42 years ago today, America entered the Billboard Hot 100 with a song that was inspired the work that one of their peers had been doing, and the inspiration must have been pretty profound: it went on to become the band’s second #1 hit in the US.
Written by Gerry Beckley and produced by George Martin, “Sister Golden Hair” was – as Beckley has freely admitted – inspired by the work of his friend Jackson Browne. “He has a knack, an ability to put words to music, that is much more like the L.A. approach to just genuine observation as opposed to simplifying it down to its bare essentials,” said Beckley, in an interview with Access Backstage.
45 years ago today, Graham Nash and David Crosby released the first of their four studio albums as a duo.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are a textbook example of a group that all but requires you to keep a scorecard handy of who’s working with whom. After CSN&Y disbanded in 1970, all four members of the group soon released solo albums, but in the fall of ’71, Nash and Crosby decided to hit the road together. In doing so, they ended up road-testing several new tracks, and when the tour came to its conclusion, they opted to record the new material on a joint album.
45 years ago today, ZZ Top released their sophomore LP, an album which didn’t feature much in the way of hit singles but nonetheless paved the way for their real breakthrough album, TRES HOMBRES, the following year.
25 years ago this month, the Sisters of Mercy released a compilation of their studio recordings from 1980 through 1983. It’s a dark piece of work, to be sure, but it’s filled with some of the most iconic material of the band’s career.
Formed in Leeds, England, the Sisters of Mercy originally consisted of precisely two members: Andrew Eldritch and Gary Marx, a duo who’d regularly attended a punk night at an established called the F-club. They reportedly only started the Sisters because they wanted to hear themselves on the radio, which they eventually did, so…nice one, guys.
10 years ago today, Larry the Cable Guy released his sixth studio album, an LP which took him to the top of Billboard’s Comedy Albums chart for the fourth time in his career.
He’s no longer 18, but today’s the day that Sebastian Bach’s life started. (See what we did there?) As such, we wanted to celebrate his birthday by offering up the official Skid Row playlist, but we’ve also pulled together a six-pack of clips which spotlight some of the occasional moments when Mr. Bach has stepped in front of the camera and flexed his muscles as an actor.