Who doesn’t love to indulge in a bit of nostalgia now and again? For #TBT, we’ll accumulate the facts, take you back through the past three decades and review what was happening in music news this week.
The Digital Audio Disc Corporation Plant opened in Terre Haute, Indiana; the first factory in the U.S. that manufactured CDs. Prior to the plant’s commencement, the U.S. had relied on Japan and Germany to import compact discs and we were all cursing out our Walkmans every time they ate a tape. Although Billy Joel’s 52nd St was released on CD two years earlier in Japan, Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. became the first CD release that was American-made. And fittingly so. We don’t want nothing but the Boss!
Soethby’s announced that they would auction off a tape of John Lennon playing with his first band The Quarrymen on July 6, 1957; the day that Lennon was rumored to have met Paul McCartney. On September 15, 1994, the tape sold for £78,500 because some crazy Beatles’ fan had entirely too much money.
Liz Phair released her highly anticipated follow-up to Exile in Guyville on September 20, 1994. Unfortunately, despite late-night appearances, positive reviews and a Rolling Stone cover, Whip-Smart did not achieve the same success on the Billboard charts for Phair as her debut album. She wound up canceling her 10-date tour, which led to friction with her label.
On September 18, 1984, Britney Jean Spears wed backup dancer Kevin Federline and they walked off into the sunset to live happily ever after. But despite all the promise that was held in those “Maids” and “Pimps” velour tracksuits, two kids and two years later, Spears filed for divorce in 2006. Brit and K-Fed were not meant to be. What followed was a slow unraveling of shaved heads and legal conservators, but at least we got Blackout.