On This Day..

1973 Canned Heat, Nazareth, Edgar Broughton Band, Groundhogs, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Medicine Head, all appeared at Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England. Hell’s Angels arrived in force and proceeded to drink the site dry. Initially they paid for the booze, but when the money ran out a deputation was sent into the audience to collect donations of 10p per person. About 20 minutes into his set Chuck Berry was showing one of the Angels how to do his duck-walk properly. He did one from one end of the stage to the other and disappeared into the wings. The band played on, the Angels bopped, and Chuck legged it to his car and drove off at high speed, never to return.

1977 Despite protests, The Sex Pistols made their first appearance on the UK music show Top Of The Pops, where they lip-synched to their third single, ‘Pretty Vacant’. The performance helped push the song up the charts to No.7.

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1987 Guns N’ Roses released their debut album on Geffen Records: Appetite For Destruction featured the singles ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’, and ‘Paradise City’. The album now has worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, 18 million of which are in the US, making it the best-selling debut album of all time there.

1996 Alanis Morissette started a second run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Jagged Little Pill which stayed at the top for eight weeks. Overall, the album has sold over 33 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the most successful albums in music history.

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Tyler, the Creator | Flower Boy
There’s a sometimes haunting duality to Tyler, the Creator’s work – there’s the crazy abrasive side that yells, screams and has an eye for controversy. The other is a side of emense beauty and pain. The former Odd Future pioneer’s signature two styles steals the show as explores these two sides of himself.

Lana Del Rey | Lust For Life
By the time 2012’s Born to Die came out to limited critical acclaim, it seemed that Lana Del Rey had simply run out of things to sing about. With todays, Lust for Life she not just simply rehashing what she’s already done, but approaching it from a different angle. Similar to The Weeknd’s personal dark brand of R&B, Del Rey’s weird and twisted sense of pop fuses her production and breathy vocal delivery. Vintage Del Rey, like it or not.

Nicole Atkins | Goodnight Rhonda Lee
This LP is hardly Nicole Atkins first stylistic excursion into the past, but by honing an insane about of audible sharp focus, Atkins has delivered her finest record to date. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who despises this LP. Goodnight Rhonda Lee is immediate, while doing away with metaphor, Atkins remains confessional, punchy and direct.