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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 10:03am
Rhino Factoids

35 years ago, the band known as INXS made their public debut as INXS. It’s not as if they hadn’t being playing around already, you understand, but it was on this date that they performed their first concert under that particular name.

Yes, history reveals that the first proper show by the band that would ultimately become known INXS took place on August 16, 1977, a.k.a. Tim Farriss’s 20th birthday, in Sydney.. At the time, though, they were still calling themselves The Farriss Brothers Band, an appropriate moniker, it must be said, for a group featuring Tim, Jon, and Andrew Farriss in its lineup. By the following year, the whole crew had tagged along when Jon, still 16, had no choice but to move to Perth when his family did, with everyone else in the band living in a communal home, where they spent most of 1978 writing, rehearsing, and performing. Not long after the start of ’79, however, the gang moved back to Sydney, when things really began to get rolling for them.

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:40am
Mono Mondays

This week’s Mono Monday release comes courtesy of one of the great sax men of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and – all too briefly – the ‘70s: King Curtis, who can be heard blowing on songs by, among others, the Coasters (“Yakety Yak”), Buddy Holly (“Reminiscing”), John Lennon (“It’s So Hard”), and The Shirelles (“Boys”). Beyond his gigs as a sideman, however, Curtis was regularly recording his own albums, including this effort from 1966.

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 1:31pm

First we released it on limited-edition vinyl for Free Record Store Day, and then we released it digitally and on CD. Now, on September 2, we’re doubling back and reissuing those sessions on vinyl. In short, we here at Rhino Records will not rest until everyone has the opportunity to purchase their very own copy of R.E.M.’s Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions.

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 9:48am
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World

The film came out a year after the Fillmores closed, had almost no impact, and neither did this boxed set of highlights, but oh how high those highlights are!

Actually, "Fillmore-The Last Days" was one of the few movies I walked in in the middle of, I'm like Alvy in "Annie Hall," I've got to see it from the beginning, otherwise I'm fearful I've missed something, but a concert movie?

Yup, I was worried about this in a concert movie too, but we had tickets for Newport Jazz back when it was in New York and this was the only way the timing worked, my friend Ronnie, who is no longer with us, convinced me.

And the flick shows Bill Graham in action, as well as...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 1:26pm
The Stranglers

65 years ago today, the world was first graced with the presence of a gentleman who spent 16 years fronting one of the great punk/new wave bands of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s: Hugh Cornell, former lead singer of The Stranglers.

Born in North London’s Tufnell Park in 1949, Hugh Alan Cornwell has been playing music for far more of his life than not, but did you know that he spent a portion of his high school years playing in a band with Richard Thompson? True story, according to Wikipedia…and we know everything on that site is 100% accurate, don’t we? But, no, that one really is accurate, and Cornwell actually discussed the band – Emil and The Detectives, they were called – in an interview with The Telegraph a few years back.

“Our biggest claim to fame was supporting Helen Shapiro at the Ionic Cinema in Golders Green, but after we took our O-level (exams), we lost touch,” said Cornwell. “The next I heard, (Thompson) was the lead guitarist in Fairport Convention. In August 2008, I was doing a festival outside Madrid, and the promoter said, ‘If we hurry, we can catch the end of Richard Thompson’s set. I couldn’t believe it. I hadn’t seen Richard in 30 years. We had a big huggy reunion, and now we’re back in touch. It’s really lovely.”

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:43am
Rhino Factoids

It’s growing increasingly more difficult to take the MTV Video Music Awards seriously, what with how few videos the network actually shows anymore, but the ceremony still meant something back in 2005, when the centerpiece of Green Day’s concept album, American Idiot, helped the band take home six – count ‘em – six trophies… and that’s not even counting the Viewer’s Choice Award they earned for the song “American Idiot.”