Friday, December 31, 2004

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame

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The Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame operated from 1978-2004. It was a non-profit organization based in North San Diego County in California. Here’s the full list of inductees and their years of induction.


A

  • Cannonball Adderley (1985)
  • Toshiko Akiyoshi (2001)
  • Red Allen (1995), jazz trumpeter
  • Lil Hardin Armstrong (1986)
  • Louis Armstrong (1978)

B

  • Mildred Bailey (1989)
  • Chet Baker (1987)
  • Charlie Barnet (1984)
  • Count Basie (1981)
  • Sidney Bechet (1983)
  • Bix Beiderbecke (1979)
  • Louie Bellson (1993)
  • Tex Beneke (1996)
  • Tony Bennett (1997)
  • Bunny Berigan (1985)
  • Irving Berlin (2004)
  • Chuck Berry (1984)
  • Eubie Blake (1983)
  • Art Blakey (1982)
  • Jimmy Blanton (1994)
  • Buddy Bolden (1988)
  • Will Bradley (1998)
  • Bob Brookmeyer (2003)
  • Clifford Brown (1985)
  • Lawrence Brown (2001)
  • Les Brown (1999)
  • Ray Brown (1997)
  • Dave Brubeck (1986)
  • Kenny Burrell (1990)

C

  • Cab Calloway (1987)
  • Frankie Carle (1989)
  • Harry Carney (2000)
  • Benny Carter (1988)
  • Betty Carter (1994)
  • Ron Carter (2000)
  • Sid Catlett (1996)
  • Paul Chambers (1994)
  • Ray Charles (2004)
  • Doc Cheatham (1996)
  • Don Cherry (1995)
  • Charlie Christian (1981)
  • Kenny Clarke (1986)
  • Buck Clayton (1990)
  • Al Cohn (1996)
  • Nat King Cole (1993)
  • Ornette Coleman (1989)
  • John Coltrane (1980)
  • Perry Como (2004)
  • Eddie Condon (1983)
  • Bing Crosby (2002)

D

  • Tadd Dameron (2001)
  • Helen Oakley Dance (2004)
  • Stanley Dance (1999)
  • Miles Davis (1979)
  • Wild Bill Davison (1997)
  • Buddy DeFranco (2002)
  • Paul Desmond (1991)
  • Baby Dodds (1991)
  • Johnny Dodds (1988)
  • Eric Dolphy (1984)
  • Dorothy Donegan (1998)
  • Jimmy Dorsey (1983)
  • Tommy Dorsey (1981)

E

  • Bob Eberly (2003)
  • Billy Eckstine (1985)
  • Sweets Edison (1994)
  • Roy Eldridge (1985)
  • Duke Ellington (1978)
  • Bill Evans (1982)
  • Gil Evans (1986)

F

  • Tal Farlow (1996)
  • Art Farmer (2001)
  • Ella Fitzgerald (1978)
  • Tommy Flanagan (1999)
  • Helen Forrest (2001)
  • Pops Foster (1992)
  • Pete Fountain (1997)
  • Bud Freeman (1992)

G

  • Erroll Garner (1993)
  • Stan Getz (1983)
  • Terry Gibbs (2001)
  • Dizzy Gillespie (1982)
  • Paul Gonsalves (2004)
  • Benny Goodman (1978)
  • Dexter Gordon (1988)
  • Norman Granz (2003)
  • Stéphane Grappelli (1995)
  • Glen Gray/Casa Loma Orchestra (2002)
  • Freddie Green (2000)

H-I

  • Bobby Hackett (1997)
  • Jim Hall (2003)
  • Lionel Hampton (1986)
  • Herbie Hancock (1995)
  • W. C. Handy (1981)
  • Barry Harris (1999)
  • Johnny Hartman (1986)
  • Coleman Hawkins (1982)
  • Fletcher Henderson (1979)
  • Woody Herman (1981)
  • J. C. Higginbotham (2003)
  • Earl Hines (1980)
  • Milton Hinton (1996)
  • Art Hodes (1998)
  • Johnny Hodges (1990)
  • Billie Holiday (1979)
  • Claude Hopkins (1998)
  • Shirley Horn (2000)
  • Lena Horne (1991)
  • Freddie Hubbard (1994)
  • Alberta Hunter (1996)

