Friday, August 6, 2021

Music History Today: August 7, 2021

August 7, 2005: The television series Weeds premieres with the theme song  "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds.
Malvina Reynolds was a social activist and writer of protest songs. She wrote this song as a political statement about the uniformity, the sameness, which she believed was being fostered by what are now known as "Cookie-Cutter" or "Tract" houses; houses along suburban streets with identical floor plans.

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While the US housing industry's typical year consists of 1 to 1.25 million homes built, for a 5-year period during World War II the number of houses built was nearly zero. Enter: Levittown. The advent of the "Mass Housing" industry was brought about by William J. Levitt. Each house was 750 square feet, consisted of 2 bedrooms, no garage, no basement, an unfinished second floor, and sat on one-seventh-acre lots that measured 60 feet in width.
Read more: Songfacts

August 7, 1954: "Sh-Boom" by The Crew-Cuts hits the top of the charts and stays for seven weeks.

Bursting out of the same Toronto choir loft that produced the Four Lads, the scrawny Crew-Cuts soared from cakes-and-coffee to $5,000 a week, top spot in the pops and a life without sleep. Their record of Sh-Boom has sold more than a million copies; in the four months after its release, Sh-Boom had paid them $27,500 in royalties and their fee for nightclub and theatre appearances vaulted from $500 to $5,000 a week. 
Read more: Macleans Archive 1954

August 7, 1965:  The Dave Clark Five reached Number 7 with their cover of "I Like It Like That."

Chris Kenner's "I Like It Like That" was covered by the Dave Clark Five in 1965. For a brief time it seemed that the Dave Clark Five was the biggest challenger to the Beatles' phenomenon.

Dave Clark Five
Dave Clark Five

They were the first British Invasion band to break in a big way in the States after the Beatles. The Dave Clark Five reached the Top 40 17 times between 1964 and 1967 with memorable hits like "Glad All Over," "Bits and Pieces," "Because," and a remake of Bobby Day's "Over and Over," as well as making more appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show than any other English act. 
Read more: Allmusic

August 7, 1982: "Hurts So Good" by John Cougar stalled at 2, stuck behind "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor for 4 weeks.
"Hurts So Good" by John Mellencamp,  under the stage name "John Cougar," was the first of three major hit singles from his 1982 album American Fool.

John Cougar
John Cougar

The others were "Jack & Diane" and "Hand to Hold On To," which were all released in 1982. The song was also a critical success with Mellencamp winning the Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male at the 25th Grammy Awards on February 23, 1983. 
Read more: Wikipedia

August 7, 1990: Deee-Lite released their studio album World Clique which contained their hit song "The Groove is in the Heart."
Its reputation may rest on only one hit single -- but what a hit. "Groove Is in the Heart" defined the summer of 1990 on radio and MTV with its delicious combination of funk, modern dance sheen, and Lady Miss Kier's smart, sharp diva ways.

Deee-Lite studio album World Clique cover art

Add in guest vocals and bass from Bootsy Collins (a pity his hilarious video cameo wasn't represented here), brass from the original Horny Horns duo of Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker, and a smooth mid-song rap from A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip, and the results sounded good then and now. The rest of World Clique offers variations on the song's theme. 
Read more: Allmusic

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