Archive for January, 2011
You may or may not know that today is National Punk Day. This is an un-official annual holiday that encourages everyone to dress like a punk rocker (i.e. Ramones, Sex Pistols, Clash). National Punk Day is always celebrated on January 31st (Johnny Rotten’s Birthday).
On this day in 1979 a sixteen year old girl named Brenda Ann Spencer took a rifle that she had recently been given by her father for Christmas, and went on a shooting spree at an Elementary School in San Diego, CA. The school’s principal and head custodian were both killed. Eight children and a police officer were wounded. When asked why she had done this, Brenda shrugged and simply replied, “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.” The fact that Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays,” baffled singer Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats) and inspired him to write the song that became his band’s biggest hit. Today we have a live recording of The Boomtown Rats performing I Don’t Like Mondays.
On this day in 1962 the Ranger 3 space probe was launched to study the moon. The probe was designed to transmit pictures of the lunar surface to Earth but, due to a series of malfunctions the spacecraft missed the Moon by 22,000 miles. In the 80’s television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the opening narration to each episode stated that Buck Rogers was the pilot of Ranger 3, the last of NASA’s deep space probes. In the series the Ranger 3 was essentially a version of the space shuttle and looked nothing like the actual probe. Today we have Floating In Space by The Apples In Stereo from the album Travellers In Space And Time.
On this day in 1984 the first Macintosh computer went on sale. The Mac became the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface rather than a command-line interface. Today we have the song Apple+Option+Fire by Hot Lava.
If you don’t know already, the band Pavement is going to be on the Food Network program Ace of Cakes tonight. In this episode the staff of Charm City Cakes (in Baltimore, Maryland) designs and presents the band with a one of a kind horse cake. Tune in to watch the hi-jinx ensue. Today we have Shady Lane by Pavement.
On this day in 1953 seventy-two percent of all U.S. households (forty-four million viewers ) tuned in to watch episode #56 of the sitcom I Love Lucy – “Lucy Goes to the Hospital. “ In the episode Lucy Ricardo, played by Lucille Ball, gave birth to a son – Little Ricky. Today we have the song Lucy by The Local Heroes.
On this day in 1987 Joan Jett performed the Modern Lover’s classic “Roadrunner” on Late Night with David Letterman. Here is a video of the performance, it’s pretty awesome! Happy Friday!
The Swedish band Pillow recorded a number of songs in the 90s, but only released one 7″, a CD ep, and a single compilation track. The majority of their output never saw a proper release, that is until now. The indiepop label Jigsaw Records just released a 22-track collection that compiles the best songs from the band’s unreleased material titled Learning To Labour. Today we have Monday Suit by Pillow. The CD is available on the Jigsaw Records website – and it’s only $5.
Today we have a video of the UK surf band, The Surfriders, performing the Tullycraft song “Wild Bikini.” Happy Tuesday!