December 15-21: Historic events this week from The Who, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello and John Lennon
DECEMBER 15, 1967: THE WHO SELL OUT
Containing the hit “I Can See for Miles”, The Who Sell Out plays like a radio broadcast, with faux commercials between tracks.
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DECEMBER 15, 1974: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN INSPIRES AEROSMITH
Taking a break from recording Toys in the Attic, memebers of the band went to the movies.
They saw the Mel Brooks classic, Young Frankenstein.
A song they were working on was named “Walk This Way” after a gag in the movie.
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DECEMBER 17, 1977: SNL BANS ELVIS COSTELLO
Appearing on SNL, Costello was to play “Less Than Zero”.
14 seconds in, he screamed for his band to stop, and instead performed “Radio, Radio”, a song he was forbidden to play due to its criticism of the airwaves’ commercialization.
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DECEMBER 20, 1980: LENNON’S FIRST UK #1
“(Just Like) Starting Over” was Lennon’s latest single when he died.
The song had fallen from #8 to #21 on the UK charts.
Eight days after Lennon’s death, the song topped the charts, giving him his first UK #1 as a solo artist.