Personable British singer Wreckless Eric (Goulden)’s eponymous first album is released by Stiff Records (UK#46).
While his work is largely lost/ignored at, great tracks like (I’d Go The) Whole Wide World and its flip side Semaphore Signals are still around to remind us what a lot of tossers Stiff could be.
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In 2001 Mojo magazine recognizes Wide World as one of the ‘punk scorchers’ of the past 25 years. Somewhere out there are 5 tracks recorded for the two Peel sessions Eric did.
Indefatigable Eric has continued to release albums ever since. ( Website )
Brit rock, new wave band The Police release 5th studio album Synchronicity.
With considerable help from MTV, their last and most successful studio album makes US,UK,AU#1. It includes hit singles Every Breath You Take (US,UK,CA,IE#1) and King of Pain .
They break up in 1986 with over 15 UK top-40 hits. They’re inducted into the Rock HoF in 2003. In 2008 they were the world’s highest-earning musicians after a successful reunion tour.
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Pop punk band Blink-182 release their smash 3rd studio album Enema of the State.
Including international top-10 first hit All the Small Things , the album eventually sells 17 million, going 5x Platinum. 2001 follow-up album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket includes The Rock Show (US,CA,DE#1). 2003’s I Miss You is their hottest Youtube track.
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