This was big on this day in 1993

Canadian reggae  artist Snow had “Informer” and Eric Clapton’s Unplugged went #1.

SNOW

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

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.

I’ll end it with a Snow parody by Jim Carrey:

Brad Delp

Sadly, 10 years ago today, we lost Brad Delp of the band Boston. If you love your classic rock station or you grew up in the 70s, you definitely heard of Boston and the iconic voice of Brad Delp. Boston was known for “More than a Feeling,” “Piece of Mind,” “Foreplay/Longtime,” “Don’t Look Back” and more. Boston would be on hiatus due to mainly legal issues after their second album and would not return until 1986 with Third Stage.
Brad Delp
From Ultimate Classic Rock
Third Stage
Boston’s Third Stage would return the band to #1 with “Amanda” and also three other hits. The album is notable for having mainly Delp and Tom Scholz playing on the album, and keeping the usual Boston sound.
In the 1990s, Boston would press on, but without Brad Delp in the beginning. Delp and Scholz would have their disagreements before the 90s arrived with Delp leaving Boston in the end. He would join Boston alumni Barry Goudreau to form RTZ (Return to Zero).
Delp would re-join Boston in the mid-90s for the Walk On tour and would stay with both Boston and RTZ until his death in 2007.

Intro Vid Change

For this week’s intro vid, we are honoring Chris Squire and we are having “Love Will Find a Way” by Yes.

Happy Birthday to the late Chris Squire

Chris Squire
From http://www.losanjealous.com

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.

Chris Squire’s website

Yes’ website

 

U2’s Pop released 20 years ago

u2’s Pop

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.”

U2 Pop
The Edge on Guitar World, 1997.

 

Wow.

This issue of Guitar World is on sale, click here.

Duck Hunt on VR

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, most likely you ran into Duck Hunt. When you got your NES for Christmas or your birthday, it likely came with Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt, and course, the NES Zapper! When Super Mario frustrated you, you would go to Duck Hunt and give that a try. And after you couldn’t get the duck for the 7th time, the dog would laugh at you.

Duck Hunt on VR
Augh boy! From Wikipedia
thirty years later, duck hunt on vr

And after 30 years later, Duck Hunt is now on Virtual Reality!

If you got the Oculus Rift, you can get yourself Duck Hunt VR on Android. This was made by Joesph Delgado in February 2016. At the time, he was a student and at the age of 21. So, if your interested in playing Duck Hunt on VR and you have the Oculus Rift, get yourself the app.

More on Duck Hunt VR from CNet

Besides, if your a child of the 80s and you have kids, it’s probably better that they try the VR version first. Otherwise:

 

Another video from VRScout:

Pantera releases Vulgar Display of Power 25 years ago.

Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power

Pantera!!

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.

RIP Dimebag Darrell

Loudwire’s article of Vulgar Display of Power

 

Killing The Fox: a strange tale of flipping formats

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.

The Fox Detroit 99.5 FM
The Fox Detroit 99.5 FM
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.

WOW-FM

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: