‘CUT YOUR HAIR’ by PAVEMENT – Their Best Selling Single Ever (1994)

3 February 2020

Band: Pavement
SingleCut Your Hair – written by the band’s
mastermind Stephen Malkmus criticizing
the importance of image in the music industry
B-sidesCamera (R.E.M cover) and Stare
Released: February 1994
Album: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain – their second LP
Score: The single reached #10 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs, their highest score ever

Here’s the original video…

PAVEMENT: Facebook

IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS Scored No 1 Hit In The UK 40 Years Ago With ‘HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK’…

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27 January 2019

The great late British singer/songwriter IAN DURY and his BLOCKHEADS scored a No 1
in the UK 40 years ago. HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK topped the singles chart
on 27 January 1979. The anti-violence song was a stand alone single written by Dury and his band’s leader Chaz Jankel. A remarkably solid gold composition with an awesome flow, snappy chorus and great lyrics. It became a million-seller over the years. Ian Dury was on holiday in Cannes, France the day the single landed on number one and was at the beach when the hotel staff brought him a bottle of champagne and told him the good news. Here’s that classic diamond…

In the deserts of Sudan
And the gardens of Japan
From Milan to Yucatan
Every woman, every man
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Hit me! Hit me!
Je t’adore, ich liebe dich,
Hit me! hit me! hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Hit me slowly, hit me quick.
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
In the wilds of Borneo
And the vineyards of Bordeaux
Eskimo, Arapaho
Move their body to and fro.
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Hit me! Hit me!
Das ist gut! C’est fantastique!
Hit me! hit me! hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
It’s nice to be a lunatic.
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
In the dock of Tiger Bay
On the road to Mandalay
From Bombay to Santa Fe
Over hills and far away
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Hit me! Hit me!
C’est si bon, mm? Ist es nicht?
Hit me! hit me! hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Two fat persons, click, click, click.
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
(x10)

IAN DURY: Facebook – Discography

BILLY BRAGG Didn’t Want A ‘NEW ENGLAND’ 35 Years Ago – I’m Sure He Changed His View By Now…

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3 December 2016

Last May it was 35 years ago that BILLY BRAGG released his debut album Life’s A Riot With Spy vs. Spy (an LP you only could play at 45 rpm instead of the usual 33.3 rpm). There was a sweet, romantic little gem on it called ‘A NEW ENGLAND‘ released as a single months later, in November. An idyllic love song actually: “I don’t want to change the world / I’m not looking for a new England / I’m just looking for another girl”. A year later it became
a big hit int he UK when the late, great Kirsty MacColl covered it. I just bumped into the song, by accident, on Spotify and realized that I didn’t hear this yearning earworm for
a long time and the very first thought that came to mind was the Brexit drama with the most painful fact that the vote of the greater part of British youth – the country’s future -was brutally ignored and solidarity with Europe was dumped for all the wrong reasons.
I suppose Billy Bragg found his girl by now, but as we know the man, he unquestionably wants a New England too, 35 years later…

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BILLY BRAGG: Facebook

MANIC STREET PREACHERS’ Soul-Stirring Anthem ‘IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT’ Released 20 Years Ago…

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24 August 2018

Twenty years ago today – 24 August 1998 – Welsh legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS released one of the most impressive and emotional masterstrokes of their outstanding career. IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT is a soul-stirring anthem that takes your breath away every single second of its almost 5 magnificent minutes. The swagger, the harmonies, the guitar solo, the whole orchestration and last but not least the song’s truly gripping story about Welsh volunteers going to Spain to fight against dictator general Franco‘s army in the Spanish Civil War in the late 30s. The song’s title came from a Republican poster of the time, showing a captivating photograph of a young child killed by the Nationalists under a sky filled with bomber planes, with the warning “If you tolerate this, your children will be next” written below. A genuine classic in sound and vision and still a towering highlight of their live set today. It sold 156,000 copies in its first week and reached the Number One spot on the UK Singles Chart.

