November 19, 1983 - "Cum On Feel the Noize" by Quiet Riot peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100. It helped their album Metal Health become a number-one hit.
The song was originally recorded by the British rock band Slade, released in 1973 as a non-album single. It was written by lead vocalist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, and produced by Chas Chandler. It reached No. 1 in the UK, giving the band their fourth number one single, and remained in the charts for twelve weeks.
The song's success drew huge nationwide attention to the 1980s Los Angeles metal scene and also helped to break Slade belatedly in the US in 1984, after signing a deal with CBS. The song was certified gold by the RIAA.
Originally, lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow was dead set on not covering the song, because he wanted the band to write every song on the album. In addition, he was not a big fan of Slade. Instead, the band decided to try to cover the song as badly as they could so the label would refuse to release it.
In a Ludwig drums interview, Quiet Riot's drummer Frankie Banali said: I think [Slade] were a little bitter about our success with their song. They had a hit with it in other territories but not in the US and later our version overshadowed theirs worldwide. Any real success in the US always seemed to elude Slade, so Quiet Riot having a major hit with "Cum On Feel the Noize" was bittersweet for them. When Quiet Riot played the Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1983, we offered them an invitation complete with a limo service to attend the show, but they never responded. Later I was shopping in Kensington Market and ran into Jimmy Lea. I wanted to shake his hand and thank him for writing a great song. He looked into my face, and walked away leaving me with nothing in my hand but air! I look at the situation like this: Quiet Riot received a great measure of success with the help of that song, and Slade received a great deal of money for their trouble. Fair enough!
In 2002, Quiet Riot's version of "Cum On Feel the Noize" was ranked No. 80 on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders. In 2009, VH1 also ranked it No. 41 of the best hard rock song of all time.
November 19, 1983 - "Suddenly Last Summer" by new wave band the Motels peaked at No.9 on the Hot 100. It was the lead-off 45 from their RIAA Gold-certified fourth album Little Robbers.
The song peaked at number 18 on the Adult Contemporary chart and hit No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, the only instance of a Motels song topping any US music chart.
Lead singer Martha Davis has said in various radio interviews that she wrote the song while reflecting on her life and "how you know summer is ending when you hear the ice cream truck go by for the last time and you know he won't be back for a while". An ice cream truck appears throughout the music video (directed by Val Garay, the single's producer), which also features one of Davis' daughters (presumably Maria) and actor Robert Carradine as Davis' love interest.
According to Martha Davis, it was not a specific relationship that inspired the song, but something more complex. She explained in Beyond Race magazine: 'Suddenly Last Summer' woke me up at 3am one morning. It seems that it is a time travel tune because it conjures up images as far back as when I was 12. I believe the song to be about irrevocable change, the loss of innocence, the melancholy associated with not being able to go home again. When I was still living in Berkeley, in my early 20s, I remember sitting in the back yard of the little house I bought after my parents died. It was the end of summer. From down the street, I heard the sound of the ice cream truck with its haunting little song. As I lay there, the first cold wind of autumn started to blow and I knew I would not see the truck again that year, and that summer was over. That incident resonated with me and I think the bells from that truck became the concept for repeating melodic line that runs through Suddenly.
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In 1955, Carl Perkins released the rock 'n' roll hit, "Blue Suede Shoes." It exploded in popularity, and went on to get covered by many other artists including – you guessed it – Elvis.
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February 21, 1981 - Dolly Parton started a two week run at No.1 on the US charts with '9 to 5', the singers first No.1. The song was written for the comedy film 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman and Parton in her film debut. With '9 to 5', Parton became only the second woman to top both the U.S. country singles chart and Billboard's Hot 100 with the same single. The first being Jeannie C. Riley, who had done so with "Harper Valley PTA" in 1968.
In a 2009 interview with 60 Minutes, Parton talked about the unlikely inspiration for this song: her fingernails. She had very long, acrylic nails, and discovered that when she rubbed them together she could create a rhythm that sounded like a typewriter, and since the movie was about secretaries, she was able to use that sound to compose the song on the set. She even played her fingernails as part of the percussion sound when she recorded the track.
The song garnered Parton nominations for an Academy Award, A Golden Globe and four Grammy Award nominations, winning her Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female. It also won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Song.
A few months before Parton's song and the film, Scottish singer Sheena Easton released a single called "9 to 5" in the UK. When Easton's song was released in the U.S. the following year it was renamed "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" to avoid confusion. Easton's single reached the number one spot on Billboards Hot 100 Chart three months after Parton's song left that spot. While Parton's song features an empowered (if challenged) working woman, Easton's song features a passive, love-struck woman waiting around at home all day for her lover to return to her.
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November 18, 1989 - "Love Shack" by new wave band The B-52's peaked at No.3 on the Hot 100. It reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and was number 1 for eight weeks in Australia, number 1 for 4 weeks in New Zealand, number 1 in the Republic of Ireland and also number 1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.
It is considered the band's signature song, and has been a concert staple since its release.
Released in 1989 from their album Cosmic Thing, the single was the band's biggest hit song and first million-copy seller. It was also the band's first song to reach the Billboard Top 40 charts.
The song was a comeback of sorts, following the band's decline in popularity in the mid-1980s and the death of their guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985.
Produced by Don Was, the song's inspiration was a cabin around Athens, Georgia, complete with tin roof, where the band conceived "Rock Lobster", a single from their first album; it is often said to have been located off "the Atlanta Highway", as the first verse implies. B-52's singer Kate Pierson lived in the cabin in the 1970s, and the cabin existed until 2004 when it burned down.
The horns were provided by The Uptown Horns, a New York-based section that toured with the J. Geils Band on their Freeze Frame tour and played on Tom Waits' Rain Dogs album.
The music video was directed by Adam Bernstein and shot at the home and studio of ceramic artists Philip Maberry and Scott Walker in Highland, New York. It is also the first time drag queen RuPaul had ever appeared in any type of media before his own turn as a singer and model only a few years later.
The song received a number of accolades following its release. Named as one of the 365 Songs of the Century in 2001, the video for the song received an award from MTV as the Best Group Video, and was named the Best Single of 1989 by Rolling Stone. Additionally, it was ranked No.246 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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