#MindTheBand 2020: Day-by-Day


As I’m back working from home I thought there wasn’t a lot of point in doing a diary (unless something massive comes up I’m unlikely to be going out this week), so instead I’m putting together some daily lists of favourites and linking to whatever posts I manage to publish. Potentially less rambling than normal, though don’t count on it…

Friday 2 October 2020
Today’s featured artist was Queen + Adam Lambert, as it was the release date for their album Live Around The World – plus I was supposed to see them back in June on the Rhapsody tour.

“The sky outside is wet and grey
So begins another weary day
So begins another weary day.”
Madness – Grey Day

On this day in music history: In 1995 Oasis released their second album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’; Don McLean, Mike Rutherford, Sting, Philip Oakey & Badly Drawn Boy were all born; in 2017 Tom Petty died.

Saturday 3 October 2020
Today’s featured artist was The Kinks, as I was meant to be fully immersed in the new Sunny Afternoon tour by now – and looking forward to a full week dedicated to the band at the end of November. Alas, it was not to be…

  • Album of the day: Lola Versus Powerman and The Moneygoround, Part One – The Kinks
  • Track of the day: Sing – Travis
  • T-shirt of the day: Silent Alarm – Bloc Party
  • Film of the day: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

“I don’t feel safe in this world no more
I don’t want to die in a nuclear war.”
The Kinks – Apeman

On this day in music history: In 1968 The Beatles recorded the George Harrison track ‘Savoy Truffle’; Chubby Checker, PP Arnold, Lindsey Buckingham, Gwen Stefani & Danny O’Donoghue were all born; in 1967 Woodie Guthrie died.

Sunday 4 October 2020
Today’s featured artists were Anthony Strong (who I was due to see perform back in April) and Danny Horn & the Shared Myths (whose recent album launch I couldn’t make it to – I also interviewed Danny Horn about Quitting Smoking and other topics).

“How can you grow old you were my triumph.”
Delays – Long Time Coming

On this day in music history: In 1961, Bob Dylan played a showcase at Carnegie Hall (New York City) to 53 people; Jim Fielder, Barbara Kooyman, Chris Lowe & Shontelle were all born; in 1970 Janis Joplin died.

Monday 5 October 2020
Today’s featured artist was Elton John, as I had been hoping to go to one of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates at the O2 later in the year (now rescheduled to 2021) – plus it just so happened to be the anniversary of the release of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

“This boy’s too young to be singing the blues.”
Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

On this day in music history: In 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played together for the first time; Steve Miller, Brian Connolly, Brian Johnson, Bob Geldof & Nicola Roberts were all born; in 1992 Eddie Kendricks died.

Tuesday 6 October 2020
Today’s featured artist was Incubus, as I was supposed to be seeing them a few days after Queen + Adam Lambert; they were booked to play the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Make Yourself. I also managed to get a review of The Jaded Hearts album published…

  • Album of the day: Make Yourself – Incubus
  • Track of the day: Get Back – The Beatles
  • T-shirt of the day: The Man Who – Travis
  • Film of the day: All Is by My Side and Handsome Devil

“The day you were born, you were born free
That is your privilege.”
Incubus – Privilege

On this day in music history: In 1979, Joy Division supported the Buzzcocks at the Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh; Bob Neal, Millie Small, Thomas McClary, Donnie Steele & William Butler were all born; in 2019 Ginger Baker died.

Wednesday 7 October 2020
Today’s featured artist was Alanis Morissette, as I was due to go to her 25th anniversary Jagged Little Pill date at the O2 last week – plus, coincidentally, the album reached number 1 in the US on this day in 1995.

  • Album of the day: Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette
  • Track of the day: Achilles Heel – Toploader
  • T-shirt of the day: The Clash
  • Film of the day: CBGB

“I’m young and I’m underpaid,
I’m tired but I’m working, yeah.”
Alanis Morissette – Hand in My Pocket

On this day in music history: In 1976 John Lennon was granted his Green Card; Kevin Godley, John Cougar, Tico Torres, Toni Braxton & Thom Yorke were all born; in 1966 Smiley Lewis died.

Thursday 8 October 2020
Today’s featured artist was mostly The Script, but with a dash of Stereophonics, Travis & others thrown in for good measure – it was #ThrowbackThursday! Marked by looking back over some of my favourite ever gigs. I was supposed to do a listening party replay for Ash’s 1977, but work during the day and a Travis live performance and Q&A in the evening put the mockers on that… So that’s something for first thing on Friday morning!

  • Album of the day: No Sound Without Silence – The Script
  • Track of the day: Intergalactic – Beastie Boys
  • T-shirt of the day: Sunsets and Full Moons – The Script
  • Film of the day: Behind the Candelabra

“Trying to make it work but, man, these times are hard.”
The Script – For The First Time

On this day in music history: In 1987, Chuck Berry was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Doc Green, George Bellamy, Sheila Ferguson, Johnny Ramone & Bruno Mars were all born; in 2013 Philip Chevron died.

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