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On this day in music history: March 22, 1990 - “Head Like A Hole” by Nine Inch Nails is released. Written by Trent Reznor, it is the second single issued from NIN’s debut album “Pretty Hate Machine”. “Head Like A Hole” is written after Trent Reznor after tours as the opening act for fellow industrial rockers Skinny Puppy in 1988, and is in part inspired by something said by Ministry leader Alain Jourgensen in concert. He states that “listening to Ministry is like having a nine inch nail hammered into your head like a hole”. “Hole” is released as a 12" and CD Maxi single, featuring remixes by Reznor, Flood, Adrian Sherwood, and Keith LeBlanc. The eleven track CD single includes remixes of “Hole” as well as “Down In It”, “Terrible Lie”, and the non-LP track “You Know Who You Are”. Clocking in over fifty-six minutes, its running time is more than eight minutes longer than the full length album that it comes from. “Head Like A Hole” peaks at #28 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and bubbles under the Hot 100 at #109.


On this day in music history: March 22, 1986 - “What Have You Done For Me Lately” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on May 17, 1986. Written by James Harris III, Terry Lewis and Janet Jackson, it is the first R&B chart topper for the youngest member of the musical Jackson family. “Lately” is the last song recorded for the album, and is written after A&M A&R exec John McClain requests “another funky, uptempo track” from the production duo. The idea for what becomes “What Have Done For Me Lately” comes out of a conversation that producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have with Janet, during the recording sessions for the album “Control”. Jam & Lewis come up with the keyboard and bass line parts, while Jackson writes the lyrics. Released as the single from Jackson’s breakthrough album “Control” in late January of 1986, it immediately takes off on the R&B charts and quickly crossover to pop radio. “Lately” is the first of five number one R&B singles that are spun off of “Control”. “What Have You Done For Me Lately” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Romantic Now ~For Uzuki rearrange MIX~
Romantic Now ~For Uzuki rearrange MIX~

Romantic Now ~For Uzuki rearrange MIX~

Sung By: Uzuki Shimamura (島村卯月) [CV: Ayaka Ohashi (大橋彩香)]
Album: 346Pro IDOL selection vol.1


On this day in music history: March 22, 1965 - “Bringing It All Back Home”, the fifth album by Bob Dylan is released. Produced by Tom Wilson, it is recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City from January 13-15, 1965. Recorded just four months after the release of his previous album “Another Side Of Bob Dylan”, the prolific musician shifts musical direction yet again. Moving away from the acoustic based protest songs that have established him as a leader of the folk music movement, Dylan cuts half of the new album with a band using electric guitars and bass for the first time. The very act of a folk musician using electric instruments is considered a highly controversial act, with many of his peers having a bias against rock & roll. Dylan’s lyrics also begin to change dramatically, becoming more personal and adopting an abstract “stream of consciousness” prose in many of them. This is most evident on the albums classic single “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (#39 Pop), drawing inspiration from disparate sources including beat poet Jack Kerouac, folk musicians Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and rock & roll pioneer Chuck Berry. The song becomes Bob Dylan’s first chart single in the US, and one of his best known compositions. The album contains a number of other classics including “Maggie’s Farm”, which Dylan performs to a hostile crowd at the Newport Folk Festival, jeering him for feeling that he has betrayed his core folk music audience by going electric. “Gates Of Eden”, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” and “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” also become among Dylan’s best known, widely covered songs. Also on the second side of the album is his recording of “Mr. Tambourine Man”, originally cut during the “Another Side” sessions, but the first version is left unreleased. Bob re-records it again on the final day of recording for “Bringing It All Back Home on January 15, 1965. Only five days later, The Byrds record their electric version of "Mr. Tambourine Man” in Los Angeles with producer Terry Melcher. Their version hits number one on the pop singles chart late June of 1965. Once released, “Bringing It All Back Home” becomes Bob Dylan’s most successful release to date, topping the UK album chart and his first top ten album in the US. First released on CD in the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued in 2003, as a hybrid SACD, featuring the original stereo mix, and a newly remixed 5.1 surround mix. Reissue label Sundazed Records reissues the original mono mix as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2001, making it available for the first time since going out of print in the late 60’s. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab also reissues the title as a double vinyl set, mastered at 45 RPM in 2012, followed by a hybrid SACD featuring only the stereo mix in 2013. “Bringing It All Back Home” peaks at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

団結2010 (Danketsu 2010)
団結2010 (Danketsu 2010)

団結2010 (Danketsu 2010) (Unity 2010)

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Haruka Amami (天海春香) [CV: Eriko Nakamura (中村繪里子)],
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Yukiho Hagiwara (萩原雪歩) [CV: Azumi Asakura (浅倉杏美)],
Yayoi Takatsuki (高槻やよい) [CV: Mayako Nigo (仁後真耶子)],
Ritsuko Akizuki (秋月律子) [CV: Naomi Wakabayashi (若林直美)],
Azusa Miura (三浦あずさ) [CV:Chiaki Takahashi (たかはし智秋)],
Iori Minase (水瀬伊織) [CV: Rie Kugimiya (釘宮理恵)],
Makoto Kikuchi (菊地真) [CV: Hiromi Hirata (平田宏美)],
Ami & Mami Futami (双海亜美.真美) [CV:Asami Shimoda (下田麻美)],
Miki Hoshii (星井美希) [CV: Akiko Hasegawa (長谷川明子)],
Hibiki Ganaha (我那覇響) [CV: Manami Numakura (沼倉愛美)], &
Takane Shijou (四条貴音) [CV:Yumi Hara (原由実)]



On this day in music history: March 22, 1986 - “These Dreams” by Heart hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on March 15, 1986. Written by Martin Page and Bernie Taupin, it is first chart topping single for the Seattle, WA based rock band fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Making his breakthrough as a songwriter in the early 80’s after co-writing Earth, Wind & Fire’s R&B top ten hit “Magnetic”, Martin Page continues to make the rounds in the music business, when he meets another songwriting legend. Page meets lyricist Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s long time collaborator when Taupin looking for another music writing partner asks Page to work with him. Among the first songs the pair write together are “We Built This City” and “These Dreams”. The former is given to Starship who have a number one single with it. Taupin and Page’s publisher also look to have “These Dreams” recorded by a name artist. The song is originally submitted to Stevie Nicks for consideration. When she passes on recording it, the writing duos song publisher places it with Heart. Featuring Nancy Wilson on lead vocals rather than regular lead vocalist Ann Wilson, Nancy initially records her lead vocals while she’s ill with a cold, giving her vocals a slight raspiness. Though she goes back and re-record parts of her vocal after she’s well, producer Ron Nevison keeps much of the original vocals for the final version. Issued as the third single from their self titled eighth studio album in early January of 1986, it quickly becomes a pop and AC radio smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #54 on January 18, 1986, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. “These Dreams” is the third of four US top ten singles spun off of the album “Heart” during 1985 and 1986.