Category: modern rock

On this day in music history: July 11, 1995 – …

On this day in music history: July 11, 1995 – “311” (aka “The Blue Album”), the fifth album by 311​ is released. Produced by Ron Saint Germain, it is recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, CA from Early – Mid 1995. Formed in 1988 in their native Omaha, NE, 311 (Three Eleven) originally consists of band members Nick Hexum (vocals, guitar), Jim Watson (lead guitar) (replaced by Tim Mahoney in 1991), Chad Sexton (drums) and Aaron “P-Nut” Willis (bass). The band record an EP and two albums independently,over three years. In 1992, the band are signed to Capricorn Records, the legendary label co-formed by Phil Walden, the former manager of R&B icon Otis Redding. 311 are part of the relaunch of the Capricorn in the early 90’s, reinventing itself as a center for the 90’s alt-rock movement. Prior to this, they add second vocalist and DJ SA Martinez (born Douglas Vincent Martinez), cementing their line up. Relocating to L.A., they record “Music” and “Grassroots” in 1993 and 1994. Previously produced by Eddy Offord (Yes), they hire Ron Saint Germain for their next album, best known for his work as a mix engineer, and for producing the Bad Brains, Sonic Youth, and Living Colour. He proves to be an ally and asset to 311, offering his expertise both technically and giving moral support. Unlike previous releases which had been painstakingly tracked and overdubbed, the band record their new album almost entirely live. Having worked out the material in advance, they cut more than twenty five songs in six weeks, paring them down to the final fourteen that make the finished album. Following in the tradition of bands that the members grew up admiring like Led Zeppelin, the Ramones and The Stooges, they decide to self-title their album. Also known by fans as “The Blue Album” due to its blue background, emblazoned with the 311 band logo. Initially released through independent distributor RED (Relativity Entertainment Distribution), it gets off to a slow start. Mercury Records president Danny Goldberg then picks up Capricorn Records for national distribution. With the marketing and promotional muscle of Polygram Group Distribution behind it, “311” takes flight. With the release of “Down” (#1 Modern Rock, #14 Mainstream Rock) and the album’s seamless blend of rock, rap, reggae and funk metal, it becomes a huge commercial success. The music video for “Down” and its follow up “All Mixed Up” (#4 Modern Rock, #34 Mainstream Rock), both become mainstays on MTV, and “The Blue Album” becomes 311’s breakthrough. Originally issued on a limited basis as a vinyl LP in 1995, the album is remastered and reissued as a numbered double 180 gram vinyl set for Record Store Day in April of 2014. A second non-numbered edition is released shortly after, and currently remains in print. “311” (aka “The Blue Album”) peaks at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 6, 1984 – &…

On this day in music history: July 6, 1984 – “This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get”, the fourth studio album by Public Image Ltd. is released. Produced by Public Image Ltd., it is recorded at Maison Rouge Studios in London from Late 1983 – Early 1984. The bands fourth album originates as “Commercial Zone”, a solo album recorded by PiL guitarist Keith Levene in 1983. The album is completely re-recorded (including a re-recording of the single “This Is Not A Love Song”) after Levene departs from the band. Several of the songs on the album including “The Order Of Death” appears in numerous films and television programs including “The Blair Witch Project”, “Hardware”, and “Miami Vice”. The title is taken from a repeated refrain on the opening track “Bad Life”. “This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get” peaks at number fifty six on the UK album chart, and does not chart on the Billboard Top 200.

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behindthegrooves: When I started this blog her…

behindthegrooves:

When I started this blog here in October of 2011, it was to indulge and share my passion for music with others. In just a few years, “Behind The Grooves” has grown from just a handful of followers to over 21,000 here on Tumblr alone. These posts require extensive research and many hours to write and edit, and are the product of my own personal diligence and dedication.

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On this day in music history: July 5, 1993 – &…

On this day in music history: July 5, 1993 – “Debut”, the debut solo album by Björk is released. Produced by Nellee Hooper and Björk, it is recorded at Wild Bunch Studios, Olympic Studios, The Town House, Livingston Studios, Matrix Studios, Swanyard Studios, The Workhouse Studios, Beats Recording Studio, and Summa Studios in London, UK from Early – Mid 1993. After five years and three albums as the lead singer of The Sugarcubes, Björk parts ways with the band in late 1992 following the release of “Stick Around For Joy”, and touring as the opening act for U2 on the first leg of their “Zoo TV World Tour”. This is the Icelandic artists first solo effort since recording her self-titled debut released in 1977 when she is only twelve years old. For her first adult solo album, Björk enlists the assistance of Massive Attack and Soul II Soul producer Nellee Hooper to co-produce the project. Björk writes or co-writes ten of the albums eleven songs, with many of them having been composed years before being recorded. Musically, it differs noticeably from her previous work with The Sugarcubes. Initially, she wants to record the songs with jazz musicians and arranged in that style, but changes her mind after discussing it with Hooper. 808 State keyboardist Graham Massey, who also works on the project and a major influence on the shifting musical direction of the album toward trip hop, drum and bass, and house music. As a result, Massey becomes an important and frequent collaborator with Björk on the album, and in the years to come. The resulting work is well received by the public, and is praised for its stylistic diversity and fearless experimentation. It spins off five singles including “Human Behaviour” (#2 Modern Rock, #2 Club Play), “Venus As A Boy” (#29 UK), and “Big Time Sensuality” (#5 Modern Rock, #1 Club Play). The album is reissued as a DualDisc in 2006, featuring the original stereo mix on the red book CD side. The DVD-A contains all five of the music videos for the singles, and 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS surround mixes of the original album. It is most recently reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2015. “Debut” peaks at number three on the UK album chart, number sixty one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 4, 1995 – &…

