Friday, October 3, 2008

Past, Present and Future tense

Decided to give you all a bit of a history lesson through the use of a chronological listing of excellent tunes.

1492 - Counting Crows
  • A leap year
  • Christopher Columbus arrives in America
  • Adam Duritz writes song that opens Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings

1921 - The Who
  • Warren G. Harding is inaugrated as the 29th president of the USA.
  • The death penalty is abolished in Sweden
  • The united states officially declares the end of World War I
  • A composition from The Who's rock opera Tommy
1945 - Social Distortion
  • The beginning of the 'information age'
  • World War II ends but not before...
  • The atom bomb is dropped on Hiroshima
  • Social Distortion song about the same event

1963 - New Order
  • The Beatles release their debut album Please, Please Me
  • The Roman Catholic church accepts cremation as a funeral practice
  • JFK is assassinated
  • A track in which Bernard Sumner warns 'Jonny' about various weapons
1969 - Iggy Pop & The Stooges
  • Man lands on the moon
  • Woodstock is held in upstate New York
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus debuts on British television
  • Iggy Pop gets all 'rood' sentimental with the stooges

1972 - Josh Rouse
  • The Olympic Games are held in Munich, Germany
  • Gough Whitlam becomes Prime Minister
  • ATARI is established by Nolan Bushell
  • Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse is born and dedicates an album (and song) to his birthdate
1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
  • Jazz legend Charles Mingus dies
  • China registers 1 billion people as its population
  • The first British nudist beach opens
  • Billy Corgan penned look at nostalgia and teenage freedom
1980 - Estelle
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released
  • Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame is born
  • CNN is officially launched
  • UK R&B starlet's song about her youth
1984 - David Bowie
Advanced Australia Fair becomes the new national anthem
Band Aid release the song Do They Know It's Christmas?
The year in which your humble writer was born
David Bowie's track inspired by the George Orwell book of the same name

1991 - Crystal Castles
  • Nirvana release classic album Nevermind
  • Start of the Gulf War
  • Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • fuzzy 8-bit electronica from hip duo Crystal Castles
1999 - Prince
  • Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac
  • the debut of Napster
  • The millenium dome opens in London
  • The purple one's dizzying funk about the end of the world
2080 - Yeasayer
  • Beginning of the fourth world war
  • Google controls 70% of the Intergalactic Earth Colony's revenue
  • Albert Einstein is cloned for the second time
  • Yeasayer's whistful anthem about the vagaries of time
My we've come a long way haven't we?

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