It had to happen eventually: one of the Sex Pistols has hit the big 6-0.
Yes, Steve Jones, the axe man whose guitar work graces the classic album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - and, lest we forget, the gentleman who brought us Jonesy's Jukebox - turns 60 years old today. Why, it's enough to make an old punk cry, it is...
Ok, it’s the year 2000...rolling blackouts, mad cow disease, Dubya, Survivor. I know, ‘awesome’ right? Well, here’s something listen to whilst you ponder the greener pastures of our collective memory. Viva la musica!
43 years ago today, a song went to #1 on the UK Singles chart that went on to be performed on an episode of The Facts of Life with Blair, Jo, Natalie, and Tootie contributing back-up vocals, and…hang on, what?!?
We're very sorry: someone in the research department didn't check their facts (and very, very clearly didn't actually listen to the song in question) because they've mistaken the 1985 Debarge single “You Wear It Well” for Rod Stewart's “You Wear It Well.” As far as we know, Stewart's single was not featured in an episode of The Facts of Life, although it can be heard playing in the camp-tastic 1978 Joan Collins film The Stud, an achievement which in some circles is viewed as a status symbol of inestimable value.
15 years ago today, Madonna turned her list of #1 UK hits into a double-digit affair when “Music” became her 10th single to cross the pond and hit the top of the charts, an accomplishment which it would soon duplicate in the US.
“Music” was viewed as a comeback single of sorts in the States, due to Madonna's cover of Don McLean's “American Pie” only hitting #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, but in Great Britain she drove the Chevy to the levy and took her cover to #1, which - in case you're not enough of a fan to know when Madonna released what - means that “Music” was actually her second chart-topper of the year in the UK.
He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, and according to The Guinness Book of World Records, he's second only to Sir Paul McCartney as the most successful songwriter in history, but the most important thing about Barry Gibb today is that it's his birthday.
Yes, Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, eldest of the Gibb brothers and - more than a little bit sadly - the only surviving member of that particular brotherhood, turns 69 years old today.
This week's playlist is a grab bag of new and old soul, r&b, funk, rare groove and scuzzy rock 'n roll. The provenance of the songs range from the deep south to Brooklyn and San Francisco stretching all the way to the south of France. Until next week...