Sunday, February 21, 2021

Music History Today: February 22, 2021

February 22, 1993: Radiohead released their debut album, Pablo Honey.
The first major step in Radiohead‘s lengthy journey from Oxford club mainstays to globally lauded architects of contemporary art rock took the form of Pablo Honey, their debut LP, issued on February 22nd, 1993. 

Radiohead Pablo Honey album cover

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While the album lacks the musical daring that characterized their later works, it finds the band wearing their influences openly, with a refreshing absence of self-consciousness. Glimmers of U2, the Cure, the Smiths and even the Who shine through, signs of Thom Yorke & Co. struggling to assert their dour Britishness in a scene increasingly choked with grunge sounds wafting in from Seattle. 
Read more: Rolling Stone
February 22, 1975: "Pick Up the Pieces" by the Average White Band took over the top of the charts for one week.
The intro to the Average White Band’s “Pick Up The Pieces” is everything you could possibly want an intro to be. A guitar rings out, tense and coiled.

Average White Band black and white publicity photo at a bar
Average White Band

Underneath it, a drone rises. Big bass tones arrive at every beat. A cymbal taps. And then the beat drops in and you’re in it. The groove doesn’t gradually fall into place. It immediately locks in, juicy and full-bodied. It’s all there: the vaguely jazzy horn-riff, the strutting bassline, the in-the-pocket drums, the sideways guitar shimmy. 
Read more: Stereogum

February 22, 1975:  John Lennon's "#9 Dream" peaked at...Number 9.

In the early summer of 1974 Lennon recorded a series of home demos of songs, some of which ended up on Walls And Bridges. One of these was titled So Long and, although an unfinished fragment, it later became the basis for #9 Dream. 

John Lennon artwork for #9 Dream single

At the time Lennon was producing Harry Nilsson’s album Pussy Cats, and the melody of So Long was based on the string arrangement he had written for Nilsson’s cover version of Jimmy Cliff’s Many Rivers To Cross. 

Read more: Beatles Bible


February 22, 1992: Paul Young reached Number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted."
"What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" is a hit single recorded by Jimmy Ruffin and released on Motown Records' Soul label in the summer of 1966. A 1991 cover by Paul Young was featured in the film Fried Green Tomatoes. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 22, 1997: No Doubt had the Number 1  song in the UK. "Don't Speak."
MTV had “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt on heavy rotation during the late 1990s. To say my oldest daughter was obsessed with this song would be a considerable understatement. 

No Doubt color publicity band  photo
No Doubt 
She was living with me in the late 90s…her mum and I had split up many years beforehand, and thankfully, I liked the song too. Which was just as well. When “Don’t Speak” wasn’t on MTV, it seemed to be on the CD player in her bedroom. 


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