Canadian reggae artist Snow had “Informer” and Eric Clapton’s Unplugged went #1.
Here’s an interesting fact about Snow’s “Informer,” Snow had recorded the song in mid-1992 just before he began serving a jail sentence. While in Jail, “Informer” was promoted through the Toronto music scene and quickly got into the radio around the world. Snow left jail and straight into touring afterwards. “Informer” was #1 in many countries. The song is about him being sent to jail for not ratting. Snow would get a second hit “Girl, I’ve Been Hurt,” which didn’t see the same success as “Informer.”
Snow would see further success in his native Canada and Japan. Sad times would hit Snow due to the death of his wife Tamei Edberg, he would later hold benefits for fighting cancer. Snow now releases songs through his website.
Eric Clapton would do his own version of MTV’s Unplugged in 1992, which saw “Layla” (originally done by Derek and the Dominoes) entering the charts. The album was #1 on this day in 1993, knocking The Bodyguard soundtrack off of the slot and staying there for three weeks. Only to be knocked out of #1 by The Bodyguard soundtrack in April. Even Eric Clapton couldn’t keep the late Whitney Houston down for long.
This also leads to our Intro Vid news, yes Eric Clapton’s “Layla” is a better song than “Informer,” however, I’m very sick of “Layla” due it being constantly played on radio (I like “Bell Bottom Blues”). This may anger a few people but Informer will be our Intro Vid of the week.
Unlike, being a day late with U2’s Pop 20 Year Anniversary, we also want to say happy birthday to late Chris Squire who is sadly no longer with us. Chris Squire was the bassist of Yes and played on every album (21 of them from 1969-2014) with the band. Chris Squire sadly passed away due to leukemia on June 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. He would be 69 years old today.
For tomorrow, we will have Yes’ “Love Will Find a Way” for next week’s intro vid.
Yes, again, we are a day late (and a dollar short) with saying a day after, U2 released Pop. The release date was March 3, 1997. Pop followed U2’s successful 1993 release Zooropa. U2 decided to experiment with synthesizers on this one, along with alternative rock. One of the main reasons why the band used samples and even drum machines was due to drummer Larry Mullen’s back problems and his absence throughout some of the album’s production.
Pop did well among critics, the song “Discotheque” reached #1 in the band’s native Ireland, Canada and the UK. It reached the top 10 in the US. The follow up single “Staring at the Sun” also saw great success in Europe, but did not do as well in the United States.
However, Pop was not popular among fans. U2’s experimentation did not bold very well among fans and the general public as a whole. The video of “Discotheque” was not loved by MTV viewers. I do recall an issue of Guitar World magazine in 1997, where someone sent them a letter claiming that he is holding The Edge hostage due to U2’s release of Pop. I can’t recall what the writer of that letter wanted Guitar World to do. But he (or she) was certainly upset about giving The Edge the publicity and an interview.
The folks at Guitar World also had a drawing of a masked man holding The Edge hostage while wearing the same outfit he wears while dancing in “Discotheque.”
This issue of Guitar World is on sale, click here.
Yes, we are a day late and a dollar short: Pantera released Vulgar Display of Power 25 years ago. Phil, Rex, Vinnie and Darrell of Pantera was one of the well known metal bands in the 90s, with albums such as Cowboys From Hell, Far Beyond Driven, the more progressive sounding The Great Southern Trendkill and of course, Vulgar Display of Power.
A little minor note for the site, we are having Pantera’s “Walk” as our intro vid for a week. We had STP’s “Plush” for two weeks, one week too many. Robbee’s making mistakes. So, instead of a separate post telling you about the Intro Vid, here it is: “Walk” is the Intro Vid for the week.
Pantera would not see much Top 40 hits as one would suggest that their music surely wasn’t Top 40 friendly, heh-heh. Despite not having that benefit, Pantera would see success. They also had the grace of Beavis & Butthead with their video, “I’m Broken.” Also, Vulgar Display of Power’s “This Love” would also be critiqued by the duo.
Pantera formed in 1981 and started as a glam metal band with four releases in the 80s with Terry Glaze at vocals on three of them. The last 80s release called Power Metal was the first to feature Phil Anselmo at vocals.
Pantera would pull the plug in 2003 and a spin-off band called Damageplan would come from it with both the Abbott brother’s Darrell and Vinnie at guitar and drums respectively. Sadly, the band was short-lived due to Darrell being murdered on stage by a psychotic fan at a show in Columbus, OH.
From 1984 to 1992, 99.5 on your FM Dial in Detroit would play your favorite Top 40 hits: 99.5 The Fox Detroit. The logo showed a fox in sunglasses playing a keytar.
