Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Music History Today: October 1, 2020

October 1, 2004: John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M. launched the Vote for Change tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They closed with show in Orlando, Florida.

The Vote for Change tour’s final show in Orlando, Florida, served as the grand finale for modern rock’s most earnest guerrilla campaign to date. 

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The weekend’s most politically driven “package”–Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, R.E.M, and Tracy Chapman—chose Orlando as its battleground. Opening with a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog,” Chapman treated fans to a brief set of surprisingly intimate, politically driven anthems, including the set closer “Talking About a Revolution.”  
Read more: Spin 

October 1, 1962: The Beach Boys release their first album, Surfin' Safari, which includes their debut single, "Surfin'."

The Beach Boys' first album is an energetic affair that manages to only merely hint at the greatness to come. Released in the days when albums were not seen as a major artistic effort, Surfin' Safari sees the boys celebrate the simple joys of surfing, girls and root beer. 
Read more: Surfer Moon

October 1, 1974:  Harry Chapin released "Cat's In The Cradle."

Father/son dynamics are complicated things. When you’re a father, you feel this ingrained pressure to provide for your family. But in attempting to make enough money to keep your family above water, you inevitably end up ignoring your kids. The power of “Cat’s In The Cradle” is if it hits you in the gut at the right moment.
Read more: Stereogum

October 1, 1980: The film One Trick Pony, starring Paul Simon opens in US movie theaters. 

"Late in the Evening" became a hit on several charts worldwide.

One Trick Pony
movie poster

 In the U.S., the song hit number six on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the song was a top "20 hit in the Netherlands, Belgium, and New Zealand. 
Read more: Wikipedia

October 1, 1983: Bonnie Tyler reached number one with the biggest hit of her career with "Total Eclipse Of The Heart."

Jim Steinman, the writer and producer of “Total Eclipse Of The Heart,” originally came from musical theater. In 1972, Steinman met a big-voiced Texan actor who’d already been in Hair on Broadway and who called himself Meat Loaf. Together, Steinman and Loaf started working on a vast herd-of-stampeding-elephants song-cycle called Bat Out Of Hell. 
Read more: Stereogum


Revolution
Tracy Chapman

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