“No matter what you are, I will always be with you …”

You want power pop?  Here you go … Badfinger’s second album is release on November 9, 1970 …

 

 

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All Shook Up 

Cheap Trick release their fifth and quirkiest of albums on October 24, 1980. The album’s produced by the legendary George Martin. “Stop This Game” begins with the same droning note of “A Day In The Life” and is a dream for DJs across the land. “Baby Loves to Rock” features the line “Not in Russia!” with the sound of an airplane in the background, a subtle reference to “Back in the U.S.S.R.”

The Trick also give a nod and a wink to AC/DC in this album. “World’s Greatest Lover” has a similar intro to the one used on “Big Balls”, while Rick Nielsen wrote “Love Comes A-Tumblin’ Down” for the recently deceased Bon Scott.

 

Big Country 

In a decade a little thin of rock highlights, Scottish band Big Country realeases their debut album on July 15, 1983.

Rolling Stone’s Kurt Loder says,

Here’s a big-noise guitar band from Britain that blows the knobs off all the synth-pop diddlers and fake-funk frauds who are cluttering up the charts these days …

Get The Knack

Look what turns 40 today …

I was doing rock radio in ’79 and this thing was a behemouth. Released on June 11, 1979, “Get The Knack” sold over a million albums — in the first two months after release. Tight-assed music critics hated it but it was near the top of Cobain’s fav 50 albums. That’s all I need to know.