the b 52's self titled album


On this day in music history: March 20, 1976 - “Wild Cherry”, the debut album by Wild Cherry is released. Produced by Robert Parissi, it is recorded at Cleveland Recording Company in Cleveland, OH in Late 1975 - Early 1976. Formed in 1970, Wild Cherry record and independently release their first single “You Can Be High (But Lay Low)” the same year. Over the next four years, the record for United Artists’ distributed Brown Bag Records and A&M Records. By mid 1975, the band are without a label deal when the latter drop them after one single release. In the interim, bandleader Rob Parissi writes “Play That Funky Music”, with the band record the song at a local studio in Cleveland. The engineer Ken Hamann put them in touch with local label Sweet City Records, which is distributed Epic/CBS Records. Once it’s released, their major label debut initially gets off to a slow start when the band want their cover of The Commodores’ “I Feel Sanctified” to be their first single. CBS convinces them that “Play That Funky Music” (#1 Pop and R&B) should be the single. Once issued as a 45 in April of 1976, the single and LP take off like a rocket during the Summer of 1976. “Wild Cherry” spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number five on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

astarkey  asked:

🎶❤️🌸☁️ :D

🎶 - what song is currently stuck in your head?

I’ve already answered this but you’ll get a different song. I usually have many songs stuck up there :D

Wicked Game (feat. Annaca) - Ursine Vulpine

💖 - name an album you really really really love?

Dude, I’m not choosing one. I can’t choose just one sooooooo, you get my top 5:

Neon Ballroom - SC

Thirteenth Step - A Perfect Circle

Self titled - 3EB

With Teeth - NIN

Hail to the Thief - Radiohead

🌸 - a song that you associate with happy memories?

Strobe Light - B-52′s This is another overplayed song of my childhood thanks to my eldest brother.

☁️ - a random song?

Different - Pendulum

Thanks, love! <3


On this day in music history: October 19, 1979 - “Prince”, the second album by Prince released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Alpha Studios in Burbank, CA and Hollywood Sound in Hollywood, CA from April - June 1979. Recorded in just seven weeks, the new album (like his debut) features the artist playing virtually all of the instruments himself. Prince feels some pressure from Warner Bros to have a hit after spending three times the allotted budget on his first album “For You” which only sells modestly. Any fears of a sophomore slump is quickly vanquished upon its release. It spins off three singles including “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad” (#13 R&B), “Still Waiting” (#65 R&B), and the classic “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (#1 R&B, #11 Pop), which becomes Prince’s first million selling single and first pop crossover success. The album is remastered and reissued on vinyl by Warner Bros reissue division Rhino Records in 2011, reproducing the original LP cover art work. “Prince” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty two on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: June 23, 1981 - “Tom Tom Club”, the debut album by Tom Tom Club is released in the UK (US release is in November 1981). Produced by Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Steven Stanley, it is recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas from November 1980 - April 1981. The album is a side project by Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz and bassist/wife Tina Weymouth, following the recording of Talking Heads’ “Remain In Light” album. When the band decide not to tour in support of the album, keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison records and releases his own solo album “ The Red and the Black”, while lead vocalist David Byrne completes “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” with collaborator Brian Eno. The group take their name from a dancehall in the Bahamas that they visited during their previous visit to the islands. Expanding on the Funk and African rhythms used on “Remain in Light”, Frantz and Weymouth are also influenced by the underground Hip Hop culture in New York incorporating it into their project. “Tom Tom Club” also features King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and Weymouth’s sisters and brother on backing vocals. Frantz and Weymouth’s US label Sire Records initially passes on releasing the album. Taken aback at the decidedly pronounced R&B/dance vibe of the record, they are unsure how to market it, feeling that it will alienate Talking Heads largely white fan base. The album is initially released in the UK through Island Records. Club DJ’s in the US discover the second single “Genius Of Love” (released in September of 1981), quickly making it a sensation on the dance floor and generating a huge demand it. It’s only after the single sells over 100,000 copies as an import, that Sire schedules it for release later in the year. It spins off two singles including “Wordy Rappinghood” (#1 Club Play, #7 UK) and “Genius Of Love” (#2 R&B, #1 Club Play, #31 Pop). The albums innovative and distinctive cover art as well as the animated music videos for both singles are designed by famed pop artist James Rizzi (directed by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, and animated by Cucumber Studios in London). “Genius” only grows in popularity over the years as it is repeatedly sampled and interpolated into other songs, including forming the basis of Mariah Carey’s chart topping single “Fantasy” in 1995. “Tom Tom Club” peaks at number twenty three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.