Hello and welcome to the end of the week... That must mean it's time for Fun-4-Friday! It was Winter when we began the week and now it is Spring. Things are looking brighter already.
This week saw a huge anniversary for an essential Alternative Rock album. It was 30-years ago on March 21st, 1988 that Boston band, Pixies released their debut LP, "Surfer Rosa." It would go Gold in the U.S., Canada, and Britain and was named Album-of-the-Year by Melody Maker and Sounds magazines. Spin Magazine named Pixies "Musicians-of-the-Year."
"Where Is My Mind" is probably the most well-known track off the record, but I'm in the mood to hear Kim Deal on lead vocals, so I'm going with a tune I played heavily on college radio: "Gigantic." Check out the video from a LIVE performance on Dutch television in 1988.
Depeche Mode have two historical album releases this week, the first being their 1990 LP, "Violator." Spawning four hit-singles, the album went Triple-Platinum in the United States and made the band a worldwide sensation. They would release their follow-up album this week in 1993. "Songs Of Faith And Devotion" debuted on both the American and British album charts at #1. Let's go with one of the singles from "Violator" and one of my favorite Depeche Mode songs:
"World In My Eyes."
We have a big musical birthday this week. Damon Albarn, the musical mastermind behind Gorillaz and front man for Blur celebrates his 50th birthday today (March 23rd.) Let's go to the 2010 "Plastic Beach" album and the song "Stylo." Featuring the vocals of Albarn as well as late R&B/Soul veteran Bobby Womack and Brooklyn rapper Mos Def, it was the first single to be released off the record. The music video, released on March 1st, 2010 features somebody else who celebrated a birthday this week: Bruce Willis. He turned 63 on Monday.
Up next from the video-vault we have the Pet Shop Boys. Their debut album, "Please" came out 32-years ago on March 24th. I recorded the lead single, "West End Girls" over and over again on a blank cassette tape and played it endlessly driving around in my 1967 Chevy Impala at the age of 17. Nobody wanted a ride from me after awhile. Let's have a look at the video for "West End Girls." I promise to only put it once on the playlist.
Finally, one more birthday for the week: Vivian Stanshall. He was a British musician/comedic actor/writer who was most notably a member of the comedy-driven Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band in the 1960's. Vivian sang and could play multiple instruments including trumpet, guitar, trombone, flute, recorder, mandolin, ukulele, harp, and harmonica. He was also a close friend and drinking buddy of drummer Keith Moon from The Who. Stanshall died in an electrical fire in 1995. He would have turned 75 on Wednesday. I first heard the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band in college back in 1989 and thought they were a lot of fun... So let's have some fun with a 1968 television performance of "Canyons Of Your Mind."
The Spotify version of the playlist contains bonus tracks from each of the artists, including a beautiful Damon Albarn song from last year's Gorillaz album, "Humanz." Be sure to give "Busted and Blue" a listen!
That's Fun-4-Friday. If you had fun, tell your friends about it and put my website at KristenEckRadio.com on your list of favorites. Thanks for stopping by. Happy listening!