1965 - Velvet Underground made their live debut when the played at Summit High School, New Jersey, the band were paid $75 for the gig.
Bond, James Bond. Thanks to listener Becky, from Mankato, for reminding us that tomorrow the new James Bond film, <em>Skyfall</em> will be released.
1967 - The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War and the first issue had a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint.
1965 - The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song "Think For Yourself" at Abbey Road for their forthcoming <em>Rubber Soul</em> album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take.
The Cars' Ric Ocasek released his first solo album in 1982 and gave it a perplexing title. Is it pronounced "be-AT-ih-tude" - such as in the teachings of Jesus that include such sayings as "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" - or "BEAT-ih-tude," referencing a literary journal from the '50s that published the work of the "Beat Poets" such as Allen Ginsberg? Ocasek likely enjoyed the ambiguity. We played "Out of Control."
Guitarist Robert Fripp ventured far away from his prog-rock roots in the late 70s after moving to New York's Hell's Kitchen, and the post-punk eclecticism shows on his first proper solo album, "Exposure."
Give Us a Wink is an album released in March 1976 by the British rock band Sweet. It was their first album to be fully written and produced by the band themselves. We played "Action" which reached the Top 10 in many European countries.
The California based band led by the Alvin brothers has been pumping out good ol' fashioned amped-up American roots rock for several decades. "Hard Line" contains the song "Dark Night," which has been used on TV and movie soundtracks ranging from "Miami Vice" to the Robetr Rodriquez/Quentin Tarrantino vampire flick "From Dusk Til Dawn."
Gabriel's 1978 solo album was the second of three known simply as "Peter Gabriel" (his fourth would have had the same title yet again if Geffen Records hadn't balked). This one is sometimes nicknamed "Scratch" for its cover art depicting Gabriel appearing the scratch the air with his fingernails. We played "On the Air."
After three albums with his band The Commotions, Lloyd Cole's self-titled solo debut delivered more of the literate, melodic guitar-driven pop he'd become known for, but with a roster of guest musicians including Robert Quine and Matthew Sweet. We played "Undressed."
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (commonly called "The Age of Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In") is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado & Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by The 5th Dimension.
The Morning Show's Jill Riley sat down with piano man Ben Folds and drummer Darren Jessee to talk about making the first new album in over 12 years.
The title track off this one was the group's big hit - a song from the musical "Hair."
When Asa Taccone's brother told him to share some of the music he was working on to his friend Brian, Asa didn't think it would lead to much. But luckily for him Brian was working on other projects as Danger Mouse and liked the sound that Asa was putting together. Through Danger Mouse Asa met Matthew Compton and Electric Guest was formed.
Winnipeg duo Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas started writing songs and recording together just for fun without any thoughts of becoming a band in any real sense. A friend offered to manage them and a few years later they have a full length album called "Temporary Resident." Since then, they've toured across the world and opened for the Pixies.