The ‘Exorcism of the Pentagon’, including a levitation and a performance by band The Fugs, is part of a demonstration by 100,000 in Washington DC. CIA Man
It’s organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. 682 are arrested and dozens injured. There are parallel demonstrations in Japan and Europe; in London 3,000 demonstrators attempt to storm the US Embassy. Newsreel
It rises to UK#4. More relaxed and listenable than his flashier debut Tubular Bells. Nothing to prove any more. The lyrics are a translation into Gaelic of ‘Daddy’s in bed, The cats drinking milk, I’m an idiot, And I’m laughing.’
By 2010 it becomes the world’s fifth-best-selling album … 43 million copies. Track Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad reaches US#11, Meatloaf’s best. Track Paradise By The Dashboard Light only reaches US#39 but is enduringly popular. Both songs are written by US producer Jim Steinman ▷Bio▹ ▷MeFi▹.
Redmonds, CA alt-rock band Camper Van Beethoven(*) makes USMRT#1 with a single from their 5th album Key Lime Pie. The dandy Status Quo cover is called Pictures of Matchstick Men.
It opens with a catchy riff played on a violin no less, lifted from 1967 Vanilla Fudge US#6 hit You Keep Me Hangin’ On (itself a Supremes cover). Alas it’s been four years since Camper’s 1985 debut album Telephone Free Landslide Victory, and in 1990 the band packs it in.
But ‘Pictures’ and a debut album track called Take the Skinheads Bowling MP3 keep the band on the radio for years. After 14 years, the band reforms in 2004 to release a new album called New Roman Times on Oct. 12. And 8th studio album La Costa Perdida appears on Jan. 22, 2013.
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