Monday, September 21, 2020

Music History Today: September 22, 2020

September 22, 1991: R.E.M. went to Number 1 in America with their seventh album, Out of Time, which features the tracks "Losing My Religion" and "Shiny Happy People."

The phrase “Shiny Happy People” is said to have been derived from a poster in China which was basically a piece of propaganda promoting the aforementioned ideals. The implication is that said poster was created by the Chinese government. 

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Meanwhile the song itself came out just two years after the Tiananmen Square protests in China which officially resulted in the deaths of almost 300 people. What the band appears to be doing is mocking the Chinese authorities by implying they are hypocrites.  
Read more: Song Meanings and Facts

September 22, 1985: The first Farm Aid concert drew 80,000 fans and raised $7 million.

According to the Farm Aid website the mission of Farm Aid is "to keep family farmers on their land. 

John Mellencamp

The twelve hour Farm Aid concert took place in Champaign, Illinois at Memorial Stadium on the Campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. This diverse lineup included Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. 

Read more: The Concert Stage

Shiny Happy People

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