Monday, September 28, 2020

Music History Today: September 29, 2020

September 29, 1984: "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince and the Revolution hits number one for the first of two weeks.

“Let’s Go Crazy” is the rare pop song that achieves legendary status before the song itself even starts. The intro is pure nonsensical euphoria, from the intonation of “dearly beloved” on. 

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Prince later said that “Let’s Go Crazy” is really a song about God and the Devil, about resisting the temptations of “de-elevator” and punching a higher floor. 

Read more: Stereogum

September 29, 1969: R.B. Greaves released the single "Take A Letter, Maria."

"Take a Letter Maria" hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1969, selling more than a million copies. Its about a hardworking man who comes home to find "the woman I thought I knew in the arms of another man." Rather than pull a pistol and waste them both, he heads to the office the next day and has his secretary fire off a missive to the cheating wife.
Read more: Hollywood Reporter

September 29, 1970: The Guess Who released the single "Share The Land."

One of the greatest Canadian bands ever, Guess Who is unfortunately not very well remembered. “Share The Land” is the title track of their seventh studio album. The song was written by Burton Cummings and performed by The Guess Who. It reached #2 in Canada, #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #63 in Australia in 1970. 
Read more:  Rock and Roll Garage

September 29, 1977: Number 1 on the Hot 100 is "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco. 

Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” is an absolutely shameless piece of music, which is what’s both good and bad about it. It almost sounds like a joke: That famous fanfare wrapping itself around a thumping, obvious disco beat with sound effects all over it.  

Star Wars Cantina Band

The head-blasting majesty of the original Williams theme disappears completely, replaced by a chintzy four-four boom. Midway through there’s a clumsy transition where Meco and his co-workers play that cantina-band theme like it’s big-band jazz while aliens squeak in alien languages. Then it’s back to the main theme, via dramatic guitar riff. 
Read more: Stereogum

September 29, 1973: The album Los Cochinos from Cheech & Chong was at number four on the Billboard Hot 200 LP chart. 

Los Cochinos ("The Pigs") is a 1973 comedy album recorded by Cheech & Chong. 

The Spanish term cochino is a derogatory way of referring to a pig, as it also means "dirty." n this context, "cochino" ("[dirty] pig") equates to the American derogatory term "pig" for "policeman." 
Read more: Wikipedia

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