the hits the b sides


On this day in music history: September 14, 1993 - “The Hits/B-Sides” by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA, Alpha Studios in Burbank, CA, The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood Sound, Ocean Way Recording Studios, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA, Monterey Sound Studios in Glendale, CA, Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Galpin Boulevard Home Studio, Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, Lake Minnetonka Home Studio in Minnetonka, MN, The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, Washington Park Warehouse, Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN, and Olympic Studios in London from October 1977 - January 1993. The fifty-six track career spanning compilation covers Prince’s output from 1978 until 1993, plus five new and/or previously unreleased songs. Discs 1 & 2 (“The Hits 1” and “The Hits 2”) are sold separately, but the third disc containing rare non-album B-sides is only available with the full set. Prince’s former road manager Alan Leeds writes the liner notes for the set. The set is issued by Warner Bros after they refuse to release the album “Goldnigga”, the debut album by his band the New Power Generation (Prince releases the album on his own NPG Record label in July 1993). The label had wanted to issue a greatest hits compilation in 1991, but the project was put on the back burner when Prince gives them the “Diamonds And Pearls” album instead. There is also an accompanying hour long video compilation released the same day titled “The Hits Collection” (initially released on VHS and LaserDisc only, later issued on DVD on June 8, 1999), featuring thirteen music videos with twelve classics and the video for the new track “Peach”. “The Hits/B-Sides” peaks at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Not to expose him, but Mike Wheeler has definitely taken his dad’s Elton John’s greatest hits album (1974) and always flipped to the B side because Rocket Man always reminds him of Will. He listens in the basement late at night and thinks how Hawkins can compete with Mars as a bad place to raise a kid.

I don’t make this shit up. These are just the Facts.


On this day in music history: September 2, 1981 - “Controversy” by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, it is the eighth single release for the Minneapolis, MN born musician. Issued as the first single and title track to his fourth album, the song is a bold statement from the normally reclusive and media shy artist. Normally very private about his personal life, the songs lyrics address the media and fans obsession with his sexuality, religious and political beliefs. Prince begins recording “Controversy” in the Summer of 1981 at his home studio (aka “The Purple House”) on Kiowa Trail in Chanhassen, MN, playing all of the instruments, with keyboardist Lisa Coleman also on background vocals. The song is completed with additional overdubs and is mixed at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA between August 14  and 23, 1981. The long album version of the track features Prince quoting “The Lord’s Prayer”, but instead of ending the scripture with “amen”, he completes his recitation with the songs title. That it in itself leads some to label the song blasphemous. “Controversy” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B singles chart, topping the Club Play chart for 6 weeks (from November 14-December 19, 1981 c/w “Let’s Work”), and peaking at number seventy on the Hot 100 (on November 21, 1981). “Controversy” is re-released in the UK (as a 2 CD EP set and 7" picture disc) in 1993 to promote the compilation album “The Hits/The B-Sides”.

Happy 60th birthday to Siouxsie Sioux!

Siouxsie is my favorite musician and it’s because of her albums that I legitimately became interested in music in the first place. I think this occasion makes for a good time to start listening to her music for those still unfamiliar.

So, I’ve tried to assemble a playlist of a song for every Banshees and Creatures album, including Siouxsie’s lone solo album Mantaray to somewhat give a taste of all the major releases. I tried to keep it mostly accessible and not entirely made up of obvious hits (as great as those songs are). I also left out B-sides because there’s just too many good ones to fit in here for now. Hopefully I can go more in-depth about my love for these albums in future posts.

Siouxsie + Banshees + Creatures ‘gateway’ playlist:

1. Pure (The Scream)

2. Icon (Join Hands)

3. Red Light (Kaleidoscope)

4. Into The Light (Juju)

5. Cascade (A Kiss In The Dreamhouse)

6. Morning Dawning (Feast)

7. Swimming Horses (Hyaena)

8. The Sweetest Chill (Tinderbox)

9. Hall Of Mirrors (Through The Looking Glass)

10. Carousel (Peepshow)

11. Pluto Drive (Boomering)

12. Little Sister (Superstition)

13. Forever (The Rapture)

14. Say (Anima Animus)

15. Further Nearer (Hai!)

16. Here Comes That Day (Mantaray)

17. Love Crime (Single)

Secret Empire #0 Thoughts (Spoilers)

Previously: The Red Skull used Korbik (a sentient cosmic cube that sometimes takes a child’s form) to turn Captain America into a bad guy. Captain America is now a loyal agent of Hydra an evil organization that is sometimes Nazi affiliated and sometimes not depending on who is writing. Captain America planned a bunch of bad stuff behind everyone’s back.  Captain America turned on his evil master.  Red Skull desperate to make Cap stop admitted that Captain America that his new history (that we saw in extensive flashbacks over many issues) was all lies he made up. Captain America doesn’t care because he’s EEEEVIL! He kills Red Skull and sets out to take over the world… his way! This took 15 fricking issues to get to.  Meanwhile we learned that Nick Spencer should really stay off twitter.

