RANDY NEWMAN Released His Great Longplayer ‘SAIL AWAY’ 50 Years Ago Today

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22 May 2022

Artist: RANDY NEWMAN
Who: Legendary songsmith from Los Angeles
Born Randall Stuart Newman 78 years ago
Active: Since 1961 / 11 studio LPs with Dark Matter,
five years ago, as his most recent one.

Anniversary album: SAIL AWAY
Released: 23 May 1972 – 50 years ago today

AllMusic/Mark Deming said: “On his third studio album, Randy Newman found
a middle ground between the heavily orchestrated pop of his debut and the more
stripped-down, rock-oriented approach of 12 Songs, and managed to bring new
strength to both sides of his musical personality in the process. Overall, Sail Away
is one of Newman’s finest works, musically adventurous and displaying a lyrical
subtlety that would begin to fade in his subsequent works.”
Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: 5-star songwriting splendor for short people, long people
and all people in between. Despite widely raving critics the LP only got to #163 on
the US Albums Charts. Incredible. But afterward, when millions’ ears went open it
sold heavily. Don’t leave your hat on for this living legend

Key tracks: Sail Away / You Can Leave Your Hat On

– SAIL AWAY –

– YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON –

Stream full album…

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THE JAM – Riff Crazy Debut LP ‘IN THE CITY’ Released 45 Years Ago Today

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‘IN THE CITY’ by THE JAM
Released 20 May 1977

Led by angry young man PAUL WELLER mod-rock-punk trio THE JAM released their riff-crazy debut LP IN THE CITY forty-five years ago – on 20 May 1977. The start of a dazzling career with six hit LPs – from good to grand – that ended when Weller got tired of the band and decided to take other directions.

What the press said…

RECORD MIRROR
“Armed and extremely dangerous The Jam stalk the decrepit grooves. If you don’t like them, hard luck they’re gonna be around for a long time. It’s been a long time since albums actually reflected pre-20 delusions and this one does”.

NME
“Paul Weller captures that entire teen frustration vibe with the melodic grace and dynamic aplomb of early Kinks and Who…”

ALL MUSIC
“In the City is a remarkable debut and stands as one of the landmark punk albums…”

MELODY MAKER
“Weller’s songs are anything but an embarrassment, he has a deft touch that places his
material on a much higher plateau…”

Music, maestro, please.
Three highlights.
That’s entertainment…

IN THE CITY

TAKIN’ MY LOVE

NON-STOP DANCING

The rough ride in full…

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THE JAM: Biography – Discography

Prog-Psych Rockers URIAH HEEP Released ‘DEMONS AND WIZARDS’ 50 Years Ago Today

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19 May 2022

Band: URIAH HEEP
Who: Heavy prog-rock legends from London
Active: 1969-present / 24 studio LPs with
Living The Dream
as the most recent one,
released in 2018.

Anniversary album: DEMONS AND WIZARDS – 4th LP
Released: 19 May 1972 – 50 years ago today
Score: #20 in the UK, #23 in the USA, #1 in Finland, #5 in Germany

Rolling Stone Magazine said: “These guys are good. The first side
of Demons and Wizards is simply odds-on the finest high energy workout
of the year, tying nose and nose with the Blue Öyster Cult…they may have
started out as a thoroughly dispensable neo-Cream & Blooze outfit, but at
this point Uriah Heep are shaping up into one hell of a first-rate modern
rock band”.

Singles/clips: Easy Livin’ / The Wizard

– EASY LIVIN’ –

– THE WIZARD –

Stream full album on Spotify

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Two Big Blasts From The Past – ASSOCIATES And THE CLASH 40 Years Ago

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17 May 2022

Band: THE CLASH
Album: COMBAT ROCK – 5th LP

Released: 14 May 1982 – 40 years ago
Score: #2 in the UK, #5 in New Zealand, #12 in Canada

Key single: Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Full album on Spotify…

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Band: ASSOCIATES
Who: Scottish post-punk and art-pop duo featuring
otherwordly voice and songwriter Billy Mackenzie
and guitarist Alan Rankine.

Album: SULK – their 2nd LP
Released: 14 May 1982 – 40 years ago
Score: #10 in the UK

Single: Party Fears Two

Full album stream on Spotify…

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THE BLACK CROWES – Great 2nd Album ‘THE SOUTHERN HARMONY AND MUSICAL COMPANION’ Is 30

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14 May 2022

Band: THE BLACK CROWES
Named after a children’s book of 1907,
titled Johnny Crow’s Garden by painter/auteur
Leonard Leslie Brooke

Who: Celebrated blues rockers from Atlanta, Georgia founded
by the Robinson Bros (Frontman Chris and guitarist Rich)
Active: 1984–2002, 2005–2015, 2019–present / 8 studio LPs

Anniversary album: THE SOUTHERN HARMONY AND MUSICAL COMPANION

Released: 12 May 1992 – 30 years ago

Rolling Stone Magazine wrote: “The Crowes are a Southern band that plays rock,
so there is a buried blues base to their music… the Crowes didn’t learn to play at the feet of Howlin’ Wolf; they learned by listening to records by Humble Pie, the Faces, midperiod Stones, Mott the Hoople and the rest of the second-wave British Invasion from twenty years ago… The Crowes’ songs are a pose, just as singing about thirty days in the hole was a pose for Humble Pie. But it is a testament to the skill, intelligence and force behind the Crowes’ music to say that their posing doesn’t matter — or really, their posing is what matters most of all.”
Score: 3.5/5.


