30 years ago today, The Sisters of Mercy took the Royal Albert Hall by storm to perform the final date of their tour in support of their first proper studio album, First and Last and Always.
The process of keeping up with the various individuals who’ve been a part of The Sisters of Mercy since their original inception in 1977, not to mention when they were a part of the band, is very much a case of the phrase “you can’t tell the players without a scorecard” in action. More than a dozen individuals have passed through the Sisters’ ranks, and that’s not even counting their legendary drum machine, Doktor Avalanche, but of the many lineups, certainly the most iconic remains the one that lasted from 1983 to 1985, featuring founding members Andrew Eldritch and Gary Marx teamed with Craig Adams and Wayne Hussey.
27 years ago today, Depeche Mode performed the 101st date of their tour behind Music for the Masses at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, a concert which was filmed and recorded for release as the film and album entitled – appropriately enough – 101.
Watch the trailer for 101 here.
1981 was an action-packed year! The Dodgers won the World Series, the Pope got shot, and American Airlines introduced “frequent flyer miles” (much to the chagrin of the air traffic controllers). Wait, there’s more! 1981 is also the year that Charles & Di got married, Sadat got shot, and we started making babies in test tubes. And, if that weren’t enough, 1981 saw the launch of the Post-It note, MS-DOS, and MTV! Whew! I need a nap. (BTW, here’s some music.)
Eight years ago today, a defunct supergroup – one which necessarily dispersed as a result of the death of two of its key members – received a resurrection of sorts when a collection of their two studio albums, a quartet of outtakes and otherwise-unavailable tracks, and a DVD sent them to the top of the UK Albums chart.
Picking a favorite Foreigner album from the initial Lou Gramm era of the band is for many a choice along the lines of picking your favorite child: they all have their merits, but no matter which one you choose, someone’s going to look down their nose at you for your selection. On the other hand, the unselected albums aren’t likely to scream “I hate you” and run off sobbing, so at least they aren’t likely to be left with the permanent emotional scars that your children will, but…oh, sorry, where were we? Oh, well, let’s just forget the analogy and make with the announcement: we’ve just released Foreigner’s 4 album on 180-gram vinyl.
Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, the duo from Versailles, France otherwise known as Air, have been delivering their ever-evolving blend of dance, electronica, prog-rock, and psychedelia since 1995, when they released their debut single, “Modular Mix,” and they’ve built a tremendous fanbase with their subsequent efforts over the course of the last two decades. If you’re one of their many fans, then this is a good week for you…so good, in fact, that the goodness actually carries over into next week as well.
Let’s start with the most awesome news first: today marks the release of The Virgin Suicides – 15th Anniversary –The Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Set, a mammoth affair which would seem to argue that the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s first feature film is far more important on the pop culture landscape than the film itself...or not. (We figured we’d better throw in the “or not” just in case: Ms. Coppola is pretty well connected in the entertainment business, you know.) Either way, though, there’s no question that we’re taking this album very, very seriously, indeed, as you can see by what’s included:
To celebrate The Hollies upcoming new collection CHANGIN' TIMES, due this July, we're taking a look back at a date from their Australian tour in 2014 at Perth's Crown Theatre. The poster stated that "no support was needed" - we think you'll agree when you listen to this storming setlist!
First off, if you missed last week's column, go read/listen to that, HERE. As season two is set to kick off this weekend, this week's playlist continues down the path of True Detective. If there is a musical equivalent of "fan fiction," well, then this is it -- Music Inspired By True Detective. This week, dig in to twenty tracks that aurally embody the strange universe T. Bone Burnett curated every Sunday night for HBO. Swampy, primitive, spooky.