Sunday, October 17, 2021

Music History Today: October 18, 2021

October 18,  1980: "Private Idaho" by The B-52s enters the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

In this song, the state of Idaho is used to represent a case of paranoia - the lyrics "get out of that state" meaning to get out of that state of mind.

 The B-52s

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Why Idaho? Schneider explained to the Idaho Statesman that it was the wacky reputation of the state, saying, "Idaho is pretty mysterious to all of us. I know it's a beautiful state, but then I know there's also a lot of crazy right-wingers and all that stuff." 
Read more: Songfacts

October 18, 1965: The Beatles began recording "In My Life" for their album Rubber Soul.

One of the highlights of the Rubber Soul album, ‘In My Life’ was written mostly by John Lennon, and started out as a nostalgic set of memories of Liverpool. He first had the idea for the song in 1964, when journalist Kenneth Allsop asked Lennon why his songs were less revealing and challenging than his books. Musing on this, Lennon decided to take a nostalgic look at specific places and memories from his Liverpool past. 
Read more: Beatles Bible


October 18, 1974: The Rolling Stones release the album It's Only Rock N' Roll.

It's uneven, but at times It's Only Rock 'n Roll catches fire.

Rolling Stones album It's Only Rock N' Roll.

The songs and performances are stronger than those on Goats Head Soup; the tossed-off numbers sound effortless, not careless. Throughout, the Stones wear their title as the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" with a defiant smirk, which makes the bitter cynicism of "If You Can't Rock Me" and the title track all the more striking. 
Read more: Allmusic

October 18, 1984: The movie Stop Making Sense featuring the Talking Heads is released in the United States.

Stop Making Sense is Jonathan Demme's remarkable concert film that captures the enormous energy of the Talking Heads live performance.  

Movie poster Stop Making Sense Talking Heads

Band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison are joined by Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt in this concert film that is packed with the Talking Heads most memorable songs. Wall-to-wall music, beautiful cinematography and the legendary "Big Suit" make this "one of the greatest rock movies ever made". 
Read more: Vudo


October 18, 1969: Sly and the Family Stone reached number 2 on the US single's chart with "Hot Fun  in the Summertime."

"Hot Fun in the Summertime" by Sly and the Family Stone was released in the wake of the band's high-profile performance at Woodstock, which greatly expanded their fanbase. The song peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, kept out of the number 1 spot by "I Can't Get Next to You" by The Temptations. It's the seventh biggest U.S. hit of 1969. Rolling Stone ranked the song #247 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." 
Read more: Wikipedia

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