J

  • Chubby Jackson (2000)
  • Milt Jackson (1989)
  • Illinois Jacquet (1985)
  • Harry James (1983)
  • Budd Johnson (1993)
  • Bunk Johnson (1986)
  • J. J. Johnson (1988)
  • James P. Johnson (1980)
  • Hank Jones (2000)
  • Isham Jones (1989)
  • Jo Jones (1990)
  • Jonah Jones (1999)
  • Quincy Jones (1988)
  • Thad Jones (1995)
  • Scott Joplin (1987)
  • Louis Jordan (1998)

K

  • Sammy Kaye (1992)
  • Wynton Kelly (1994)
  • Hal Kemp (1992)
  • Stan Kenton (1982)
  • Freddie Keppard (1997)
  • Barney Kessel (1999)
  • B. B. King (2003)
  • John Kirby (1993)
  • Andy Kirk (1991)
  • Gene Krupa (1983)

L

  • Scott LaFaro (2003)
  • Eddie Lang (1986)
  • Yank Lawson (1998)
  • Peggy Lee (1992)
  • John Lewis (2001)
  • Meade Lux Lewis (1993)
  • Guy Lombardo (1992)
  • Mundell Lowe (2004)
  • Jimmie Lunceford (1987)

M

  • Shelly Manne (2002)
  • Wynton Marsalis (1996)
  • Billy May (1988)
  • Howard McGhee (2003)
  • William McKinney (2004)
  • Jimmy McPartland (1992)
  • Marian McPartland (1999)
  • Carmen McRae (1984)
  • Jay McShann (1985)
  • Eddie Miller (1998)
  • Glenn Miller (1978)
  • Lucky Millinder (1996)
  • Charles Mingus (1982)
  • Thelonious Monk (1980)
  • Wes Montgomery (1983)
  • James Moody (1993)
  • Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton (1982)
  • Bennie Moten (1987)
  • Gerry Mulligan (1984)

N

  • Ray Nance (2003)
  • Fats Navarro (1984)
  • Sammy Nestico (2004)
  • Red Nichols (1986)
  • Ray Noble (1987)
  • Jimmie Noone (1987)
  • Red Norvo (1991)

O

  • King Oliver (1984)
  • Sy Oliver (2000)
  • Kid Ory (1986)

P-Q

  • Charlie Parker (1979)
  • Joe Pass (1995)
  • Les Paul (1990)
  • Art Pepper (2002)
  • Oscar Peterson (1995)
  • Oscar Pettiford (1992)
  • Ben Pollack (1992)
  • Bud Powell (1991)
  • Mel Powell (1997)
  • Specs Powell (2004)
  • Louis Prima (1993)
  • Tito Puente (1995)

R

  • Sun Ra (1987)
  • Ma Rainey (1983)
  • Don Redman (1990)
  • Django Reinhardt (1984)
  • Buddy Rich (1981)
  • Max Roach (1991)
  • Shorty Rogers (1989)
  • Adrian Rollini (1998)
  • Sonny Rollins (1999)
  • Jimmy Rowles (2001)
  • Jimmy Rushing (1988)
  • Pee Wee Russell (1987)

S

  • Eddie Sauter (2003)
  • Raymond Scott (1994)
  • Charlie Shavers (1997)
  • Artie Shaw (1990)
  • Wayne Shorter (1998)
  • Horace Silver (1991)
  • George Simon (2002)
  • Nina Simone (2002)
  • Zoot Sims (1992)
  • Frank Sinatra (1980)
  • Bessie Smith (1981)
  • Stuff Smith (1994)
  • Willie Smith (1987)
  • Muggsy Spanier (1997)
  • Jess Stacy (1996)
  • Jo Stafford (2003)
  • Rex Stewart (1994)
  • Sonny Stitt (1989)
  • Billy Strayhorn (1981)
  • Maxine Sullivan (1998)
  • Ralph Sutton (2002)

