December 5 – Stones-Let It Bleed, Black Flag-Damaged, Axel F

1969

Brit rockers The Rolling Stones release album Let It Bleed.

Headed for US#3, UK#1 slots, it continues the pattern of hit-and-miss greatness of each of their early albums. Some call it one of their 4 greatest albums, along with Beggars Banquet, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St..

A certain weariness of the 60s can be heard in Gimme Shelter, and I can’t help feeling the melancholic side of Brian Jones — this is his last album and he is killed before its release — in You Can’t Always Get What You Want, with its sorrowful Al Kooper horn.

1981

L.A. punk rock band Black Flag, recently hooked up with Henry Rollins, finally manages to get out a first album, Damaged.

Guitarist Greg Ginn had started SST Records in 1978.  ( SST site Rollins’ 1994 memoir Get in the Van chronicles the band’s history.
Six Pack  Rise Above 
 ( Rollins site  High heels  ( Fansite

1984

Release of the first Beverly Hills Cop film comedy, the year’s biggest film.

Comic Eddie Murphy plays Axel Foley, a Detroit cop in Beverly Hills, CA to investigate his friend’s death.

Axel Foley: Gimme the key! I’m gonna follow ’em!
Jenny Summers: Have you ever driven a Mercedes before?

The $15million film grosses over $300M, so Murphy ‘neutron dances’ into two sequels.

A Grammy-winning soundtrack includes hot electronic tracks like the Pointer Sisters high energy US#6 Neutron Dance ▷Songfacts▹ (*) and Harold Faltermeyer‘s US#3 electronic instrumental Axel F. It’s entirely created with 4 synths and a LinnDrum Original  UK#1 Crazy Frog version  (37 million views?!)

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