40 years ago today, the Ramones released their second album, an effort which sounded suspiciously like its predecessor but still won over both the critics and the band’s fans.
We know you’ve been doing everything possible to put 2016 out of your mind, and given everything that went down and all of the people we lost over the course of those 365 days, we totally get that. Still, if you could just push past all of that and think back to last January, you’ll recall that Rhino launched its first ever “Start Your Ear Off Right” campaign, wherein we released titles from some of our most revered artists. Given that it went over like gangbusters, we’ve decided to do it again, and it all starts today!
39 years ago today, David Bowie released a single which – despite being a fantastic track – seemed designed not to charm listeners but to sonically assault them.
Taken from the 1977 album HEROES, “Beauty and the Beast” was composed by Bowie, who also co-produced the track with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti. Robert Fripp of King Crimson serves as the song’s lead guitarist, and he’s joined by Brian Eno on synthesizer, along with Bowie’s regular rhythm section: George Murray (bass), Dennis Davis (drums), and Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar).
28 years ago today, Phil Collins landed atop the Billboard 200 with his fourth solo album.
33 years ago today, Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt – the duo known collectively as Everything But the Girl – made their live debut.
38 years ago today, the music world lost one of the coolest cats ever to hold a double bass.
81 years ago today – yeah, let that sink in for a second – Billboard Magazine published its first ever pop music chart.
Birthday boy Bernard Sumner has fronted a few different bands in his time, most notably Joy Division and New Order, but also Electronic and Bad Lieutenant. Beyond those outfits, though, Sumner’s distinctive voice has also been heard in several other songs over the years, and we’ve pulled together a six-pack of tracks that spotlights some of the higher-profile gigs he’s taken on.