T-U

  • Paul Tanner (2004)
  • Buddy Tate (1988)
  • Art Tatum (1985)
  • Billy Taylor (1999)
  • Jack Teagarden (1985)
  • Clark Terry (1994)
  • Claude Thornhill (1984)
  • Martha Tilton (2004)
  • Mel Tormé (1990)
  • Dave Tough (2000)
  • Lennie Tristano (2001)
  • McCoy Tyner (2000)

V

  • Sarah Vaughan (1982)
  • Joe Venuti (2000)

W-X

  • T-Bone Walker (2002)
  • Fats Waller (1989)
  • Dinah Washington (1987)
  • Chick Webb (1984)
  • Ben Webster (1983)
  • Ted Weems (2003)
  • Lawrence Welk (1989)
  • Paul Whiteman (1993)
  • Clarence Williams (1991)
  • Cootie Williams (1993)
  • Joe Williams (1995)
  • Mary Lou Williams (1985)
  • Tony Williams (1997)
  • Gerald Wilson (2001)
  • Nancy Wilson (1999)
  • Teddy Wilson (1993)

Y-Z

  • Lester Young (1980), jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Trummy Young (2004)

Resources:
  • NNDB (Partial list. Includes birth, death, year of induction, what musician is known for, and links to brief bio pages.)
  • Wikipedia (lists inductees by year)

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Mojo – Icons: The Greatest Music Stars of All Time

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This special issue of the British music magazine Mojo ranked the greatest music stars of all time. Here’s the list:

  1. John Lennon
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. David Bowie
  4. Keith Richards
  5. Kurt Cobain
  6. Madonna
  7. Bono
  8. Bob Marley
  9. Joe Strummer
  10. Bob Dylan

  11. Morrissey
  12. Johnny Cash
  13. Liam Gallagher
  14. Paul McCartney
  15. Eminem
  16. Freddie Mercury
  17. Mick Jagger
  18. Robbie Williams
  19. Jimi Hendrix
  20. Tupac (“2pac”) Shakur

  21. Kylie Minogue
  22. Thom Yorke
  23. Noel Gallagher
  24. Michael Stipe
  25. George Harrison
  26. Bruce Springsteen
  27. Sid Vicious
  28. Elton John
  29. Kate Bush
  30. Syd Barrett

  31. Marvin Gaye
  32. Rod Stewart
  33. Britney Spears
  34. George Michael
  35. 50 Cent
  36. Ian Brown
  37. Jack White
  38. Justin Timberlake
  39. John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon
  40. James Hetfield

  41. Michael Jackson
  42. Neil Young
  43. Marc Bolan
  44. Dave Grohl
  45. Axl Rose
  46. Pete Townshend
  47. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  48. James Brown
  49. Richey Edwards
  50. Lemmy Kilmister

  51. Jim Morrison
  52. Christina Aguilera
  53. Jimmy Page
  54. Prince
  55. Iggy Pop
  56. Shane MacGowan
  57. Elvis Costello
  58. Ozzy Osbourne
  59. Stevie Wonder
  60. Nick Drake

  61. Aretha Franklin
  62. Joey Ramone
  63. Ian Curtis
  64. Robert Smith
  65. Chris Martin
  66. Phil Lynott
  67. Slash
  68. Keith Moon
  69. Chuck Berry
  70. Slyvester “Sly Stone” Stewart

  71. Jeff Buckley
  72. Gram Parsons
  73. Ray Charles
  74. Simon LeBon
  75. PJ Harvey
  76. Angus Young
  77. Brian Wilson
  78. Jerry Dammer
  79. Frank Sinatra
  80. Marilyn Manson

  81. Elliott Smith
  82. Eric Clapton
  83. Frank Black (aka “Black Francis”)
  84. Beyonce
  85. Lou Reed
  86. Tom Waits
  87. Pete Doherty
  88. Billie Joe Armstrong
  89. Janis Jopline
  90. Siouxsie Sioux