Deinze, Belgium – 2 December 1992 – Top concert

Turn Up The Volume: Electrifying retro rock blues brought with Stones-esque swagger, full-energetic force and several sweaty & sultry highlights, fast and slow (Sting Me / Remedy / Hotel Illness / No Speak No Slave / Black Moon Creeping / Time Will Tell) and they were even nastier on stage, as I experienced a couple of times.

Singles: Sting Me / Remedy / Thorn In My Side

– STING ME –

– REMEDY –

– THORN IN MY PRIDE –

Stream the full album on Spotify…

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THE ROLLING STONES Released Double Masterpiece Album ‘EXILE ON MAIN STREET’ 50 Years Ago

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13 May 2022

On 12 May 1972, 50 years ago, the imperishable midnight ramblers THE ROLLING STONES released their major double album EXILE ON MAIN STREET. It was the band’s 10th studio longplayer. Since it came out it appeared on countless best ever albums lists.

AllMusic wrote: “It’s the kind of record that’s gripping on the very first listen, but each subsequent listen reveals something new. Few other albums, let alone double albums, have been so rich and masterful as Exile on Main St., and it stands not only as one of the Stones’
best records, but sets a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock.”
Score: 5/5.

Three of the many highlights…

– TUMBLING DICE –

– HAPPY –

– RIP THIS JOINT –

Stream full album…

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Goth Icons THE CURE Released Their 4th Album ‘PORNOGRAPHY’ 40 Years Ago Today

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4 May 2022

Band: THE CURE
Anniversary album: PORNOGRAPHY
Released: 4 May 1982 – 40 years ago today

Sounds (legendary British music weekly) said: “Despite a genuine talent still
at work, Pornography has too much music too cluttered a backing for Smith’s
well-intended observance. He seems locked in himself, a spiralling nightmare
that leaves The Cure making pompous sounding music that is, when all’s said
and done, dryly meaningless.”
Score: 3/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Not good enough to be a good Cure LP.

Single/clip: The Hanging Garden

Full album stream on Spotify

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New Wave Legends MODERN ENGLISH Released 2nd LP ‘AFTER THE SNOW’ 40 Years Ago Today

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3 May 2022

Band: MODERN ENGLISH
Who: New wave legends from Colchester, Essex, England
Active: 1979–1987, 1989–1991, 1995–present / 8 studio LPs

Anniversary album: AFTER THE SNOW
Released: 3 May 1982 – 40 years ago today

AllMusic said: “Like contemporaries B-Movie and the Sound, Modern English
used punk and post-punk roots as a chance to introduce a haunting, beautiful
take on romance and emotion, while the contributions of Stephen Walker on
keyboard helped make the album both of its time and timeless.”
Score: 4/5.

Hit single

Full album stream on Spotify

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TOUR 2022

MODERN ENGLISH: Story – Discography

10 Facts About PINK FLOYD Masterpiece ‘THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON’ – No 1 In The US This Day In 1973

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28 April 2022

Can’t get tired of listening to this imperishable, psychedelic and mind-boggling
magnum opus. It topped the US charts this day in 1973. Forty-nine years ago.

10 Dark Side Of The Moon facts

1. Dark Side has sold approximately 34 million copies worldwide.

2. The album is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being on the charts longer than any other album in history, namely 591 consecutive weeks or 11.4 years in Billboard top 200! A total of approx 14 whole years (741 weeks) in and back in top 200,
and a staggering 26 years in some Billboard chart or other.

3. The original title for the album was Eclipse (A Piece for Assorted Lunatics) as the group find out that prog rockers Medicine Head just had an LP out, named ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in 1972 on DJ John Peel’s record label. Since the release was less not a commercial success, PF decided to go ahead with its plans.

4. Throughout the 1990s rumours persisted that the album was intended
to be played back while watching The Wizard of Oz.

4. The stoned laughter used in the background of Speak to Me and Brain Damage is from Peter Watts, a road manager for the Floyd pictured on the back of the Ummagumma LP.

5. The album was recorded at Abbey Road on then state of the art 16-track equipment.

6. Australian radio listeners voted the album the best album to have sex to in 1990.

7. Us and Them was originally written by Richard Wright in 1969 as an instrumental piano solo intended for use in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point film which the band had been commissioned to score.

8.. The music and lyrics for the entire album were written during a seven week period in which the band were preparing for a tour in which they desperately wanted to premier new material.

9. The stoned laughter used in the background of Speak to Me and Brain Damage is from Peter Watts, a road manager for the Floyd pictured on the back of the Ummagumma LP.

10. The album was first performed live at the Dome in Brighton, England on the 20th of January 1972. Due to a tape malfunction, the concert only made it as far as ‘Money’ that evening.

Now on my stereo (of course)…

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Spine-Chilling NICK CAVE And THE BAD SEEDS Album ‘HENRY’S DREAM’ Released 30 Years Ago Today

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27 April 2022

NICK CAVE and his BAD SEEDS released HENRY’S DREAM,
one of my favorite Seeds albums, 30 years ago today, on
29 April 1992. Their 7th longplayer.


Rolling Stone
said: “Provocative – albeit harrowing – music.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Every time Cave returns from a visit to the dark side of his
mind he comes up with a spine-chilling work. From macabreness (Jack The Ripper) to
emotional disturbance (Papa Won’t Leave You Henry), from melancholia (Straight To You)
to madness (Christina, The Astonishing). Nine raw diamonds. Cave is the Agatha Christie
of haunting rock. Always thriller-ing.

Singles/clips: Straight To You / I Had A Dream, Joe

– STRAIGHT TO YOU –
(Timeless classic)

– I HAD A DREAM, JOE –

You were standing in the open
Your hands to the sky
Your mouth in foam
And needles
Fell in the leaves
Finger at me
Finger at me, pointing at me

Full album on Spotifyµ

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