It was always a thrill to catch Herb Alpert’s “Rise” on the oldie’s station growing up, a rare event indeed, and it was even more exciting after the Notorious B.I.G. sampled this infectious 1979 dance instrumental on his own 1997 single, “Hypnotize.” I’d never seen this video until today. It too is hypnotizing.
Another week of lies from our president. What better time to partake in the Liars’ excellent new track (and video for), “Mess on a Mission,” the chorus of which begins, “Facts are fact and fiction’s fiction.”
I have no idea where time’s been going lately. I do know, however, that today’s the insignificant 33rd anniversary of Whitney Houston’s very significant breakthrough onto the Billboard chart: it was on this date in 1985 that the singer first reached #1, with “Saving All My Love for You.”
As a bonus, I’ve included Houston’s second number one single, the equally incomparable “How Will I Know,” after the jump.
I wanted something to capture the anger of this whole stinking Brett Kavanaugh thing, but also something poppy, because, you know, it’s still technically Friday, right? So, anyway: Le Tigre, “Deceptacon,” 1999. See you later…
Friday Vibes Videos are typically poppy and boisterous, but his week’s been looong, and today also happens to be the 27th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion I hitting the billboard charts, so I’ve gone a different direction with “November Rain.”
It’s a depressing track, sure, but, I mean, it’s also so great and there’s Stephanie Seymour and Slash’s solo and just… everything. Have good weekends, all!
On this date 50 years ago, country singer Jeannie C. Riley went number one with her instant classic “Harper Valley PTA,” a lyrical rebuke against gossiping, trash talking, shade throwing and general small mindedness. The track and the no nonsense narrative haven’t aged a day.
Today’s a special day in music history: It’s the 50th anniversary of the first time the Led Zeppelin we know and love performed together, in 1968, at a spot called Teen Club in Denmark.
Of course, back then they were called The New Yardbirds, an updated version of a band called the Yardbirds that changed its name when Jimmy Page came aboard in 1966.
Internal factions led members to come and go, and it wasn’t until 1968 that John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham came aboard, rounding out the magic mix that soon took the world by storm — under a new name, a play on “lead balloon,” thanks to a cease and desist letter from a former Yardbird.
Anyway, here’s Led Zeppelin with “Immigrant Song,” from a 1972 show. The footage is… lively.