Four Number Ones – GRANDFUNK RAILROAD, THE POLICE, PRINCE And MARIA McKEE

Top singles from the past

Four number ones this day in, respectively 197319791984 and 1990

Band: GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
Who: Hefty famous rockers from Flint, Michigan, United States
Active: 1969–1976, 1981–1983, 1996–1998, 2000–present
Single: WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND
The title track from the same-titled LP

Score: Topped the US Singles Chart on
29 September 1973 – 48 years ago today

Rock out, guys…

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD: Facebook

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Band: THE POLICE
Active: 1977–1984, 1986-2003, 2007–2008
Single: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
From their Regatta De Blanc LP

Score: No 1 (their first) in the UK
29 September 1979, 42 years ago today

Send your SOS here…

THE POLICE: Website

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Artist: PRINCE
June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016
Single: LET’S GO CRAZY
Score: On top of the US Singles Chart,
37 years ago today, on 29 September 1984

Eternal star…

PRINCE: Website

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Artist: MARIA McKEE (L.A.)
Active: 1982–present
Single: SHOW ME HEAVEN
From the soundtrack of Days Of Thunder
A 1990 movie with Tom Cruise

Score: No 1 in the UK on
29 September 1990, 31 years ago today

MARIA McKEE: Website

Going Back In Time – Five Big Longplayers By Five Legendary Bands…

4 October 2020

Band: The Specials
Album: More Specials – second LP
Released: 4 October 1980 – 40 years ago

Jerry Dammers on the American tour to promote the LP:
Vibraphone music in elevators. Obviously this was classed as
rubbish. I don’t know if it was my state of mind, because I was
so zonked, but it struck me as a really weird, psychedelic music,
which is now called lounge or exotica. It’s been rehabilitated, but
at the time, to say you actually liked that music was mad. It
completely freaked out some of the band.”

THE SPECIALS: All Albums
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Band: Pink Floyd
Album: Atom Heart Mother – fifth LP
Released: 2 October 1970 – 50 years ago

David Gilmour: “A load of rubbish. We were at a real down point.
I think we were scraping the barrel a bit at that period. ‘Atom Heart
Mother’ sounds like we didn’t have any idea between us, but we
became much more prolific after it.”

PINK FLOYD: All Albums
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Band: The Who
Album: The Who By Numbers – seventh LP
Released: 3 October 1975 – 45 years ago

John Entwistle. “The band’s late great bassist): “The first
cover I designed. I never got paid for. We were taking it in turns
to do the covers. It was Pete’s turn before me and we did the
Quadrophenia cover, which cost about the same as a small
house back then, about £16,000. My cover cost £32.”

THE WHO: All Albums
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Band: The Police
Album: Zenyatta Mondatta – third LP
Released: 3 October 1980 – 40 years ago

Stewart Copeland (drummer) about the LP’s title artwork:
“It’s the same explanation that applies to the last two. It doesn’t
have a specific meaning like ‘Police Brutality’ or ‘Police Arrest’,
or anything predictable like that. Being vague it says a lot more.
Miles (Stewart Copeland’s brother and group manager) came up
with “Trimondo Blondomina”. Very subtle. Like three blondes
and the world. Then somebody thought of “Caprido Von Renislam”.
That rolls off the tongue. It was the address of the studio.

THE POLICE: All Albums
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Band: Killing Joke
Album: Killing Joke – debut LP
Released: 5 October – 40 years ago

Jaz Coleman: “The first wave of punk was
manufactured. It was manufactured as boys
band but what came out of it was very interesting.”

KILLING JOKE: All Albums

Social Distancing Single ‘DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME’ By THE POLICE Released 40 Years Ago

Top singles from the past…

21 September 2020

Band: The Police
Active: 1977–1984, 1986, 2007–2008
Single: Don’t Stand So Close To Me’
B-sides: Friends and A Sermon

Released: 19 September 1980 – 40 years ago
Score: #1 in the UK (best selling single that year)
#9 in the US
Album: Zenyatta Mondatta – third LP

Sting: “If your image is not sexy enough,
people won’t listen. It’s part of the game.”

Get back, please…

THE POLICE: Facebook

THE POLICE Scored A No 1 UK Hit With ‘WALKING ON THE MOON’ 40 Years Ago

Knockouts from the past

8 December 2019

This week, 40 years ago, THE POLICE topped the UK Singles Chart with ‘WALKING ON
THE MOON’
. It was their second No 1 hit in their home country, written by Sting and
taken from their second album Reggatta De Blanc

Sting later revealed in an interview when and how he wrote the song: “I was drunk in a hotel room in Munich, slumped on the bed with the whirling pit when this riff came into my head. I got up and started walking around the room, singing ‘Walking round the room, ya, ya, walking round the room’. That was all. In the cool light of morning I remembered what had happened and I wrote the riff down. But ‘Walking Round the Room’ was a stupid title so I thought of something even more stupid which was ‘Walking on the Moon’.”

Watch the 40-year-old clip right here…

THE POLICE: Facebook

JULIANA HATFIELD Shares Another THE POLICE Cover – Here’s ‘NEXT TO YOU’…

27 September 2019

Last year charismatic 90s rocker JULIANA HATFIELD and former Blake Babies frontwoman released Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia-Newton John. Yep, a full LP
of Olivia Newton-John covers. Early this year she issued an album of new own songs,
titled Weird and now she returns with a selection of THE POLICE tracks.

Last month she shared her version of the daft, yet sickly sticky sing along
tune De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da. Now here’s her take on ‘NEXT TO YOU
from The Police‘s 1978 album Outlandos D’Amour.

Here we go…

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JULIANA HATFIELD: Facebook


JULIANA HATFIELD SINGS THE POLICE – out 15th November – all info here 

(photo on top: FB Juliana Hatfield)

THE POLICE – Released Their Massive Hit Single ‘MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE’ 40 Years Ago Today…

Knockouts from the past

21 September 2019

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Band: The Police
Song: Message In A Bottle / B-side: Landlord
Released: 21 September 1979 / 40 years ago today
Album: Regatta De Blanc – the band’s 20nd album
Note: Written by Sting, obviously about a castaway on an island, who sends out a message in a bottle to seek love. A year later, he sees ‘a hundred billion bottles‘ (quite a lot if you ask me) on the shore, finding out that he’s not the only one who’s alone

Here comes the SOS…

THE POLICE: Website

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‘Every Breath You Take’ by THE POLICE – No 1 On UK Singles Chart 36 Years Ago…

Knockouts from the past

4 June 2019

Mega stars THE POLICE started a 4-week run at the top of the UK Singles Chart
36 years ago today, on 4 June 1983 with EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, probably
their best single next to that debut cracker ‘Roxanne‘. But here was a band (mostly
Sting) who knew all the tricks by then to write MASSIVE HIT singles.

It also topped the charts in America for eight straight weeks. Unquestionable their
biggest score ever. It got tons of prizes, awards and worldwide accolades of praise.
It appeared on their fifth and final studio LP ‘Synchronicity‘. Here’s that rather
brilliant obsessive love song (again – 655.182.681 views on YT)…

THE POLICE: Facebook – Website