BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – WAITING IN VAIN Aug 19, 2019
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – WAITING IN VAIN
On this date in 1977, BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS released the single WAITING IN VAIN, (August 19th 1977).
Taken from the 1977 album ‘Exodus’, the single peaked at #27 in the UK Singles Chart.
42 years on and 'Waiting In Vain' retains its humid beauty — Bob Marley's finest lover's request.
R.E.M. - FALL ON ME Aug 19, 2019
On this date in 1986, R.E.M. released the single FALL ON ME, (August 19th, 1986)
Taken from R.E.M.’s fourth studio album ‘Lifes Rich Pageant’ (1986), the environment-framing FALL ON ME featured a duet between Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, with the two of them sharing vocals with during the bridge and chorus.
“Though R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe once described the song as "pretty much a song about oppression," the subject of the song was initially about acid rain and its effects on the environment, hence the first line of the chorus, "Don't fall on me,” wrote Johnny Black in his book ‘Reveal: The Story of R.E.M. ‘.
“In a way, Stipe’s verse is the rock equivalent of religious writing,” wrote Andy Gill for NME in 1986.
“When Stipe sings, in ‘Fall On Me’ "...tell the sky, don’t fall on me", he’s confronting the most basic, primitive religious fear of all.”
Stipe filmed and directed the video for this song, in which the lyrics are seen superimposed over upside-down, black-and-white footage of a quarry. Towards the end of the second verse, he misspelled the word 'Foresight'.
"Take the video for 'Fall On Me'," said director Jim McKay.
"He shot all this industrial footage and used every bit of it, colour bars and all,” referring to Michael Stipe’s 16 millimetre film and Super 8 films.
BLONDIE – CALL ME Aug 19, 2019
BLONDIE – CALL ME (live in Toronto, August 18th 1982)
Recorded during the "Tracks Across America" tour, Blondie perform CALL ME at the Canadian National Expo, Toronto in August 1982.