On this day in music history: July 4, 1995 – “Foo Fighters”, the debut album by Foo Fighters is released. Produced by Barrett Jones and Dave Grohl, it is recorded at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle, WA from October 17 – 23, 1994. The album is mostly a solo effort by Dave Grohl who plays all of the instruments (except for the track “X-Static” that features Greg Dulli from The Afghan Whigs). Recorded in just eight days of studio time, Grohl deliberately mixes the album to sound like a lo-fi punk record, then gives cassette copies to friends which  quickly attracts record company interest. The musician starts his own label Roswell Records, and is signed to Capitol Records. Following the albums’ completion, Grohl puts together a full band (including bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith of Sunny Day Real Estate and former Nirvana and Germs guitarist Pat Smear) to play the songs live. The album becomes a staple on both Modern Rock and Mainstream rock radio, spinning off several airplay hits including “I’ll Stick Around” and “Big Me”. Originally released only on vinyl on a very limited press run in 1995, the album is reissued in that format twenty years later in 2015. “Foo Fighters” peaks at number twenty three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 1, 1997 – &…

On this day in music history: July 1, 1997 – “OK Computer”, the third studio album by Radiohead is released. Produced by Radiohead and Nigel Godrich, it is recorded at Canned Applause in Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK, and St. Catherine’s Court in Bath, UK. Following their highly acclaimed sophomore release “The Bends”, the band shifts musical directions yet again, producing a much more experimental, layered piano based sound than their first two albums. Initially, Radiohead’s US record label Capitol has low expectations for the albums commercial potential as it strays far from the bands trademark “Britpop” rock sound. The album is launched in the US with an unusual promotional campaign. 1,000 cassette review copies are sent to the press and music industry tastemakers with the tape permanently glued inside the player. It receives universal acclaim upon its release, frequently drawing comparisons to Pink Floyd’s classic “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, though the band themselves disagree with the assessment. “Computer” becomes Radiohead’s best selling album worldwide, spinning off three singles including “Paranoid Android” (#3 UK) and “Karma Police” (#8 UK, #14 US Modern Rock). The album is nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1998 including Album Of The Year, winning for Best Alternative Music Performance. Originally given only a limited vinyl release in Europe, the album is reissued in the UK and makes its US debut in 2008. In 2009, “Computer” is reissued as a two CD collector’s edition. The first disc contains the original twelve song album, with the second disc featuring fifteen bonus tracks. The additional material includes live recordings, CD single B-sides and remixes. Also including a twenty four page booklet, the US edition comes packaged with a bonus DVD, featuring the music videos for all three singles, as well as live television performances from Later… With Jools Holland, broadcast on May 31, 1997. “OK Computer” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at its chart debut of number twenty one on the Billboard Top 200 on July 19, 1997, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: June 30, 1997 …

