On This Day…
1962 – As tension grew between Pete Best, Brian Epstein and the rest of The Beatles, the group decided to sack Best after their gig at The Cavern, Liverpool. Ringo Starr, was nearing the end of his three-month engagement with Rory Storm & The Hurricanes. While at a Butlin’s holiday camp Starr received a phone call from John Lennon asking him to join The Beatles. Starr gave Rory Storm three days notice and on August 18th appeared as a member of The Beatles for the first time.
1967 – All UK offshore pirate radio stations were closed down as the marine broadcasting act came into effect. However, Radio Caroline continued to broadcast until March of ’68, inspiring the movie ‘Pirate Radio’ and making Phillip Seymour Hoffman a fake cult-rock legend.
1985 – Due to ‘astrological’ reasons Yoko Ono withdrew her 50 percent stake of the deal to acquire the $47.5 million rights to the ATV Music Publishing Catalog, which included more than 250 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This left Paul McCartney without the adequate funds to outbid Michael Jackson who ended up purchasing the catalog. The songs still remain the property of the Jackson estate to this day.
2006 – After being found guilty of ‘wasting police time’ and under the threat of jail time, Culture Club singer Boy George began his five-day community service sentence sweeping the streets of New York City. However, after only 30 minutes of work, the singer was mobbed by fans and media and eventually moved to a fenced off area.
Brand New Music
Pavement | The Secret History, Vol. 1
How doesn’t love a strong re-issue? Of course, calling this a ‘secret history’ is a bit of a misnomer as anything contained within is not really anything new, per say. The history of early Pavement is now well documented. Although this is a very well constructed a complete painting of these years in the bands existence, it’s result is only a gateway to people who don’t know anything about them.
FKA Twigs | M3LL155X
Besides being the most confusing title for any album since Aphex Twins’ release last year, FKA Twigs has released, completely out of nowhere, an EP of 5 live songs and an accompanying 17-minute short film that in one hyphenated word is “eye-popping”