  91. Ringo Starr
  92. Anthony Kiedis
  93. Paul Weller
  94. Snoop Doggy Dogg
  95. Courtney Love
  96. Dusty Springfield
  97. Bjork
  98. Buddy Holly
  99. John Lee Hooker
  100. New York Dolls

Resources:
  • Listal.com: Mojo’s Icons (lists all 50 with comments and essential recordings)

Saturday, October 2, 2004

In Concert: Marillion

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Venue: Park West; Chicago, IL


The Set List:

1. The Invisible Man
2. Marbles I
3. You’re Gone
4. Angelina
5. Marbles II
6. Don’t Hurt Yourself
7. Fantastic Place
8. Marbles III
9. Drilling Holes
10. Marbles IV
11. Neverland
12. Bridge
13. Living the Big Lie
14. Quartz
15. Estonia
16. Hey Jude
17. Three-Minute Boy
18. Between You and Me

Encore #1:

19. Afraid of Sunlight
20. The Uninvited Guest
Encore #2:

21. The Great Escape
22. Cover My Eyes
Encore #3:

23. Easter

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Green Day released American Idiot: September 21, 2004

Originally posted September 21, 2011.



To follow up “the Kinks-inspired popcraft of their underrated 2000 effort, Warning,” STE “Green Day tears up the blueprint and comes up with something unexpected: a punk rock concept album built around elaborate melodies, odd tempo changes, and a collection of songs that freely reference classic rock warhorses like the Beatles and Pink Floyd.” AV “It’s a bit tempting to peg Green Day’s sprawling, ambitious, brilliant seventh album, American Idiot, as their version of a Who album…but things aren’t quite that simple. American Idiot is an unapologetic, unabashed rock opera, a form that Pete Townshend pioneered with Tommy, but Green Day doesn’t use that for a blueprint as much as they use the Who's mini-opera ‘A Quick One, While He's Away,’ whose whirlwind succession of 90-second songs isn’t only emulated on two song suites here, but provides the template for the larger 13-song cycle.” STE

“But the Who are only one of many inspirations on this audacious, immensely entertaining album,” STE “but reducing the album to its influences gives the inaccurate impression that this is no more than a patchwork quilt of familiar sounds, when it’s an idiosyncratic, visionary work in its own right. First of all, part of Green Day’s appeal is how they have personalized the sounds of the past, making time-honored guitar rock traditions seem fresh, even vital. With their first albums, they styled themselves after first-generation punk they were too young to hear firsthand, and as their career progressed, the group not only synthesized these influences into something distinctive, but chief songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong turned into a muscular, versatile songwriter in his own right.” STE His “incisive, cutting lyrics…effectively convey the paranoia and fear of living in American in days after 9/11, but also veer into moving, intimate small-scale character sketches.” STE

“Like all great concept albums, American Idiot works on several different levels. It can be taken as a collection of great songs – songs that are as visceral or as poignant as Green Day at their best, songs that resonate outside of the larger canvas of the story, as the fiery anti-Dubya title anthem proves – but these songs have a different, more lasting impact when taken as a whole. While its breakneck, freewheeling musicality has many inspirations, there really aren’t many records like American Idiot…In its musical muscle and sweeping, politically charged narrative, it’s something of a masterpiece, and one of the few – if not the only – records of 2004 to convey what it feels like to live in the strange, bewildering America of the early 2000s.” STE


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Saturday, June 26, 2004

The Killers charted with “Mr. Brightside”: June 26, 2004

Originally posted June 26, 2012.

