Throwback Thursday: Radiohead Releases  “Creep”

Throwback Thursday: Radiohead Releases “Creep”

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On this day in 1992, Radiohead released their debut single, “Creep,” written by the band’s lead singer, Thom Yorke, while he attended University in the late 1980’s. Radiohead performed the song for their producers during rehearsals for their first album, “Pablo Honey.” After a successful single take recording, their producers decided to make “Creep” the band’s debut single. “Creep” met little success in the UK and the US, receiving very little airtime on the radio because many DJs found the song “too depressing.” The single initially sold only 6,000 copies. It wasn’t until the release of “Pablo Honey” in February 1993 that “Creep” became a worldwide hit and eventually, one of Radiohead’s best known songs.

Throwback Thursday: Amy Winehouse is born

Throwback Thursday: Amy Winehouse is born

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On this day in 1983, award winning British singer and songwriter, Amy Winehouse, was born in Southgate, London. Winehouse was best known for for mixing soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues styles in her music, as well as her unique, raspy vocals and her “delinquent” persona accompanied by a retro, beehive hairdo. She began pursuing music at an early age, thanks to her musically inclined extended family, and attended various performing arts schools in London throughout her adolescence. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank (2003), was a success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her sophomore album, Back to Black (2006), resulted in five Grammy Awards in 2008, as well as the Brit Award for Best Female Artist. Winehouse tragically died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27, but her music, image, and influence remain strong to this day.

Throwback Thursday: Led Zeppelin Make Their Live Debut

Throwback Thursday: Led Zeppelin Make Their Live Debut

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On this day in 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham made their live debut as Led Zeppelin at a Teen Club in Gladsaxe, Denmark. However, at the time, they were billed as the New Yardbirds because Jimmy Page’s old group, Yardbirds, who were supposed to embark on a Scandinavian tour together, broke up. Wanting to fulfill his commitments, Page assembled a new version of the band to play at the already-booked gigs. Upon completing the tour, the newly-formed band began recording their first album and changed their name to Led Zeppelin (thanks to a cease and desist letter by a former Yardbirds member.) The rest is history!

Throwback Thursday: Metallica Releases The Black Album

Throwback Thursday: Metallica Releases The Black Album

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On this day in 1991, the self-titled, fifth album (commonly known as “The Black Album”) by iconic heavy metal band, Metallica, hit Number 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Released on August 12, the album featured five singles that are considered to be among the band’s best-known songs: “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Wherever I May Roam,” and “Sad but True.” The album received widespread critical acclaim, becoming the band’s best-selling album (and one of the best-selling albums worldwide). The release of “Metallica” marked a transition in the band’s sound from thrash metal to something a bit more subdued. In 2003, the album was ranked number 252 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Throwback Thursday: Christina Aguilera Releases Her Debut Album

Throwback Thursday: Christina Aguilera Releases Her Debut Album

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On this day in 1999, “Pop Princess” Christina Aguilera released her self-titled debut album. Prior to the album’s release, Aguilera made a name for herself as a cast member on the television series “The Mickey Mouse Club” alongside other budding artists like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. In 1998, Aguilera was chosen by Disney to be the recording artist for “Reflection,” the theme song for their new animated film, “Mulan.” Shortly after recording “Reflection,” Aguilera signed with RCA Records and began working on her debut album, which peaked at Number 1 on Billboard 200 and sold over 17 million copies worldwide. The album’s lead single, “Genie in a Bottle,” became the top-selling debut single of 1999. At the Grammy Awards in February 2000, Aguilera won “Best New Artist.” http://www.christinaaguilera.com/