DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – Debut LP ‘Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’ Released 40 Years Ago

12 July 2020

Band: Dexys Midnight Runners (Birmingham, UK)
Active: 1978–1986, 2003–present
Album: Searching For The Young Soul Rebels – debut LP
Released: 11 July1980  – 40 years ago
Score: #6 in the UK

BBC Music said: “Although coming four years after the first summer of punk, Searching For
The Young Soul Rebels by Birmingham eight-piece Dexys Midnight Runners is probably the truest capturing of the movement’s spirit ever released in Britain… Remember, this was a time when soul was seen as something of a delicacy, liked by the northern crowd or females while the boys had their prog or Pistols. When Dexys played songs such as Otis Redding’s Respect in their set, young British audiences had largely never heard of them and thought they were the group’s originals… Although Rowland may have had bigger hits (Too Rye Ay) and made a greater work (1985’s Don’t Stand Me Down), SFTYSR – fierce, raging and passionate – remains one of the greatest debut albums of all time.”

Here’s steamy top single Geno (no 1 hit n the UK)…

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Debut Album ‘PARACHUTES’ By COLDPLAY Released 20 Years Ago…

11 July 2020

Band: Coldplay
Album: Parachutes – debut LP
Released: 10 July 2000 – 20 years ago

Rolling Stone wrote: “Who will be the next Radiohead? Or the next Verve, or Travis? In England, the answer on everyone’s lips is Coldplay. On its debut album, Parachutes, this youthful quartet resembles each of the above bands. Coldplay make straight-ahead, melodic Brit pop that strives for significance with a capital s, even as it has a hard time shaking its influences — you can also hear the ethereal guitar chime of U2, a bit of Dave Matthews’ breathy folk implosion, even a misting of Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd. More than anyone, however, the ghost of Jeff Buckley lingers here, as the go-anywhere falsetto on songs like “Shiver” demonstrates. Parachutes ultimately rises above its influences to become a work of real transcendence: On songs like the unrepentantly romantic “Yellow,” the band creates a hypnotic slo-mo otherworld where spirit rules supreme. When frontman Chris Martin moans about “skin and bones/Turning to something beautiful,” he could very well be talking about his own band.”

Key phrase: “A gripping emo pop album as harbinger for global success.”

Stellar top track…

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Punk Pioneers THE STOOGES Released Second Longplayer ‘FUNHOUSE’ 50 Years Ago

7 July 2020

Band: The Stooges
Active: 1967–1971, 1972–1974, 2003–201
AlbumFunhouse  – the band’s second LP
Released: 7 July 1970 – 50 years ago today

Rolling Stone wrote:  “With garage-savvy ex-Kingsmen keyboardist Don Gallucci producing their second album, the Stooges’ relentless “troglodyte groove” was allowed to run psychotically rampant. “I stick it deep inside,” Iggy Pop growls on “Loose.” And the punk torpedoes like “T.V. Eye” make good on that promise.”

Key phrase: “The passenger having fun with his lust for destruction.
Keywords: Mean punk machine, still your dog, ruinous bluster, maniacal tantrums

Have FUN here……

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FOO FIGHTERS Released Their Self-Titled Debut Album 25 Years Ago Today

4 July 2020

Band: Foo Fighters
Album: Foo Fighters – debut LP
Released: 4 July 1995 – 25 years ago today

Rolling Stone:  “Dave Grohl could turn out to be the ’90s punk equivalent of Tom Petty, whose vocal timbre and wry manner he occasionally approximates here. Like Petty, Grohl displays a good-natured humility that belies his talent for nailing the raw emotional substance that lies just beneath the surface of the average rock cliché… If Foo Fighters has a theme, it’s that music remains the ultimate anodyne.”

Key phrase: “Smells Like Grohl Spirit.”

Key singles: Big Me / This Is A Call / I’ll Stick Around

– BIG ME –

– THIS IS A CALL –

– I’LL STICK AROUND –

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RICHARD ASHCROFT – Debut Solo Longplayer ‘ALONE WITH EVERYBODY’ Came Out 20 Years Ago…

27 June 2020

Artist: Richard Ashcroft
Album: Alone With Everybody – solo debut
Released: 26 June 2000 – 20 years ago

AllMusic wrote: “He still believes that music has a soul, with or without his former band.
He is certainly a rock star and a believer in love, death, musical spirituality, and individuality. That is what made the Verve a great rock band in the first place, but Ashcroft’s superior drive
to do something real only makes him and his music more endearing. He is looking ahead, not wishing for past adventures. He celebrates life, pure and simple.”
Score: 4/5

Keywords: Big mouth, big melodies and bittersweet symphonies, the drugs work, impassioned pop spirit, solid gold rock ‘n’ roll star, get-together anthems
Key tracks: A Song For The Lovers / I Get My Beat / Money To Burn /
C’Mon People (We’re Making It Now / Everybody

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THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS – Rave Junkies Released Their Debut Album ‘EXIT PLANET DUST’ 25 Years Ago

26 June 2020

Band: The Chemical Brothers (Manchester, UK)
Album: Exit Dust Planet
Released: 26 June 1995 – 25 years ago today
Artwork: Bro Simons said a the time “We wanted something
that just looked nice. A lot of techno albums just have fractals
on them, and we wanted something a bit more romantic and
otherworldly with soft, nice colours.”

