May 21 – Hacienda, OK Computer, Velvet Goldmine, Tame Impala, Daft Punk ‘Random Access’


Opening of Manchester, England music venue and clubber mecca Fac 51 Hacienda. (*)

Open through 1997, financed largely by record sales of rock band New Order record sales, it becomes an integral part of the alt-psych-dance Madchester music scene. (*)

A dance club by ’86, it’s playing house by ’87, famous by ’88.

Associated bands include The Stone Roses (Fool’s Gold ), A Guy Called Gerald (Voodoo Ray), Happy Mondays (Bummed, Step On ), 808 State, The Fall, The Charlatans and more. Aug. 1989 

The venue is demolished in 2002.

So famous they made a 2002 movie about it called 24 Hour Party People about it, with a well-rated soundtrack. ▷DM:Happy Mondays▹

See also: Baggy music, Factory Records, Flowered Up


UK alt-rock band Radiohead releases self-produced 3rd studio album OK Computer. Paranoid Android  (UK#1,US#21)

It begins the band’s major success; all albums since (including the 8th The King of Limbs, released Feb. 18, 2011) have gone platinum.

In a pioneering 2007 move, 7th album In Rainbows is released as a digital download — fans told to pay what they want. A couple months later it’s released as an album  — and makes top-10 everywhere. Nude 


Release (at Cannes) of film Velvet Goldmine(*), about the early 70s glam rock era. It stars Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

US release was Nov. 6. Box office fail; but important noless, loads of well-known musicians are heard in the soundtrack credited to bands The Venus in Furs and Curt Wild’s Wylde Ratttz.

▷Ziggy Stardust Companion▹ , 1/12 clips 


Perth Australian psych rock group Tame Impala (originally the Dee Dee Dums) releases debut album Innerspeaker.

Lead track It’s Not Meant to Be garners much college radio airplay.

And I boast that it is meant to be,
but in all honesty,
I don’t have a hope in hell,
I’m happy just to watch her move.

The album wins the 2010 J Award and becomes a Rough Trade top-10 album. A 2nd album is expected in July, 2012.  ( Website


French EM duo Daft Punk releases its first new album in 8 years, Random Access Memories. If you don’t count their Dec. 3, 2010 filmscore for the Tron: Legacy soundtrack.
They leave behind the faltering EMI label for Sony. Their first, 1997 debut monster Homework made UK#8. Two singles made USDance#1, Da Funk and international #1 Around the World. Second, Mar. 13 2001 album Discovery did similarly well and was used as a soundtrack for feature-length anime Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem.