’t Liam, doesn’t have a band called Beady Eye, and has been known to associate with high-flying birds…and if that still doesn’t narrow it down enough for you, then you should probably just move on to the next story.
You know, of course, that Noel Gallagher and his younger brother, Liam, were the core members of Oasis, and that – in the grand tradition of Ray and Dave Davies – it was their tendency toward squabbling which ultimately led to the demise of the band. In celebration of Noel’s birthday, we thought we’d take a look back at the last of Oasis’s albums, 2008’s Dig Out Your Soul, and offer the suggestion that you give it a second chance…if, indeed, you ever gave it one in the first place.
What if you put out three albums and no one cared?
You lost your record deal. Do you give up or..?
History is littered with people in this exact same situation, those who were given their chance and then faded into obscurity. But not one David Gray...
David Gray spent his own money and recorded "White Ladder" in his apartment. A desperate move, that's for sure.
Last year, we wrote about the very first US Festival, which took place in 1982, and this year, we’re writing about the very last US Festival, which took place in 1983, so…uh, yeah, it was not necessarily what you’d call the most successful recurring rock festival of all time. Still, when you look back at the lineup, you can certainly understand why Homer Simpson once described it as the one truly great rock festival of his lifetime.
For its sophomore year, the US Festival upped its run from three days to four, providing attendees with a New Wave Day, a Heavy Metal Day, a Rock Day, and a Country Day, and it’s a testimony to the bookers for the festival that, even though New Wave Day kicked off 32 years ago today, there isn’t a single artist who played the main stage on any of the four days that wouldn’t inspire most music fans to say, “Oh, sure, I know them, they sang [INSERT HIT SINGLE HERE].” Well, maybe one. But that’s it, we swear.
49 years ago today, Love reigned supreme at the Whisky A Go Go, as Arthur Lee and the gang headlined the famed Sunset Strip venue for five nights of shows which found a couple of soon-to-be-legendary bands serving as their opening acts.
In 1966, Love was a really big deal in Los Angeles – it would not be an understatement to suggest that they were, for all practical purposes, the face of Elektra Records at the time – so, in turn, it was a really big deal to get the opportunity to open for them, particularly at a venue as high-profile as the Whisky A Go Go. Clearly, all eyes were upon these two young upstart bands who took the stage first, but when your eyes are on The Doors and Buffalo Springfield… Seriously, triple-bills just don’t get much better than that.
Oui! Oui! This year we celebrate the 15th anniversary of AIR's incredible THE VIRGIN SUICIDES album - a newly repackaged version is set to be released on June 15th. This week, we have a setlist from the night in 2010 when they played the album in its entirety and followed up with a greatest hits selection. Lose yourself in their melodies here.
In honor of Wrestlemania’s 1985 debut at Madison Square Garden, here is a playlist of tunes that have no relation to said event. However, they all came out in 1985, so…synergy!