Today in rock history, David Byrne is born, Neil Young goes Crazy Horse and more

Primus finds 'Seas of Cheese,' The Clash releases 'Combat Rock.'

Today in rock history: on this date in 1952, musician and songwriter David Byrne was born in Dumbarton, Scotland. Settling in Maryland with his family at the age of eight, Byrne played a variety of instruments by the time he reached high school. Founding the integral arty new wave band Talking Heads in the mid-1970s, Byrne and the band became an essential part of the burgeoning New York City downtown music scene that exploded out of the all-important nightclub, CBGB. With Talking Heads, Byrne released eight influential albums and embarked on several successful concert tours. Continuing to create innovative music as a solo artist, Byrne continues to tour and record and is among the most highly-respected and ingenious musicians and artists today. He'll and Tune-Yards will visit St. Pete's Mahaffey Theater on September 30 — more information on the show is available here.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1982, leading U.K. punk rock band The Clash released its fifth album, Combat Rock. A surprise hit, the album became the band’s best-selling record and charted extremely well in both England and America where it reached the Top 10 in both countries. Fueled by the strength of two highly successful singles, Combat Rock was a multi-platinum success and was the breakthrough this essential band had been waiting for. The dance rock hit “Rock the Casbah” and the extremely catchy “Should I Stay or Should I Go” both received a lot of radio airplay and introduced the politically outspoken quartet to a larger audience than it had ever reached. A successful tour followed the album which also included an opening slot on The Who’s stadium tour but, sadly, this would be the last album the band would record with its classic core lineup.

Today in rock history: on this date in 1969, Canadian rocker Neil Young released his second album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. The record was the first to feature Young’s electric backing band Crazy Horse and carved out his inimitable sound and style. Received and reviewed positively upon its release, the record contained the singles “Down By the River” and “Cinnamon Girl” which remained concert staples in Young’s live shows for many years to come. Also including the epic “Cowgirl in the Sand,” the album made it to the lower reaches of the Top 40 on Billboard’s pop albums chart and became a million selling album in America, beginning a successful run of solo albums he’d achieve throughout the 1970s.

Today in rock history: on this date in 1991, California-based funk/metal trio Primus released its second studio album and its major label debut, Sailing the Seas of Cheese. The eclectic prog-rock, funk inspired sound of Primus was on full display on this album which was positively reviewed. The album became the record that achieved the almost unthinkable feat of raising the band from cult following status to introducing them to a wider audience thanks in part to its dazzling live performances. Bassist, singer and chief songwriter Les Claypool was instantly regarded as one of the freshest and most original musicians at the time and Primus has continued to attract a wide, loyal audience since the release of this fine album. Featuring two of the band’s most well-known and recognizable songs, “Tommy the Cat” and “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,” Sailing the Seas of Cheese is commonly regarded as one of the most clever and innovative albums of the 1990s.