The Manics talked to NME about what happened 20 years ago. Read the feature here.

Relive the imperishable momentum…

The future teaches you to be alone
The present to be afraid and cold
“So if I can shoot rabbits then I can shoot fascists”

Bullets for your brain today
But we’ll forget it all again
Monuments put from pen to paper
Turns me into a gutless wonder

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next

Gravity keeps my head down
Or is it maybe shame
At being so young and being so vain

Holes in your head today
But I’m a pacifist
I’ve walked La Ramblas but not with real intent

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next, yeah will be next

And on the street tonight
An old man plays with newspaper cuttings of his glory days

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next

From fifth album THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS – Released: 14 September 1998

Punk Icons SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES Released Their Stunning Debut Single ‘HONG KONG GARDEN’ 40 Years Ago…

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18 August 2018

Forty years ago today – on 18 August 1978 – punk icons SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES released their stunning debut single HONG KONG GARDEN. A tremendous jigsaw ripper named after a Chinese take-away in London. Distinctive vox and charismatic frontwoman Siouxsie Sioux (born Susan Janet Ballion) said at the time that the lyrics refer to the racist activities of skinheads visiting the take-away: “I remember wishing that I could be like Emma Peel from The Avengers and kick all the skinheads’ heads in, because they used to mercilessly torment these people for being foreigners. It made me feel so helpless, hopeless and ill.”

The first version, an instrumental entitled ‘People Phobia‘ was composed by guitarist
John McKay in 1977. The band heard it for the first time on the road, in their tour bus.
The single reached number seven on the UK singles chart. Here’s that cutting classic…

Harmful elements in the air
Cymbals crashing everywhere
Reaps the fields of rice and reeds
While the population feeds
Junk floats on polluted water
An old custom to sell your daughter
Would you like number 23?
Leave your yens on the counter please

Hong Kong Garden
Hong Kong Garden

Tourists swarm to see your face
Confucius has a puzzling grace
Disorientated you enter in
Unleashing scent of wild jasmine
Slanted eyes meet a new sunrise
A race of bodies small in size
Chicken Chow Mein and Chop Suey
Hong Kong Garden Takeaway
Hong Kong Garden
Hong Kong Garden

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES: Facebook – Biography – Discography

THE BREEDERS Released Their Masterstroke Single ‘CANNONBALL’ 25 Years Ago…

Timeless in sound and vision…

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8 August 2018

Twenty-five years ago – on 9 August 1993 – THE BREEDERS, with the fabulous Deal twins, released CANNONBALL, their most famous single ever. For British alt music magazines NME and Melody Maker as well as for American cultural newspaper The Village Voice it was the best single of 1993. The video was shot by ex-Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Spike Jonze.

Here we go Check Check Check One Two

THE BREEDERS: Website – Facebook


From their flamboyant LAST SPLASH album – stream here

LED ZEPPELIN Recorded Their Steamrollin’ Classic ‘WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ 49 Years Ago – Most Devilish Macho Rock Riff Ever…

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24 June 2018

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With monumental classic WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, searingly rockin legends LED ZEPPELIN, hammers of the Gods, scored the most devilish rock riff ever in Turn Up The Volume‘s noisy book. Guitar hero Jimmy Page‘s massive opening chords blew me away the very first time I heard their crushing steamroller and it still does transport me to a wild state of mind when it strikes my hungry ears. The monstrous track was recorded 49 years ago today, on 24 June 1969. Here’s the nastiest, filthiest, sexiest and most devilish macho rock intro ever. Hell Zep Yeah!…

LED ZEPPELIN: Website – Facebook – All Albums

DAVID BOWIE Hit Top Spot On The UK Singles Chart 35 Years Ago Today With His Timeless Diamond ‘LET’S DANCE’….

