This Week In Classic Rock History

Historic events this week from Talking Heads, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac and INXS

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Talking Heads expanded their sound on their fourth album, Remain in Light, by adding dance-rock and worldbeat to their established New wave and post-punk palette.

Featuring the single “Once in a Lifetime”, the Library of Congress has deemed the album “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.”

Remain in Light was their third and final album produced by Brian Eno.

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Big Brother and the Holding Company’s second album was #1 for 5 straight weeks.

Cheap Thrills was the group’s final album with Janis Joplin on lead vocals, and featured “Piece of My Heart” and the Gershwin classic, “Summertime.”

After Jimi’s Electric Ladyland unseated the album for 2 weeks, Cheap Thrills climbed its way back to #1 for an additional 3 weeks.

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OCTOBER 12, 1979: TUSK
Fleetwood Mac followed up Rumours with the experimental double-album, Tusk.

Tusk was initially scheduled to be released on 10/15/79. However, the release date was moved up when radio stations began playing the album in full, and encouraging listeners to tape it.

Despite its experimental nature, Tusk would go on to sell over 2 million copies, and the singles “Sara” & “Tusk” would go top 10 in the US.

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OCTOBER 12, 1987: KICK
Working again with producer Chris Thomas, who helmed the 2x Platinum Listen Like Thieves, INXS delivered their biggest album.

Kick featured four US top 10 singles: Need You Tonight (#1), Devil Inside (#2), New Sensation (#3) and Never Tear Us Apart (#5)

The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

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