Notes: Despite the bad reaction Spencer’s Cap run has gotten I’m actually a fan of most of Nick Spencer’s work. Superior Foes of Spider-Man is of one the best comics of the last decade and the The Fix is hilarious. His run on the two Captain America runs are really mixed bags.  The first two arcs of “Captain America: Sam Wilson” are really good but Spencer struggled trying to deal with real life politics in the later issues. As for the eeeeeevil Captain America book well… it’s better than painful fever dream of Rick Remender’s Captain America book. I’m going to try to be fair and optimistic going into this one.

  • Our story opens with a World War II flashback in of Hydra Cap in the mountains of Japan meeting with Kraken an obscure villain from Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors. Hydra’s secret base looks like the Legends of the Hidden Temple set. Kraken tells Captain America that the Allie will use the Cosmic Cube (not Korbik but another one) to change reality so that Hydra doesn’t take over the world. He says they’re going to change his memories and no matter what he must not forget he’s a Hydra Agent. Of course we know all of these new World War II memories are bullshit so… they’re either illusions or maybe Kraken was manipulating Steve the whole time or… uuuugh. I am three pages in and I have a headache!
  • We now have a flow chart of characters. I know Secret War did the same thing but… hoo-boy. That’s a bad sign.
  • We cut to modern day.  Cap is at S.H.I.E.L.D command with Sharon Carter.  We learn that a Chitari (those aliens from the first Avengers movie) invasion is headed towards Earth.  But the Planetary Defense shield is down.  Wasn’t there a whole other organization called S.W.O.R.D that handled this? Where is Abigail Brand?
  • We see the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Ultimates fighting aliens in space.  I am wondering why most of the focus isn’t on this and is instead on S.H.I.E.L.D HQ?  Daniel Acuña draws pretty fight scenes. Let him do that!
  • Meanwhile a boatload of supervillians lead by Gravitron are attacking New York and the Defenders are fighting them.  Unfortunately more of the focus is on S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters. So we’re mostly watching EVIL Cap and Sharon watching all the action.
  • Meanwhile Hydra has invaded the country of Sokovia the country that Ultron completely destroyed back in Kurt Busiek’s run.  I know it’s played a role in Specer’s run but shouldn’t it just be all empty space and dead Ultron drones now?
  • The narrator is REALLY going out of his way to tell us what a brilliant strategist Hydra Cap is and how all of these couldn’t have happened by coincidence.  It’s sort of like how every three pages in Avengers Arena someone says “gee Arcade is really a clever villain now. He sure thought of everything.”
  • Back in space Quasar is eaten by a space whale.  I should be upset at the apparent death of a new superhero but like… this HAS to be a set-up for her to punch her way out of the belly of a space whale an issue or two later. Right? I mean why would you waste an opportunity for an awesome action scene?
  • I just realized that Hydra Cap planning his scheme while the heavy hitters are in space is a LOT like the plot of Infinity.  Also the whole novelty of an EVIL Captain America story would have been a lot more at home in Axis.  Remember how Tony Stark was eeeeeevil for a year and no one cared?
  • Now Nitro shows up while the Defenders are fighting and Jessica Jones throws him high into the air while he triggers an explosion that looks like a homage to the opening of Civil War.  This comic is turning into a greatest hits album of other comic crossovers.
  • The Secretary of Defense gives Captain America full control over the U.S. Military and Law Enforcement thanks to a new act of congress so everything bad from here on out is caused by an ill conceived piece of legislation… just like Civil War!
  • The defense shield is turned on locking aliens out and the Defenders get backup from the Uncanny Avengers. Things are looking up for the heroes.
  • Suddenly a heli-carrier crashes into S.H.I.E.L.D HQ and a bunch Hydra mooks show up. Only the S.H.I.E.L.D guards aren’t fighting back because Dr Faustus is brainwashing everyone.  I should have mentioned before this whole mess started that the Red Skull had psychic mindscrew powers and dude whose sole power was brainwashing people working for him.  If you really wanted to do a Captain America is EVIL story the whole cosmic cube and prolonged elaborate false history flashbacks are kind of superfluous.
  • Captain America orders the Hydra Guards and the mind controlled S.H.I.E.L.D guys to take Sharon Carter prisoner.  Sharon is not under Faustus’ control despite the fact that if I had a drink for the number of stories where Sharon Carter was mind controlled I’d be drunk.  Sharon thinks Cap is being controlled by Faustus but…

