Monday, August 2, 2021

Music History Today: August 3, 2021

August 3, 2002: "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne makes it up to Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Pop stars – especially women – are frozen at the age they become famous. Breaking the ice usually involves a bad-girl reinvention, if not a genuine breakdown. 

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Somehow, this tension never affected Avril Lavigne, the Canadian pop-punk star who arrived in 2002 aged 17 with the brilliant Complicated, a heaving teenage sigh directed at some poseur boy. . 
Read more: The Guardian
August 3, 1963: The Tymes' "So Much in Love" hit Number 1 on Billboard's single's chart.
“So Much in Love” was released by the Tymes in June 1963 and went all the way to #1. The sounds of the seabirds and waves crashing at the beginning of the song were to give it a romantic feel. Two other songs released that year, the O’Jays’ “Lonely Drifter” and Robin Ward’s “Wonderful Summer” used similar sound effects but neither charted as high as the Tymes’ disc. 
Read more: Rebeat 

August 3, 1974: Steely Dan peaked at Number 2 in the US with "Rikki Don't Lose that Number."
Walter Becker stated for the record in a 1985 interview in the pages of Musician that the "number" in "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" was not slang for a marijuana cigarette. 

"Send it off in a letter to yourself," supposedly a way to safely transport one's dope back before the post office abolished general delivery mail, was held up as the key line, 
Read more: Allmusic


August 3, 1985: Tears For Fears' "Shout" hits Number 1 in the US for the first of three weeks. 
The opening track from Songs From The Big Chair was making its big entrance for Tears For Fears on December 1, 1984. 

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The band debuted on the UK singles chart with “Shout,” which became their fourth Top 5 hit in two years and went on to top the Billboard Hot 100.
Read more: U Discover Music

August 3, 1996:The Bayside Boys remix of "Macarena" hits Number 1 on the Hot 100, where it stays for 14 weeks.
If pop songs were hurricanes, then “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” was a Category 5 monster. It first made landfall in Florida as a seemingly harmless Spanish-language rumba, but in the hands of a pair of Miami record producers, it soon morphed and strengthened into a song that laid waste to all competition during a record-setting run at #1 that began on this day.  
Read more: History


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