Monday, October 27, 2014

10/27/2014: Taylor Swift released 1989

Last updated March 1, 2019.


Taylor Swift

Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. Song (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks)
  2. Welcome to New York (Taylor Swift/Ryan Tedder) [3:32] (11/8/14, #48 US)
  3. Blank Space (Swift/Max Martin/Shellback) [3:51] (11/10/14, #17 US, #14 AC, #16 A40, #4 UK, #16 CA, #13 AU, sales: 11.68 million worldwide)
  4. Style (Swift/Martin/Shellback/Ali Payami) [3:51] (11/15/14, #6 US, #12 AC, #12 A40, #21 UK, #6 CA, #8 AU, sales: 2.98 million worldwide)
  5. Out of the Woods (Swift/Jack Antonoff) [Antonoff/Swift/Martin] (11/1/14, #18 US, #8 CN, #19 AU, sales: 0.5 million)
  6. All You Had to Do Was Stay (Swift/Martin) [3:13] (11/15/14, #92 CN)
  7. Shake It Off (Swift/Martin/Shellback) [3:39] (8/18/14, #14 US, #15 AC, #18 A40, #58a CW, #3 UK, #14 CA, #13 AU, sales: 10.36 million worldwide)
  8. I Wish You Would (Swift/Antonoff) [3:27]
  9. Bad Blood (Swift/Martin/Shellback) [3:31] (11/15/14, #11 US, 11 AC, 13 A40, #4 UK, 11 CN, #13 AU, sales: 2.55 million worldwide)
  10. Wildest Dreams (Swift/Martin/Shellback) [3:40] (11/15/14, #5 US, #2 AC, #14 A40, #40 UK, #4 CN, #3 AU, sales: 3.62 million worldwide)
  11. How You Get the Girl (Swift/Martin/Shellback) [4:10] (11/15/14, #81 CN)
  12. This Love (Swift) [4:10] (11/15/14, #84 CN)
  13. I Know Places (Swift/Tedder) [3:15]
  14. Clean (Swift/Imogen Heap) [4:30]

Released: October 27, 2014

Peak: #111 US, #11 UK, #19 AU, #19 CN

Sales (in millions): 9.0 US, 1.1 UK, 12.71 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop


1989, named after Swift’s birth year, was inspired by the synthpop of the late ‘80s, completing her transition from country music which she’d already been making on previous albums. Swift called it her most “sonically cohesive” studio album. WK It generally satisfied her critics as well. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis said the album is full of “undeniable melodies and huge, perfectly turned choruses and nagging hooks.” WK The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica said Swift was aiming for “a mode of timelessness that few true pop stars even bother aspiring to.” WK 1989 became Swift’s third album to sell more than a million copies in its first week, making her the first artist to do so. WK The 1.287 million tally was the highest sales week since 2002 WK and 1989 was the only album in 2014 to exceed a million in sales. WK

She also repeated herself in leading off with a Max Martin and Shellback produced single (Shake It Off) which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, just as she’d done with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in 2012. “Shake It Off” was a reply to Swift’s detractors, supported by a video which would surpass 2 billion views.

The “minimalist electropop” WK Blank Space was the official second single and gave Swift the distinction of being the first artist to knock herself from the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. WK The song was a response to critics who accused her of being “an overly attached man-eater who dates for songwriting material.” WK Like its predecessor, it amassed more than 2 billion YouTube views.

Bad Blood was about an unnamed female singer – speculation has suggested Katy Perry – who hired away Swift’s tour personnel to sabotage the tour. WK A remixed version of the song featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar was the third #1 single from the album and racked up over 1 billion views on YouTube. It won MTV’s Video of the Year.

Style and Wildest Dreams were also official singles, both reaching the top 10 in the U.S. The sixth, and final, official single was the top 20 hit Out of the Woods.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Greatest Snubs

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With the announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2015 nominees, it is time once again to commence with the whining, complaining, and Hall bashing. Blogs and social media everywhere will light up with people griping that the Hall is worthless because their favorite band has not been enshrined.

