Friday, February 24, 2023

Music History Today: February 25, 2023

February 25, 1985: Tears For Fears released their album Songs from the Big Chair.

Tears For Fears' musical inspiration for Songs From the Big Chair came from art-rock by Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Robert Wyatt, and Peter Gabriel.

Tears For Fears Songs from the Big Chair album cover 

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The writing method they adopted was "fitting songs into interesting sounds." They experimented with individual fragments and then built them out. No track on Songs From the Big Chair exemplifies this free-roaming, tessellating approach more than its opener, the Number 1 single "Shout." 
Read more: Pitchfork 

February 25, 1967: Sam & Dave entered Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart at Number 78, on their way to 42,  with "When Something is Wrong with My Baby."

Like most Sam & Dave songs, "When Something is Wrong with My Baby" was written and produced by the Stax Records team of Dave Porter and Isaac Hayes. Sam & Dave signed to the label in 1965 and had their first hit in 1966 with "Hold On, I'm Comin'." Most of their songs were up-tempo, but they slowed it down for "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby." 
Read more: Songfacts

February 25, 1981: At the 23rd Annual Grammy Awards, Christopher Cross was the first artist in Grammy history to win all four General Field awards in a single ceremony, bringing home Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

February 25, 1998: The 40th Annual Grammy Awards named "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Colvin was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance but lost to Sarah McLachlan's "Building a Mystery." 

Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin

February 25, 2014: Postmodern Jukebox's YouTube channel uploaded a 1930s Jazz-style cover of Wham!'s Careless Whisper, featuring Robyn Adele Anderson's vocals and Dave Koz on saxophone.

Tears for Fears

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