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21 May 2018

Thirty-five years ago today – 21 May 1983 – late genius DAVID BOWIE hit the top spot
on the UK singles chart with timeless diamond single LET’S DANCE, from the same titled bestseller album. It featured the late legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan . Here’s that still amazing beauty and the iconic girl with the red shoes…

Let’s dance
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let’s dance
To the song they’re playin’ on the radio
Let’s sway
While color lights up your face
Let’s sway
Sway through the crowd to an empty space
If you say run
I’ll run with you
And if you say hide
We’ll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall into my arms
And tremble like a flower
Let’s dance
Let’s dance
For fear your grace should fall
Let’s dance
For fear tonight is all
Let’s sway
You could look into my eyes
Let’s sway
Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
And if you say run
I’ll run with you
And if you say hide
We’ll hide…


The album

DAVID BOWIE: : Website – Facebook – Twitter 

DAVID BOWIE Released Fascinating Masterstroke Single ‘DRIVE-IN SATURDAY’ 45 Years Ago Today…

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6 April 2018

DRIVE-IN SATURDAY is a fascinating DAVID BOWIE masterstroke about how the inhabitants of a post-apocalyptic world in the future (legend goes that Bowie once
said the year was 2033) have forgotten how to make love, and need to watch old
porn films to see how it’s done. The narrative has been cited as an example of the
late legend’s ‘futuristic nostalgia’ where the story is told from the perspective of an inhabitant of the future looking back in time. It’s a gripping ballad carried by Bowie’s characteristic and monumental voice. Released as a single on 6 April 1973 – 45 years
ago today. Here’s an impressive TV-show version…

DAVID BOWIE: : Website – Facebook – Twitter 


From his 6th album ‘ALADDIN SANE’ – released 13 April 1973

CLASSIC – THE JAM’s First Ever No 1 Hit In The UK… ‘GOING UNDERGROUND’

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22 March 2018

One of the best firecrackers of one of the best bands ever in my book. THE JAM scored their first UK numero uno with flaming single GOING UNDERGROUND on 22 March 1980. 38 years ago today. It went straight to the top spot on release and stayed there for three weeks. Actually, it was a lucky shot as B-side ‘Dreams of Children‘ was planned to be the
A-side, following a mistake at the pressing plant so it was finally released as a double-AA. As many radio DJ’s preferred ‘Going Underground‘, they played it on repeat and the rest is history. Here’s living legend ‘Paul Weller‘ and his former mates going really sharp…

Some people might say my life is in a rut
But I’m quite happy with what I got
People might say that I should strive for more
But I’m so happy I can’t see the point
Somethings happening here today
A show of strength with your boys brigade
And I’m so happy and you’re so kind
You want more money of course I don’t mind
To buy nuclear textbooks for atomic crimes
And the public gets what the public wants
But I want nothing this society’s got
I’m going underground (going underground)
Well the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground (going underground)
Well let the boys all sing and the boys all shout for tomorrow
Some people might get some pleasure out of hate
Me, I’ve enough already on my plate
People might need some tension to relax
Me, I’m too busy dodging between the flak
What you see is what you get
You’ve made your bed, you better lie in it
You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies wash you down and their promises rust
You’ll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns
And the public wants what the public gets
But I don’t get what this society wants
I’m going underground (going underground)
Well the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground (going underground)
So let the boys all sing and the boys all shout for tomorrow
We talk and talk until my head explodes
I turn on the news and my body froze
The braying sheep on my TV screen
Make this boy shout, make this boy scream!
Going underground
Going underground!
I’m going underground!
I’m going underground!
These braying sheep on my TV screen
Make this boy shout, make this boy scream!
Going underground (going underground)
Well, let the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground (going underground)
Well, let the boys all sing and let the boys all shout
Going underground (going underground)
Well, let the brass bands play and feet go pow, pow, pow
Going underground (going underground)
So let the boys all sing and let the boys all shout for tomorrow

THE JAM: Biography – Discography