Being as it’s a holiday, you probably figured we’d be delivering a playlist of some sort tied to the various Irish shenanigans going on today, but we’ll be honest: the green beer’s already flowing, and we’re probably cutting out of here a little early to pay homage to the always intoxicating St. Patrick.
That doesn’t mean we didn’t still make the time to put together a playlist, though. It just means that we kind of piggybacked on today’s other post and put together a collection of some of our favorite Pogues songs, the majority of which can be found – what’s this?!? – on the 180-gram vinyl reissues that just hit record store shelves.
When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a few things should always be constants: green beer (unless you’re an alcoholic), corned beef and cabbage (unless you’re a vegan, in which case hold the corned beef), and The Pogues. Okay, if you prefer your music less chaotic and your vocals more comprehensible, then perhaps Shane MacGowan and the gang aren’t your cup of tea, but for those of you who’ve come to appreciate the merits of falling from grace with God, then put on your finest greenery and go pick up our new vinyl reissues of the Pogues’ back catalog.
47 years ago today, one of the last songs recorded by Otis Redding before his death in a plane crash on December 10, 1967 became his first – and, sadly, his only – single to hit the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and R&B charts.
Co-written by Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is easily the most iconic song in Redding’s back catalog, and while he’s certainly got a plethora of songs which rival it for the title of Best of the Bunch, it wouldn’t be an unreasonable selection if you wanted to place that particular crown on its head. Indeed, there are quite a number of other singers who’d probably agree with you, based on the number of times it’s been covered over the years. In fact, it’s been covered so many times that we decided that we’d put together a playlist featuring 25 different versions of the song.
This one goes out to all the Steely Dan freaks, nerds and weirdos out there -- you know who you are -- and to the haters as well (you, too, know who you are). One of the more divisive groups out there, Steely Dan are slated to play Coachella next month, As a massive fan, I'm curious to see how this will go down.
This week's playlist is made up of twenty Dan favorites, pre-Two Against Nature "comeback."
Today marks the 67th birthday of a guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter who added as nearly as much to the early Alice Cooper sound as Vincent Furnier himself: Michael Bruce.
Born in 1948, Michael Owen Bruce had a military man for a dad, but his mother was a piano player, so it’s not hard to figure out what led Bruce to start tinkling the ivories himself, but it was – as with so many other young men in the ‘60s – the Beatles and the Stones that inspired him to pursue music to the point of becoming part of a band. In 1966, after doing time in such groups as The Trolls, The Wildflowers, and Our Gang, Bruce joined up with an outfit called The Spiders, the members of which may be familiar to you: Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, and the aforementioned Mr. Furnier. By 1968, The Spiders were known as Alice Cooper, and…well, you know where the story goes from there.
30 Limited Edition Vinyl Releases Available Only At Participating Independent Record Stores On April 18
We're proud to announce our largest Record Store Day vinyl offering yet with 30 limited edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch releases available. Full details on all titles are listed below. All releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 18. For a list of participating stores, please visit www.recordstoreday.com.
38 years ago today, Iggy Pop kicked off the North American leg of his so-called Idiot World Tour, a jaunt which featured a band that included three future members of Tin Machine: Tony Sales on bass, Hunt Sales on drums, and on keyboards and backing vocals, the one and only David Bowie.
Arriving in New York after completing a six-pack of dates in London with the Vibrators as his openers, the esteemed Mr. Pop and his buddy Mr. Bowie flew to New York, where – per the invaluable website BowieGoldenYears.com – they met up with Mr. and Mrs. David Johanssen and caught a performance by the Patti Smith Group sans Ms. Smith. (Iggy apparently hopped onstage at some point to sing “96 Tears.” Whether he was actually invited to do so is unknown.) From there, they made their way across the border and into Montreal, Quebec, where the tour kicked off on March 13, 1977, with Blondie serving as Iggy’s opening act.
30 years ago today, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure won the Ivor Novello Award for Best-Selling A-Side for the charitable endeavor known as Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
One of the most memorable accumulations of musical talent for a single song ever (and certainly a cast of characters which better defined its era than “We Are the World”), the original version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was a massive hit and became an instant classic, one which continues to be hauled out every holiday season without fail, whether you want to hear it or not. It also ends up being revisited with a new crop of talent – we won’t put the word in quotation marks – every few years or so, which is how Geldof and Ure came to win a second Ivor Novello Award in 2005, this time for Best Selling UK Single.