THIS WEEK IN ROCK
December 15, 2019
Legendary shows, groundbreaking album anniversaries, eye watering memorabilia auctions and more – it’s this week in rock.
#OnThisDay December 9, 1976
The Clash play the Electric Circus in Manchester as part of The Anarchy Tour. Also on the bill are Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers and locals Buzzcocks.
#OnThisDay December 10, 2010
So how much would you pay for the handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’? In the case of hedge fund manager and art collector Adam Sender, it’s an eye-watering $422,500 that he coughs up in a six-way auction.
#OnThisDay December 11, 1961
Clear the decks because ain’t no one else coming in as Elvis Presley begins a staggering 20-week residency at the top of the US album charts with ‘Blue Hawaii’, his seventh US chart-topping album.
#OnThisDay December 12, 1987
Hurtling its way to become the best-selling US single of the year, George Michael’s ‘Faith’ parks up at No. 1 where it remains for the next four weeks. Its parent album of the same name is declared Album Of The Year at the 1989 ceremony.
#OnThisDay December 13, 1975
Widely regarded as one of the most influential debut albums of all time, Patti Smith releases ‘Horses’. And watching this raw and passionate performance from the Old Grey Whistle Test, you can see exactly why it maintains its exalted position.
#OnThisDay December 14, 1979
Happy anniversary to The Clash’s mighty double album, ‘London Calling’. Spread over four sides of vinyl, the band stretched out to deliver an album choc-full of rock’n’roll, reggae, ska, jazz and much more as they tackled subjects such as unemployment, the scourge of racism and consumerism among others. Few records truly deserve to be called ‘classic’, but this is one of them.
#OnThisDay December 15, 1980
Many happy returns to Kasabian guitarist and songwriter Sergio Lorenzo ‘Serge’ Pizzorno. Here he is with the band and their first chart hit, ‘Club Foot’.