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Craig Clemens

January 08, 2016

On This Day…

1969 – Mic Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing “op art” pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru after refusing to change clothes.

1979 – Canadian rock band Rush were named the country’s official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.

1991 – Steve Clark guitarist with Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs. The autopsy revealed he had died from an overdose of codeine and had Valium, morphine and a blood alcohol level of .30. In 2007 Clark was ranked No.11 on Classic Rock Magazine’s “100 Wildest Guitar Heroes”.

2000 – It was reported that police foiled a $1.7million kidnap plot to snatch Victoria Beckham and her baby son. The plot was uncovered after a tip off to the police. The gang had planned to kidnap the pair when husband David was away playing soccer.

2001 – A woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N’ Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house.

2014 – It was reported that vinyl record sales had increased 32% in 2013, while CD sales declined 14.5% in the previous year, vinyl sales grew 32% from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million sold in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


Brand New Music

David Bowie | Blackstar
A word to those who are aging rockstars and thinking about releasing an album of new music: it’s probably not a good idea. Blackstar however, is a bit of a trailblazer. The album itself lacks a reference point and seems almost non-conical in relation to Bowie’s other works. It is a standalone record that, in comparison to Bob Dylan’s later masterpieces, doesn’t look backwards to inspiration. It sounds like David Bowie was really, very bored and needed to do something (anything!) different – like he used to do in the old days. Maybe, Blackstars oddities are in themselves it’s own throwback?

HINDS | Leave Me Alone
HINDS sound like they’re having a ton of fun. And in Leave Me Alone it translates clearly. It’s always awesome when highly anticipated records turn out really well. This band have clearly gotten their chops up over countless live shows and they’ve done an excellent job of capturing that energy without falling into the trap of forgetting that they’re in the studio. Unassuming, crunchy, gritty and uncompromising this debut is an impressive feat.