  •  A Hydra guy is just standing there and has this slackjawed look like “I can’t believe this shit.”  I’m going to pretend he’s Bob from Deadpool. Bob’s presence is the most entertaining thing about this book so far.
  • I could be reading “The Button” right now.  That comic has Batman fighting Professor Zoom AND Flash fighting Samurai Robots… Samurai Robots!  And it doesn’t have walls and walls of exposition text…
  • Iron Men Riri Williams and Force Ghost Tony Stark (it’s a long story) discover someone has sabotaged the planetary defense shield and Hydra guys attack them. Just as it looks like we’re going to get a good fight it cuts away.
  • On Space Skype Captain America reveals to Captain Marvel that wave after wave of Chitari are coming and he’s keeping them walled off outside with fierce alien warriors to their doom.  Cue Cliffhanger #1.
  • Tony Stark and Riri Williams just beat up all the Hydra Guys OFF CAMERA!  We’ve got like a bazillion action scenes going on and NONE of them are given any time to breath under these unending walls of exposition text.
  • Hey it’s HELMUT ZEMO!  Which Zemo is it… the morally complex anti-villian/anti-hero from Thunderbolts? Is it the Cobra Commander-esc idiot from Avengers Undercover? A combination of the two? I don’t know because he has all of three panels in this issue.
  • Zemo and a guy named Blackout (not the Ghost Rider Villian) have stolen the book of Darkhold.  Does anyone remember Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins?  It was like this early 90s quasi-horror comic about this cursed book whose pages granted evil monkey paw wishes and the people who made those wishes usually turned into monsters. Plus there was an evil dwarf.  Like that you should be revamping that into something so if you wanted Peter Dinklage to be a villain in a Marvel movie.  Oh and there were people called The Darkhold Redeemers who were trying to stop the Dwarf and one of them was a lesbian and this was like long before LGTB representation was anywhere near common in comics.  Dude I want a Darkhold Redeemers comic.
  • So Zemo and an obscure Avengers villian named Blackout (who looks like the poor man’s Electro) use the Darkhold to banish New York City isolating it under a Dark Force dimension dome.  It’s like when the Hand sealed off Hell’s Kitchen in Shadowland but bigger.  ANOTHER crossover callback.  Cliffhanger #2.
  • Tony deducts that the next target of attack is going to be Washington DC he calls for The Avengers (several teams worth), The Champions, and Spider-Man (who I guess wasn’t in New York.)  We get some big epic hero arrival poses that would look great if they weren’t crammed into TINY… TINY panels.
  • Back in Washington an army of Hydra Helicarriers loom ominously over the White House. Hey do you remember the C-Plot from Fear Itself.  When Skadi’s Army attacked Washington but no-one cared because the rest of the book was about fighting monsters with Evil Thor Hammers? ANOTHER CALLBACK!
  • This the B-side of a Marvel Comics Crossovers Greatest Hits Album. Side A is about 70% tracks from Secret War, the Worthy stuff from Fear Itself and a trio of tracks from Civil War, Secret Invasion, and House of M. that were popular at the time but doesn’t hold up.
  • The nicest thing I can say about this comic is that Daniel Acuña’s art is really good and if anything this is one of the best looking bad comics I’ve ever read.
  • Despite the involvement of Hydra and the 40s flashback EVIL Cap doesn’t really come across as a Nazi at all and just a generic “take over the world” badguy.  On one hand that kind of seems to be Marvel backing away from the obvious “Cap is a Nazi” angle that was making people uncomfortable and angry and yet on the other hand it’s also backing away from the “America is more messed up than we thought” allegory that could actually make a point this time.  Spencer isn’t the guy to be doing that kind of project though.  Not sure who I could see doing that and making such a gut punch work. Grant Morrison or Kyle Baker maybe?
  • If this is any indication it’s going to be a loooooong six months.  Maybe I should be polishing off my “Rikki Barnes: The Winter Soldier” pitch.

On this day in music history: January 10, 1956 - Elvis Presley’s first recording sessions for RCA Victor Records take place at the labels’ studio in Nashville, TN. The songs recorded that day include his first major hit single “Heartbreak Hotel” along with its B-side “I Was The One”, “I’m Counting On You,” “I Got a Woman” and “Money Honey”. The musicians backing Presley on the session include his regular band guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana along with guitarist Chet Atkins, pianist Floyd Cramer, and three background singers including Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires. Initially, both producer Steve Sholes and RCA do not like “Heartbreak Hotel”, but Presley insists on its release. Issued as his first single on RCA Victor on January 27, 1956, “Heartbreak Hotel” becomes a smash, topping the pop singles chart for 8 weeks on April 21, 1956, also topping the Country chart, and peaking at #5 on the R&B singles chart, becoming the biggest selling single of 1956.

