THE CLASH Released Classic Single ‘LONDON CALLING’ 40 Years Ago Today…

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7 December 2019

50 years ago today, on 7 December 1979, iconic punk rockers THE CLASH released
their classic single ‘LONDON CALLING‘, the title track from their double masterpiece
LP that appeared a week later. It was an electrical stomper about Doomsday, about the world melting down, with Joe Strummer spitting and sneering as never before. Sounds like The Clash were climate activists avant la lettre speaking out about our endangered environment with a hellish uppercut of a song, and an equally apocalyptic B-side, the
bass loaded dub reggae cracker Armagideon Time. The single peaked at #11 in the UK.

“The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growin’ thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear ’cause
London is drowning, and I, I live by the river

Here’s the ominous power stroke…

THE CLASH: Facebook

The handwritten lyrics by the late great Joe Strummer

LED ZEPPELIN Scored Their First US Hit Single With ‘A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ 50 Years Ago Today…

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6 December 2019

The classic LED ZEPPELIN track ‘WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ was released as
a single almost everywhere in the world, except in the UK where the band
refused to issue singles throughout their career thinking it would help to sell
more albums. ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was their first hit in the US where it entered
the chart 50 years ago today, on 6 December 1969. it peaked at #4 and six
months later the rousing riff loaded knockout had sold over 1 million copies.

Here’s my favourite version. The smoking live rendition
at their legendary Knebworth concerts in 1979…


THE JAM Scored A No 1 UK Hit With Their Final Single ‘BEAT SURRENDER’ 37 Years Ago…

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5 December 2019

Band: The Jam
Song: Beat Surrender 
B-side: Shopping
Note 1: A double 7″ and a 12″ single version were also available
with cover versions of The Chi-Lites’ ‘Stoned Out of My Mind‘, Curtis
Mayfield’s ‘Move on Up’ and Edwin Starr’s ‘War’
Note 2: It was their fourth No 1 hit in their home country,
topping the chart on 5 Dec 1982, 37 years ago…

Watch Paul Weller dancing to The Jam‘s final single…

THE JAM: Biography

ELECTRONIC Released Debut Single ‘GETTING AWAY WITH IT’ 30 Years Ago

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4 December 2019

Band: Electronic
Who: New Order’s Bernard Sumner
and ex-The Smiths’ Johnny Marr
Song: Getting Away With It
Released: 4 December 1989 – 30 years ago
Note 1: It was their debut single and appeared on their self-titled debut LP.
The song featured guest vocals by Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys‘.
Note 2: The single reached #12 in the UK and peaked at #number 38 in the US.

ELECTRONIC: Bio & Discography

THE ROLLING STONES Topped The UK Singles Chart 55 Years Ago With ‘LITTLE RED ROOSTER’…

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3 December 2019

Band: The Rolling Stones
Song: Little Red Rooster
B-side: Off The Hook
Note 1: The song was written by blues legend Willie Dixon and first
recorded in 1961 by another blues icon Howlin’ Wolf
Note 2: The single topped the UK Chart 55 years ago, on 3 December
1964. It was their second Number One in their home country

Here’s some historic footage from a TV show performance of the hit single…


DAVID BOWIE Released His ‘RUBBER BAND’ Single 53 Years Ago…

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2 December 2019

Artist: David Bowie
Song: Rubber Band
Released: 2 December 1966, 53 years ago.
B-side: The London Boys. Re-released as a single in France in 1975.
Note 1: It was his first record for label Deram Records, a subsidiary label of
Decca Records. It was also Deram that released his 1967 self-titled debut LP.
Note 2: Despite the fact that it was a frisky, retro cabaret-like catchy tune
and despite some good reviews the single did not chart.

DAVID BOWIE: Facebook – Website

‘Perfect Day’ by LOU REED & Various Artists For Charity – 22 Years Ago…

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29 November 2019

Today 22 years ago, LOU REED‘s 1972 song PERFECT DAY, from his ‘Transformer’ LP topped the UK Singles Chart. It was re-recorded by Lou Reed featuring various artists including David Bowie, Elton John, Suzanne Vega, Shane MacGowan, Dr. John and several more, as a fundraiser for the BBC Children In Need Charity.

Here’s the beauty…

LOU REED: Facebook

R.E.M. Scored Their First US Top 10 Hit With ‘THE ONE I LOVE’ 32 Years Ago…

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28 November 2019

R.E.M. scored their first Top Ten Hit in the US with single ‘THE ONE I LOVE
on 28 November 1987, 32 years ago today. It peaked at #9. A track from their
fifth album Document. Michael Stipe revealed in a 1987 interview that the song
was actually, despite the title “incredibly violent. It’s very clear that it’s about using
people over and over again

Oops, this is not a love song…

R.E.M.: Facebook

‘Dry Your Eyes’ By THE STREETS – 2004…

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27 November 2019

THE STREETS‘ mastermind MIKE SKINNER, born on 27 November 1978, celebrates his
41st birthday today. Although it’s a sad love ballad let’s toast with ‘DRY YOUR EYES‘, as it was Skinner‘s greatest hit ever. NME called the track “a hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck ballad for jilted lovers. Rarely has Skinner sounded so vulnerable, poignant and, well, normal.”

Here we go…