DEPECHE MODE – Sticky Synth Pop Hit ‘I JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH’ Came Out 40 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past

7 September 2021

Band: DEPECHE MODE
Who: Globally famous electro trio from Essex, England
Active: Since 1980 / 14 studio albums (so far)

Single: I JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH
Written by Vince Clarke who left soon and
formed Yazoo and afterward Erasure

Released: 7 September 1981 – 40 years ago today
Score: #8 in the UK / hitherto more than 217 million
spins on Spotify

Album: Speak & Spell (their debut LP)

Every time I think of you
I know we have to meet
And I just can’t get enough
And I just can’t get enough

The original video clip (more than 57 million views on YT)…

DEPECHE MODE: Facebook

TOM TOM CLUB Released Their Huge Hit ‘GENIUS OF LOVE’ 40 Years Ago Today

6 September 2021

Band: TOM TOM CLUB
Who: Side project of Talking Heads members
Chris Frantz (drummer) and Tina Weymouth (bassist)
Active: Since 1981 / 6 studio albums

Single: GENIUS OF LOVE
More than 31 million spins on Spotify

Released: 6 September 1981 – 40 years ago today – except
in the USA where it came out, along with the self-titled debut
album, later in that year following the fact that over more than
100.000 copies of the single were sold via import. Eventually
Genius Of Love topped the Billboard Disco Top 80 chart.

Tina Weymouth about being incapable of playing the bassline she
wrote herself: “We were given extremely limited studio time – just three days –
and when it was time to do that track my whole right arm seized up in a terrible
cramp, and I couldn’t play. I had never played in the studio around the clock like
we were doing, so I didn’t even know that could happen. I ended up waking the
assistant engineer – he was asleep under the console – and I showed him the
part, and he played it. Chris was mad, but I really couldn’t play; my hand
wouldn’t even close. So we did what we had to do. These things happen.”

Here comes the genius of Tom Tom Club

TOM TOM CLUB: History

Reggae Pioneer LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY Upsets Heaven

Top singles from the past

1 September 2021

Artist: LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY
Who: Highly influencing Jamaican reggae pioneer.
His innovative studio techniques and production
style made him a worldwide respected musician.

Perry was born in Kendal, Jamaica in 1936. He passed
away three days ago, aged 85. Rest in peace.

Classic cracker: I AM THE UPSETTER
Released: 1968 under the name Lee King Perry

Now playing in reggae heaven…

LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY: History

BLUR Topped UK Singles Charts This In 1995 With ‘COUNTRY HOUSE’

Top singles from the past…

27 August 2021

Band: BLUR (London)
Active: 1988–present
(hiatuses: 2004–2008, 2016–2018)

SINGLE: Country House
B-SIDES: One Born Every Minute
and To The End with French 60s
star Françoise Hardy.

Score: No 1 in the UK – this day in 1995

Note: The single came out the same day as
the Oasis single Roll with It came in at No 2
The chart battle was dubbed the Battle of
Britpop
.

Album: The Great Escape

“He’s reading Balzac, knocking back Prozac
It’s a helping hand that makes you feel wonderfully blind”

All together now…

BLUR: Facebook

BEE GEES Topped The US Singles Charts 50 Years Ago Today With ‘HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART’

Top singles from the past

9 August 2021

Band: BEE GEES
Who: The immortal brothers with immortal voices.
Robin, Maurice, and Barry.
Active: 1958–2003, 2006, 2009–2012
22 studio albums

Song: HOW CAN I MEND A BROKEN HEART
Score: No 1 in the USA on 8 August 1971 – 50 years ago

These are the Bee Gees I love. Their era of bittersweet ballads.
Like Spicks And Specks, Don’t Forget To Remember Me, First Of May,
World, Massachusetts
and so many more. All massive hits.

The period after somebody kicked them in the balls and they started
to sing with a helium voice isn’t really my cup of tea. For the Gibb Brothers
it meant global succes for the second time.

R.I.P. Robin and Maurice…

BEE GEES: Discography

PETER BJORN And JOHN – Top Hits Are The Ones You Still Whistle Along After 15 Years

Top singles from the past

7 August 2021

Band: PETER BJORN and JOHN
Who: Swedish pop trio active since 1999 with
9 albums on their shelves. Most recent one: the
excellent 2020 longplayer Endless Dreams

Single: YOUNG FOLKS
Released: 7 August 2006 – 15 years ago

More than 55 million views on YT
More than 260 million spins on Spotify

The song was voted second-best
single of 2006 by NME .

It was on the trio’s 3rd album Writer’s Block.

TUTV: Real 24-carat gold hits are the ones you hum
along, whistle along (which they did themselves), and
sing along years after the release. In the Young Folks
case, 15 years.

And we don’t care about the young folk
Talkin’ ’bout the young style
And we don’t care about the old folks
Talkin’ ’bout the old style too
And we don’t care about their own faults
Talkin’ ’bout our own style
All we care ’bout is talking
Talking only me and you

PETER BJORN and JOHN: Facebook

SMALL FACES – Their Debut Single ‘WHATCHA GONNA DO ABOUT IT’ Came Out 56 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

6 August 2021

Band: Small Faces  (London)
Active: 1965–1969 / 1975–1978

Single: Whatcha Gonna Do About It
B-side: What’s A Matter Baby

Released: 6 August 1965 – 55 years ago today
Score: #14 in the UK –  legend goes that their
manager Don Arden admitted he spend £12,000
on chart fixing to ensure the band’s debut song
would be a hit.

R.I.P. Steve Marriott

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SMALL FACES: Facebook

Classic ZZ TOP Cracker To Honor Bassist DUSTY HILL Who Passed Away At 72

Top singles from the past

29 July 2021

DUSTY HILL, the longtime bassist for bearded Texan rock turbo ZZ TOP
has passed away at 72. Hill was on a ‘short detour’ at home to take time
to heal a hip issue, but no cause of death has been reported.

His bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard posted this message on Facebook:

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in
his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world,
will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C.”
You will be missed greatly, amigo.

To honor and remember the man here’s, probably their most famous hit ever…

Studio

Live

(Dusty Hill on the left)

ZZ TOP: History