September 21 – Dire, B’z, Paranoid


Isleys in 1962

Release of Isley Brothers tune Shout.

Reaching US#47, It eventually becomes their first gold single. In 1962 they reach US#17 with single Twist and Shout.

The Beatles record a cover of Shout in the sessions for their first album (it reaches US#2 in April, 1964) along with Twist and Shout. Shout is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999; it’s also #118 in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 songs.

The Isleys will amass a long string of US Top 40 albums, right up through 2006.
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Brit rockers Dire Straits finally get a US#1, seven years after Sultans of Swing, with Money for Nothing.

Heavy airplay on MTV – maybe because the lyrics, sung with Sprechstimme by Mark Knopfler, contain the phrase ‘I want my MTV’ – doesn’t hurt. The song wins a Grammy.

Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free


 Best band youve never heard of

Japanese rock duo B’z releases its eponymous first album.

Despite the annoying-insect name, by 2010, B’z has released 43 consecutive #1 singles, 23 #1 albums, and sold more than 78 million records in Japan alone.

Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite (1988)  Ultra soul (2001) 


~ Skin

Britrock band Skunk Anansie releases first of three albums, Paranoid and Sunburnt, which reaches UK#8. Anansie is the name of an African trickster figure.

Skin’s incredible vocal talent coupled with poignant lyrics, bone crunching riffs and the pure might of our thundering band put a firm size 10 boot up the arse of Britpop.

Weak  Passionate, highly musical, intense, the band is -big- in the UK … but despite heavy touring, comes up empty-handed in the oblivious colonies. SA breaks up in 2001.

SA reforms in 2009; in November releases Smashes and Trashes and in September 2010, releases Wonderlustre. Trailer  Good show!

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