30 years today, Peter Cetera found himself sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 with his first solo single since bidding Chicago adieu.
If you remember Cetera’s “Glory of Love,” then you may also remember that it was initially introduced to the world at large as a result of its inclusion on the soundtrack to The Karate Kid, Part II. What you may not realize, however, was that – per Cetera – it was originally written for Rocky IV, but United Artists apparently passed on including it on that album, putting it on the soundtrack to a different sequel instead. We’ll never know if the song would’ve been as successful in connection with Rocky and Adrian’s romance (if that’s even how it would’ve been utilized), but it’s hard to imagine that it would’ve done any better than it ultimately did: not only was it a #1 hit, but it was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Just because he’s not around to celebrate it with us doesn’t mean that Jerry Garcia’s birthday isn’t still the Deadhead equivalent of a national holiday. Mind you, you may want to check with your individual employers to make sure that it’s one where you’ll get paid if you decide not to come in, because it generally isn’t. (Hey, we’re still working here at Rhino, and if we can’t get a paid holiday out of it…)
To celebrate Garcia’s birthday, we’ve put together a six-pack of guest appearances by the Dead’s main man that you may or may not have heard before. Or if you have heard the songs, you may not have realized that Garcia was playing on them. Either way, they make for a nice way of remembering the man on this, the day of his birth.
Last year was the 30th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy’s 1985 album FIRST AND LAST AND ALWAYS, an occasion which led not only to a vinyl set highlighting that LP but also a similar set highlighting their 1987 album FLOODLAND. This year, the Sisterly love continues with the next album in line: 1990’s VISION THING.
Recorded in Denmark, VISION THING wasn’t an Andrew Eldritch solo project, but it definitely reconfirmed that Eldritch was the man with the Sisters’ plan, as it effectively found him starting from scratch with a brand new band: guitarists Andreas Bruhn and Tim Bricheno and bassist Tony James, late of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The sound might be slightly different, but with Eldritch’s voice, there’s no question that you’re still listening to the Sisters of Mercy, as is borne out on tracks like “More,” “Doctor Jeep,” and the title track.
Kevin Smith effectively created a long-term career for himself when he released his first film, Clerks, which set into motion the so-called View Askewniverse, which subsequently spawned Mallrats, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks: The Animated Series, Clerks 2… You get the idea: Smith could’ve just kept doing more and more films within the same world he’d created, never needing to branch out into other cinematic territory. Lately, though, he’s been shifting gears and trying new things on a regular basis, with the latest being Yoga Hosers, starring Johnny Depp, his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, and Smith’s own daughter, Harley Quinn Smith.
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. This is the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
When it comes to prog-rock concept albums, there are few that are held in quite the same esteem as Yes’s TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS, a 4-song, 2-LP affair – yes, that’s right: it’s one song per side – featuring lyrics based on Jon Anderson’s interpretation of a footnote in the 1946 book AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI, paired with Steve Howe’s musical themes and instrumentation.