Today in rock history; Depeche Mode's Construction, Bosstones begin, Chipmunks do the Beatles and more

Living Colour is 'Vivid,' too.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1983, British synth-pop band Depeche Mode released its third studio album, Construction Time Again. After being reduced to a trio after the departure of founding member Vince Clarke (who formed successful duo Yaz after leaving the fold), the band released its sophomore album, 1982’s A Broken Frame as a trio. With this, their third release, the band welcomed fourth member, Alan Wilder, who added to the vocal and songwriting duties along with full-time lead singer Dave Gahan and chief songwriter and vocalist Martin Gore. The album was a success and was the first to garner the band some attention here in America.  The single “Everything Counts” was a huge college radio hit and got plenty of play in American dance clubs helping to break the band here in the States. The record was the first to delve into political and socially relevant topics and truly showed the talents of Martin Gore as the band’s main lyricist, a distinction he still holds until this day. The record was a Top 10 success in England and in Germany and fared well throughout various different European countries as well. Depeche Mode plays MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on September 13. More information on the show is available via local.cltampa.com.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1989, Boston, Massachusetts punk/ska band Mighty Mighty Bosstones released their debut album, Devil’s Night Out. Often referred to as one of the key releases to jump start what’s known as “ska core,” the record showed off the band’s high energy delivery, its unique blend of fast, raucous punk rock and a love and reverence for true, authentic Jamaican-based ska music. The short, sharp record packed ten tracks and clocked in at just over 25-minutes and was released on renown Boston punk rock record label Taang! Records. The band would become wildly popular as the '90s progressed and would later be signed to a major record label, but this is where the Bosstones story began.

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Today in rock history:  on this date in 1958, guitar whiz Vernon Reid was born in London, England. Reid got his start playing with New York City experimental musician Bill Frisell before forming ground-breaking rock and roll band, Living Colour. The band gained prominence with its game-changing 1988 debut album Vivid and is still recording and touring. Reid is considered one of the best and most innovative electric guitarists of his time for being well-versed in a wide array of styles and genres.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1964, with Beatlemania in full swing all across the globe, American record label Liberty Records proudly reports that the band's release The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits is selling at the brisk rate of 25,000 copies a day. The children’s animated gang of rodents had released seven records before but this was the first that paid homage to one specific band. The record features twelve songs popularized by the Fab Four up until that point and one of those songs, “All My Loving” was released as a single. The record won a Grammy award in the category of Best Engineered Recording - Special Or Novel Effects in the year of its release.

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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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