On this day in history (March 12, 1991), REM released their 7th studio album Out Of Time featuring the singles Losing My Religion, Shiny Happy People, Near Wild Heaven and Radio Song. This album transcended the band for a college rock / alternative band to international success with crossover pop appeal.
On this day in history (March 9, 1987), U2 released their 5th studio album The Joshua Tree featuring With Or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and Where The Streets Have No Name. This album is legendary not only for the quality of the singles, but the album tracks as well. Songs like Red Hill Mining Town and One Tree Hill have always been equality as memorable to me as were the big hits.
On this day in history (March 9, 1992), Curve released their debut studio album Doppelganger featuring the singles Fait Accompli and Horror Head. Prior to this album, the band had released 3 EP’s.
On this day in history (March 7, 1983), New Order released the single Blue Monday which would later become the number one selling 12″ record of all time. The single featured some of Peter Saville’s most original work, consisting of a die-cut sleeve resembloing a 5.25″ floppy disk.
On this day in history (March 2, 1987), Siouxsie And The Banshees released their 8th studio album Through The Looking Glass featuring the singles This Wheel’s On Fire and The Passenger. This album is a collection of all cover songs, inspired by David Bowie’s Pin Ups covers album.
On this day in history (February 28, 1986), the soundtrack to the motion picture Pretty In Pink was released. This is generally considered to be one of the greatest soundtracks of all times. Like most John Hughes movies, the soundtrack consisted primarily of brand new new wave music.
On this day in history (February 28, 1983), U2 released their 3rd studio album War featuring the singles New Year’s Day, Two Hearts Beat As One and Sunday Bloody Sunday. This is the album that U2 began it streak of politically motivated songs.
On this day in history (February 25, 1985), Tears For Fears released their second studio album Songs From The Big Chair featuring the singles Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Head Over Heels, Mothers Talk and I Believe.
On this day in history (February 25, 1992), Tori Amos released her debut solo album Little Earthquakes. The album was released one month earlier in the UK. Little Earthquakes features the singles Crucify, China, Silent All These Years, Winter and Me And A Gun.
On this day in history (February 22, 1980), OMD released their self-titled debut album featuring Electricity and Messages. This album was influenced by electronic pioneers Brian Eno, Neu! and Kraftwerk.
On this day in history (February 20, 1984), The Smiths released their self-titled debut album featuring the single What Difference Does It Make and This Charming Man. The sleeve for the album was designed by Morrissey and features American actor Joe Dallesandro in a cropped still from Andy Warhol’s 1968 film Flesh.
On this day in history (February 17, 1984), Thompson Twins released their fourth studio album Into The Gap featuring the singles Hold Me Now and Doctor Doctor. The was the bands most commercially successufull album featuring 3 singles that made the UK Top 5 singles chart.