The Killers “crawled out of Vegas armed with glitzy beats and faux Bowie accents.” RS’09 “Merging Duran Duran makeup, New Order hi-hats, and Bruce Springsteen-ian grandiosity, they gave rock fans a non-geriatric arena-ready alternative to the world’s Nickelbacks this decade.” PF

The group might have just been another of the pack of the new millennium’s wave of new dance-rock, but “‘Mr. Brightside’ made them famous.” RS’09 “Preening and posturing and fusing high drama, power pop, and rock gravitas into one perfectly transcendent song.” LR “In a stroke of genius they never quite equaled, these Las Vegas rockers married the infectious grooves of the then-trendy dance-rock scene to a surging melody straight out of the U2/ Coldplay handbook.” MX They brought along “a story line that sums up the first two seasons of Gossip Girl.” RS’09

Mr. Brightside

The Killers’ lead singer Brandon Flowers had a girlfriend who cheated on him and the band’s guitarist, Dave Keuning, extracted revenge with this song about her. Flowers told Q magazine about discovering her unfaithfulness. “I was asleep and I knew something was wrong. I have these instincts. I went to the Crown and Anchor [a Vegas pub] and my girlfriend was there with another guy.” PF

However, Flowers’ anguish proved to have a “bright side.” The song didn’t just give The Killers their biggest hit, but one thoroughly embraced by fans. UK radio station XFM wrapped the decade with a listener poll to determine the top 1000 songs of all time and “Mr. Brightside” topped the list. While such a lofty position showed the weaknesses of turning an “all time” poll over to voters, it still showed just how much fans cherished the song.


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Sunday, June 13, 2004

In Concert: Rush

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Venue: Sandstone Ampitheatre; Bonner Springs, KS
Tour: R30: 30th Anniversary Tour


The Set List:

1. 'R30 Overture' (medley, with retrospective Jerry Stiller dream intrlo): Finding My Way/Anthem/Bastille Day/A Passage To Bangkok/Cygnus X-1 (Prologue)/ Hemispheres (Prelude)
2. The Spirit of Radio
3. Force Ten
4. Animate
5. Subdivisions
6. Earthshine
7. Red Barchetta
8. Roll The Bones
9. Bravado
10. YYZ
11. The Trees (I Feel Fine & Day Tripper ending)
12. The Seeker
13. One Little Victory

Intermission/'That Darned Dragon' intro

14. Tom Sawyer
15. Dreamline
16. Secret Touch
17. Between the Wheels
18. Mystic Rhythms
19. Red Sector A
20. Drum Solo
21. Resist (acoustic)
22. Heart Full of Soul (acoustic)
23. 2112 (Overture/Temples of Syrinx/Grand Finale)
24. La Villa Strangiato
25. ByTor & the Snow Dog
26. Xanadu
27. Working Man (reggae ending)

Encore:

28. Summertime Blues
29. Crossroads
30. Limelight
31. Jerry Stiller outro movie

Monday, May 10, 2004

In Concert: David Bowie

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Venue: Starlight Theater; Kansas City, MO


The Set List:

1. Rebel Rebel
2. New Killer Star
3. Battle for Britain (The Letter)
4. Cactus (Pixies cover)
5. Fashion
6. All the Young Dudes (Bowie wrote it, but Mott the Hoople made it famous)
7. China Girl
8. Pablo Picasso * (Modern Lovers cover)
9. Fame
10. The Loneliest Guy
11. The Man Who Sold the World
12. Breaking Glass *
13. Be My Wife *
14. Hallo Spaceboy
15. Sunday
16. Heathen (The Rays)
17. Under Pressure
18. Days
19. Changes *
20. The Supermen
21. Ashes to Ashes
22. Quicksand
23. White Light, White Heat (Velvet Underground cover)
24. Heroes
Encore:

25. Station to Station *
26. Suffragette City
27. Ziggy Stardust

So, here’s the breakdown of what Bowie played and from what albums they came.

1970: The Man Who Sold the World: title cut, The Supermen
1971: Hunky Dory: Changes, Quicksand
1972: Ziggy Stardust…: title cut, Suffragette City
1973: Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture (live): All the Young Dudes, White Light White Heat
1974: Diamond Dogs: Rebel Rebel
1975: Young Americans: Fame
1976: Station to Station: title cut
1977: Low: Breaking Glass, Be My Wife
1977: Heroes: title cut
1980: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: Fashion, Ashes to Ashes
1981: Under Pressure (single with Queen) – first on Queen’s Greatest Hits
1983: Let’s Dance: China Girl
1995: Outside: Hallo Spaceboy
1997: Earthling: Battle for Britain (The Letter)
2002: Heathen: Cactus, Sunday, Heathen (The Rays)
2003: Reality: New Killer Star, Pablo Picasso, The Loneliest Guy, Days

