Archive for April, 2011
Leslie Conway Bangs (aka Lester Bangs) died in New York of a Valium and Nyquil overdose on this day in 1982. Bangs was a music journalist who wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone magazines. He has been called one of the “most influential” voices in rock criticism. It was reported that he was listening to The Human League album, Dare, at the time of his death. Today we have the Tullycraft song If You Take Away The Make-Up, Then The Vampires Will Die If you listen close, you’ll hear a shout-out to Lester Bangs in the second verse.
The Greek word “Eureka” (which means “I have found it”) was made the official California state motto in 1963. The motto refers to the discovery of gold in California. Archimedes, the famed Greek mathematician, is said to have exclaimed “Eureka!” when he discovered a method of determining the purity of gold. The Athens, GA band, Eureka California, recently released a 7″ EP on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records. Today we have the song Baby, I’m Your Garbage Man by Eureka California.
Guitarist and original member of the rock band Kiss, Ace Frehley, was born on this day in 1951. Today we have the song New York Groove from Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album.
On this day in 1939 DC Comics published Detective Comics #27, which featured the first appearance of Batman. Because of its significance, issue #27 is widely considered to be one of the most valuable comic books in existence, with one copy selling for $1,075,000 in a 2010 auction. Today we have the song I’m Dating Batman by Cars Can be Blue.
On this day in 2003, The Flaming Lips released the single “Fight Test” from their album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. When the band recorded the song some members thought that it sounded a bit like the Cat Stevens song “Father And Son” but didn’t think to get clearance from Cat Stevens’ record company. Cat Stevens sued the Flaming Lips over the song’s similarities. He won the lawsuit and received 75% of the royalties from “Fight Test”.
Former Who’s The Boss star, Tony Danza and former Tullycraft guitarist, Harold Hollingsworth are both celebrating birthdays today. Today we have the song Maybe Baby featuring Harold on guitar.
On this day in 1916 the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Wrigley Field defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. Today we have a live recording of Cubs in Five by The Mountain Goats and Tender Forever by Scary Monster.
On this day in 1989 New Order performed at Six Flags Over Georgia just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Their set-list included the songs: Fine Time, Dream Attack, Ceremony, Run, Vanishing Point, Your Silent Face, Loveless, Mr. Disco, Round And Round, Bizarre Love Triangle, Temptation, The Perfect Kiss, and True Faith. Today we have one of my favorite New Order songs Your Silent Face. Happy Friday!
On this day in 1956 Ampex introduced videotape at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters convention. The demonstration caused pandemonium among the astonished attendees. Over the next four days, Ampex took $2 million in orders for the videotape machine. Today we have the song Video Store by Darren Hanlon. Darren is performing at the High Dive here in Seattle on Saturday. See you there!
Singing In The Rain starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds was released on this day in 1952.