Archive for July, 2010
On this day in 2006 the final episode of Top of the Pops aired on the BBC. Top of the Pops was a British music television program that presented studio performances from some of that week’s best-selling popular music artists, with a rundown of that week’s singles chart. The show had been on the air in the UK since 1964.
The final edition of the show featured archive footage and tributes, including The Rolling Stones (the very first band to appear on the program) the Spice Girls, David Bowie, Wham!, Madonna, Beyoncé, Gnarls Barkley, Kylie Minogue, and Robbie Williams. The show closed with a final countdown, topped by Shakira, as her track “Hips Don’t Lie” (featuring Wyclef Jean) had climbed to number one on the UK Singles Chart earlier that day. The show ended with Sir Jimmy turning the lights off in the empty studio. It was reported that 3.98 million people watched the program’s final episode.
Today we have a video clip of The Smiths performing “What Difference Does It Make” on Top of the Pops in 1983. Enjoy!
On this day in 1986 R.E.M. released their fourth album, Lifes Rich Pageant on I.R.S. Records. With the help of producer Don Gehman, they were hoping to make a more upbeat album than the previous, Fables of the Reconstruction. The entire record was recorded at Belmont Mall Studios in Belmont, Indiana.
Allo Darlin’ is playing at L’internationale in Paris, France tonight. Today we have Dreaming by Allo Darlin’.
On this day in 1982, The Clash played at the Playhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. Today we have Stay Free by The Clash from the album Give ‘Em Enough Rope. Happy Friday!
On this day in 2003 DEVO performed at the Orange County State Fair in Costa Mesa, CA. Today we have a live recording of Jocko Homo by DEVO. Enjoy!
From what I understand Lindsay Lohan might be going to jail today, but I’m not sure. Today we have Rumors by Lindsay Lohan.
On this day in 2007 the very first episode of the television series Mad Men aired on AMC.
On this day in 2005 Tullycraft and Boyracer played at the Stork Club in Oakland, CA. The Portland band, Blitzen Trapper contacted us about getting on the bill, but there were already two opening bands – so I said “no”. I think Cori (Tullycraft) is still upset at me for doing that. Today we have Pretentious Headline Band Ego Problem by Boyracer recorded live on John Peel’s radio show.
On this day in 1967 The Who played in Seattle for the very first time. They performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum.
On this day in 1979, the movie Breaking Away was released in the U.S. The film is about four working-class friends who have recently graduated from high school and are unsure what to do with their lives. They often clash with the more affluent Indiana University students in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Call it a coincidence (or not), but the band Defiance, Ohio are playing in Bloomington, Indiana tonight (at a venue called Magnetic South). “Cutters” t-shirts are encouraged. Today we have Anxious and Worrying by Defiance, Ohio.