Saturday, May 8, 2004

In Concert: Styx & Peter Frampton

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Venue: Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre; Bonner Springs, KS


Styx Set List:

1. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
2. The Grand Illusion
3. One With Everything
4. Lady
5. Too Much Time on My Hands
6. Snowblind
7. More Love for the Money
8. Medley
9. These Are the Times
10. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
11. Miss America
12. Come Sail Away
13. Renegade (encore)

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Rolling Stone – The Immortals

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In 2004, Rolling Stone released its list of “The Immortals” – the artists it picked as the 100 greatest of the rock era. The list was updated in 2011.

  1. The Beatles
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. Rolling Stones
  5. Chuck Berry
  6. Jimi Hendrix
  7. James Brown
  8. Little Richard
  9. Aretha Franklin
  10. Ray Charles

  11. Bob Marley
  12. Beach Boys
  13. Buddy Holly
  14. Led Zeppelin
  15. Stevie Wonder
  16. Sam Cooke
  17. Muddy Waters
  18. Marvin Gaye
  19. Velvet Underground
  20. Bo Diddley

  21. Otis Redding
  22. U2
  23. Bruce Springsteen
  24. Jerry Lee Lewis
  25. Fats Domino
  26. Ramones
  27. Nirvana
  28. Prince
  29. The Who
  30. The Clash

  31. Johnny Cash
  32. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  33. Everly Brothers
  34. Neil Young
  35. Michael Jackson
  36. Madonna
  37. Roy Orbison
  38. John Lennon
  39. David Bowie
  40. Simon & Garfunkel

  41. The Doors
  42. Van Morrison
  43. Sly & The Family Stone
  44. Public Enemy
  45. The Byrds
  46. Janis Joplin
  47. Patti Smith
  48. Run-D.M.C.
  49. Elton John
  50. The Band

  51. Howlin' Wolf
  52. Allman Brothers Band
  53. Eric Clapton
  54. Dr. Dre
  55. Grateful Dead
  56. Parliament / Funkadelic
  57. Aerosmith
  58. Sex Pistols
  59. Louis Jordan
  60. Joni Mitchell

  61. Tina Turner
  62. Etta James
  63. Phil Spector
  64. The Kinks
  65. Al Green
  66. Cream
  67. The Temptations
  68. Jackie Wilson
  69. Carl Perkins
  70. The Police

  71. Frank Zappa
  72. AC/DC
  73. Radiohead
  74. Hank Williams
  75. The Eagles
  76. The Shirelles
  77. Beastie Boys
  78. The Stooges
  79. The Four Tops
  80. Elvis Costello

  81. The Drifters
  82. Eminem
  83. N.W.A.
  84. James Taylor
  85. Black Sabbath
  86. Tupac (2pac) Shakur
  87. Gram Parsons
  88. Miles Davis
  89. The Yardbirds
  90. Carlos Santana

  91. Ricky Nelson
  92. Guns N' Roses
  93. Booker T & The MG's
  94. Nine Inch Nails
  95. Lynyrd Skynrd
  96. Martha & The Vandellas
  97. Diana Ross & The Supremes
  98. Roxy Music
  99. Curtis Mayfield
  100. Lee "Scratch" Perry

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Saturday, February 28, 2004

Usher launches his first of 28 weeks at #1 with “Yeah!”: February 28, 2004

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Writer(s): Sean Garrett/ LaMarquis Jefferson/ Lil Jon/ Ludacris/ Robert McDowell/ James Phillips/ Patrick J. Que Smith/ Usher

First charted: 3 January 2004

Peak: 112 US, 12 UK, 18 RB (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 2.0 world

