The Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, recently talked with Theda Sandiford, who is the VP of Commerce at Republic Records and Island Records, where she handles VEVO, Spotify, Youtube and more. Sandiford got her start at WBLS and then became the first black programmer of a major market country station. In 1994, she was nominated for “Programmer of the Year Award” by the CMA. She moved to Billboard to run the Hot 100 chart, then went on to work at Def Jam. After spending time working with an online games startup, she came back to the music industry, and currently works at Republic.
Country musician Johnny Cash also submitted a song to Eon productions titled “Thunderball” but it wasn’t used. The lyrics of Cash’s “Thunderball” describe the film’s story. The producers’ decision to change the film’s theme song so close to the release date meant that only some of the film’s soundtrack had been recorded for release on LP. You can find Cash’s “Thunderball” on the 2011 compilation Bootleg, Vol. 2: From Memphis to Hollywood.
…and here’s what the opening credits would have sounded and looked like, had they used Cash’s song.
An in-studio tape of Reg Presley’s running commentary on a recording session, filled with in-fighting and swearing (known as “The Troggs Tapes”), was widely circulated in the music underground, and was included in the Archaeology box set, as well as the compilation album, The Rhino Brothers Present the World’s Worst Records. The in-group infighting is believed to be the inspiration for a scene in the comedy film, This is Spinal Tap, where the band members are arguing. Some of this dialogue was sampled by the California punk band The Dwarves on their recording of a cover version of the Troggs song “Strange Movies”.
Live in Paris & Ottawa 1968 is a posthumous live album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, released on September 5, 2008 by Dagger Records. The album contains songs from the band’s performances at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France on 29 January 1968 and the Capitol Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on March 19, 1968.
The concert in Paris was previously issued as part of the 1991 box set Stages. The songs from the concert in Ottawa are sourced from a previously undiscovered tape and were recorded during the first show of that evening. The second show at the Capitol Theatre in Ottawa was previously issued on Live in Ottawa.
All songs written and composed by Jimi Hendrix except where noted.
Live at the L’Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, January 29, 1968
No. Title Length
1. “Killing Floor” (Chester Arthur Burnett) 4:32
2. “Catfish Blues” (Robert Petway) 8:46
3. “Foxey Lady” 5:29
4. “Red House” 4:24
5. “Drivin’ South” 9:24
6. “The Wind Cries Mary” 3:55
7. “Fire” 4:16
8. “Little Wing” 3:40
9. “Purple Haze” 5:59
Live at the Capitol Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 19, 1968
No. Title Length
10. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 2:16
11. “Fire” 3:29
12. “Purple Haze”
“Still Into You” was released in 2013 on Paramore’s fourth, self-titled album. The track rose to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, went platinum in the U.S. This video was recorded by lead singer Hayley Williams herself in the studio’s vocal booth while recording the track, giving some insight on the great facial expressions we don’t normally get a chance to see.
On December 8, 1980, Dave Sholin and his RKO Radio crew interviewed John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their Dakota Apartment in Manhattan for over three hours. Tragically, it would be Lennon’s very last interview—not one of the last—the last. He was shot dead just hours later in the very entryway of the building that Sholin and his crew had just left. Shot dead by a “fan” whom they had seen hanging around the Dakota as they left.
Sholin would receive the news after landing in San Francisco. The most incredible day of his life suddenly turned into a nightmare. Now that he had Lennon’s last words in his hands, some of which were incredibly prophetic, his day lasted another three without sleep. He immediately was summoned to the station for live on-camera interviews with every news program including Good Morning America, which was going live at 4am PST (7am EST) to talk about John Lennon’s tragic murder and the legacy he had left behind. The world was in deep mourning.
RKO Radio had planned to put together a fully produced radio program on Lennon based on this interview that would air the following month, but now they had just four days to get this out to a grieving public.
The bit about the sixties we were all full of hope and then everybody got depressed and the seventies were terrible – that attitude that everybody has; that the sixties was therefore negated for being naïve and dumb. And the seventies is really where it’s at, which means, you know, putting makeup on and dancing in the disco – which was fine for the seventies – but I don’t negate the sixties. I don’t negate the seventies. The … the seeds that were planted in the sixties – and possibly they were planted generations before – but the seed… whatever happened in the sixties the… the flowering of that is in the feminist, feminization of society. The meditation, the positive learning that people are doing in all walks of life. That is a direct result of the opening up of the sixties. Now, maybe in the sixties we were naïve and like children everybody went back to their room and said, ‘Well, we didn’t get a wonderful world of just flowers and peace and happy chocolate and, and, and it wasn’t just pretty and beautiful all the time’ and that’s what everybody did, ‘we didn’t get everything we wanted’ just like babies and everybody went back to their rooms and sulked. And we’re just gonna play rock and roll and not do anything else . We’re gonna stay in our rooms and the world is a nasty, horrible place ’cause it didn’t give us everything we cried for’, right? Cryin’ for it wasn’t enough. The thing the sixties did was show us the possibility and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility, and the seventies everybody gone ‘Nya, nya, nya, nya’. And possibly in the eighties everybody’ll say, ‘Well, ok, let’s project the positive side of life again’, you know? The world’s been goin’ on a long time, right? It’s probably gonna go on a long time… ”
Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” is one of the greatest opening tracks on any album. This one, though, happened to be on one of the greatest rock albums in history – Led Zeppelin II. The US release became their first hit single, it was certified Gold in April 1970, having sold one million copies. As with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom, but singles were released in Germany (where it reached number one), the Netherlands (where it reached number four), Belgium and France.
In 2004, the song was ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in March 2005, Q magazine placed “Whole Lotta Love” at number three in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It was placed 11 on a similar list by Rolling Stone. In 2009 it was named the third greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. In 2014, listeners to BBC Radio 2 voted “Whole Lotta Love” as the greatest guitar riff of all time.
VOCAL only (Robert Plant):
GUITAR only (Jimmy Page)–check out what Page does starting at the 1:54 mark:
SLIDE GUITAR/THEREMIN/MISC. GUITAR overdubs only (Jimmy Page)
DRUMS (John Bonham) starts around :40 mark. Check out the funky words at 3:46…:
Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” was produced by Daniel Lanois and found on his massive “So” album. It hit number one in Canada on 21 July 1986, where it spent four weeks; number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and number four on the UK Singles Chart, thanks in part to a popular and influential music video. It was his biggest hit in North America and ties with “Games Without Frontiers” as his biggest hit in the United Kingdom.
The song’s music video has won a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards.[ Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. As of 2011, “Sledgehammer” is the most played music video in the history of MTV.
Jez Nelson presents a documentary on one of jazz’s most sacred recordings – saxophonist John Coltrane’s masterpiece, A Love Supreme. This programme was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004 and features interviews with Elvin Jones, Ashley Kahn, McCoy Tyner, Steve Reich and Alice Coltrane.
“The UK Gold” follows the dramatic battle of a vicar from a small parish in the London Borough of Hackney as he goes head to head with an ancient and mighty heavyweight, revealing its central status as the tax-haven nerve centre of the world.
As if that doesn’t sound like enough to make you want to see it already, its soundtrack was composed by Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Ninja, and Elbow’s Guy Garvey. Take a listen to it below.