Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 2-17-24

A used unwashed black t-shirt worn by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong during the promotion of the band’s American Idiot album sold for $2500 at a charity auction, with the proceeds going to the Oakland School of the Arts. I would love to dispose of my laundry pile the same way, but I doubt anybody would pay more than $400 for my sweat-stained socks.

Billie Joe Armstrong was born on this date in 1972. Tracks from his band are included on today’s playlist.

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Throwback Thursday: 1996

When first presented with his brother Noel’s composition “Wonderwall,” Oasis’ usual lead singer Liam Gallagher didn’t care for it. Of course, the song became a worldwide smash. Did Liam come around? In 2008 he told MTV News “I can’t fucking stand that fucking song! Every time I have to sing it I want to gag.” Guess not. What about Noel, the song’s writer? He must like it, right? Here is what he said: “Outside of England, it’s the one song we’re famous for all over the world, and it annoys the fuck out of me. It’s not a fucking rock’n’roll tune. There’s quite a vulnerable statement to it. When people come up to me and say it’s one of the greatest tunes ever written, I think, ‘fucking hell, have you heard “Live Forever”?’”

Oasis’ “Wonderwall” is one of the 1996 songs on today’s Throwback Thursday playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 9-11-23

Richard Ashcroft’s original plan was to release the songs he wrote for Urban Hymns under his own name, but he got cold feet. Shortly after the album’s release The Verve broke up, briefly reforming in 2007.

The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft was born on this date in 1971. The singles issued from his band’s Urban Hymns are included on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 9-20-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the September 20 birthdays of The Avalanches’ Robbie Chater, Thompson Twins’ Alannah Currie, Was (Not Was)’s Sweet Pea Atkinson, The Beautiful South’s Dave Hemingway, Gogi Grant, Sophia Loren, The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sales, and Sin With Sebastian; the September 21 birthdays of Oasis’s Liam Gallagher, The Horrors’ Faris Badwin, Glasvegas’s James Allan, The Chordettes’ Janet Ertel, Mew’s Jonas Bjerre, Faith Hill, Wale, and Swing Out Sister’s Corinne Drewery; and we remember the 21st night of September.

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