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Music History Monday: September 17

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 17, 2012 02:15pm | Post a Comment
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On this day in music history: September 17, 1967 - The Who appear on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on the CBS television network, performing "I Can See For Miles" and "My Generation" (taped on September 15th). It is the band's first US television appearance following their star-making performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in June. Prior to the taping, drummer Keith Moon will pack one of his bass drums with an explosive charge to set off at the end of "My Generation." He fails to tell anyone that he has used several times the normal amount of explosives. When Moon detonates the charge, there will be a massive explosion that engulfs the stage in smoke, causing one of his drum cymbals to shatter, cutting him on his arm and leg when he is hit by the flying shrapnel. Guitarist Pete Townshend is closest to the blast when it goes off, singeing his hair and causing him significant hearing loss. Actress Bette Davis, one of the other guests on the show that night will pass out from shock backstage into actor Mickey Rooney's arms (also appearing on the show), after seeing how Keith Moon is injured in the blast.


On this day in music history: September 17, 1967 - The Doors make their first and only on The Ed Sullivan Show performing their recent #1 hit "Light My Fire." Executives from CBS' Standards & Practices (i.e. network censors) will ask the band to change the line "girl we couldn't get much higher" to "girl we couldn't get much better," feeling the original line might be offense to some parts of the viewing audience. Lead singer Jim Morrison will agree to sing the altered line but when the band performs the song on the live broadcast, Morrison will sing the line as it was originally written, even emphasising it the second time he sings it. This will infuriate Sullivan and the network who had planned to have The Doors make another six appearances on the show, are immediately cancelled. When a show producer tells them they'll never appear on the show again, Morrison reportedly tells him, "Hey man. We just did the Sullivan Show.


On this day in music history: September 17, 1980One Step Closer, the ninth album by The Doobie Brothers is released. Produced by Ted Templeman, it is recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, Warner Bros Studios in N. Hollywood, United Sound Recorders in Detroit, and A&R Studios in New York City from Early - Mid 1980. Issued as the follow up to the bands multi-platinum, Grammy-winning album Minute By Minute, it will also be the final album to feature lead vocalist Michael McDonald and will be the band's last studio recording for nine years. It will spin off three singles including "Real Love" (#5 Pop). One Step Closer will peak at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: September 17, 1984All The Rage, the debut album by General Public is released. Produced by General Public with Gavin MacKillop and Colin Fairley, it is recorded at Air Studios, The Townhouse Studios, Redan Studios, The Lot in London, Genetic Studios in Reading, Berkshire, UK, and The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, UK from Late 1983 - Mid 1984. The band is fronted by former The (English) Beat members Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger and features former members of Dexy's Midnight Runners and The Specials. Mick Jones of The Clash also plays on several tracks but will leave the band to form Big Audio Dynamite, and does not appear in any band photographs. He will be replaced by guitarist Kevin White before the album is released. It will spin off three singles including the '80's pop classic "Tenderness" (#27 Pop). All The Rage will peak at #26 on the Billboard Top 200.


On this day in music history: September 17, 1985 Here's To Future Days, the fifth album by the Thompson Twins is released. Produced by Nile Rodgers and Tom Bailey, it is recorded at Marcadet Studios and Guillaume Tell Studios in Paris, and Skyline Studios in New York City from Early - Mid 1985. Issued as the follow up to the hugely successful Into The Gap, the band will start the album with longtime producer Alex Sadkin, but the sessions will be aborted when Bailey is suffering from nervous exhaustion. Rodgers will be enlisted to take over production, scrapping the material previously recorded and starting fresh. The album will spin off three singles including "Lay Your Hands On Me" (#6 Pop) and "King For A Day" (#8 Pop). Here's To Future Days will peak at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Gold by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: September 17, 1988 - "Another Part Of Me" by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #11 on the Hot 100 on September 10th. Written by Michael Jackson, it is issued as the sixth single from Bad. The song is originally recorded for the 3-D Sci-Fi fantasy short film Captain EO, which stars the megastar. Jackson collaborates on the film with producer George Lucas and director Francis Ford Coppola. The attraction will run at Disneyland from 1986 to 1996, before being fully reinstated in 2010. "Another Part Of Me" will also be featured in the 1998 action/comedy Rush Hour in a memorable scene with actor Chris Tucker.


On this day in music history: September 17, 1991Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, the third and fourth albums by Guns 'N' Roses, are released. Produced by Mike Clink and Guns 'N' Roses, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood, and The Record Plant, Studio 56, Image Recording, Conway Studios, Metalworks Studios, and Skip Saylor Studios in Los Angeles, from June 1990 - June 1991. Issued as the follow-ups to the their breakthrough album Appetite For Destruction, the band will make a major personnel change when original drummer Steven Adler (struggling with drug dependency) is fired and replaced with former Cult drummer Matt Sorum. G 'N' R will also add keyboardist Dizzy Reed to the band. Recorded over the period of a year, the band will record enough material for not one but two albums. The albums will be highly anticipated by fans, with many retailers opening at midnight on the day of its release to sell it. Illusion I and Illusion II will sell 685,000 and 770,000 respectively during their first week. They will spin off several hit singles including "November Rain" (#3 Pop), "Don't Cry" (#10 Pop), and You Could Be Mine" (#29 Pop), which was featured in the film Terminator II: Judgment DayUse Your Illusion II will debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Use Your Illusion I at #2. To date, Use Your Illusion I has been certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA and Use Your Illusion II has been certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: September 17, 1996First Band On The Moon, the third album by The Cardigans is released. Produced by Tore Johansson, it is recorded at Tambourine Studios in Malmö, Sweden from September 1995 - June 1996. The Swedish Alt. Rock band will make their US debut two years earlier when tracks from their first two albums combined for their first domestic release, Life. Issued on Chicago indie label Minty Fresh Records, the album will earn them a cult following in the US. The Cardigans major label debut (released on Mercury Records) will be their breakthrough on a worldwide basis when the single "Lovefool" (#1 Billboard Hot Airplay & Top 40 Mainstream) receives a high profile boost when it is also included on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film Romeo + Juliet (starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Clare Danes). First Band On The Moon will peak at #35 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: September 17, 1996Fashion Nugget, the second album by Cake is released. Produced by Cake, it is recorded at Pus Cavern and Paradise Studios in Sacramento, CA from Late 1995 - Mid 1996. The second release by the Sacramento-based band will be their breakthrough album. Formed five years earlier by lead singer John McCrea, the band will release their debut, the self-financed and released Motorcade Of Generosity in 1994, which receives solid reviews and acclaim in the local indie rock scene. When the band is playing a gig at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, they are approached by local radio DJ Bonnie Simmons who offers to manage them. This will lead to the band being signed to Capricorn Records, who reissue their first album. Shortly after, they will return to the studio to begin work on the follow-up. Finding favor immediately on Modern Rock radio, their second album will spin off three singles including "The Distance" (#4 Modern Rock, #35 Hot 100 Airplay) and their cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" (#28 Modern Rock). Fashion Nugget will peak at #36 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Heatseekers chart, and will be certified Platinum by the RIAA.

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