KILLING THE FOX
All that would change on Xmas Eve 1992 where listeners of The Fox (WDFX) would hear Cowboy Hugh Chardon (heh heh) taking calls from “listeners” with their suggestions on killing the Fox. This pre-recorded show lasted from the morning all the way to midnight with no commercials. For breaks, Hugh Chardon would play the big Garth Brooks hit “Friends in Low Places.” The DJ who provided the voice to Cowboy Hugh Chardon was Dr. Don Carpenter who has been in the Detroit radio world for decades.
Just a little after midnight, Cowboy Hugh Chardon put an end to his Kill The Fox marathon and told the listeners that the program director had something to say. The male program director had made a statement about a change in the station and a countdown will start. After the PM was done, the listeners would hear a robotic voice saying the number 63,752. From Xmas Day until December 28, all one would hear is a computer voice counting down.
Once the countdown was over, a continuous 6-hour loop of “Goofy Loops” played all the way until Monday on January 3rd, 1993. The death of the Fox brought in Wow-FM, a FM talk station. One of the talk show hosts was conservative Ed Tyll. Dr. Don Carpenter, the man who played Cowboy Hugh Chardon, also hosted a show on Wow-FM.
99.5’s walk into talk radio went on for a short few months and once again, the station flipped formats to country, whereas of February 2017, the station continues to play your favorite country hits. The flip from Talk to County was not a slow and dramatic flip, it happened with little announcement.
99.5, now under the call letters WYCD, still has Dr. Don Carpenter on the payroll. He had been a DJ for the station until 2015. Details on his exit (as a DJ at least) here. FM Talk Radio would return to Detroit in 1999 after 97.1 WKRK left the hard rock format for Talk. Ed Tyll came back to Detroit to host a show on WKRK for a while. Another notable show on WKRK was Deminski & Doyle (from 99-07, now in New Jersey) and Parker and The Man.
97.1 Detroit would later be part of CBS’s Free FM and get broadcasting contracts with four major Detroit sports franchises, Tigers, Red Wings, Lions & Pistons. In October 2007, 97.1 flipped to Sports Talk and got rid of the Free FM name altogether. Most Detroit sports games are still broadcasted on 97.1 as of February 2017.
Another interesting format flip was the end of K-Rock in New York. Opie and Anthony did their last FM show on March 9, 2009.
YOU GOT IT?
Sadly, when it comes to having the actual broadcast of the Killing The Fox, as or this post, it is currently not found on YouTube. Somebody had uploaded the final moment of Cowboy Hugh Chardon’s show, the PM’s statement and the beginning of the countdown, but as of now, it’s not on there. Damn…
If anyone knows of a online source or re-uploads this broadcast on YouTube on Vimeo, please let me know. Hit me up on Twitter or comment below.
Here’s a clip of The Fox in 1990 promoting a upcoming Milli Vanilli concert:
Yes, on February 24, 1997, The Spice Girls performed at the Brit Awards. Love em or hate em, The Spice Girls were a big group in the late 90s and also matched chart topping numbers similar to The Beatles, their debut album Spice made #1 in many countries.
What made the headlines the next day was Geri Halliwell with her Union Jack dress. Anyways, I’m a guy and all I can say is that’s hot. If you want some extra info on that day and the fashion sense, take a look here.
Spice Girls as a trio?
Recently, The Spice Girls have reformed after their third breakup, but as a trio. Geri, Mel B and Emma are going as GEM but keeping the name. If your interested in the 60% version of SP, visit their site here. Also, there is a Broadway show in the works based on the group on the original site.
One thing that’s kinda hot about the GEM site, it does show the three of them in bed as a still in the video.
Now on Netflix, we have the The People v. O.J. Simpson. It is also noted that it does contain some popular songs in 1994-95. For those who had lived through the case (and that took a while for that to end), we know that this was the case of the century. We have got past the 20th anniversary in 2014. Now, 22-23 years later, FX decides to make American Crime Story and their first season focuses on the historic O.J. Simpson case. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O.J., John Travolta plays Bob Shaprio and also has a producer credit, David Schwimmer plays Rob Kardashian and a personal favorite of mine Courtney Vance plays Johnnie Cochran. Courtney Vance was known for being ADA Carver in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, along with Vincent D’Onofino, known for Gomer Pyle in Full Metal Jacket.
The music from The People v. O.J. Simpson has some of the best hits (and some bad ones) of the early to mid-1990s.
Of course, he came back to the band in 1997. It is still unknown if Vince did quit or get fired. The three members Sixx, Lee and Mars maintained that he quit the band, but Vince maintains he got fired. Here is one of the interviews Vince Neil did just days after he got fired with Dennis Miller:
The Crue would continue on with John Corabi and make their self-titled album in 1994. Beavis and Butthead however mistook him for Howard Stern though.