Cut, the debut album from UK punk band The Slits, was released on this day in 1979

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1979, groundbreaking all-female punk-rock band The Slits released its first album, Cut. Although the group had risen to prominence as part of the mid-'70s British punk explosion, by the time this debut album was released, the group had evolved into musical territory that was worlds apart from its frantic, urgent punk beginnings. Focusing more on other styles like reggae and dub, Cut is usually referred to as one of the most ambitious British albums of all time. The record is commonly regarded as one of the very best (if not the best) albums to be associated with post-punk, a genre was born from punk but boasted more freedom and creativity than what the confines of punk rock allowed. The album features Slits classics like “Typical Girls,” “Instant Hit” and “Love and Romance,” which sounded like nothing else being released at the time. The eye-catching cover photo featured the band’s members barely clothed and covered in mud, an image that has remained one of the most intriguing and memorable photos of the era. But it’s the record inside that’s the real story here; the album proved to be a massively influential release for, not only female rock bands, but scores of groups who reveled in the band’s willingness to take chances, break previously established musical rules and create what’s undoubtedly one of the most interesting and intriguing records of all time.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1994, California-based alternative pop band Weezer released “Buddy Holly,” the second single from its self-titled debut album. The catchy single caught on and helped make the band’s first album a huge, gold-selling success. The song’s accompanying music video, which combines the band performing the track mixed in with original footage from original 1970s television program Happy Days, made a huge splash on MTV and was played on a regular basis on the network. The band’s lead singer and songwriter, Rivers Cuomo, had doubts about including the song on the album but, at the insistence of the record’s producer, former co-lead singer and songwriter for The Cars, Ric Ocasek, the track was included on what’s now commonly referred to as “the Blue Album” in reference to the bright blue background on the album’s cover. Coincidentally, the single was released on the birthday of its namesake, 1950s rocker Buddy Holly, who would have celebrated his 58th birthday. Born on this date in 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, Holly cranked out a steady stream of integral, influential rock and roll singles in the late 50s that would forever carve him a place in music history. Sadly, the prolific singer/songwriter passed away at the age of 22 in 1959 as a result of a plane crash.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1974, British pub-rock band The 101ers made its live debut at the Telegraph Pub in the Brixton district of South London. The band, which originally called itself The 101 All Stars before settling simply on The 101ers moniker, was heavily influenced by early rock and roll and rockabilly music and began to earn a reputation as an exciting live act around London. When booked at the Nashville Room in the West Kensington area of London in 1976, the band, which was steadily growing momentum, was supported by an up and coming band called The Sex Pistols. The lead singer of The 101ers watched the opening band and, within minutes, realized that the Pistols were boasting a fresh and original sound with its brand of brash, loud, aggressive punk rock. It was then and there that the singer of the headlining act decided to call it quits in order to dedicate his musical career to a sound and look that was more akin to what the Sex Pistols were creating. The singer quit the 101ers that night and joined forces with another band that was just forming in London called The Clash. That singer was none other than Joe Strummer, who’d become the focal point and the charismatic frontman for The Clash throughout the band’s entire tenure.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1978, Keith Moon, drummer for legendary British rock and roll band The Who, passed away at the young age of 32. Known for his wild antics, his legendary stunts and his penchant for booze and drugs, Moon’s death came as a result of overdosing on sedatives he’d been prescribed to help him curb his craving for alcohol in an attempt to get sober. The pills he’d been prescribed were to be taken sparingly with no more than three tablets being taken over the course of a full day. After his death on this date, 40 ago today, Moon was found to have more than 30 of the tablets in his system. Arguably the greatest and most dynamic rock and roll drummer of his era, Moon was known for his destructive behavior and his over-the-top lifestyle. While fans and band members mourned his passing, The Who decided to carry on after Moon’s death with Kenney Jones, former drummer with The Who’s 1960s contemporaries, The Small Faces, taking over the role. In a strange and eerie coincidence, the apartment Moon was renting at the time where his death occurred was the same apartment that had been formerly occupied by Mamas and the Papas singer “Mama” Cass Elliot, where she died, also at the age of 32, only four years before Moon’s passing.

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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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