These are just personal opinions. Dave’s Music Database has consolidated more than 50 lists (see resources at bottom of page) to determine just who is getting overlooked most. Here are the results:

  1. The Moody Blues
  2. Cheap Trick
  3. Deep Purple
  4. Chicago
  5. Journey
  6. Electric Light Orchestra
  7. Yes
  8. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble *
  9. The Cure
  10. Iron Maiden

  11. The Cars
  12. T-Rex
  13. Bon Jovi
  14. Joy Divison
  15. Def Leppard
  16. Judas Priest
  17. Depeche Mode
  18. Motorhead
  19. The Smiths *
  20. The Doobie Brothers

  21. Pat Benatar
  22. Warren Zevon
  23. Boston
  24. Roxy Music
  25. Jethro Tull
  26. Joe Cocker
  27. Dire Straits
  28. Devo
  29. Peter Frampton
  30. Kraftwerk *

  31. Todd Rundgren
  32. Bad Company
  33. Replacements
  34. Thin Lizzy
  35. Steve Miller Band
  36. New York Dolls
  37. The Zombies
  38. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts *
  39. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  40. Duran Duran

  41. The Guess Who
  42. Gram Parsons
  43. MC5
  44. Foreigner
  45. Chic *
  46. King Crimson
  47. The B-52’s
  48. Styx
  49. The Monkees
  50. Steppenwolf

  51. Big Star
  52. Pixies
  53. Scorpions
  54. Motley Crue
  55. Sonic Youth
  56. Dick Dale
  57. Black Flag
  58. Kate Bush
  59. Nick Drake
  60. Barry White

  61. New Order
  62. Jimmy Buffett
  63. Three Dog Night
  64. Procol Harum
  65. The Runaways
  66. Tommy Janes & the Shondells
  67. Afrika Bambaataa
  68. Whitney Houston
  69. Dead Kennedys
  70. Love

  71. Blue Oyster Cult
  72. Slayer
  73. Joan Baez
  74. X
  75. Los Lobos
  76. War
  77. INXS
  78. Janet Jackson
  79. Meat Loaf
  80. Eurythmics

  81. J. Geils Band
  82. Television
  83. Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio
  84. Willie Nelson
  85. Toto
  86. Brian Eno
  87. Weird Al Yankovic
  88. Captain Beefheart
  89. Ozzy Osbourne
  90. Carole King

  91. Soundgarden
  92. Commodores
  93. Little Feat
  94. Carpenters
  95. Harry Nilsson
  96. The Jam
  97. The Buzzcocks
  98. The Spinners *
  99. The Clovers
  100. Grand Funk Railroad

* 2014 nominee

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Glenn Tilbrook at Kansas City's Record Bar

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My brother Mark and buddies Paul and Steve accompanied me to Kansas City’s Record Bar for an evening with Glenn Tilbrook, best known from Squeeze. Mark, Steve, and I saw Tilbrook a year earlier (Glenn Tilbrook at Kansas City’s Riot Room) so it was interesting to compare setlists. He played a healthy chunk of the expected Squeeze catalog both times, but the latter show was peppered with more surprises, including less-familiar cuts like “Everything in the World,” “Cold Shoulder,” “Elephant Ride,” “Vanity Fair,” and a new (!!) Squeeze song.

Elephant Ride

Non-Squeeze material included some surprises as well. He trotted out a 1981 single he’d done with Elvis Costello and an unrecorded song from 1974. There was also a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.” He highlighted his newest album (2014’s Happy Ending) with four cuts, compared to a half dozen on the last outing when the album had yet to be released.

From a Whisper to a Scream

On his last outing, Tilbrook was accompanied by a band, but this excursion was a solo endeavor. It works both ways, namely because of his easy rapport with the audience. Fun moments included him tasking the audience with singing “Ice Cream” and doing a hand clap to “Hourglass.” All in all, a great night with great friends and great music.

Ice Cream

The Setlist:

1. Best of Times 17
2. Persephone 19
3. Ter-Wit Ter-Woo 18
4. Monkey in a Tree (song written in 1974)
5. Annie Get Your Gun 6
6. Black Sheep 17
7. Dennis 19
8. From the Cradle to the Grave (new Squeeze song)
9. Elephant Ride 5
10. Take Me I’m Yours 1
11. Untouchable 16
12. Is That Love 4
13. Up the Junction 2


14. Ice Cream 19
15. Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover)
16. Everybody Sometimes 19
17. Cold Shoulder 12
18. Slap and Tickle 2
19. Vanity Fair 4
20. From a Whisper to a Scream (1981 single with Elvis Costello)
21. Still 17
22. If I Didn’t Love You 3
23. Everything in the World 12
24. Tempted 4
25. Hourglass 9
26. Black Coffee in Bed 5
27. Another Nail in My Heart 3


