28 feb 2009

101 facts you never knew about music (7)

Por MusicRadar's. . .

61. Lemmy of Motorhead's first band were called The Rockin' Vickers. They were the first British band to play behind the so-called 'Iron Curtain' when they visited Yugoslavia in 1965.

62. Arab Strap's third album is called Elephant Shoe. Elephant Shoe is a phrase mumbled by nervous teenagers who don't want to say "I love you" to girls. Say it out loud and you'll see it makes the same mouth shapes. Clever huh?

63. Orville Gibson, founder of The Gibson Guitar Corporation in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the late 1890s, only registered one design patent. It was for the first archtop mandolins he made.
64. At Woodstock, Neil Young skipped most of Crosby, Stills and Nash's acoustic set (the exceptions being Young's own Mr Soul and Wonderin') but he did play their electric set. You can hear Young's Sea Of Madness on the Woodstock LP but it wasn't actually filmed there - it was recorded a month later at the Fillmore East.
65. REM play It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) in The Simpsons episode Homer The Moe. If you want to sing along, Homer sings "Leonid whats-his-name/Herman Munster Motorcade/Birthday party/Cheetos/Pogo sticks and lemonade/You symbiotic stupid jerk/That's right, Flanders/I am talking about you!"

66. Island Records was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall. The label was named after 1955 Alec Waugh novel, Island In The Sun (later a hit song for Harry Belafonte). The company moved to the UK in May 1962 and, until Blackwell sold the label to PolyGram in 1989, was the largest indie record label in history.

67. Founded in 1962 in Japan by Tsutomu Kato and Tadashi Osanai, Korg was originally known as Keio Electronic Laboratories because its fledgling offices were located near the Keio train line in Tokyo and Keio can be formed by combining the first letters of Kato and Osanai.

68. Elvis Presley's house Graceland was named after original owner SE Toof's daughter, Grace. It is the second most visited private residence in the United States outside the White House.

69. When Liverpool FC fan John Peel married his girlfriend Sheila 'The Pig' Gilhooly in August 1974, they walked down the aisle to You'll Never Walk Alone with Peel dressed in Liverpool red. Their sheepdog Woggle served as bridesmaid.

70. Richard David James (Aphex Twin) was born in Limerick, Ireland, before his family relocated to Lanner, Cornwall, England. His first two DJ residencies as a teenager were at The Shire Horse in St Ives and The Bowgie Inn in Crantock (with Tom Middleton). He now records under several aliases.

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