Title: A reference to their original name ‘The Dust Brothers’
Score: #9 in the UK – over the years, gold in
Great-Britain and platinum in the US

Stereogum wrote: “Exit Planet Dust was a culturally important album, and an influential one, at least for a while. The combination of rave sirens and psych-rock far-outness was probably what convinced people like Noel Gallagher and Mercury Rev to jump onboard when the Chems made their even-better follow-up album Dig Your Own Hole two years later. And in the second half of the ’90s, spaced-out dance music came to rival Britpop as the dominant sound of young people getting fucked up in the UK, as you’ll hear on the Trainspotting soundtrack. Exit Planet Dust was a big part of that.”

Key phrase: The Brothers gonna work it out
Keywords: Big beats, 24-hour party people, fuel for dance marathons, dusty techno
Key tracks: Leave Home / Life Is Sweet / Chemical Beats / One Too Many Mornings /

Singles

– LEAVE HOME –

– LIFE IS SWEET –
(Featuring Tim Burgess)

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BOB DYLAN AND THE BAND – Americana Masterpiece ‘THE BASEMENT TAPES’ Came Out 45 Years Ago

25 June 2020

Artists: Bob Dylan and The Band
Album: The Basement Tapes  – a double longplayer
Released: 26 June 1975 – 45 years ago – Dylan’s 16th LP
Artwork: the cover picture was taken by Reid Miles
in the basement of a Los Angeles YMCA
Score: #7 in the USA AND #8 in the UK

Rolling Stone said at the time: “The songs are home music, barroom music played for pleasure and for the hell of it by and for musicians with a shared experience outsiders
may not fully understand… the music and lyrics snarled and spit out of the corners of one’s mouth… these were inspired times, and Dylan and the Band could as well have been singing and playing the telephone book.”
Full review here.

Key phrase: this is what happens when icon Bob Dylan and
his phenomenal backing band make Americana great again
Key tracks: too many to name

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PREFAB SPROUT – Second Album ‘STEVE McQUEEN’ Released 35 Years Ago

23 June 2020

Band: Prefab Sprout (Witton Gilbert, UK)
Start: formed in 1978 by brothers Paddy and Martin McAloon
Album: Steve McQueen
Released: 22 June 1985 – 35 years ago

Pitchfork said: “McAlloon aspired to the standards of Stephen Foster, Gershwin, Sondheim, Quincy Jones, McCartney; saw himself as a contemporary of Prince rather than Lloyd Cole. He had a grand sense of pop music, and in 1985, that kind of grandeur seemed to be available via producers like Thomas Dolby. You can imagine these songs performed by, oh, Marianne Faithfull, Bryan Ferry, Will Young, Kylie Minogue, Rufus Wainwright, or Antony Hegarty. A handful of these songs have the quality of standards.”

Keywords: stream of pop delight, the Fred Astaire of words, feel good-better-best quality
Key tracks: Faron Young / When Love Breaks Down / Moving The River

– WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN –

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NEIL YOUNG – His Darkest Masterwork ‘TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT’ Is 45…

20 June 2020

Artist: Neil Young
Album: Tonight’s The Night – sixth LP
Dedicated to Danny Whitten, guitarist of Crazy Horse,
who wrote the song ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It’ made
famous by Rod Stewart
Released: 20 June 1975 – 45 years ago today
Score: #25 in the US

Rolling Stone wrote: “Tonight’s the Night finds Neil Young on his knees at the top of the heap, struggling to get back to his feet. The musical difficulties of last year’s On the Beach have been resolved as directly as possible by a return to recording with Crazy Horse and Nils Lofgren, with whom Young recorded his 1970 masterpiece, After the Gold Rush… Crying over the death of his real and imagined friends, Neil Young seems at once heroic and mock heroic, brave and absurd. Like the best of both, he leaves us as he found us, ravaged but rocking.”

Key phrase: Neil Young’s darkest masterpiece ever (with ‘On The Beach‘ at #2)
Key tracks: Tonight’s The Night / World On A String / Come On Baby Let’s Go Down Town /
Albuquerque / New Mama / Lookout Joe / Tired Eyes

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‘POST’ by BJÖRK – Her Second Album Came Out 25 Years Ago Today

13 June 2020

Artist: Bjôrk
Active: 1977 – present
Album: Post – her second solo LP
Released: 13 June  1995 – 25 years ago toady

Rolling Stone wrote: “Björk Gudmundsdottir has always been a strange one. The eccentric ex-Sugarcube draws her fashion sense from fairy tales, her voice from some alternate heaven and her music? Well, she once cited nature-show host Sir David Attenborough as her biggest musical influence, saying she identified with his thirst for exploring new and wild territories… On her second major solo album, this 29-year-old native of Reykjavik, Iceland, embarks on her most unlikely journey yet; Post comes up as victorious and gallant as any of her Viking forefathers. Chock-full of curious noises, mesmerizing vocals and musical surprises, Post provides a much-needed escape route from alternative rock’s dull offerings of late.” Score: 4/5

Keywords: Fairy tale stories, ingenious musicality, otherworldly vocality, genius at work
Key tracks: Army Of Me / It’s Oh So Quiet /

– ARMY OF ME –

– IT’S OH SO QUIET –

– HYPERBALLAD –

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