Slowhand does an album for the MTV Unplugged series and it ends up being nominated for 9 Grammy Awards. It won six including Album of The Year, Record of The Year and Song of The Year. Some call the album “the blues for Yuppies.”
Happy birthday, Erik …
The Call release their 7th album on August 17, 1990. It’s their last album together as the band would disband and not work together for 10 years.
August 17, 1991 ~ Nirvana shoot their video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It is set to look like a deranged pep rally at “Anarchy High School,” and features fans recruited at a concert two days earlier. The video is all over MTV (they still played music videos in ’91) and helps propel Nirvana into the mainstream.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse release their 20th album on August 16, 1994.
The title track was a nod to Kurt Cobain who messed with Shakey’s head in his suicide note.
When he died and left that note, it struck a deep chord inside of me. It fucked with me.
Cobain included the lyric, “It’s better to burn out than fade into black” from Young’s 1979 song ‘Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)’ in the note.
Prince releases his 15th on August 16, 1994. He’s in the middle of a battle with Warner Bros., his record label, at the time which precipitated his going by “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” for a time.
BNL’s second album is released on August 15, 1994. It’s their first album to chart in the USA.
August 15 is a holiday around these parts. The debut album is released on August 15, 1995 …