28. Pulling Mussels from the Shell 3
29. Goodbye Girl 2

Glenn Tilbrook Discography:

1 U.K. Squeeze (Squeeze, 1978)
2 Cool for Cats (Squeeze, 1979)
3 Argybargy (Squeeze, 1980)
4 East Side Story (Squeeze, 1981)
5 Sweets from a Stranger (Squeeze, 1982)
6 45’s and Under (Squeeze compilation, 1982)
7 Difford & Tilbrook (Difford & Tilbrook, 1984)
8 Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (Squeeze, 1985)
9 Babylon and On (Squeeze, 1987)
10 Frank (Squeeze, 1989)
11 Play (Squeeze, 1991)
12 Some Fantastic Place (Squeeze, 1993)
13 Ridiculous (Squeeze, 1995)
14 Domino (Squeeze, 1998)
15 The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook (solo, 2001)
16 Transatlantic Ping Pong (solo, 2004)
17 Pandemonium Ensues (Fluffers, 2009)
18 The Co-Operative (with Nine Below Zero, 2011)
19 Happy Ending (solo, 2014)

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Friday, October 10, 2014

The Kinks chart with “You Really Got Me” 50 years ago (10/10/1964)

Last updated 4/18/2020.

My Generation

The Who

Writer(s): Ray Davies (see lyrics here)

Released: August 4, 1964

First Charted: September 26, 1964

Peak: 7 US, 5 CB, 8 HR, 1 CL, 12 UK, 4 CN (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, 1.0 UK, 1.0 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 4.0 radio, 23.7 video, -- streaming


About the Song:

“You Really Got Me” has been called “a cornerstone of garage rock and punk,” CR “the track which invented heavy metal,” WK and the song that “introduced the sound of distorted guitars into rock & roll.” CR Sadly, Dave Davies, the Kinks’ lead guitarist, isn’t always credited with what is considered “one of the great riffs of rock ’n’ roll.” KLLegendary axeman Jimmy Page was an active session man in the ‘60s before gaining fame with Led Zeppelin. His appearance on rhythm guitar on some of the tracks on the You Really Got Me album SJ has led to a common misconception that it is he, and not Davies, who played the song’s guitar solo.

The band was convinced that their first two singles pristine sound was responsible for their failure. RS500 When they headed into the studio in the summer of 1964, the group wanted a rawer sound RS500 which captured the energy of their live shows. SF Dave was inspired to create “the world’s trashiest riff” MA by the “cracked and dirty” sound of his broken hi-fi system CR to take a razor to his amplifier’s speaker cone. RS500 The result was an effect known as “fuzz” in which the vibration of the fabric distorted the sound. SF

The approach worked, giving the group a British chart-topper and their first hit in the U.S. The song also established the Kinks as one of the bands at the forefront of the British Invasion in the United States. WK

More than a decade later, the song launched another classic rock band. In 1978, Van Halen’s debut hit was a cover of “You Really Got Me.” Interestingly, Van Halen went on to mine the classics of August 1964 for two more charting cover songs – Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” and Martha & the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street.”

Resources and Related Links:

  • The Kinks’ DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • CR Toby Creswell (2005). 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time. Thunder’s Mouth Press: New York, NY. Page 684.
  • MA Dave Marsh (1989). The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made. New York, NY; New American Library. Page 391.
  • KL Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh (2005). 1000 UK Number One Hits: The Stories Behind Every Number One Single Since 1952. London, Great Britain: Omnibus Press. Page 103.
  • RS500 Rolling Stone (4/7/2011). “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • SJ Bob Shannon and John Javna (1986). Behind the Hits: Inside Stories of Classic Pop and Rock and Roll. New York, NY; Warner Brothers, Inc. Page 223.
  • SF Songfacts
  • WK Wikipedia

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Nominees

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 nominees on the morning of October 9, 2014. Based on recent years, 6 of these 15 are likely to be voted in and inducted at the ceremony on April 18, 2015. At, fans could vote for five. Included below are those results (FRL followed by the % of fans who voted for the act). Also, acts which made the DMDB list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs are noted (DMDB + rank). I’ve listed the 15 nominees in order of what I consider their likelihood of getting in.

