This Week In Rock
January 19, 2020
History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…
#OnThisDay January 13, 1968
Johnny Cash plays live for 2,000 inmates at Folsom Prison in California. The gig is recorded and released as ‘Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison’ and the album becomes one his most popular recordings.
#OnThisDay January 14, 1969
Happy birthday to Foo Fighters’ lynchpin Dave Grohl! Did you know that he once made a cameo appearance on The X-Files in a 1996 episode called ‘Pusher’?
#OnThisDay January 15, 1976
Paul Simonon auditions for the singer’s job in The London SS. Though he misses out on the job, he befriends the band’s guitarist Mick Jones and the pair go on to form The Clash when they hook up with singer-guitarist Joe Strummer.
#OnThisDay January 16, 1987
George Michael’s status as an international superstar is sealed when his debut solo album, ‘Faith’, tops the US charts. It goes on to scoop the coveted Album Of The Year gong at the 1989 Grammy Awards.
#OnThisDay January 17, 2009
Bruce Springsteen plays the inauguration concert for US president Barack Obama singing ‘The Rising’ and dueting with folk legend Pete Seeger on ‘This Land Is Your Land’.
#OnThisDay January 18, 1974
Barry Manilow scores his first domestic No. 1 hit single with the monster smash that is ‘Mandy’. A hit in the UK, too, it reaches No. 11.
#OnThisDay January 19, 1980
Adam And The Ants’ debut album, ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’, becomes the first album to top the newly established Independent Album Charts. Check out this cracking live version of ‘Car Trouble’ recorded in 1981.
We’re delighted to announce that WHAM!’s ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Make It Big’ albums will be released on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years! Pressed on both limited edition colour and black vinyl. Available everywhere on 22nd March. Pre-order nowRead more
It’s the most romantic day of the year if you’re happily in love. If you’re not, then it’s quite possibly the most tedious, lonely and depressing one on the calendar. Ever the diplomats, here in the Spotlight Office we want to include all our colleagues in the celebrations and commiserations, so we created two Valentine’s playlists; one for Everybody In Love and another for those who are Single.Read more
Britain’s much-loved duo WHAM! have claimed the Official UK Christmas Number 1 with ‘Last Christmas’ for the first time since the song was released nearly 40 years ago!
Britain’s best-loved duo WHAM! have claimed the Official UK Number 1 chart position with ‘Last Christmas’ for the second consecutive week – a chart first for ‘Last Christmas’.Read more
Let Whamageddon commence! Are you playing?Read more
Let’s go outside! 25 years ago today George Michael released arguably one of the most important singles of his career “Outside”.Read more
We’re celebrating the 90s all month and what better way than by revisiting some classic collaborations!Read more
It may not have been the hottest of summers here in the UK, but we’re still holding out for a sizzling September and enough of a vitamin D boost to see us into Christmas smiling.Read more
Celebrating forty years of their debut album with a heartwarming Netflix documentary and new The Singles: Echoes from the Edge of Heaven release, this month’s Artist Spotlight lands on WHAM!Read more