Monday, November 16, 2020

Music History Today: November 17, 2020

November 17, 1966: Jeff Buckley, known as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead to his family, is born in Los Angeles, California.

Jeff Buckley began playing guitar at age 5. Armed with his distinct multi-octave voice, Buckley emerged from New York's music scene in a big way with his first release, 1994's Grace. 

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The album made him an eventual sensation with both critics and fans, and his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" went on to achieve a sublime standing with listeners. Three years later, just short of his 31st birthday and while recording tracks for his second album, Buckley drowned while swimming at night near Memphis, Tennessee. 

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November 17, 1970: Elton John plays live in a recording studio broadcast on WABC-FM (now WPLJ) It's the first live FM broadcast from a music studio. The recording is later released as 17-11-70, Elton's first live album.

Elton’s fifth album overall, 17-11-70 received rave reviews in the British press upon its release on 1st April, 1971. Among them: “Britain’s runaway star in the making. His music is contagious.” (Daily Mirror); “A perfect representation of the stage act worked out by the pianist and his cohorts, bassist Dee Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson.”

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 (Melody Maker); “Unquestionably a magnificent album…there is a scope revealed that one two or three other bands today could ever hope to match.” (Record Mirror). 

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November 17, 1971: Rod Stewart & The Faces release A Nod Is As Good As A Wink... To A Blind Horse.

Classic Rock once placed A Nod’s As Good As A Wink… #16 in a list of the Greatest Albums of the 70s, saying: “The Faces’ greatest moment on record, was the beginning of the end. 

Eclipsed by Rod Stewart’s burgeoning solo career (Maggie May hit No.1 just weeks earlier), the band had finally transferred the bloozy bonhomie of their live shows to the studio, serving up such irresistible items as Miss Judy’s Farm and, somewhat prophetically, Last Orders Please. 
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November 17, 1998: The Offspring release their fourth studio album, Americana, with the hit "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)."

The Offspring lay claim to a legacy that, even after almost 25 years of mainstream success, is difficult to neatly iron out. Punk bands of their size and stature typically mature and grow with age, which is understandable given how creatively limiting the genre can be.


Just look at how quickly Green Day pivoted from hurling snot rockets to providing the soundtrack to every senior prom in America with “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” or how Blink-182 arguably over-corrected in its move from pop punk idiocy to songs like “Adam’s Song” and “Miss You.” But The Offspring never wholly embraced the idea of growing with age, preferring to hold on to at least a little bit of their adolescence.  
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November 17, 2000: Nickelodeon releases the film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, an event significant in the music world because its soundtrack includes "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men

A college football chant from the mid-1980s. A bunch of lyrics scribbled on a Little Caesars bread bag. A punk rock hairdresser named Keith. 
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These are just a few of the seemingly random, but entirely vital, components of Baha Men’s 2000 hit "Who Let the Dogs Out"—a tune Rolling Stone once dubbed the third most annoying song of all time (only Los Del Rio's "Macarena" and Black Eyed Peas's "My Humps" ranked higher).  
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