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On this day in music history: September 25, 1965 - “Eve Of Destruction” by Barry McGuire hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, it is the biggest hit for the folk-rock singer from Oklahoma City, OK. Originally a member of the legendary folk music group The New Christy Minstrels, Barry McGuire is one of the first artists signed to producer Lou Adler’s Dunhill Records in early 1965. McGuire records a number of songs for his first album including “California Dreamin’”, though his vocals are wiped from the master tape (though part of his vocal on the intro is still audible on the released recording), and The Mamas & Papas add their vocals to the track, becoming their breakthrough hit. Adler assigns staff songwriter and producers P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri to work with McGuire. Influenced by Bob Dylan, the pair begin writing a song about the growing anti-war sentiment over Vietnam, The Cold War and struggle over Civil Rights, openly expressing fears about where those conflicts may lead. Recorded in July of 1965, “Eve Of Destruction” features members of The Wrecking Crew playing on the track including Hal Blaine (drums), Larry Knechtel (bass) and P.F. Sloan himself (guitar). McGuire records his vocal in a single take, and the song is given a quick rough mix. The producers play the just completed “Destruction” for Dunhill Records VP Jay Lasker who loves it immediately and believes that it will be a hit. Leaving a copy of the tape with the executive, the song ends up on the radio the same afternoon. Lasker gives the tape to a promotion man at the label who takes it over to KFWB in Los Angeles who in turn begin airing it immediately as “an exclusive”. At first, Adler, Sloan and Barri are upset since they feel the record “isn’t finished”, but it matters not. “Destruction” is an instant smash and is rush released by Dunhill in early August of 1965. Entering the Hot 100 at #58 on August 21, 1965, it rockets to the top of the chart five weeks later. Though Barry McGuire does have another major pop hit after his chart topping debut, he is later name checked by The Mamas & Papas on their 1967 hit “Creeque Alley”. After his initial brush with fame, McGuire becomes a born-again Christian in the early 70’s carving out a successful career as a Contemporary Christian music artist. After the incident at Columbine High School in 1999, McGuire begins performing “Eve Of Destruction” again after many years of declining to perform it in concert.

When you’re dysphoric about your deadname

In my favorite Manga there’s a vampire called Snow Lily. He got this name from someone that was too young to understand gender and liked that name. Lily loves pink and acts super feminine but is still a guy, no matter what he’s wearing or how he’s called. He saves the world and a lot of people. He’s got a really cool scythe.

He’s Snow Lily, the most badass man you will ever meet. And if he’s able to live with a feminine name, so are you. ♡

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