Hello again friend and welcome to Fun-4-Friday. I'm your host Kristen Eck. Today is Star Wars Day... May-the-4th be with you. Get it? It's also National Space Day. Well that's convenient. There were a bunch of cool albums that came out this week in music history, so let's get right to them.
English post-punk band, Echo & The Bunnymen released their fourth studio album, "Ocean Rain" on this day 34-years ago in 1984. Recorded with a 35-piece orchestra in sessions in Paris, Bath, and Liverpool, the record received mixed reviews, but produced arguably the band's best song in the lead single, "The Killing Moon." In a 2013 interview, bandleader Ian McCulloch revealed that he came up with the beginnings of the music for the verses of that song, when he wondered what the chords of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" would sound like played backwards.
"The Killing Moon" features some of my favorite lyrics in rock music:
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him."
McCulloch says he just woke up one morning and those lyrics were there in his head. He added it had never happened before, nor would it again. Ian McColloch celebrates his 59th birthday on Saturday May 5th. A new Echo & The Bunnymen album is due out in October. Let's celebrate with the official music video for "The Killing Moon."
Modern English released their second studio album, "After The Snow" on May 3rd, 1982. It produced the hit-single, "I Melt With You." The song, which is about a couple making love while an atomic bomb is being dropped, was featured in the 1983 film, "Valley Girl," received heavy airplay on MTV, and would eventually be played over 3-million times by radio stations here in America. Let's have a look back at the official music video.
The Stone Roses released their self-titled debut album on May 2nd, 1989. They were a key part of Manchester, England's musical culture in the late 80's and early 90's which featured Alternative Rock mixed with Acid House and psychedelia. It was sometimes referred to as the "Baggy Scene," due to the baggy jeans preferred by the bands, as well as their fans at the time. The record was not well received at-first by numerous publications other than NME and Melody Maker, but over time it steadily found more & more support. These days it is considered by many critics to be an essential album in 90's rock. Check-out the music video for the tune, "I Wanna Be Adored."
While May 4th is Star Wars Day and National Space Day it's also a very important day in my life. May 4th, 2016 was the day I came-out and introduced myself to the world as Kristen.
I had no idea what was ahead for me or how any of it would be received as I climbed into the helicopter for WBZ NewsRadio 1030 on that grey rainy morning and went on the air for the first time with my new name. Ian McCulloch's words from "The Killing Moon" were on my mind. Fate was about to have its way. By the time I landed, a lot of people in my own industry were looking to talk to me. The journey so far has been wonderful. The acceptance, kindness, and support that I find around me on an everyday basis are humbling.
On that morning two years ago today, WBZ Radio ran my story including an interview conducted by friend & colleague Laurie Kirby. The story included a clip of a very important song for me at the time. That tune was "Winter" by Tori Amos. Let's have a look at a beautiful live performance of that.
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