ARCTIC MONKEYS – Debut Hit Single Came Out 15 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

17 October 2020

Band: ARCTIC MONKEYS (Sheffield)
Single: I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor
B-sides: Bigger Boys And Stolen Sweathearts
and Chun Li Flying Bird Kick

Released: 17 October 2005 – 15 years ago today
Score: #1 in the UK

Album: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – debut LP

I bet that you look good on the dance floor
I don’t know if you’re looking for romance or
I don’t know what you’re looking for
I said, I bet that you look good on the dance floor
Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984
Well, from 1984

ARCTIC MONKEYS: Facebook

Happy 85 To BARRY McGUIRE – His Hit ‘EVE OF DESTRUCTION’ (1965) Is Highly Relevant Again

Top singles from the past…

15 October 2020

Artist: Barry McGuire – American artist born 85 years
ago today in Oklahoma City. Happy birthday!
Single: Eve Of Destruction
Written by: singer-songwriter P.F. Sloan in 1964, covered
by many with McGuire’s version the most successful.

Note: The song refers to lots of social issues of the (mid)sixties,
including the Vietnam War, the threat of nuclear war, the Civil Rights
Movement, turmoil in the Middle East, and the American space
program. Some American radio stations banned it.

Released: August 1965 – 55 years ago
Score: #1 in the UK and #3 in the US

Don’t you understand, what I’m trying to say?
And can’t you feel the fears I’m feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no running away,
There’ll be no one to save with the world in a grave,
Take a look around you, boy, it’s bound to scare you, boy,
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction

BARRY McGUIRE: Bio

Swinging Saxy Ska – ‘LET’S DO ROCK STEADY’ By THE BODYSNATCHERS Came Out 40 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

9 October 2020

Band: The Bodysnatchers
Who: Ska band formed in London in 1979 by Nicky Summers
with the wonderful Rhoda Dakar as lead-singer. They released
two singles for the legendary 2 Tone records.
Anecdote: They were invited to play at Debbie Harry‘s birthday
party in 1979. Not many can say that.

Single: Let’s Do Rock Steady – the original, much slower,
version was by Dandy Livingstone Thompson
B-side: Ruder Than You

Released: 9 October 1980 – 40 years ago
Score: #22 in the UK

On Top Of The Pops

C’mon, shake those hips

The original

RHODA DAKAR: Facebook

 

Hit Single ‘KINKY AFRO’ By Madchester Legends HAPPY MONDAYS Came Out 30 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

8 October 2020

Band: Happy Mondays feat. glowing soul voice Rowetta
Active: 1980–1993, 1999–2001, 2004–2010, 2012–present
Single: Kinky Afro
B-side: Kinky Afro Live

Released: 8 October 1990 – 30 (!) years ago today
Score: A massive hit in America, reaching No 1 on
the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart and #5 in
home country England

Album: Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches – third LP

Yippee-ippee-ey-ey-ay-yey-yey
I had to crucify some brother today
And I don’t dig what you gotta say
So come on and say it
Come on and tell me twice

C’mon, Shaun

HAPPY MONDAYS: Facebook – Discography

Blockbuster Hit ‘JUMP’ To Honor EDDIE VAN HALEN – 26 Jan 1955 – 6 Oct 2020

Top singles from the past…

7 October 2020

R.I.P EDDIE VAN HALEN.

26 January 1955 – 6 October 2020

The singer/songwriter, producer, amazing
lead-guitarist and most of all the co-founder,
with his brother Alex, of Californian hero
rockers Van Halen is no more.

Yesterday his son Wolf broke the news on Twitter: “I can’t believe I’m having
to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and arduous
battle with cancer this morning. He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every
moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and
I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.”

In honor of the rock icon let’s listen again, as countless fans will do today,
to Van Halen‘s mega score JUMP. The timeless cracker was released on
21 December 1983 with House Of Pain as B-side. Jump featured on their
sixth LP titled 1984.

The blockbuster hit topped the US charts for five weeks.

Here’s that memorable video clip (more than 93 million views)…

VAN HALEN: Facebook

‘WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW’ By NICK CAVE And KYLIE MINOGUE Came Out 25 Years Ago…

Top singles from the past…

3 October 2020

Artists: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue
Single: Where The Wild Roses Grow
B-sides: The Ballad of Robert Moore & Betty Coltrane
and The Willow Garden

Released: 2 October 1995 – 25 years ago
Score: #11 in the UK and #2 in Australia
Album: Murder Ballads – Cave’s 9th LP

The murder duet

NICK CAVE: Facebook
KYLIE MINOGUE: Facebook

Double A-Side Single ‘MIS-SHAPES / SORTED FOR E’S AND WIZZ’ By PULP Came Out 25 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

25 September 2020

Band: Pulp (Sheffield)
Active: 1978–2002, 2011–2013
Single: Double-A with Mis-Shapes and Sorted E’s And Wizz

Note 1: “Sorted for E’s and wizz’ is a phrase a girl that I met in Sheffield once told me”
said frontman/songwriter Jarvis Cocker about the inspiration for that song.

Note 2: The pre-release single had an inlay which a British tabloid/gutter journalist
of the Daily Mirror called Thornton alleged showed how to make an origami ‘wrap’ or
parcel with the intention of “offering teenage fans a DIY guide on hiding illegal drugs”.

Released: 25 September 1995 – 25 years ago today
Score: #2 in the UK and Scotland and #6 in Ireland
Album: Different Class

– MIS-SHAPES –

– SORTED FOR E’S AND WIZZ –

PULP: Facebook

 

Sugar Sweet Single ‘SAILING’ By ROD STEWART Topped The UK Charts Today 45 Years Ago

Top singles from the past…

24 September 2020

Artist: Rod Stewart
Single: Sailing
Written by: Gavin Sunderland
B-side:
Stone Cold Sober

Released: September 1975
Score: #1 in the UK on 24 September 1975 – 45 years ago
Album: Atlantic Crossing

I am sailing / Home again
‘Cross the sea / I am sailing
Stormy waters / To be near you
To be free

Sing it, Mod

The original by The Sunderland Brothers

ROD STEWART: Facebook