Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Music History Today: September 24, 2020

September 24, 1983: Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon" leads the UK chart in the first of a six week stay.

According to Boy George, “Karma Chameleon” is about the cause and effect of not being true to oneself for fear of being ostracized by other people. 
Karma Chameleon photo-shoot
Boy George

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Many of Boy George’s words were inspired by his relationship with the group’s drummer, Jon Moss, with whom he had an affair during the height of the group’s success. George admitted that their first single “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” was about Moss, and their difficult lover-professional relationship was the inspiration for the line “You’re my lover, not my rival” in “Karma Chameleon.” 
Read more: Story of Song

September 24,  1970:  Smoky Robinson & the Miracles released the song "The Tears Of A Clown."

Stevie Wonder and his producer Hank Cosby wrote the music for the song, and Cosby produced the instrumental track recording. Wonder brought the instrumental track to the 1966 Motown Christmas party because he could not come up with a lyric to fit with the track. Smoky Robinson, who remarked that the song's distinctive calliope motif "sounded like a circus," provided lyrics and sang lead vocal.  
Read more: Wikipedia


September 24,  1977: Styx release "Come Sail Away."

"Come Sail Away" was written and sung by primary singer and songwriter for Styx, Dennis DeYoung, and featured on the band's seventh album. The Grand Illusion. Upon its release as the lead single, "Come Sail Away" peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

September 24, 1979: The Eagles release their sixth album, The Long Run. The lead single is "Heartache Tonight," a song co-written by Bob Seger.

The Long Run, the Eagles first album in three years, is a chilling and altogether brilliant evocation of Hollywood’s nightly Witching Hour, that nocturnal feeding frenzy first detailed by Warren Zevon.

The Long Run LP

Both Zevon and the Eagles have employed the desperado and the ghoul as anti-romantic symbols of the star caught in the devil’s bargain. And both eventually came to realize that they had to give up the guise of observers and confess their roles as participants.  
Read more: Rolling Stone


September 24, 1983: Billy Joel's "Tell Her About It" hits number 1 on the Billboard Pop chart. 

“Tell Her About It” is pure, naked pastiche. It might as well be Grease, set four years later. The video makes this as plain as day. An opening chyron lets us all know that we’re watching something happen in July 1963. An Ed Sullivan impersonator introduces “BJ And The Affordables;” Billy Joel, in sunglasses and skinny tie, with an all-Black Motown-style backing band. 
Read more: Stereogum

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