Welcome back to Friday, everyone! It was an eventful week in music history, including
David Bowie's first ever television appearance. He was part of a blues outfit called
The Manish Boys that appeared on the BBC's "Gadzooks" program. Bowie was going by the name of Davy Jones, which he soon ditched, due in-part to confusion with the other Davy Jones from
American music magazine, "Creem" was published for the first time on March 5th, 1969. Credited by some as the inventor of the term, "Punk Rock," the publication covered new & upcoming artists like Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, R.E.M., and The Cure long before the mainstream press had any interest in them.
A number of notable albums were released this week in history including The Buzzcocks 1978 debut "Another Music In A Different Kitchen," U2's "The Joshua Tree," and the 2003 debut of
Little Rock, Arkansas band Evanescence with "Fallen."
March 8th, 1994 saw the releases of Nine Inch Nails' second album, "The Downward Spiral" and Soundgarden's fourth LP, "Superunknown." Both were breakthrough records, debuting together at #1 (Soundgarden) and #2 (Nine Inch Nails) on the Billboard album charts. "The Downward Spiral" would eventually go quadruple-Platinum, while "Superunknown" went 5-times-Platinum, cementing each band as a fixture in Alternative Rock for years to come.
Birthdays in music for the past week include David Gilmour (3/6/1946,) the late Chris Squire of Yes (3/4/1948,) Peter Wolf (3/7/1946,) Gary Numan (3/8/1958,) and Edie Brickell (3/10/1966.) As for Friday birthdays, The Velvet Underground's John Cale turns 76 today and Martin Fry of ABC celebrates his 60th! Happy Birthday, everyone! Let's play some videos...
Tears For Fears - Mad World
Tears For Fears debut album, "The Hurting" was released on March 8th, 1984. It went Gold here in the U.S. and Platinum in Britain & Canada and included two additional singles: "Pale Shelter" and "Change." Gary Jules would later cover "Mad World" for the soundtrack to the 2002 film, "Donnie Darko."
David Bowie - Fame
Bowie released his ninth studio album, "Young Americans" on March 7th, 1975. Infusing elements of Philadelphia R&B and soul, the album received a lukewarm reception from critics, but produced Bowie a #1 American single, with "Fame," featuring John Lennon on backing vocals. Let's check-out a LIVE performance he did of the song on Cher's television show in November of 1975.
New Order - Blue Monday
Electronic post-punk band, New Order released the song, "Blue Monday" on March 7th, 1983. It would go on to become the biggest selling 12-inch-single of all-time.
Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
Let's wrap things up with a LIVE performance of "Hurt" off "The Downward Spiral." I've gotten so used to the haunting Johnny Cash cover-version, that it will be nice to hear Trent Reznor sing it again, though I'm not sure it will be much happier.
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