Monday, January 11, 2021

Music History Today: January 12, 2021

January 12, 1980: Bee Gees Greatest, which indeed includes the cream of the crop from the group on a double-album set, was the number 1 album.

"There is a spirituality about this album and these songs always meant the most to us. So, it is extraordinary that it came together in such a natural way."

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The Bee Gees

"I chose the songs with the intention of having a chronological order to the whole album, and although there are many other songs, these songs I feel are the songs that Maurice, Robin, and I would be most proud of. These songs represent the path of our lives, moments in time. Moments that will never be forgotten." 
Barry Gibb: U Discover Music

January 12, 1963: Steve Lawrence's "Go Away Little Girl," written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, hits number 1 in the US.

It’s not necessarily creepy. But it’s creepy enough. The idea of “Go Away Little Girl” is that the guy singing the song can’t stand to be alone with one particular girl because he’s afraid he can’t control himself around her. 

Steve Lawrence

He doesn’t want to cheat on his significant other, and so he tells this other girl to just leave. That Mike Pence-esque refusal to simply be in a room with another woman, combined with the patronizing phrase “little girl” — which, to be fair, was pretty common in the pop songs of the era — makes “Go Away Little Girl” into a sort of accidental ode to toxic masculinity.  

Read more: Stereogum

January 12, 1965: NBC debuts the variety show Hullabaloo to compete with ABC’s successful Shindig. The first episode features The New Christy Minstrels, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Zombies, and Woody Allen.  

Beatlemania was surging globally and boatloads of other bushy-haired Brits were arriving on American shores every day. The television schedule was riddled with rock & roll. 

Dick Clark and his American Bandstand were the juggernaut of the airwaves, but every network has its own iteration of the concert show. The trend of the teen pop show peaked in 1965, as many of these shows vanished by the summer of 1966. 

NBC's entry into the field had a bigger budget. That meant nifty prop sets and a rotation of celebrity guests to handling the hosting, acts like Sammy Davis, Jr. and Petula Clark. The Hullabaloo Dancers even had a choreographer with Broadway clout.

Read more: METV

January 12,1969: Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut album is released in America.

It only takes the first two seconds of the first song on their first record for Led Zeppelin to make crystal clear exactly what they intend to do — and exactly what they intend to do to you.

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In the opening to “Good Times Bad Times,” the band drops a two-note attack that falls like a cartoon safe, clearing the air for John Bonham’s syncopated groove, Jimmy Page’s swift-sword guitar and Robert Plant’s high-end howling about sex so loud it gets the neighbors talking.
Read more: Rolling Stone

January 12,1991: "I Touch Myself" by Australian new wave girl group Divinyls hits number 1 on the Australian ARIA chart, number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number 10 on the UK charts. 

The Divinyls’ biggest hit was quite an unlikely one, when you consider the subject matter. Prudishness about well, you know, that notwithstanding, the song received major radio play around the world and still does today on any station that celebrates that intra-decade overlap between the awesome ’80s and the rocking ’90s.

 Chrissy Amphlet

And while it was a song by band and not a single person, it’s hard to extricate “I Touch Myself” from the Divinyls’ lead singer, Chrissy Amphlett. It’s her face in the video, and it’s her voice repeatedly claiming “I honestly do” at the end of the song, just in case there was any question about whether or not she touched herself. 

Read more: People

 

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