Friday, April 14, 2023

Music History Today: April 14, 2023

April 14, 2001: Staind entered Billboard's Hot 100 on the way to Number 5 with "It's Been Awhile."
"It's Been Awhile" was a monster hit for Staind, spending 20 weeks atop Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Staind 2001

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It also crossed over to hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and, as the lead single, gave Staind the first chart-topping album of their career on Break the Cycle.  
Read more: Loudwire
April 14, 1967: The Bee Gees released their first English single, "New York Mining Disaster 1941." 
"New York Mining Disaster 1941" is about a group of miners trapped beneath the surface. The story is told from the perspective of one of them, who shows others a photo of his wife in his final hours. There was no mining disaster in New York in 1941, although there was one in McIntire, Pennsylvania, which killed six people. The song, though, was vaguely inspired by the Aberfan tragedy in South Wales.  
Read more: Songfacts

April 14, 1973: Alice Cooper entered the US singles chart with "No More Mr. Nice Guy."
Alice Cooper wrote "No More Mr. Nice Guy" about the reaction of friends and family toward his over-the-top stage persona. The maniac he plays on stage goes over well with his audiences, but the folks in his mother's church groups were unsure how to handle it and were uncomfortable talking about it. This song was the shock rocker's declaration that the "gloves are off," and he's no longer going to apologize for his wild-man stage antics. 
Read more: Songfacts

April 14, 1984: Cyndi Lauper entered Billboard at Number 53, on the way to the top, with "Time After Time."
Cyndi Lauper wrote "Time After Time" with Rob Hyman of The Hooters, who also sang backup on the track.

Cyndi Lauper  "Time After Time." cover art 

She came up with the title when she saw it in the magazine TV Guide. Time After Time is the name of a 1979 science fiction movie starring Malcolm McDowell as H.G. Wells, whose time machine is stolen by Jack The Ripper, who uses it to travel from 1893 to 1979. Wells follows him into the future and tries to stop him from killing. 
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April 14, 2015: Mike Posner released the single "I Took a Pill in Ibiza." Originally an Americana acoustic guitar-based tune, this became a hit on the European continent after it was remixed by the Norwegian duo SeeB.

It's Been Awhile

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