  1. Green Day: First year eligible. FRL: 56%
  2. Nine Inch Nails: First year eligible. FRL: 43%
  3. Chic: Eligible since 2003. 9-time nominee. FRL: 21%. DMDB: #45
  4. N.W.A.: Eligible since 2013. 3-time nominee. FRL: 33%
  5. Kraftwerk: Eligible since 1996. 3-time nominee. FRL: 35%. DMDB: #30
  6. Stevie Ray Vaughan: Eligible since 2009. First-time nominee. FRL: 55%. DMDB: #8
  7. Lou Reed: Eligible since 1998. 2-time nominee. FRL: 49%
  8. The Smiths: Eligible since 2009. First-time nominee. FRL: 47%. DMDB: #19
  9. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Eligible since 2006. 3-time nominee. FRL: 39%. DMDB: #38
  10. Sting: Eligible since 2008. First-time nominee. FRL: 25%
  11. The Spinners: Eligible since 1987. Second-time nominee. FRL: 18%. DMDB: #98
  12. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Eligible since 1989. 4-time nominee. FRL: 10%
  13. War: Eligible since 1997. 3-time nominee. FRL: 23%
  14. The Marvelettes: Eligible since 1987. Second nomination. FRL: 18%
  15. Bill Withers: Eligible since 1997. First-time nominee. FRL: 29% picks Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Chic, N.W.A., and Kraftwerk. I also think these are the five best bets, although my personal picks would be for The Smiths and Lou Reed to get in over Nine Inch Nails and Chic.

Based on the Hall’s prior record, they want a big name, first-time nominee which makes Green Day a shoe-in. Nine Inch Nails is also a pretty decent bet, although I could see them getting held over for another year. The Smiths, Sting, and Stevie Ray Vaughan are also first-time nominees, although they’ve been eligible previously. SRV probably has the best shot of that batch, although I think all three deserve to be in. Bill Withers also got his first nod, but I think he’s the most unlikely of all 15 nominees to get in and I don’t personally think he’s Hall-worthy.

The Hall also likes to get someone in who they’ve backed for a long time. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, N.W.A., The Spinners, and War have all garnered at least three nominations. With 9 nominations, the Hall really wants to get Chic in. Personally, I think N.W.A. and Kraftwerk are more deserving, but all three could make the cut. Joan Jett would be the next most likely.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Al Jolson topped the charts with “You Made Me Love You”: October 4, 1913

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Al Jolson “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It)”

Writer(s): Joseph McCarthy/ James Monaco (see lyrics here)

First charted: 9/20/1913

Peak: 17 US, -- UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 (sheet music) US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

Review: James Monaco, one of the songwriters, emigrated from Italy to the United States in the 1890s. He started out in Chicago as a self-taught ragtime pianist, billing himself as “Ragtime Jimmie.” LW-26 He then went to New York where he became a Tin Pan Alley songwriter. For this song, Monaco collaborated with lyricist Joe McCarthy (“I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,”) who wrote for Broadway shows in the 1920s and ‘30s. LW-26

The song is remembered for its chorus marked by its familiar melody. It is a “skillfully crafted lyric that perfectly matches its bluesy melody, and suited Jolson’s…capacity for melodrama.” LW-26 It was the first of two songs Monaco composed for Al Jolson. He also wrote “Dirty Hands, Dirty Face” which was featured in 1927’s The Jazz Singer.” LW-26

As “the world’s first talking picture” LW-26 The Jazz Singer, was a defining moment in cinematic history and Jolson’s career, but he made a name for himself beyond that movie. Born Asa Yoelson in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jolson grew up in Washington, D.C. and found success as a vaudeville performer. He first charted in 1912, but got off to a fast start. “You Made Me Love You” was only his fifth hit, but fourth #1. Over 35 years of chart success, he topped the chart 23 times. PM-233 However, it was this song which “was identified with him for the rest of his career.” JA-222

William J. Halley had a #6 hit with his 1913 recording of the song. It also charted in 1940 (Bing Crosby, #25) and again in 1941 (Harry James, #5). Judy Garland covered it for the film The Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) and Jolson tackled it again in his biopic The Jolson Story (1946). Doris Day sang it in 1955 for the Ruth Etting biopic Love Me or Leave Me. Jeanette MacDonald recorded the song in 1948, Patsy Cline gave it her touches in the 1950s, and Harry Nilsson put his spin on it in 1973.

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