Four years ago today, Kate Bush was named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which – we think you’ll agree – was a most excellent decision by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Kate Bush has never been what you’d call a social butterfly, so the mere fact that she made a public appearance to receive her CBE from the Queen was impressive in and of itself. In a highly unsurprising move, Bush opted not to speak to journalist in the wake of receiving her CBE, but she was kind enough to release a statement on the matter:
When compiling a piece to celebrate the birthday of a seminal musician named Fred Smith, one must be sure to do the research…and the first piece of research is to pull up the Wikipedia entries for both Fred Smith of the MC5 and Fred Smith of Television and see which of them was born on April 10. Upon doing so, you will immediately save yourself from the possibility of accidentally writing an entire piece about Fred “Not Sonic” Smith of the MC5, although if you should do that, then at least you’re going to be ready to go when September 14 arrives, as that’s when that particular Fred Smith was born.
As great as the Stooges documentary, Gimme Danger, directed by Jim Jarmusch is — and it is great, what Gimme Danger doesn’t do, because it simply can’t, is translate to the viewer just how damn to-the-end-of-the-line good the Stooges were.
When the band’s one-time manager and zeitgeist-ist Danny Fields says they were the best band, he’s right, of course but the only way to understand why he would say such a thing is to get the records and listen to them. That’s the thing with the Stooges, the music was so strong, so pure, so unto itself, all the remaining members can do is issue impact statements as to the human cost of creating the music and how hard it was at times to survive its incredible power.
15 years ago this week, the Goo Goo Dolls released their seventh studio album, an effort which took them into the top five of the Billboard 200 for the first time in their career.
38 years ago today, The Doobie Brothers landed atop the Billboard 200 with their eighth studio album.
After the success of 1976’s TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS, the Doobies’ first album with Michael McDonald as their lead singer, it looked as though the band had managed to seamlessly transition from the Tom Johnston era of the band (Johnston had left as a result of his health growing increasingly worse) without their fans abandoning them. When 1977’s LIVIN’ ON THE FAULT LINE failed to produce a hit single, however, one can only imagine how nervous the Brothers were feeling.
Paul O’Neill, founder of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and longtime producer and songwriter for the metal band Savatage, has died at the age of 61.
If you’re having trouble reconciling O’Neill’s second credit with his first, then you can always fall back on the axiom “everybody’s got to start somewhere,” but those familiar with the work of both bands likely won’t have a problem seeing the similarities between the two, particularly on the title track of Savatage’s 1989 album GUTTER BALLET.
21 years ago today, Tracy Chapman had a single enter the Billboard Hot 100 which would go on to become the biggest US hit of her career. Maybe that’s because American TV viewers had already been given a chance to absorb the song and start to fall in love with it half a dozen years before it was actually released.
Yes, it’s true: in 1989, Chapman had performed “Give Me One Reason” when she was the musical guest on the Christmas episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. But having found success in road-testing songs before recording them, she didn’t rush to put this particular track on an album, even if she did think enough of it to play it to millions of viewers on that fateful Saturday evening in ’89.
43 years ago today, Deep Purple performed a show at the Ontario Speedway – it’s near Los Angeles, in case you’re wondering – which was aired live by ABC.
The show in question wasn’t just a performance by Deep Purple but, rather, a festival called the California Jam. In addition to the Purple, the lineup also included Rare Earth, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eagles, Seals and Crofts, Black Oak Arkansas, Black Sabbath, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, so it was a pretty amazing day for music, all told. Unfortunately for the crowd, and very unfortunately for ABC, Deep Purple was in chaos before they ever took the stage.