35 years ago today, Pink Floyd released the second single from The Wall, a track which in no way matched the #1 success of its predecessor, “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II),” but has still managed to become an album-rock staple.
A co-write between David Gilmour and Roger Waters, “Run Like Hell” doesn’t actually include its title within its lyrics, but it’s still a rather intimidating track, one which – although it certainly wasn’t composed for such – is a perfect song for fathers to pass along to their daughter’s new boyfriends. In reality, the song’s one of Pink’s big numbers, where he’s hallucinating and believes that he’s become a dictator who transforms an audience into an angry mob, but…have you read those lyrics? Seriously, play that for the young lad, and you’re sending a message that’s right up there with slipping the kid a note that says, “I’ve got a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Don’t make me have to prove it.”
Feeling old? Well, this’ll make it worse: another punk icon has crossed into his sixties, so please wish the happiest of birthdays to Mr. Pete Shelley, who hits the big 6-0 today.
Born in Leigh, Lancheshire in 1955, the future frontman of the Buzzcocks entered the world as Peter Campbell McNeish but later changed it to Pete Shelley, likely because Peter Campbell McNeish didn’t sound punk enough. (We haven’t actually confirmed this to be the case, but there was an awful lot of that going on at the time.) Although Shelley’s first major musical impact came when he joined forces with fellow Bolton Institute of Technology classmate Howard DeVoto, but it wasn’t actually his first musical endeavor: that honor goes to his 1974 solo album, Sky Yen, an experimental work which didn’t see formal release until 1980, and even then it was on his own label, Groovy Records. In other words, it would be certainly be fair to say that the Buzzcocks’ 1977 EP, Spiral Scratch, had the more long-term musical impact.
The big hit was "I'm No Angel."
That's right, Gregg Allman was free of Phil Walden and Capricorn. He signed a deal with Epic and lo and behold, nearly a decade after his last solo work, when MTV ruled and it looked like the game had totally changed, he broke through once again.
Chic were one of the big hits of Glastonbury 2013 - and their set comprised a medley of hits featuring tracks by the likes of David Bowie and Madonna alongside their biggest hits. Enjoy them all in this week's gig of the week update!
Given the sort of folks who frequent this site, it almost feels superfluous to offer a reminder about Record Store Day, but just to play it safe, here goes:
RECORD STORE DAY IS THIS SATURDAY!
Actually, you know, we’re kind of glad we did that. It was pretty cathartic.
We really don’t have a whole lot else to add, beyond the reminder that you can visit RecordStoreDay.com to confirm the location(s) of the nearest participating store(s) in your area, but in the interest of self-promotion, here’s a list of all 30 limited-edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch releases that we’ll be putting out on Saturday, and if you want a sampling of the material that you can find on them, we’ve also put together a playlist to accompany this helpful reminder.
43 years ago today, at the Greyhound Pub in Croydon, Surrey, the Electric Light Orchestra made their live debut. The lineup of the band consisted of Roy Wood (vocals / guitar), Jeff Lynne (vocals / guitar), Bev Bevan (drums), Bill Hunt (keyboards), Wilfred Gibson (violin), Hugh McDowell (cello), Mike Edwards (cello), Andy Craig (cello), and Richard Tandy (bass). Sadly, there was no room left for an audience, so no one actually witnessed it.
Just kidding! Of course, there were plenty of people there, and after it was over, there were plenty of people talking about the first-ever concert by this grand new musical collaboration between the frontmen of The Move (Wood) and the Idle Race (Lynne). Interestingly, though, the performance actually took place several months after the release of the band’s self-titled debut, which had hit UK record stores in December of ’71.
34 years ago today, Chaka Khan released the third full-length entry in her solo discography, an effort which featured a title track that took her to the top of the Billboard R&B Singles chart.
Given the remarkable returns she’d earned from working with producer Arif Mardin on her first two albums, 1978’s Chaka and 1980’s Naughty, but in what we’re chalking up to the classic “third time’s the charm” effect, What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me turned out to be the strongest and most consistent collaboration between the pair up to that point.
As noted, the title track co-written by noted ‘70s tunesmith Ned Doheny and Average White Band member Hamish Stuart proved to be a massive hit for Chaka, but the album actually managed to earn an additional pair of R&B Singles chart successes, although neither her cover of the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” (#34) nor her cover of The McCrarys’ “Any Old Sunday” (#68) came anywhere close to matching “What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me.” The album proved to be successful as well, hitting #3 on the Billboard R&B Album chart and giving Chaka what would prove to be her highest charting album until her 1984 mainstream breakthrough, I Feel For You.
Despite the Orwellian overtones, 1984 was a pretty decent year for music. So long as they were actually in this room, they both felt, no harm could come to them. Enjoy!