10 years ago today, LCD Soundsystem released their sophomore studio album in the United States, having released it a week earlier in the UK.
Produced by the DFA, a.k.a. Tim Goldsworthy and James Murphy, SOUND OF SILVER was a much-praised piece of work when it emerged, but it was also one that people had been hemming and hawing about, wondering if it would live up to the expectations set by the band’s 2005 self-titled debut album and its hit single, “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House.” This was at least partially because no one really knew if they could judge the new material by what LCD Soundsystem released between the two full-length albums: “45:33,” a 46-minute composition for the Nike+ Original Run series.
With the Stooges and the MC5, Elektra Records had cornered the market on the proto-punk sounds emanating from Detroit in the late 1960s. The Motor City five made their debut for the label with a live album recorded during two free concerts at the band's stronghold, the Grande Ballroom. KICK OUT THE JAMS was a call to arms from the avowedly political quintet, and to judge from this blistering Halloween set, high-energy was at the top of their agenda, with incendiary opener “Ramblin' Rose” and independent single “Borderline” among the highlights.
You know him, you love him, you can’t live without him: he’s Paul Shaffer, formerly the bandleader for Late Night with David Letterman and The Late Show with David Letterman, and he’s back with the gang of musicians who faithfully accompanied him for so many years – The World’s Most Dangerous Band – for an all-new self-titled studio album.
54 years ago today, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers released a single which wasn’t actually about smoking pot, although the media repeatedly tried to convince the public that it was so. #FakeNews
Seriously, though, “Puff the Magic Dragon” was not, in fact, about smoking marijuana. The beginnings of the song were the work of Leonard Lipton, a student at Cornell University who was friends with Yarrow’s housemate at the university. Reportedly, Lipton was inspired by Odgen Nash’s “Custard the Dragon,” and when Lipton came up with the idea, he sat down at Yarrow’s typewriter to get it out of his head, and once he’d typed it out, he left it behind. Yarrow took the lyrics and composed a song around it, with Lipton unaware that he’d done so.
Sometimes, there is no substitute for a strong ‘D’!
ABOUT DR. RHINO
62 years ago today, Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman” hit its peak on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart, which provides us with an opportunity to tell its Single Story.
The reason “I Got a Woman” is considered such a classic track isn’t because it’s a great song, although it is. It’s because it was, by most people’s estimations, the first song to be described as “soul.” Although it’s generally used interchangeably with R&B nowadays, the term was originally intended to define a blend between R&B and gospel. That’s not entirely inappropriate, since “I Got a Woman” itself was actually constructed after Charles listened to The Southern Tones’ “It Must Be Jesus” on the radio.
Producer Tommy LiPuma died yesterday at the age of 80. In his lifetime, he won five Grammy Awards, received 33 Grammy nominations, and if you were to add up the sales of all of the albums he produced over the course of his career, you’d pass the 75 million mark and keep right on going.