Saturday, September 24, 2011

20 Years today since Red Hot Chili Pepper's Blood Sugar Sex Magik was released

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the fifth studio album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on September 24, 1991. Produced by Rick Rubin, it was the band's first record released on Warner Bros. Records.

The musical styles of Blood Sugar Sex Magik was  first album to be produced by Rick Rubin. It differed notably from the techniques employed on the Chili Peppers' preceding album, Mother's Milk, They originaly wanted Rick to produce Mother's Milk.

Peaking at number three on the Billboard 200, the album has sold over seventeen million copies worldwide and was the Red Hot Chili Peppers' was their break through album to the world stage. Blood Sugar Sex Magik produced an array of hit singles including the hugely successful "Under the Bridge", "Give It Away", "Suck My Kiss" and "Breaking the Girl". Guitarist John Frusciante quit the band mid-tour in 1992 (until returning in 1998) due to his inability to cope with the album's popularity.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is recognized as an influential and seminal component of the alternative rock explosion in the early 1990s.

What do you think is it still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has it past its used by date?

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

20 Years today since Nirvana's Nevermind was released

NIRVANA, the trio comprised of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, hailed originally from a coastal fishing town in Washington and rose to become one of the most influential rock bands in history with irreverence, intense honesty and an overriding passion.

Nevermind is recognised as a rock classic, although on release Rolling Stone gave it a paltry three stars, the cultural shift it initiated was felt instantly on release — and the profundity and depth of that shift becomes even more apparent when seen through the prism of the two decades of art and music created in its wake.

Released in September of 1991, "Nevermind" despite low commercial expectations by the band and its record label, it rose within a few months to the No. 1 slot on Billboard's U.S. sales chart. "Nevermind" was propelled to No. 1 across the globe by their young fans worldwide that identified with the band and embraced their anthem. January 1992, it had replaced Michael Jackson's album Dangerous at number one on the Billboard charts.

Smells Like Teen Spirit is now seen as a breakthrough – when grunge went mainstream – although at the time Kurt Cobain admitted he was just trying to imitate The Pixies. Since then, it has sold more than 30 million albums.

NIRVANA changed the course of popular music forever and remains an inspiration to those who have followed.

What do you think is it still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has it past its used by date?

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, September 23, 2011

R.E.M. the pioneers of alternative rock

"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.
REM on the floor, crowd on the stage.
At the Pier, Raleigh NC, 1980 - Photo by: Chris Seward

Early 1990s, Nirvana and Pavement viewed R.E.M. as a pioneer of the alternative rock genre with the release of their two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992).

1994 sees R.E.M. return to thier rock roots from the 1980's with the release of Monster. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three band members. Including Berry collapsing on stage during from a brain aneurysm. He recovered and rejoined the band, but left in October 1997, saying that he no longer had the drive or enjoyment level to be in the band, and that he wanted a career change.

After Bill Berry left the band, while Buck, Mills, and Stipe continued the group as a trio. Their musical style changed but hey continuid to release Gold & Platinum Albums up untill the release of Collapse into Now. No tour was anounced to support the album and 6 months later R.E.M. announced their split on its website.

But all is not lost R.E.M. will release a career-spanning Greatest Hits album through Warner Brothers in November.

In their own words: The guys share their thoughts on why now.

MIKE - "During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, 'what next'? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.

"We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this--there's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right."

MICHAEL - "A wise man once said--'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it.

"I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.

"We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It's been amazing."

PETER - "One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.

"Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it's only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world."

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

20 Years today since Guns 'N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II was released

Use Your Illusion I is the third studio album by hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It was the first of two albums released in conjunction with the Use Your Illusion Tour, the other being Use Your Illusion II. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts, selling 685,000 copies in its first week. Each of the Use Your Illusion albums have been certified 7x platinum by the RIAA. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1992.

Use Your Illusion II is the fourth studio album by hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Bolstered by the lead single "You Could Be Mine", Use Your Illusion II was the slightly more popular of the two albums, selling 770,000 copies in its first week and debuting at #1 on the U.S. charts, ahead of Use Your Illusion I's first week sales of 685,000. It was also #1 on the UK Albums Chart for a single week.

What do you think is it still as good as it was 20 years ago, or  songs like, You could be mine & November rain past their used by date? - Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

20 Years today since Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears was released

No More Tears is the sixth studio album by English heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne. Released on 17 September 1991, the album charted at number 17 on the UK Albums Chart and 7 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.

No More Tears spawned five singles, of which four reached the top ten of the US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including the number-two "Mama, I'm Coming Home", and it contains the Grammy winning track "I Don't Want To Change The World". It is also one of Osbourne's two best-selling albums in North America, along with his debut Blizzard of Ozz, having been certified four times platinum by the RIAA and double platinum by CRIA. To date, sales stand at over 5,000,000 copies worldwide.

Motörhead's, Lemmy collaborated with Ozzy on this album, he co-wrote such popular tracks as “Hellraiser,” “Don't Want to Change the World,” “Desire” and “Mama I'm Coming Home.”

