It’s The Stooges vs. The Doors and no one here is getting out alive!
Turning 68 today…
1. Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970): When this Carrie Snogress / Richard Benjamin dramedy hit theaters in August 1970, “I'm Eighteen” was still several months away from being released as a single, which is a way of saying that Alice Cooper was still several months away from any significant mainstream success. One can only imagine how many people walked away horrified by the band's stage antics in this party scene, but it's much nicer to think about the handful of folks who watched it and said, “Those guys are awesome.”
19 years ago today, Depeche Mode fans had their vicious appetite for new material sated at last, thanks to the band releasing the first single from their ninth studio album, Ultra.
Composed by Martin Gore, “Barrel of a Gun” was a song that some folks might've reasonably feared would never arrive, owing to all the turmoil going on within the ranks of Depeche Mode since the release of their previous studio album, 1993's Songs of Faith and Devotion. For one thing, Alan Wilder had departed the band in 1995, which - considering that he'd been in the band since 1982 - was a pretty substantial blow in and of itself, but Dave Gahan had been dealing with substance abuse issues that had been bad enough at one point to result in a suicide attempt, Martin Gore had been battling the bottle as well as suffering a series of seizures, and Andy Fletcher was suffering from depression. (Gee, go figure…)
37 years ago today, Jake and Elwood Blues, a.k.a. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, successfully grooved their way to the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with their debut album.
Briefcase Full of Blues documented a live performance by Belushi, Aykroyd, and their astonishingly awesome band: Matt Murphy and Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, Paul Shaffer on keyboards, Steve Jordan on drums, Lou Marini and Tom Scott on sax, Alan Rubin on trumpet, and Tom “Bones” Malone on sax, trumpet, and trombone, too. On this particular evening - and it was September 9, 1978, if you were wondering - the Blues Brothers were opening for Steve Martin at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, and given the amount of energy that these guys put into their performances, the audience reacted just as you'd expect: they went wild.