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.
In 1992, the band Tool had made their major debut with the album Opiate, a six-song album with notable songs such as “Hush” and a live version of “Jerkoff.” They would go on to make Undertow in 1993, Aemina in 1996, Lateralus in 2001 and 10,000 Days in 2006. As of 2017, there are little details about a new album in the works.
One of the typical elements on a Tool album is their unusual and mysterious songs. Tool likes to put some soundscapes or other songs that don’t match to the band’s Alternative Metal sound. Here are some of Tool’s Strange Songs:
“Disgustipated,” The final song in Undertow (with the exception of Japan’s release where a live version of Flood is the final song) reaches a total length of 15 minutes. It starts with percussion and a man preaching about the cries of the carrots, and then later goes to some singing by Maynard with an industrial sound behind him. From the 6 minute to the 13 minute mark, you hear are crickets chirping, and nothing else.
Just before the 14-minute mark, you hear a strange answering machine message about colors and the little people.
For those who have or once had the Undertow album, in the liner notes, you’d see “Phone call: Bill the Landlord.”
Little has been said by the band about the origins of that message. An unofficial site for the band has a saved chat log from America Online back in 1995. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan made an appearance in the chat room to be interviewed, and was asked a few times about the phone message. Maynard replied that it was his landlord telling him he had to pay his rent.
If that is correct, Maynard surely had a creepy landlord before he found fame. There is also speculation that this was Bill Manspeaker of Green Jelly, a comedy rock band Danny Carey and Maynard James Keenan had played for.
This wouldn’t be the last time Tool used a phone message in one of their songs.
Useful Idiot (Aemina)
In song 4 of Aemina, this 30-second track presents a record skipping. Although this song is on the CD version, it is also on the Vinyl version of this album, ending side one of the record. Therefore, the Useful Idiot must get up and flip the record.
Message to Harry Manback (Aenima)
This 2-minute song starts and ends with a melancholic piano with an angry Italian man leaving a threatening message mostly in English but partly in Italian. The band has said very little about this song, but Danny Carey had said in one interview that this Italian man was an uninvited guest at a party at the home of Green Jelly’s Gary Helsinger (or Hotsy Manshot).
He was asked to leave after refusing to give his name. He was kicked out of the home and later left the threatening message. Supposedly, during the Aemina sessions, Maynard found the tape with the message and decided to add it to the album.
The same man left a second message and the band released that on their mostly live album Salival in 1998. The second song features more Italian than English and the piano is replaced with strings.
“Hooker with a Penis” (Aenima)
Strange name for the title, however nothing is really strange about this song when you compare it to others in this list. The song is a response from Maynard James Keenan to a fan who’s accused him and Tool of being sellouts. Much different than their usual progressive metal and art rock, this song ventures in heavy metal.
Listen for yourself:
Die Eier von Satan (Aenima):
This industrial song features a man making a speech to a crowd in German. Soon after the album’s release and due to the title of the song, some have speculated that this was satanic worship, but it’s a recipe for Mexican cookies.
The vocalist for this song is Marko Fox who played bass for Danny Carey’s other band Zaum. The band Zaum also has Chris Pitman, who played the synthesizer for Aemina’s 13-minute final song “Third Eye.” However, Zaum has been inactive since 2001.
Cesáro Summability (Aenima)
The song begins with a newborn crying with an echo. The rest of the song is huge noise with guitar sound effects. After the baby crying, someone is speaking but it intelligible. The songs title refers the Cesáro summation. This song is perhaps the most mysterious songs Tool has put out there and fans are having a hard time putting this one together.
(-) Ions (Aenima)
This segue contains a buzzer sound looping and also somebody banging on what sounds like cookies sheets. I remember a time where I and a few friends were listening to this; we would guessing someone was punching a cookie sheet to make that thunderous sound. With this song title and Cesáro Summability, it seems the folks from Tool do have an interest in science.
Faaip de Oiad (Lateralus)
Yes, this is a 80s and 90s website, but I have to include one from Tool’s Lateralus album.
Faaip de Oiad is Enochian for The Voice of God. This final song from Lateralus is very interesting and very strange. It presents Danny Carey playing a tune similar to Wipeout with heavy buzzing. The man speaking is a caller to Coast To Coast AM on September 11th, 1997 where the host Art Bell had dedicated his show for anyone who had, or at that time, worked at Area 51.
“Faaip de Oiad” does not contain Art Bell’s voice. This call was a very big moment for Coast to Coast AM and is considered by many to be one of the most eerie radio broadcasts ever.