Airplay (in millions): 0.9


Review: “Yeah!” secured Usher as the artist of 2004. Its 12 weeks atop the pop charts, followed by three more chart-toppers that year, gave him a record-breaking 28 weeks at the pinnacle. TB He became the first solo act, and only third recording act overall (after the Beatles and Bee Gees) with three simultaneous top ten hits. SF As the lead single from Confessions, “Yeah!” propelled that album to first week sales of 1.1 million, doubling R. Kelly’s previous record for a male R&B artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era. BB100

“The synthy hook of Usher’s biggest, danciest hit” LR about a guy seduced at a club while his girlfriend is out of town looked like it might establish him as the Michael Jackson of the 21st century, but “he has yet to come up with another single as transcendent as this jam.” PD Kudos go to Ludacris, with the “greatest guest verse ever.” DS “His quotable moments are off the charts. Consider: ‘I won’t stop ‘til I get ‘em in they birthday suits,’ ‘take that and rewind it back,’ and the immortal ‘we want a lady in the street but a freak in the bed.’” AL

Then there’s the crunk sound contributed by producer/vocal contributor Lil’ Jon. His “parody-worthy exhortations that are as infuriating as they are catchy” LR make him “a one-note guy, but for the space of a single song, that one note is the greatest party ever.” DS

However, “Yeah!” nearly didn’t make it on the Confessions album. Usher had submitted the album to his label and they thought it needed, as Lil’ Jon said, “that first powerful monster.” WK The song’s similarity to Petey Pablo’s “Freek-a-Leek” then became problematic. Usher told MTV News that after he and Lil’ Jon had finished “Yeah!” they discovered it had the same beat as “Freek.” SF Another account, however, suggests that before Confessions, Lil’ Jon had been commissioned by Jive Records to produce some beats for rapper Mystikal. One of those was passed on to Pablo and became “Freek.” Lil’ Jon then later reworked the track into “Yeah!” WK


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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Franz Ferdinand charted with “Take Me Out”: January 31, 2004

Originally posted January 31, 2013.


Writer(s): Alex Kapranos/Nicholas McCarthy (see lyrics here)

First charted: 31 January 2004

Peak: 66 US, 3 UK, 3 MR (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.1 US, -- UK, 1.1 world

Radio Airplay (in millions): 0.2 Video Airplay (in millions): 6.35


Review: The grunge that ruled the ‘90s gave way to the “retro garage-punk [that] emerged as the predominant strain of post-millennial rock music in 2001.” PF American bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes were leading the way, leaving “Britain’s indie aristocracy looking bloated, boring, and irreversibly out-dated.” SY However, this was more serious-minded music, making one thing clear: “rockers forgot how to dance.” PD

“Aspiring buzz bands realized that, down on the disco floor, they could really make their profits” PF and “with one song the Empire struck back.” SY Franz Ferdinand “brought the groove back to indie rock.” PD “‘Take Me Out’ crams every known Britpop trick into its fevered four minutes.” SY These Scottish rockers “took a certain strain of cooler-than-thou, spiky post-punk,” MX gave it a dose of “Beatlesque fluency,” SY “and gave us permission to dance to it.” MX It is “effortlessly arty and deliciously fun, at the same time.” NME’09

The song “a crowdpleaser that doesn’t sound out of place blasting during half-time at an NBA game.” PE but is still “a smash hit that was still cool for the indie kids to love.” PE It may be “the most surefire winner any DJ can have in his repertoire.” NME’09 “After a tense build-up…‘Take Me Out’ sounds ready to blast off; instead, Franz pull an aesthetic 180 and slow it down into a militaristic, libidinous funk stomp.” PF “This mod guitar stomp rules any bar where the girls feel like dancing,” RS’09 but is “still heavy enough to lure in those girls’ jock boyfriends.” PF It “remains one of the most satisfying moments in guitar-pop this decade has produced.” DS

Lead singer “Alex Kapranos’ arch delivery and the song’s ambiguous meaning (was it about being taken out like a date, or about being taken out, like…killed?)” PD gave the song an added curiosity factor. In addition, “the innovative accompanying video won MTV’s Breakthrough Video of the Year and the Q Awards’ Video of the Year.” AB’00


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