17 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2019 Tool's "Fear Inoculum" enters the Hot 100 at #93, becoming the longest song ever to hit that chart. Running 10:22, it outlasts David Bowie's "Blackstar," which clocks in at 9:57. "Fear Inoculum" drops off the chart the following week.

2016 MTV's Catfish: The TV Show introduces Spencer Morrill, a Tennessee native who insists he's been in an online romance with Katy Perry for six years. He even made a ring for her out of a family heirloom. When hosts Nev and Max lure out the catfish in England and bring him face to face with the singer, he believes the real Perry sent the "imposter" as a joke.

2004 Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg reveals that he is battling advanced prostate cancer.

2002 Hours before his wife is murdered, Jacksonville resident Justin Barber downloads the Guns N' Roses song "Used To Love Her." The song is later played at the trial as evidence, with the lyrics displayed for the jury ("I used to love her, but I had to kill her..."). Barber is convicted of first degree murder and given a life sentence.

1999 Derek Longmuir of the Bay City Rollers is arraigned on charges of possession of illegal drugs and child pornography. He is sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

1998 Santana's Carlos Santana is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 Liverpool, Nova Scotia, dedicates The Hank Snow Country Music Centre, a museum dedicated to its native country music legend.

1995 Microsoft buys the rights to The Rolling Stones' 1981 smash "Start Me Up" to use as the theme for their Windows 95 rollout.

1995 Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan slashes his wrists with razor blades in a suicide attempt. He is saved when a friend comes by and calls paramedics, who take him to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he wakes up the next morning in the psychiatric ward.More

1993 Jeff Buckley performs at the Sin-é café in New York City. A few months later, recordings from the show become his first release, an EP called Live at Sin-é.

1993 While in therapy, Jordan Chandler, the 13-year-old son of a Beverly Hills dentist, alleges that singer Michael Jackson molested him while he visited Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The resultant civil suit costs Jackson over $20 million, but no criminal charges are filed, with Jackson's lawyers claiming the family in question had previously attempted to extort the singer.

1992 Exodus release their fifth studio album, Force of Habit.

1990 Actress/singer Pearl Bailey dies of arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at age 72. Had a top-ten hit with "Takes Two to Tango" in 1952.

1987 Studio drummer Gary Chester dies in New York at age 62.

1987 Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. wrap up their Together Forever tour with a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Run-D.M.C. tell fans to stay in school and avoid drugs; Beastie Boys have cage dancers and beer.More

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Nirvana Shoot "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Video


Nirvana shoot their video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." It is set to look like a deranged pep rally at "Anarchy High School," and features fans recruited at a concert two days earlier. The video is a huge hit on MTV and helps propel Nirvana into the mainstream.

A strange assortment of young people assembles at GMT Studios in Culver City, California. They've been summoned by a flyer passed out by an as-yet mostly unknown band called Nirvana, comprised of a hulking, sweet-faced bassist; a frenetic drummer; and a rather unlikely frontman, smirking and grungy, dressed in layers despite the summer heat. The crowd knows they've gathered to make a music video, but no one in attendance expects it to take over MTV and the music world like it ultimately will. The video is for a song called "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the first single off the band's second album, Nevermind. It's set in a high school gym in what looks like the eleventh circle of hell, which is exactly what high school feels like for a generation of young fans disillusioned with mainstream music, art, and, well, everything. The "students" are bored and distracted as the song begins, and by the end, the entire gym becomes a furious mosh pit as the crowd helps the band demolish the set. Frontman Kurt Cobain is visibly distressed in the final version of the shoot, perhaps a harbinger of how his success will ultimately wear him down. All this frustration is real: Director Samuel Bayer did take after take, making the kids sit in the bleachers looking bored. Finally, he lets them trash the set, which becomes the cathartic climax. The video airs on MTV for the first time on September 29, 1991, and the response is incredible. With Cobain's coarse, plaintive plea of "Here we are now, entertain us," he propels Nirvana into the hearts of everyone out there who was tired and sick and looking for something beyond the plastic and spandex being sent out over the radio waves in America. Thanks in large part to the success of the "Teen Spirit" video, Nevermind goes on to hit #1 on the Hot 100, knocking the King of Pop off his throne and securing Nirvana's place in music history.



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