By Ryan Smith
Dearest readers, allow me to introduce you to another new segment I’m experimenting with where we explore forward-thinking music of the past by going back ten years at a time and revisiting the current month in each respective decade. It’s a pretty big deal to me that Yes is releasing a new record tomorrow so that obviously tops all for July 2014. Let’s begin by jumping back ten years to…
The Cure’s Robert Smith organises the Curiosa festival tour. It runs from July 24 to August 29 and features The Cure, Interpol, The Rapture, and Mogwai as its headlining acts.
English electronica band The Prodigy release their second studio album Music for the Jilted Generation to critical acclaim. The album includes the singles “One Love,” “No Good (Start the Dance),” “Voodoo People,” and “Poison,” as well as the anthemic classic “Their Law.”
American thrash metal band Metallica release their second studio album Ride the Lightning. The album goes above and beyond the limits of the thrash metal sub-genre, introducing lucid melodies and literary themes into the mix, igniting them with a youthful fire that helps to expand metal’s horizons. The record includes the epic “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the intro of which is a powerful example of bassist Cliff Burton’s unique approach to his craft.
Drummer Neil Peart officially joins Canadian progressive rock band Rush two weeks before the band’s first U.S. tour. With his ace drumming and unique lyrics, Peart will be have a pivotal role in the band’s sound and success.
British rock band The Beatles release their third studio album A Hard Day’s Night, and the first half of the album is the soundtrack for the film of the same name. For its use of the twelve-string guitar, its excellent stereo mix, and its being penned by the powerhouse writing duo of Lennon-McCartney, the album will prove to be very influential to countless emerging talents. The record features some of the band’s most famous material, including “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
Well, that was interesting. Thank you very much for indulging me, I hope you enjoyed the new segment. Please comment and let us know, we’re always happy to hear from you. We’ll have to do this again some time! Until then, I’ll leave you with Metallica’s legendary tune from July 1984… what a great bloody tune, goosebumps every time!
RYAN SMITH spends a great deal of his time under troll bridges shaking his fist and hollering obscenities at the mainstream, but occasionally finds himself on the side of a pop act that the underground has disowned. A schizoid fan for the 21st century? Although he has a diverse musical taste that runs the gamut from black metal to country to most forms of jazz, Ryan’s first love will always be progressive music.