Monthly Archives: September 2011

Neil Young rocks the free world (and SNL)

On the evening of Sept. 30, 1989, Neil Young was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. He played a new song from his 19th studio album, Freedom, which would be released on October 2. The song, “Rockin’ in the … Continue reading

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Everybody’s dancin’ to the Farfisa beat (Squeeze, 1980)

One of my favorite, quirky pop tunes is “Farfisa Beat” by the British “new wave” band Squeeze. It’s from their third LP “Argybargy” (their first to chart in the US) and it’s about dance club scenarios and the Farfisa, an … Continue reading

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They call it Nutbush (oh, Nutbush)

In 1973, Tina Turner wrote a song about Nutbush, Tenn., the place where she was born. Titled “Nutbush City Limits,” her birthplace was actually an unincorporated town in Haywood County, about 50 miles northeast of Memphis. Turner lived there until … Continue reading

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Take me to that other place (U2 atop The Clarence Hotel)

On Sept. 27, 2000, in an homage to The Beatles’ rooftop concert during the Let It Be recording sessions, U2 pulled a similar stunt in Dublin, Ireland, to promote their tenth album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Atop The … Continue reading

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HB, Tracy Anne Thorn !! (EBTG)

Happy birthday, Tracy Thorn, lead singer (and occasional guitar player) for the duo known as Everything but the Girl !! (Sept. 26, 1962) Here’s a clip with two songs from EBTG’s 1986 release Baby, the Stars Shine Bright to showcase … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Furs hit US singles chart as a quartet

The third album from The Psychedelic Furs, Forever Now, was released on Sept. 25, 1982. Todd Rundgren produced the sessions with the British band in Woodstock, NY. Rundgren also played keyboards and saxophone on several tracks. He brought in Donn … Continue reading

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It was 20 years ago today … nevermind … nirvana

It was 20 years ago today … … on Sept. 24, 1991, a little band from Aberdeen, Wash., named Nirvana released their second album, ‘Nevermind,’ in America. Produced by Butch Vig, it was their first release after Dave Grohl had … Continue reading

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Worst lip-synch ever? (Gimme a ticket for an air-o-plane)

On Sept. 23, 1967, a young group from Memphis, The Box Tops, topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with their song “The Letter.” It would stay at #1 for four weeks. The song clocks in under two minutes and would receive … Continue reading

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The Boss (often compared to Dylan) also “goes electric”

On his song “Growin’ Up,” Bruce Springsteen sang about his (adolescent) rebellion with lyrics like “…when they said, ‘Sit down,’ I stood up …” So it was probably no surprise to MTV when, on Sept. 22, 1992, The Boss showed … Continue reading

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Do you remember the 21st night of September? (ba de ya – EW&F)

Do you remember the 21st night of September? Earth Wind & Fire hope you do. I have no idea about its significance except, on this evening, love was changing the minds of pretenders and the stars stole the night away. … Continue reading

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