On this day in music history: June 30, 1997 – “The Fat Of The Land”, the third album by The Prodigy is released (US release is on July 1, 1997). Produced by Liam Howlett, it is recorded at Strongroom Studios, Shoreditch Studios in London and Earthbound Studios in Braintree, Essex, UK from Mid 1995 – Early 1997. Formed by Liam Howlett (keyboards) in 1990 and originally known as The Moog Prodigy, the band also includes Keith Flint (vocals), Maxim Reality (aka Keith Palmer) (vocals, rapper). naming themselves after the famed analog synthesizer created by Dr. Bob Moog, later shortening it to simply The Prodigy. Recording a ten song demo, Howlett plays the tracks for XL Recordings co-founder Nick Halkes who signs them. The Prodigy release a handful of singles during 1991 and 1992, establishing them on the thriving rave scene throughout Europe. Their first two releases “Experience” and “Music For The Jilted Generation” in 1992 and 1994, are regarded as seminal electronica albums, making The Prodigy pioneers of the “Big Beat” sub genre. In 1995, they are to Maverick Records in the US, co-owned by pop superstar Madonna. The first taste of Prodigy’s third album comes in March of 1996 with “Firestarter” (#1 UK). The feverishly tempoed track is accompanied by a striking video showing Keith Flint’s dramatically punk makeover turn it into a smash, breaking them internationally. Work on the album continues throughout 1996, with a number of guest musicians including Kula Shaker vocalist Crispian Mills, Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and Ultramagnetic MC’s rapper Kool Keith. It is another track featuring Kool Keith’s vocals that makes a huge impact. “Smack My Bitch Up” (#8 UK, #89 US Pop) includes sampled vocals from Ultra’s 1988 single “Give The Drummer Some” in a repeated refrain over the hard hitting and mesmerizing track. The controversial video directed by Swedish director Jonas Akerlund (Madonna, U2), is shot from a point of view perspective, following someone through a night of drunken sex and drug fueled excess. The clip reveals at the end that the protagonist is actually a woman. The video creates an immediate sensation as well as backlash from the National Organization Of Women (NOW), who feel that it is “misogynistic” and “encourages violence against women”. In spite of being pulled from rotation on MTV, “Smack” is nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards in 1998, winning two including Best Dance Video and Breakthrough Video. The album is a huge success, making history as the first electronica album to hit number one in the US on July 19, 1997. Their profile is further heightened, co-headlining the annual Lollapalooza Festival in the Summer of 1997. “The Fat Of The Land” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Born on this day: June 26, 1955 – Guitarist, v…

Born on this day: June 26, 1955 – Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Mick Jones (born Michael Geoffrey Jones in Wandsworth, London, UK) of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite. Happy 64th Birthday, Mick!!!

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On this day in music history: June 22, 1982 – …

On this day in music history: June 22, 1982 – “Nothing To Fear”, the second album by Oingo Boingo is released. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Oingo Boingo, it is recorded at Cherokee Studios in Hollywood, CA from November 1981 – January 1982. After releasing their debut album “Only A Lad” and playing live extensively in support of it, Oingo Boingo return to the studio in late 1981 to begin work on their sophomore release. Continuing to evolve their sound, “Nothing To Fear” demonstrates a noticeable difference from their first album. Sporting a more guitar driven and in your face sound than its predecessor, bandleader Danny Elfman and the rest of the band begin incorporating more eclectic and unusual instrumentation into the mix, including xylophones, electric bells and synthesizers. After working with Pete Solley (The Romantics, Motörhead, Jo Jo Zep) on their previous album, Oingo Boingo collaborate with co-producer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli (Stan Ridgway, Tori Amos, My Morning Jacket, Frank Zappa). Featuring songs written entirely by Elfman, they are full of his sharp, wryly humorous and sometimes dark sensibility, combined with energetic and manic rhythms. The album features a number of tracks that become standards in the bands’ canon, including “Grey Matter”, “Private Life” and the title track “Nothing To Fear (But Fear Itself)”. The song “Wild Sex (In The Working Class)” is prominently featured in the classic teen comedy “Sixteen Candles” in 1984. Initial pressings of “Fear” include a longer version of “Private Life”, that is replaced with the shorter single remix featuring the xylophone and bass more upfront in the mix. The band support the album by touring extensively in support of it as the opening act for L.A. punk icons Fear and The Police. With strong radio support from pioneering modern rock radio station KROQ in Los Angeles, KQAK (The Quake) in the San Francisco Bay Area and various others around the country, “Nothing To Fear” becomes Oingo Boingo’s best selling album to date. In time, it is regarded as a genre defining new wave rock album. In spite of this, the album is currently out of print, having had its last CD pressing in 2005. “Nothing To Fear” peaks at number one hundred forty eight on the Billboard Top 200.

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On this day in music history: June 18, 1996 – …

On this day in music history: June 18, 1996 – “Odelay”, the fifth studio album by Beck is released. Produced by Beck Hansen, The Dust Brothers, Mario Caldato, Jr, Brian Paulson, Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, it is recorded at PCP Labs and G-Son Studios in Los Angeles, CA, The Shop, Sunset Sound and Conway Studios in Hollywood, CA and Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, from March 1994 – February 1996. Beck initially begins recording with Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf in early 1994, intending it to be more acoustic based than the previous album. He ends up scrapping much of the work recorded during those sessions, starting over with The Dust Brothers. The albums title is pun on the phrase “Oh Delay”, with Beck making a subtle, self-effacing statement on how long it had taken to record the album. It spins off five singles including “Where It’s At” and “Devil’s Haircut”. The album becomes Hansen’s most successful and acclaimed album, winning two Grammy Awards including Best Alternative Music Album and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the single “Where It’s At” in 1997. It is remastered and reissued in 2008 as a double CD Deluxe Edition, with the first disc featuring the original fourteen song album plus three additional bonus tracks. Disc two includes sixteen bonus tracks including remixes and non album B-sides. The album is also reissued as a lavish quadruple LP set pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and limited to 3,000 copies. “Odelay” peaks at number sixteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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