Saturday, October 8, 2022

Music History Today: October 8, 2022

October 8, 1988: Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon finally left Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart after a record breaking 741 weeks.

Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon
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October 8, 1973: Queen released the single "Keep Yourself Alive."
Queen guitarist Brian May wrote the words and music for "Keep Yourself Alive." The band's first single, it had the familiar elements: stacked guitars and big harmonies.

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Freddie Mercury

The song is about simply staying alive. The message of the song: Staying alive is more important than being rich or famous. It boils down to "being yourself" instead of what everyone else wants you to be. 
Read more: Songfacts


October 8, 1978: Cheap Trick at Budokan Live album by Cheap Trick was released in Japan.
While their records were entertaining and full of skillful pop, it wasn't until At Budokan that Cheap Trick's vision truly gelled. 

Cheap Trick at Budokan Live album

Many of these songs, like "I Want You to Want Me" and "Big Eyes," were pleasant in their original form, but seemed more like sketches compared to the roaring versions on this album. 
Read more: Allmusic

October 8 ,1980: The Talking Heads released their fourth album, Remain In Light.
The lead single from Talking Heads 1980 album Remain In the Light, "Once In A Lifetime," flopped upon release, but over the years it became an audience favorite due to:

 The Talking Heads album Remain In Light

A striking video, its inclusion in the band's 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, and its second single release (in the live version) because of its use in the 1986 movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills, when it became a minor chart entry. 
Read more: Allmusic

October 8, 1988: George Michael enters highest on the US music chart, at Number 47, with "Kissing a Fool."

"Kissing a Fool" continued George Michael's string of solo hits, but it was a major departure from his typical sound. It's meant to recall jazz and the blues of earlier times, which was reinforced with the black-and-white music video. This helped introduce him to a new audience, as it reached Number 1 on the Adult Contemporary charts. 
Read more: Songfacts


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