Thursday, April 7, 2022

Music History Today: April 8, 2022

April 8, 1994: The Offspring's breakthrough album Smash is released.

The Offspring's second album for Epitaph did the impossible: it landed in the Top Five, unheard of for independent records.

The cover of Offspring album Smash
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The Offspring crossed over due to the raucous, Eastern-tinged single "Come Out and Play," which stopped and started just like Nirvana, only without the Seattle trio's recklessness. The record stayed in the charts because the Offspring sounded relentlessly heavy, no matter how much the band claimed to be punk.  
Read more: Allmusic

April 8, 1967: Its second week on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, The Dave Clark Five were sailing up, from Number 83 to 48, with "You Got What It Takes."

Dave Clark Five
Dave Clark Five

"You Got What It Takes" was a 1959 single by Marv Johnson. In the US it reached number 2 on the Black Singles chart, and number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 early in 1960. A 1967 cover of the song by The Dave Clark Five reached number 7 in the United States and number 28 in the UK. 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 8, 1972: Gladys Knight and the Pips entered the American Top 40 with a cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through The Night." 

A country music ballad originally released in 1970, “Help Me Make It Through The Night” was penned and first recorded by Kris Kristofferson in 1969. He composed the song and released it the following year and included on his first album, Kristofferson. 
Read more: Country Thang Daily

April 8, 1978: Juice Newton's cover of Bonnie Tyler's "It's a Heartache" started its climb up the American singles chart.

"'It's a Heartache'" by Bonnie Tyler reached no. 3 in the US and no. 4 in the UK. Worldwide, "It's a Heartache" sold around six million copies. In the United States, Tyler's version was released in 1978 around the same time as Juice Newton. Newton's version reached No. 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 91 on the Canadian RPM 50 Singles Chart. 
Read more: Wikipedia


April 8, 2000: In a Saturday Night Live skit where Blue Öyster Cult is recording "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," Christopher Walken demands more cowbell from Will Ferrell, who complies. A catch phrase is born.

Come Out and Play
The Offspring

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