Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Music News, Notes & Did You Know?

‘Money for Nothing’ too offensive for Canada

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has recently ruled that the Dire Straits’ 1980s hit "Money for Nothing" is too offensive for Canadian radio. The ruling, released last Wednesday, was in response to a complaint against St. John’s radio station CHOZ-FM. The listener complained that the word faggot – which appears three times in the song is “extremely offensive” to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

It ruled that “faggot,” when used to describe a homosexual, is “even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no longer so.”

Here are the offending lyrics from the song:

The little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah, buddy, that’s his own hair
That little faggot’s got his own jet airplane
That little faggot, he’s a millionaire

Get over it!

Read the full story here: Money For Nothing


beehivecandy.com has a great post to read:

The Byrds - Bath Festival 1970.

The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music took place at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet, England over the weekend of 27th and 28th June 1970. The line up included a good number of major American acts (inc Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa, Steppenwolf) and from the UK the likes of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

The festival suffered from some appalling weather at times and also from traffic jams getting to the venue which affected some acts. The original schedule of artists times for appearing went disastrously wrong and delays eventually meant acts appeared through both nights and into Monday morning.

The Byrds appeared on stage, in the early hours of Monday 29th June and the following from the festival archives site takes up the story - It was really late, something like 2 am

Read the rest at BeeHiveCandy.com


Daggermouth's 'Stallone' Gets Vinyl Release

Animal Style Records has given the vinyl treatment to 'Stallone,' the 2006 full-length effort from Vancouver, BC's punk rockers Daggermouth. The first vinyl pressing is limited to 500 copies spread across three variants (100 red, 200 forest green and 200 clear pink).


Soundgarden Announce Live Album

Soundgarden announced their first-ever live album titled, 'Live on 15.' The 17 track LP is scheduled for release on March 22nd and will include the crowd pleasing "Outshined," "Spoonman," and "Black Hole Sun," and some fantastic covers of The Beatles’ "Helter Skelter" and Iggy and The Stooges’ "Search and Destroy." The set was recorded at shows while touring North America in 1996 and feature two tracks recorded at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, CA.

In addition to the live album they may release an album of B-sides.


Jack White Enlists Bob Dylan On New Wanda Jackson Album

Music and melody maker Jack White enlisted the help of Bob Dylan on his latest project, Wanda Jackson's new album 'The Party Ain't Over.' The album includes collaborations with Jack White's wife Karen Elson, The Dead Weather's Jack Lawrence, The Raconteur's Patrick Keeler, Ashley Monroe and Patti Smith's son Jackson Smith.

''I just happened to ask Bob Dylan what he thought, because I told him Wanda was coming to record with me,'' White told BBC 6 Music. "I asked if there were any songs of the top of his head, he sent a couple over and one of was Thunder on the Mountain."

Wanda Jackson is signed to White's Third Man records and they are offering – with the first 1,000 album preorders – an exclusive poster print from the legendary Hatch Show Print letterpress printers in Nashville in the limited edition Greeting Card Gatefold™ (a first for Third Man). Amongst the lucky people who pre-order the LP, 100 will have a chance at the fuchsia-colored vinyl discs that have been randomly inserted.

Nice collectible, I hope I get one!


Steven Tyler Tells Howard Stern That Aerosmith Will Write and Play Again

New 'American Idol' judge Steven Tyler popped by Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show this morning and dished about how things are going with his 'other' gig in Aerosmith Stern exalted Tyler, calling him the "American Mick Jagger," and then launched into the hardline questioning he's known for. There were no softballs here, with Stern flat out asking.........

Read the rest HERE


Beatles Hit Five Million in iTunes Sales

Yes, I know, this is a blog about vinyl. However, other music mediums exist and The Beatles balked for years to join the downloading game. But they are introducing their music to a whole new generation of fans and that cannot be a bad thing.

In fact, in only two short months the Beatles have accomplished a feat that has taken many modern artists several months to accomplish – sell five million songs and one million albums; almost half of those in the first week the music was available in the middle of November 2010 on Apple iTunes.

According to Apple statistics, the most popular of the 13 Beatles’ albums is 'Abbey Road,' and amazingly (considering all their hit singles) the most popular song is the George Harrison penned “Here Comes the Sun”.

For us vinyl fans, the Beatles also topped 2010 sales for record sales. The iconic group from Liverpool sold 36,700 albums in 2010 with 35,000 copies of  'Abbey Road' being sold. In all nearly three million vinyl record albums were sold in 2010.

Nielsen SoundScan the top 10 selling artists vinyl albums for 2010:

The Beatles
The Black Keys
Arcade Fire
Jimi Hendrix
The National
Vampire Weekend 
Bob Dylan

The top 10 individual vinyl albums for 2010:

 Abbey Road  by The Beatles
”Suburbs” by Arcade Fire
”Brothers” by the Black Keys
”Contra” by Vampire Weekend
”Thriller” by Michael Jackson
”High Violet” by the National
”Teen Dream” by Beach House
Valleys Of Neptune (2 LP Vinyl) Jimi Hendrix Experience
”Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd
”XX” by the xx


Did You Know?

Johnny Preston started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1960 with "Running Bear." Written by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), the tune originally entered the chart in October 1959, then quickly vanished, but re-entered in November and slowly climbed to the top. It was also a UK No.1.

In 1964, The Beatles had their first appearance on the US singles chart with "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The record entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #45, just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. Capitol had earlier turned down "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me", "From Me to You" and "She Loves You", which were then released by Vee Jay Records. After a nasty lawsuit, Capitol Records was granted an injunction, restraining Vee Jay Records from further manufacturing, distributing, advertising or otherwise disposing of recordings by the Beatles. If you have any old Beatles records on Vee Jay, hang on to them, they are now collector's items.

In 1974, former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company. The band went on to score a US #1 album with their debut release.

And, another Barry Manilow reference, this is two days in a row (sorry) - In 1975, Barry Manilow launched his career with the number one smash "Mandy". Originally called "Brandy" when it was recorded in 1972 by Scott English, Manilow changed the title to avoid confusion with the hit of the same name by a group called Looking Glass.

In 1978, Johnny Paycheck's cover of David Allan Coe's ode to workplace frustrations, "Take This Job and Shove It", reached the top spot on the Billboard Country chart. Although the song failed to crack the Pop chart Top 40, it still seems to be one that we all know and can relate to!

DAVID ALLAN COE Take This Job And Shove It

Lisa Marie Presley divorced Michael Jackson in 1996 after less then two years of being married. No one saw that coming.......

And in 2007, crazy rocker Ted Nugent caused a stir at the inaugural ball of Texas Governor Rick Perry when he appeared on stage wearing a T-shirt adorned with the Confederate flag and then embarking on an angry monologue about people who don't speak English. The 58-year-old Rocker also carried a fake machine gun on stage with him.

Happy Birthday to Jonathan Davis of Korn!