Monday, November 8, 2021

Music History Today: November 9, 2021

November 9, 2018: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was released by Netflix in the US. The film opens with Tim Blake as Buster Scruggs, riding a mule and singing "Cool Clear Water."
This may be the first movie by Joel and Ethan Coen to take place in the wild west, but it still feels like a greatest hits collection. 

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs poster
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It consists of six stories, beginning with a cartoonish musical comedy that recalls Raising Arizona (1987) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) in its highfalutin dialogue, show-offy camera setups, and stick-figure characterizations. From there, the stories get progressively more somber and the reflections on mortality increasingly serious; the film ends up in the ruminative register of Fargo (1996) and No Country for Old Men (2007).  
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November 9, 1957: "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris topped out at number 5 on the US Billboard chart. 
"Little Bitty Pretty One" was written by Bobby Day under his real name Robert James Byrd. Bobby is more famous on these shores for recording the original versions of Over and Over as covered by the Dave Clarke 5 and Rockin’ Robin as made famous by Michael Jackson. 
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November 9, 1974: The J. Geils Band entered the Top 100 siogle's chart at number 61 with "Must of Got Lost."
"Must of Got Lost" by  The J. Geils Band reached in No. 12 on the Billbaord Hot 100 chart. Allmusic critic Joe Viglione described it as "one of the most memorable tunes by The J. Geils Band." A live version of the song, with an extended spoken-word introduction by Peter Wolf, appears on Blow Your Face Out, J. Geils Band's second live album. The live version receives considerable airplay on album-oriented rock format stations. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 

November 9, 1981: The Cars released the single "Shake It Up."
The Cars are one of the groups who can be credited with opening the New Wave sound up to the mainstream. Released as the lead single from the album, "Shake It Up" was a big American hit for The Cars, getting them into the Top 10 in the US for the first time.

The Cars Shake It Up album cover

Some fans accused them of "selling out," but the band insisted they were simply progressing. The jabs came mostly from the UK, where the band got lots of positive press early on but faced the wrath of a finicky press when they released this song about dancing. In the UK, "Shake It Up" wasn't released as a single. 
Read more: Songfacts

November 9, 1991: "Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crue enters the American Top 100 chart.
When Motley Crue presented their record label with an album that included a sentimental ballad, the label rejected it outright.

Motley Crue
Motley Crue

But the band pushed for “Home Sweet Home” because the members knew fans supported songs by power-charged rock groups that slowed down for big emotional payoffs. The track was a reaction to Crue’s experience during their 1983 tour in support of that year’s Shout at the Devil album. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

Cool Clear Water
Tim Blake as Buster Scruggs

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