Still have to do my hair and lipstick but i’m rEADY TO GO SEE TLJ no i;m nooootttt

I’m heading down mom’s to see it at her nice theater there so i’m getting ready early, also making a comic stop on the way c:

anonymous asked:

Soooo goes both ways. Powerplays were kept EVEN. Deserving hits and trips went uncalled on BOTH SIDES. B O T H SIDES. Crosby got held and yanked down on the way to the net on his breakaway opp. Obvious holds on Malkin. Couple trips and many whacks from your guys. I say this lightheartedly lol, now you know how Pens fans feel. Not fun lol

oh dear friend ….. do you even watch penguins games? this whole refs up their asses thing isn’t new. that BS goal call cost us the game. It was clearly inconclusive unless the refs have some magical better screen than the fans do. go back and watch the two penalties that caused the 5 on 3. Did Neal cross check Daley? Yeah, but Daley embellished the FUCK out of that. And the jarnkrok tripping call or whatever? Didn’t even TOUCH hornqvist. I’m serious, please go look for the replays it is absolutely ridiculous. That’s one goal that probably wouldn’t have happened if it was 5v5 or 5v4. Also idk WHAT you’re talking about with the breakaway he literally FELL. There’s always those little whacks here and there that get missed. But this is different.

EDIT: I’m on mobile but here’s a link to the call on Jarnkrok:

also the Daley embellishment:

It Was Tough – But We Narrowed Down The Absolute Best Moments From An Epic KCON LA 2017

Every year it seems that KCON outdoes themselves – more special guests, more special events, and more amazing performances at the M-Countdown concerts.

This year was no exception! With a killer lineup (NCT 127, GOT7, Oh My Girl, Kim Tae Woo, ASTRO, SF9, Cosmic Girls, Heize, VIXX, KARD, Girl’s Day, Wanna One, SEVENTEEN, and SUPER JUNIOR D&E), each of KCON’s three days was jam-packed with new surprises. A special change to the concert format was having all the groups perform a b-side in addition to their hits, which provided a super special opportunity since international fans usually don’t get the chance to see their faves perform hit b-sides.

Here are some of the event’s highlights for us – including some shots from the red carpet of the event: […]

ASTRO was pretty busy this year at KCON – from covering G.O.D’s “Place Where You Need To Be,” to performing a special stage with Kim Tae Woo to cover “One Candle,” to even taking the time to grant fan wishes through the “Pinata Time.” Perhaps the most memorable was their “Pinata Time” – when they had to quickly design and sign T-shirts for fans in 1 minute. MJ spent most of the 1 minute trying to shove his t-shirt over Eunwoo’s head – only to sign it once it was successfully on Eunwoo’s body. It was just a lot of screaming and running around. And it was perfect.

Source: Soompi

JAY-Z, photographed performing “4:44″ during the thirty-second show of his “4:44 Tour” at The Forum in Inglewood by Rich Fury on Thursday evening.

In celebration of the final North American date, Hov ended his set with a 30-minute encore featuring a medley of classic hits and B-Sides. Tracks that featured included a rare American Gangster performance of “I Know” and “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…,” his “Fiesta (Remix)” verse, “Money Ain’t A Thang” sans vocals, the jiggy “La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again),” the ever-classic “Feelin’ It” and “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” his unsurpassable remix of Mýa’s “Best of Me,” and Vol 2… Hard Knock Life’s hit singles “Can I Get A…” and “Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99).” He closed this leg of the tour with the epic final verse of “What More Can I Say” and threw the mic down. “Fuck this shit!”

The sold-out crowd brought out many big names, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Rosario Dawson, Queen Latifah, Anthony Anderson, James Franco, Roc Nation Sports footballer Jérôme Boateng, French Montana, Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, G-Eazy, Halsey, NFL analyst Willie McGinest, comedian Cristela Alonzo, British heiress Petra Ecclestone, model Charlotte McKinney; as well as The Carmichael Show stars Jerrod Carmichael, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel, Amber Stevens West and Loretta Devine.


