Hello again and welcome back to Fun-4-Friday! This is still a work-in-progress, as I'm trying to sharpen-the-focus of each of my features.
Let's talk music history for this week... I mentioned in Knock Knock: New Music! back on Monday, that 2/18/1998 was the day Robert Smith of The Cure turned into a giant moth and battled a mechanical-Godzilla version of Barbra Streisand in Season One of South Park. That was Episode-12: "Mecha-Streisand." Near the end of the epsiode
Kyle Broflovski calls out to Robert Smith, "Disintegration is the best album ever!" Not the worst choice for a Third-Grader to make!
Nirvana frontman, Kurt Kobain was born this week on 2/20/1967. He would have been 51. We can only guess if Nirvana would still be around today had he lived, what it would have sounded like, and whether Foo Fighters would exist.
Radiohead released their debut album, "Pablo Honey" 25-years-ago on 2/22/1993. Though it produced a HUGE radio track in the song, "Creep," the album found lukewarm critical response. Few had any idea of what level of musical-mastery Radiohead would achieve in its subsequent albums.
Here are this week's videos (Click PLAY above to watch the playlist:)
Fun Lovin' Criminals: Scooby Snacks
Hailing from New York City, this trio caught the attention of EMI Records one night, playing their usual role of fill-in band for acts that failed to show-up to the club they worked for. Their debut album, "Come Find Yourself" was released this week on 2/20/1996. The lead-single, "Scooby Snacks" features samples from Quentin Tarantino films, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
The Police - So Lonely
The threesome of Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland were signed to A&M Records on Feb. 23rd, 1978 in the midst of recording their debut-album,
"Outlandous D'Amour" on a budget of $3000 from Copeland's brother. While,
"Next To You" is my favorite song off the album, there's no music video for it, so I'll go with the third single, "So Lonely!"
Sebadoh - Flame
This Low-Fi, Indie-Rock band from Western Massachusetts was formed by Dinosaur Jr. bassist, Lou Barlow and drummer, Eric Gaffney near the end of the 1980's. Barlow would also form the group Folk Implosion and release the 1995 Top-40 hit,
"Natural One" before Sebadoh released their seventh-LP, "The Sebadoh" on
February 23rd, 1999. I relentlessly hunted-down this CD as soon as I heard the song, "Flame" on WFNX.
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
Get ready to feel really old. February 18th, 2018 marked the 15th-anniversary of this band's first and only album, "Give Up!" The Postal Service emerged as the union of Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, electronic musician/producer Jimmy Tamborello, and Indie-artist Jenny Lewis. The band got its name because of their recording methods with members sending DAT-Tapes back & forth to each other thru the US-Mail.
"Give Up" went Platinum and its lead-single, "Such Great Heights" went Gold in 2003.
One more historical tidbit...
February 18th, 1973 saw the premiere of nationally syndicated radio concert series,
"The King Biscuit Flower Hour." Featured artists were Blood Sweat and Tears,
Bruce Springsteen, and Mahavishnu Orchestra. I wouldn't know about Mahavishnu Orchestra until 1982, when my 7th-grade music teacher, Paul Weber played their
1973 album, "Birds of Fire" for us in music-class at Barnstable Middle School. I borrowed the album from him for a few months!
Thanks for stopping by to hang-out on Fun-4-Friday. I'll be back on the BLOG on Saturday to talk about the week's NEW album releases!