This is Music History Today the Weekly Edition number 37. On this week’s show, we pay tribute to an underrated member of the original rock & rollers, we review Weezer’s new album, and we make the case for putting Radiohead into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
First, the news. Justin Timberlake has been chosen to perform at next year’s Super Bowl halftime show. So far, there’s no word from Janet Jackson about how she feels about this but women & minorities are NOT happy about it. We’ll discuss next week.
According to a new study, indie record labels made over $6 billion last year. That accounted for 38% of all global sales, which is very good.
There are two pieces of Marilyn Manson news this week; both of it bad news. Marilyn Manson has fired band member Twiggy Ramirez after rape allegations surfaced, as what is now known as the Weinstein effect begins to roll through the music industry. I’m sure he won’t be the last one.
In other Marilyn Manson news, Marilyn Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz a.k.a. Scott Putesky passed away after fighting colon cancer for four years. He was 49.
This past week, Fats Domino passed away at the age of 89. A lot of people forget about him because of the shadows that Chuck Berry & Little Richard cast back in the days before Elvis burst on the scene. Fats had a string of hits in the 1950s & was one of the highest paid performers at one time, along with being the best selling black rock & roll performer of the 1950s.
Like many black performers back in the days, Fats’s music was taken & performed by white performers, who made more money off of it. Some of those performers even made careers out of watering down Fats’s music (hi, Pat Boone!!) with songs like I’m Walking, Ain’t That a Shame, Blueberry Hill, & the Fat Man.
People also forget that Fats was a rebel. He purposely had both black and white audiences mixing together, which was unheard of back in the 1950s. In fact, there were four riots at his shows. At one riot, he & his band had to jump out of a window when police started using tear gas. Race mixing, alcohol, 1950s America. Bad combination at that time; which is why what Fats did helped break down so many doors before Elvis & Pat took the music to the mainstream. Thanks, Fats. Fats Domino passed away on October 24 at the age of 89.
This week, we’re going to make the case for putting Radiohead into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Now, I realize that this is one of those bands that people either love or hate. However, get past the emo type of songs that they put out sometimes & look at the facts.
For starters, they have the song Creep, which is one of the best songs from the 1990s alt scene. Then there’s their album OK Computer, which Rolling Stone put down as one of the 500 greatest albums ever made. They’ve sold over 30 million records worldwide. They put out an album & told fans to pay whatever they wanted for it, which is unheard of but it worked. Plus, they put out an album on bittorrent. These guys are never afraid to experiment. Rolling Stone has them at number 73 of the greatest artists of all time. I think that makes their case pretty easily.
If you want to get your feet wet, go with the albums most consider some of the best work of all time: OK Computer & Kid A. If you want to deep dive, then definitely Pablo Honey, the Bends, & Amnesiac. I’m not sure if they’ll get a lot of the fan vote, since they’re going up against Rage Against the Machine & Bon Jovi but here’s hoping that the Hall puts them in anyway.
Before we begin this review, last week on the album review podcast, I gave a bad review to the new Galantis album the Aviary. When the podcast went live, I posted it on Instagram (@CJBTProductions, for those of you who don’t follow me). Anyway, I’m flipping through my likes & wouldn’t you know it? Whoever controls Galantis’s Instagram social liked my post. Apparently, they didn’t listen to the podcast. Otherwise, they probably would’ve banned my page so if you guys are listening Galantis, I love you but your new album? Not great. I expect better because I know you’re capable of it. You still put on one hell of a dj set, though, so keep doing your thing. Just put out better music next time. On with the review.
This week, the fun band with the fun videos & great music Weezer is back with a new one called Pacific Daydream. I will say up front that I’ve never been a huge Weezer band. Out of all of their albums, I’ve liked maybe 7 songs. It’s not that I hate them; I don’t. I’ve just never really gotten into them. Will their new album turn me into a true believer?
In a word, yes. The songs are produced well. They’re pop rock catchy & well thought out. Favorites on it are Beach Boys (with its beach vibe), Mexican Fender, Feels Like Summer, & especially Happy Hour. Overall, it’s a great album. It may not get me to get their other albums but I’d definitely pick up this one.
Post Malone & 21 Savage spends week number two at number one on the Billboard singles chart with Rockstar while Pink debuts at number one on the albums chart with Beautiful Trauma. New releases for the week include Stereophonics, Kid Rock, Blake Shelton, Maroon 5 (a little bromance competition from the Voice judges, I see), Sam Smith, & Kelsea Ballerini. Also, the kid who won America’s Got Talent Grace Vanderwaal. Watch that one hit number one its first week out.