Over on the music blog The Music Slut, I discovered that Blender has put out a list of the 100 Days That Changed Music. Some are more obvious than others, some are somewhat ridiculous (Dr. Dre finding Eminem is No. 6? Out of 100?), but some are downright fascinating. I never knew, for example that when the Kingsmen recorded "Louie Louie" in 1965, people interpreted singer Jack Ely’s incomprehensible mumbling to be masking obscenity, causing the first panic over dirty lyrics. Or that karaoke arrived in America in 1982 "at a bar called Dimples in Burbank, California."
What do you think of these days deemed all-important in music history? I've picked out a few of my favorites and included them to the top ten of the list which you can see if you read more.
100. Radiohead releases Kid A
("Spontaneously, guitar fans everywhere begin weeping.")
92. RCA demonstrates first synthesizer
73. "Lazy Sunday" hits YouTube
51. Pete Townshend writes “My Generation”
("Forced to take the train after the queen has his Packard hearse towed, the Who guitarist uses his commute to author rock’s first and greatest endorsement of voluntary euthanasia.")
45. "The Real World" debuts
(Marking the advent of reality TV and the beginning of the end of music on MTV.)
19. Madonna sings “Like a Virgin” at the VMAs
10. Studio 54 opens
9. Keith Richards writes “Satisfaction” riff
8. Bob Dylan leaves Minnesota
7. MTV airs "Billie Jean" video
6. Dr. Dre discovers Eminem
5. MTV debuts
4. Kurt Cobain commits suicide
3. Napster released
2. Kook DJ Herc "invents hip-hop"
1. The Beatles visit Ed Sullivan