And just recently Ozzy was credited in part to reuniting a lost autistic boy in California.

Joshua Robb ran away into the wilderness near his elementary school in San Barnardino on September 12 and was missing for approximately 24 hours. A team of about 60 people on foot and in vehicles scoured the lands in attempts to find the boy. The boy's father, Ron, requested that his son's two favourite tunes, Osbourne's "No More Tears" and country artist Alan Jackson's "Good Time," be blasted over the San Barnardino National Forest's public address system. The thought was that even though Joshua is allegedly fearful of loud noises, the familiar songs would draw him out of hiding.

"I heard them blaring 'No More Tears' and it was a short time after that we heard the rescuers had found him," Ron Robb told NBC.

The boy, scratched & bruised, was taken to a local hospital, but is reportedly fine otherwise.

What do you think is "No More Tears" still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has song like this one below past its used by date?

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pearl Jam duet with Jimmy Fallon

Pearl Jam are are in the middle of their 20th anniversary celebrations that include a Cameron Crowe-directed documentary, soundtrack and book, and now a "Balls In Your Mouth" duet with Jimmy Fallon.

Pearl Jam also broke out a never-before-played song, "Olé," and also released the studio version of "Olé" for free on its site.

Here is a sneak peak at what you can look forward to in the PJ20 documentary - Eddie Vedder & Kurt Cobain slow dancing.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Has Katy Perry cheated to equal Jackson's record?

Katy Perry has tied Michael Jackson's record for the most No. 1 singles from the same album. The pop star accomplished the prestigious title when her latest song Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) got to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It is her fifth hit from her album Teenage Dream and she now shares the joint honour with Michael Jackson's Bad album which was released in 1987.

But did she cheat her way to the top? Some commenter's have pointed out some of the ways she got her #1's to #1

The studio version of Last Friday Night was unable to get to #1 alone so she released an remix a few days ago and for "charting purposes" it charted under the name "Last Friday Night". She also reduced the price of her songs to 69c in a desperate bid to try and get to #1.

Michael Jackson NEVER did this. He never released new remixes to help him get higher in the charts nor did he have to lower his prices. I have no idea if Katy got the other #1's fairly (If she did, that's really awesome and congrats to her!) but one thing for sure is that she does not deserve this title until she is able to get one more #1 fairly and without pulling this crap off.

What do you think did she cheat her way to equal Jacksons record?

Katy's other tracks that topped the charts from the album are California Gurls, Teenage Dream, Firework and ET.

Michael's songs that made it to number one are I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror and Dirty Diana.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Blink-182 - New album Neighborhoods

Eight years since Blink-182 released their last album. Frontman Mark Hoppus has said the band are expanding beyond their radio friendly punk sound for the album, and "Up All Night" kicks off with some experimental (well, for Blink-182) guitar riffage and a quasi-ska drum beat.

You can download the song by heading here and "fixing" the boken sign. (It took me 21 goes!!)

Yet another song from their forthcoming album Neighborhoods. "Heart's All Gone"

And just released After Midnight. Band member Mark Hoppus told BBC Radio 1 that 'After Midnight' was a song written and recorded after they had postponed their UK tour - so there is a silver lining.

Neighborhoods, drops September 27th via Geffen Records.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger musical debut

Arnold Schwarzenegger political career might be over, but hold on to your socks because here is the Total Recall: The Musical.

If that wasn't enough hot on the heals of that obvious success is Conan the Barbarian: The Musical

Don't laugh David Hasselhoff has a musical!

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Taylor Swift adds another show to her NZ tour

Her first two New Zealand shows were instant sell-outs, so Taylor Swift has announced it will be third time lucky for many of her Kiwi fans.
The four-time Grammy winner is hot property, with shows scheduled for March 16 and 17 selling out at a lightning pace. A third show has been confirmed for March 18.

Throughout her worldwide Speak Now tour, Swift has performed a number of cover songs, including tracks by Mumford & Sons and Uncle Kracker, as well as covering songs of artists from whatever city she happens to be playing in. In Canada, she covered Justin Bieber, in New Jersey she performed Bon Jovi; in addition, she played Fall Out Boy in Chicago and even Eminem in Detroit. What will she play in NZ?

Taylor Swift announces second NZ concert

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Press Release:

Demand for tickets for Taylor Swift’s first-ever New Zealand concert has been exceptionally strong during the pre-sale, with fans clearly signaling that they want a second concert by Swift.

So Michael Coppel is thrilled to announce that a second concert will be scheduled in Auckland at Vector Arena on; SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012  Pre-sale tickets to Taylor Swift’s second concert will go on sale from 12 noon Thursday August 25 through Ticketmaster.

The four-time GRAMMY winner’s SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.
Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

Taylor’s 2011 Tour includes 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and her Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past twelve months.

Don’t miss Taylor Swift’s incredible Speak Now World Tour playing at:


Ticketmaster online pre-sale: 1pm Wed Aug 24 until 5pm Thu Aug 25

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.