Aw, Mom .. you’re just jealous … 

It’s one of the most important albums in rock/punk rock rap history. Released on November 15, 1986, produced by the legendary Rick Rubin and #217 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. That’s some heady stuff.

 

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Unchained 

November 5, 1996 ~ Johnny Cash releases the second of his American recordings

Unchained, also known as “American II: Unchained”, is the second album in Johnny Cash’s American Recordings series (and his 82nd overall). Like all Cash’s albums for American, “Unchained” was produced by Rick Rubin.

 

Taking The Long Way

May 23, 2006 ~ Never was I so happy to see an album as I was this one. Dixie Chicks release their first album since the controversy that followed Natalie Maines’ comments on then-President George Bush in 2003. Natalie and the band didn’t deserve the hate. And, country radio for the most part were perfect assholes

So when The Chicks came back, they came back with a vengeance. They teamed with Rick Rubin to produce and with the help of some heavy-hitters like Sheryl Crow, Gary Louris, Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, the album wins 5 out of the 7 nominations for Grammy Awards.

Raising Hell

Run-D.M.C. release their third album on May 15, 1986. It’s co-produced by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, was nominated for a Grammy and was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” in 2018.

It’s #123 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It also features the cover of “Walk This Way” with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, helping to launch Aerosmith’s second-coming.

Dixie Chicks

May 2, 2003 ~

Dixie Chicks appear naked on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly, with slogans such “Traitors,” “Hero,” “Boycott,” “Saddam’s Angels” and “Proud Americans” printed across their bodies. The slogans represent the mixed reaction Dixie Chicks received following singer Natalie Maines’ anti-George W. Bush comments.

The trio is flying high on the success of their album Home, which takes them on an international tour and during a London performance, Maines takes the opportunity to address the brimming post-9/11 “War on Terror” back home, saying: “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

And, so begins the Dixie Chicks backlash. Maines clarifies her statement on the band’s website, writing that she is against war, not against US troops. But with the Internet, many radio stations, and the President of the United States against them, the damage is done.

On the day of the Entertainment Weekly shoot, the group’s publicist tries to convince them to tone down their message, but they won’t budge. Every word on their body, including “Saddam’s Angels,” is an actual comment that was hurled at them online.

Dixie Chicks make a comeback in 2006 with Taking The Long Way, an album produced by Rick Rubin. The albums is a masterpiece and wins them a Grammy for Album of The Year. But Dixie Chicks did it without their original backers. Of the lack of support from the country music community. Martie Maguire says: “We don’t feel a part of the country scene any longer, it can’t be our home anymore.”

American Recordings

The 81st (that number is just stupid) album from Johnny Cash is released on April 26, 1994. It’s the beginning of a resurgence for The Man In Black. The album is produced by the legendary Rick Rubin and is recorded in Rubin’s living room, Johnny’s cabin, and in LA’s Viper Room. The result was an Americana masterpiece. It won a Grammy and is #366 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.