Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Music History Today: September 22, 2022

September 22, 1985: The first Farm-Aid concert was held in Champaign, IL.
While performing at the Live Aid benefit concert, Bob Dylan made comments about family farmers within the U.S. in danger of losing their farms.

First Farm-Aid concert poster
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This inspired fellow musicians Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young to organize the Farm Aid benefit concert. 
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September 22, 1969: The Band released their self-titled album, which peaked at Number 9 on the US chart, and included the tracks; "Rag Mama Rag." "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

September 22, 1973: Cheech & Chong made a power move up the US music chart, from Number 70 to 41, with "Basketball Jones." 
It seems almost absurd to imagine Cheech & Chong collaborating musically with heavies such as George Harrison, Michelle Philips, Billy Preston, Tom Scott, Carole King, and The Blossoms. And yet, in 1973, this strange partnership did, indeed, come together to record a song named "Basketball Jones" for Cheech & Chong's Los Cochinos album. 
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September 22, 1996: "The Beautiful People" was released by Marilyn Manson from the album Antichrist Superstar.

"The Beautiful People" is a description of the way you need to survive in capitalistic society.

Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Marilyn Manson
Antichrist Superstar

Marilyn Manson makes a link between the American media and Nazi propaganda and the need to to be physically perfect. 
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September 22, 2001: Deborah Cox took over the top of Billboard's Dance Club Songs for the next two weeks with "Absolutely Not (Chanel Club Mix)." 

Heart of Gold
Neil Young

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