On this day in music history: July 13, 1996 - “How Do U Want It” by 2 Pac hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, with the B-side “California Love” peaking at #6 on June 22. 1996, also topping the R&B singles chart for 3 weeks on July 6, 1996. Written by Johnny J. and Tupac Shakur, it is the biggest hit for the prolific rap artist. Featuring K-Ci & JoJo Hailey of Jodeci on background vocals, it is the second single from Tupac’s fourth album “All Eyez On Me”. Co-written and produced by Johnny J (aka Johnny Lee Jackson), the track is based around samples of Quincy Jones’ classic “Body Heat” and Brian McKnight’s “Up Around My Way”. The single release of “How Do U Want It” also includes the original hit version of “California Love” featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman (of Zapp). When the album is released in February of 1996, it features a remixed version of the track. Entering the Hot 100 at #4 on June 29, 1996, it leaps to the top of the chart two weeks later. The single earns Tupac a posthumous Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group in 1997. “How Do U Want It” also appears in the rapper and actor’s last film (though not the soundtrack album) “Gang Related”, released thirteen months after his death in October of 1997. “How Do U Want It” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

anonymous asked:

omg every since i got into radical feminism i can't STAND the word bitch. it's never been like, used against me harshly, but ever since i read more about what it means & why men use it i just. can't trust any man who says it, even jokingly. i don't use it anymore either, none of this "reclaiming" bullshit. it's a horrible word, i can't believe it's so commonplace.

it’s dehumanising & anti-female! over the past few years i’ve re-acquired a serious distaste for sex-as-violence-as-sex language & imagery, too. like, on the insult side: fuck you, get fucked, go fuck yourself, suck my dick. and on the sexual side: bang, screw, hit that, [A] fucks [B] rather than, like, ‘we fuck each other,’ even. it represents sex as:

  • unidirectional: [A] fucks [B]. [A] does sex to [B], they don’t do it with each other, it’s not mutual or reciprocal.
  • hierarchical: fucker is dominant, fucked is subordinate. fucking means pride, being fucked means humiliation.

here’s an essay i like by robert jensen! let me know if anybody has any recs.

JAY-Z, photographed performing during the thirty-second show of his “4:44 Tour” at The Forum in Inglewood by Rich Fury on Thursday evening.

In celebration of the final North American date, Hov ended his set with a 30-minute encore featuring a medley of classic hits and B-Sides. Tracks that featured included a rare American Gangster performance of “I Know” and “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…,” his “Fiesta (Remix)” verse, “Money Ain’t A Thang” sans vocals, the jiggy “La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again),” the ever-classic “Feelin’ It” and “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” his unsurpassable remix of Mýa’s “Best of Me,” and Vol 2… Hard Knock Life’s hit singles “Can I Get A…” and “Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99).” He closed this leg of the tour with the epic final verse of “What More Can I Say” and threw the mic down. “Fuck this shit!”

The sold-out crowd brought out many big names, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Rosario Dawson, Queen Latifah, Anthony Anderson, James Franco, Roc Nation Sports footballer Jérôme Boateng, French Montana, Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, G-Eazy, Halsey, NFL analyst Willie McGinest, comedian Cristela Alonzo, British heiress Petra Ecclestone, model Charlotte McKinney; as well as The Carmichael Show stars Jerrod Carmichael, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel, Amber Stevens West and Loretta Devine.


On this day in music history: August 23, 1969 - “Honky Tonk Women” by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is the fifth chart topping single for the legendary London based rock band dubbed “The World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band”. The song is inspired while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are on vacation in Brazil from late 1968 to early 1969. The two of them see Brazilian gauchos (cowboys) on a ranch Matão, São Paulo when they begin forming ideas for the song. Initially it is recorded with the title “Country Tonk” in February of 1969 during sessions for their next album “Let It Bleed”. Eventually, Mick and Keith re-tool the central riff of the piece as well as writing a risque lyric about a dancing girl (aka “prostitute”) in a western bar. The final version of “Honky Tonk Women” is recorded in June of 1969 at Olympic Studios in London with new guitarist Mick Taylor, having recently replaced Brian Jones in the band. Ironically, the single is released in the UK one day after Jones’ untimely death on July 4, 1969 (US release date is on July 11, 1969). The band perform the song publicly for the first time at a free live concert at Hyde Park in London on July 5, 1969 which is dedicated to Jones’ memory. “Honky Tonk Women” is an immediate smash upon its release. Entering the Hot 100 at #79 on July 19, 1969, it rockets to the top of the chart five weeks later. Initially released as a stand alone single, the song makes its LP debut on The Stones’ second greatest hits compilation “Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)” in September of 1969. Appearing on the B-side of the single is the ethereal and highly memorable “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (#42 Pop) which is also included on “Let It Bleed” when it is released in early December of 1969. “Honky Tonk Women” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.