Hello everybody and welcome to another edition of Fun-4-Friday. I'm your host, Kristen Eck. There are a whole bunch of important Alternative Rock albums that came out this week in music history. I talked about The Cult's "Sonic Temple" and Hole's "Live Through This" earlier in the week on the Kristen Eck Radio Facebook page. Bob Marley And The Wailers released their LP,
"Catch A Fire" 45-years-ago today in 1973. So just who is making this week's playlist?
Let's begin on April 8th, 1977 with the self-titled debut LP from London punk rock band,
The Clash. It was actually the band's second release in the U.S. as the release-order of the record and their second LP, "Give 'Em Enough Rope" was reversed in America. The U.S. version of "The Clash" was substantially different with five tracks switched-out for alternate songs or takes. Regardless, both versions became favorites of critics on both sides of the Atlantic, hailing it as one of the greatest punk rock records of all time.
Let's have a look at a live performance of "Career Opportunities," as The Clash opened for
The Who at Shea Stadium in New York in 1982. That was also the same year The Clash played four shows at the old Cape Cod Coliseum.
We have TWO debut albums celebrating 35th Anniversaries this week. The first of which is from Athens, Georgia band R.E.M. Their record "Murmur," released on April 12th, 1983 won almost universal praise from just about every music publication that mattered. The band shook-off the producer that IRS Records tried to pair-them-up-with and resisted pressure from the label to add synthesizers or guitar solos to any of the songs. While the album only reached #36 on the Billboard album chart (it was eventually certified Gold,) that didn't stop Rolling Stone Magazine from picking-it over Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and The Police's "Synchronicity" as Album of the Year for 1983. Let's have a look at a live performance of the first single off "Murmur:"
"Radio Free Europe."
Not to be overlooked completely before we move onto our next artist, R.E.M.'s second release, another acclaimed album named "Reckoning" came out this week, the following year on
April 9th, 1984.
Two different albums from David Bowie came out this week in music history. "Let's Dance" was released on April 14th, 1984 and "Aladdin Sane," his sixth studio LP, dropped-on April 13th, 1973...
45-years-ago. The follow-up to "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars," continued a pattern that defined Bowie's career: The moment you thought you had pegged him to one musical style or persona, he would shift, adapt, and move-on. The British music press wasn't particularly enthralled with this album, but American writers were more receptive to it. Bowie, himself, described the record as "Ziggy goes to America." Many of its songs focused on his impressions of the United States while on tour in 1972. "Aladdin Sane" produced two singles: "The Jean Genie" and "Drive-In Saturday." Let's have a look at a 1973 British television performance of "Drive-In Saturday." Originally written by Bowie for Mott The Hoople, the song is his take on 1950's Do-Wop with a not so wholesome story.
We finish things up with an essential Alternative Rock record that turns 35-years -old today. It's the eponymous debut album of Milwaukee Folk-Punk band, the Violent Femmes. Featuring classic tracks "Blister In The Sun" and "Add It Up" plus "Kiss Off" and "Gone Daddy Gone" the record sold slowly but steadily, going Platinum before it finally appeared on the Billboard album chart in 1991, some eight years after its release on April 13th, 1983. I can't imagine the years I spent in college radio at WKKL or just listening to Alternative Rock radio in-general without this record. Let's celebrate 35-years of Violent Femmes with a live performance of my favorite song:
That's Fun-4-Friday! Four fun music videos on the YouTube playlist above and because it's Friday the 13th today, let's get wacky with some bonus selections from The Cult, Hole, and Bob Marley on the Spotify playlist. If you have any comments or suggestions drop me a line at my new email address:
Kristen@KristenEckRadio.com. As always, thank you so much for stopping-by for a visit. Happy listening!