Twenty years ago today, Blind Melon dropped their debut album and radios everywhere began playing its only hit single “no rain.” Personally, I dig the song. It’s one of those tunes you gotta sing along to when it comes on. But let’s face it, nobody needs to hear it ever again.
The big footnote on the Blind Melon story is the drug overdose of leadsinger Shannon Hoon, whose death in October of 1995 came just eight weeks after the release of their second record “Soup” (Exp. ‘15). According to Wikipedia their second record had a much darker theme with several songs being about suicide or murder. An odd contrast to the image most of us probably have thanks to their video for “no rain.” A video famous for launching the acting career of bee girl Heather DeLoach. You can catch her in two episodes of ER. (Likely a two-parter about an apitoxin emergency.*)
The band has three more records in play including their third release “Nico” (Exp. ‘16) which was dedicated to Hoon’s daughter. Their most recent release came in 2008.
Bobby Brown’s third studio album “Bobby” expires today. This twice platinum record features the one and only “Humpin’ Around.” He’s got two records still in play including the humbly titled “The Masterpiece” which dropped in June of this year.
It’s hard to find a more iconic record than Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged.” Not only has it gone Diamond, selling over 10 million copies, but it’s also the flagship episode of what was a groundbreaking television series produced by MTV. If you had to list the three most memorable Unplugged moments/concerts, I’m fairly certain this would top the list. Followed most likely by Nirvana and…. well, those are the only two that I remember.
I’ve never been a huge Clapton fan, but it’s pretty difficult to say anything negative about this record. Especially considering it includes the emotionally heartfelt “Tears in Heaven.”
Clapton still has 8 studio albums in play.
*This post is not meant to diminish or exploit the loss of his child. I’m simply retiring a piece of twenty year-old music in order to make room for new, and equally deserving releases.
Just a reminder, Elvis’ music is old. If my math is correct, the king died 35 years ago today. His last studio album Moody Blue was released just months before his death. We should’ve crowned a new king fifteen years ago. Somebody get on that.
With today’s disposal of “Dirty,” half of Sonic Youth’s catalog is kaput. You’ve still got eight more studio albums to enjoy. “Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” won’t expire until ‘14.
Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord passed away today at 71. He was an active and long-time member of the band until 1998 with his last Deep Purple release “Abandon” (Exp. ‘18).*
Deep Purple has five more albums in play. “The Battle Rages on…” expires in July of next year.
Lord was also the keyboardist for “White Snake” from 1978-1984. White Snake has three more records in play.
*I’m, as usual, getting all my information from Wikipedia.
Megadeth’s fifth and most famous record “Countdown to Extinction” has expired. They still have 8 records in play including last year’s release “Thirteen” (exp. 2031).
July 14th, 1992 was a pretty big day for Metal heads. We’re also losing:
Danzig III: How the Gods Kill
Ministry’s “Psalm 69: The way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs”
Hey, guess what. Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Black Moon” expires today. Do you care? I don’t. ELP has released twelve records and yet their most famous song, “Lucky Man” appeared on their debut album in 1970.*
ELP has two records still in play: “The Return of the Manticore (exp. ‘13) & “In the Hot Seat” (exp. ‘14)
*See my Wilson Phillips post