26 September

Pick a Day

26 SEPTEMBER

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2015 The day after releasing his debut album, Up Next, rapper Fetty Wap is injured in a motorcycle accident in Paterson, New Jersey, when he collides head-on with an oncoming vehicle. His injuries put him out of action, but thanks to the hit single "Trap Queen," the album climbs the charts and hits #1 while he's still in the hospital. When Fetty returns to the stage on October 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he does his set from a specially designed throne with his injured leg elevated.

2014 Mark Loomis (lead guitarist of The Chocolate Watchband) dies in Hawaii.

2014 Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke releases his second solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, for just $6 on the peer-to-peer file-sharing platform BitTorrent. According to the album's producer, Nigel Godrich, "It could be an effective way of handing some control of Internet commerce back to people who are creating the work." In just over a week, the album averages 1.8 million downloads.

2012 Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro gets into hot water for his slurs against Lady Gaga. The extensive rant consists, in part, of "There's Gaga. Here's this, this, I would call her a slut. This slut is influencing many, many children." He continued: "So we have a job to do with these actresses, these actors, these ball players. They use drugs as it's nothing. We shouldn't praise them. We shouldn't honor them. We should really hit them." Despite several other New York politicians defending the artist, Molinaro later doubles down on his remarks, stating, "A slut is someone that's immoral or uses improper conduct."

2007 Phil Spector's first trial in the murder case of Lana Clarkson in 2003 ends in a hung jury, with 10 guilty votes and two not guilty. A retrial begins the next year, and he is eventually found guilty.

2003 54-year-old Robert Palmer dies of a heart attack in Paris after a quiet dinner and a movie.

2002 Colin Hay of Men at Work appears throughout the Scrubs episode "My Overkill," performing his song "Overkill" in various fantasy sequences.

2000 The popular songwriter Carl Sigman dies. Among his many compositions: "It's All In The Game" and "Marshmallow World."

2000 Good Charlotte release their self-titled debut album.

2000 98 Degrees' new album Revelation receives a premiere in US Wal-Mart stores via an exclusive satellite broadcast concert.

2000 To launch Creed singer Scott Stapp's With Arms Wide Open Foundation, the band and Wind-Up Records release a limited-edition single of Creed's hit song "With Arms Wide Open." A donation of $3 from the sale of each single, which is limited to 65,000 copies, goes directly to With Arms Wide Open.

1998 The father of Blackhawk's Dave Robbins dies of a heart attack the day after watching his son perform at the North Georgia State Fair.

1998 Prince (who is using an unpronounceable symbol as his name) sprains his ankle at a show in Atlantic City and is forced to cancel his remaining tour dates.

1998 MTV Russia debuts at midnight with Prodigy Live in Moscow, a concert taped in spring 1997. The first Russian video on the network is Mummy Troll's "Vladivostock 2000."

1990 Cop Rock, a musical police drama with a theme song by Randy Newman, debuts on ABC. Stung by scathing reviews and terrible ratings, it is cancelled after 11 episodes.More

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Rocky Horror Opens In Theaters

1975

The Rocky Horror Picture Show opens in Westwood, California. Featuring a young Meat Loaf along with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, the movie tanks but later becomes a cult classic, with audience members shouting back at the screen and bringing toast, toilet paper, and other assorted items to enhance the viewing experience.

Written by fledgling actor Richard O'Brien, the film (directed by Jim Sharman) is a campy send-up to the low-budget sc-fi and horror flicks of his youth. A little bit of Frankenstein and a whole lot of sex and rock 'n roll. Curry is Frank-N-Furter, a "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania" who also happens to be a mad scientist who creates a muscle-bound monster in his basement. Frank is hosting the Annual Transylvanian Convention at his castle when stranded newlyweds Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) accidentally crash the party – and the fun begins.

Along with Curry and much of the cast, Meat Loaf was already a Rocky Horror veteran, having starred in the original London stage production as Frank's rival Dr. Everett Scott and delivery boy Eddie. He only reprises his role as Eddie for the movie, shaking things up at the castle with "Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul" and sending Frank into a jealous rage. Other memorable songs include "Dammit Janet," "Sweet Transvestite" and "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me." Rocky Horror mastermind O'Brien also leads the cast in the dance number "Time Warp," as the hunchbacked handyman Riff Raff.

As film critic Roger Ebert recalls, the movie is "ignored by pretty much everyone, including the future fanatics who would eventually count the hundreds of times they'd seen it." Frank N. Furter finds his audience at midnight screenings, where fans start a ritual of interacting with the movie. Halloween showings attract diehards dressed in elaborate recreations of the flashy costumes: torn fishnet stockings, sequins, and leather are a must. Costume designer Sue Blane doesn't take credit for the punk movement, but her camp vision of tattered sex appeal was a hallmark of the growing genre. "The Rocky Horror Show was definitely a big part of that build-up," she said.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show continues a limited run into the next century, the longest-running theatrical release in film history, and is often accompanied by "shadow casts" that mimic the action on the big screen… or as the iconic disembodied red lips would call it, "the late-night, double-feature picture show."

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