On this day in music history: April 21, 1986 - “Tinderbox”, the seventh album by Siouxsie And The Banshees is released. Produced by Siouxsie And The Banshees, it is recorded at Hansa Studios (by the Wall) in Berlin, Germany and Matrix Studios in London in May 1985 and September 1985. The bands first album to feature new guitarist John Valentine Carruthers, he replaces Robert Smith who had been doing double duty in Siouxsie And The Banshees and his own band The Cure, as well as participating the side project The Glove with bassist Steve Severin. Smith bows out in 1984, citing exhaustion as his reason for leaving. Thanks to the albums lead single “Cities In Dust” (#21 UK, #17 US Club Play), it is the bands first record to receive significant video and radio airplay in the US. It spins off two singles including “Candyman” (#34 UK). The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2009 with four additional bonus tracks, including the 12" mixes of “Cities In Dust”, “The Sweetest Chill”, plus two other previously unreleased tracks. “Tinderbox” peaks at number thirteen on the UK album chart, and number eighty eight on the Billboard Top 200.
On this day in music history: October 14, 1977 - “Heroes”, the thirteenth album by David Bowie is released. Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti, it is recorded at Hansa Studios by the Wall in West Berlin, East Germany from July - August 1977. The second release in Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy” (issued just nine months after “Low”), Bowie once again collaborates on several songs with Brian Eno. Bowie is heavily influenced by the atmosphere of Berlin while living in the city. This is reflected on several songs, particularly the albums’ epic title track, which tells the story of two lovers who meet at the Berlin Wall. King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp will travel to Berlin from the US to play on the album, recording all of his lead guitar parts in one day. It is the only album of the “Trilogy” to be entirely recorded in the city of Berlin, mixing it at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland. Upon its release and in the years following, it is regarded as one of the best albums of David Bowie’s career. Bowie’s 2013 album “The Next Day”, features an obscured version of photographer Masayoshi Sukita’s iconic cover photo from “Heroes” as its front cover. “Heroes” will peak at number three on the UK album chart, and number thirty five on the Billboard Top 200.