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. It’s not that she didn’t have an indelible look: her low-slung skate pants, tie and ramrod-straight hair are an enduring fancy-dress costume. It’s that she never seemed to want to grow up. 
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, and after the song became successful, two other songs released that year, the O’Jays’ “Lonely Drifter” (released in September) and Robin Ward’s “Wonderful Summer” (released in November) 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."
Just to clear up a generation's worth of rumors about the lyrics of "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 question 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, An uncharacteristically forthcoming Donald Fagen has similarly revealed that the "Rikki" in question was simply a woman he'd had a crush on in college. It says something about Steely Dan's reputation as obscurantists that even a straightforward lost-love song like "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" could be so widely over-interpreted. 
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. 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.

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The irresistibly catchy song was written by the band’s Roland Orzabal with Ian Stanley, also a member of Tears For Fears during the 1980s, and was produced by Chris Hughes, who produced the whole of the massively successful Big Chair album. TFF had made their UK singles chart debut two years earlier with “Mad World,” which hit No.3 and was swiftly followed by the No.4 success “Change” (both of them certified silver) and the No.5 “Pale Shelter.” But “Shout” was the sound of a band who were now truly ready for their big international expansion. 
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, like hurricanes, were rated on an objective scale according to their ability to devastate the pop-cultural landscape, then the song that reached the top of the American pop charts on August 3, 1996 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 something called “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” a song that laid waste to all competition during a record-setting run at #1 that began on this day.  
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