22 January 2021
Artist: SAM COOKE (Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.)
Known as the King Of Soul. He was
born on 22nd January 1931. Happy 90!
He passed away on 11 December 1964, only 33.
Single: WONDERFUL WORLD
Written by Lou Adler, Herb Alpert, and Sam Cooke
Released: 14 April 1960
Score: No 2 in the USA
What a wonderful world this would and could be…
SAM COOKE: Bio
21 January 2021
Band: THE TEARDROP EXPLODES (Liverpool)
B-side: Strange House In The Snow
Released: 23 January 1981 – 40 years ago
Score: #6 in the UK, #11 in Ireland
Don’t shut your mouth, Julian…
TEARDROP EXPLODES: Biography
20 January 2021
Band: THE JAM
Single: THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT
B-side: Down In The Tube Station (Live)
Released: 20 January 1981 – 40 years ago
Album: SOUND AFFECTS
Entertain us, Paul…
THE JAM: Discography
18 January 2021
Artists: IKE & TINA TURNER
Single: RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH
Producer: The eccentric and gun-fanatic Phil Spector passed away a couple
of days ago in prison, where he was jailed for shooting Lana Clarkson in 2003.
Spector was a musical genius inventing the wall of sound, but also a deranged
mind. He was 81.
Turn up the heat, Tina…
PHIL SPECTOR: Bio
16 January 2021
Domino Records just unleashed a 7” BUZZCOCKS box-set containing the 12 singles
that the legendary Manchester punk band released for United Artists between 1977 and 1980. Re-mastered from the original tapes and in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves. It also contains a 36-page booklet written by acclaimed punk chronicler Clinton Heylin.
All order info here.
R.I.P. Pete Shelley
15 January 2021
Artist: DAVID BOWIE
Single: HOLY HOLY
B-side: Black Country Rock
Released: 15 January 1971 – 50 years ago today
It didn’t chart, God knows why.
Note: A different version of the song was recorded
in the same year for The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
And The Spiders From Mars LP but was dropped from
the album before the release. God knows why.
DAVID BOWIE: Website
Top singles from the best…
14 January 2021
Band: NEW ORDER
Active: 1980–1993, 1998–2007, 2011–present
Single: CEREMONY – the stellar debut single,
one of their best accomplishments ever to my ears.
B-side: In A Lonely Place
Note: Both songs were written when still being
Joy Division before Ian Curtis‘ passing.
Released: 14 January 1981 – 40 years ago
Score: #1 on UK’s Alt Music Charts
Here’s that diamond…
NEW ORDER: Facebook
13 January 2021
Today the American House of Representatives will impeach the worst and most dangerous POTUS ever. A dictatorship inspired sociopath who lives in his own me, myself, and I reality. Let’s hope the vicious Capitol Hill attack will not be repeated today! Go away, Donald Dumped!
Make THE CLASH not the WHITE TRASH great again!
THE CLASH: Facebook
12 January 2021
Active: 1974–1982, 1997–present
B-side: Walk Like Me
Released: 12 January 1981 – 40 years ago today
Score: #1 in the US, #5 in the UK
Album: Autoamerican – 5th LP
Rap it up, Debbie…
11 January 2021
Band: PET SHOP BOYS
Single: WEST END GIRLS
The first version of the song was released on
Columbia Records’ Bobcat imprint in April 1984,
becoming a club hit in the United States and some
European countries. The single was re-released
in October 1985.
Score: The duo’s first No 1 single in the UK topping the charts
on 11 January 1986 – 40 years ago today. Also #1 in the USA.
A critic’s poll by The Guardian selected West End Girls as #1
of the 100 greatest UK number one singles in 2020.
C’mon, girls, turn it up…
PET SHOP BOYS: Facebook