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The Who’s ‘It’s Hard’ Gets Released

The Who's 'It's Hard' Gets Released
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In the early 1980s, Pete Townshend had a lot on his plate. He was busy with his solo career, dealing with the aftermath of Keith Moon leaving the Who, and struggling with a heroin addiction. Despite these challenges, Townshend managed to release two successful solo albums, Empty Glass in 1980 and All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes in 1982, as well as the Who’s LP Face Dances in 1981. However, when it came time to record It’s Hard in 1982, Townshend found himself lacking in songs because he had saved his best material for his solo projects. Despite this setback, the album’s first track, “Athena,” became a hit on the radio, and “Eminence Front” is now considered a masterpiece and a staple of the Who’s live shows for the past four decades. However, the rest of It’s Hard is widely seen as the band’s lowest point. Songs like “One Life’s Enough,” “I’ve Known No War,” “Why Did I Fall for That,” and “Cooks County” were a result of exhaustion, drug addiction, and a contractual obligation to Warner Bros. Records. Townshend himself probably has vague memories of making the album, and many fans have tried to forget that it even exists. Roger Daltrey commented:

The Beach Boys release new album titled “MIU

The Beach Boys release new album titled "MIU
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By 1978, the Beach Boys had lost their once prestigious status as rulers of California’s beaches. Their glory days as contemporaries of The Beatles were long past, and the group found themselves in a stagnant phase. When they released their MIU album, named after Iowa’s Maharishi International University, it was seen as a desperate move. The purpose behind this album was solely to fulfill their contractual obligations to Reprise Records, as they had decided to scrap their previously recorded album called Adult/Child. Seeking solace, the band sought refuge at the University, residing in dormitories and attending meditation classes in between recording sessions. However, the overall experience was anything but enjoyable. According to Brian Wilson’s personal bodyguard, Stan Love, it was a thoroughly miserable time. Drummer Dennis Wilson expressed his thoughts on the album by stating:

The Smiths Reflect on Their Timeless Self-Titled Album: ‘The Smiths

The Smiths Reflect on Their Timeless Self-Titled Album: 'The Smiths
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The impact of The Smiths’ debut album continues to resonate in the indie rock genre today. However, the band is not completely satisfied with their sound. Originally recorded with Troy Tate during a scorching London heatwave, the band opted to re-record the album with John Porter in different locations such as London, Manchester, and Stockport whenever they had breaks from their 1983 UK tour. Johnny Marr, the guitarist, explained that even after the re-recording, they still felt dissatisfied with how the album sounded. Morrissey, later on, admitted that it didn’t meet their standards but acknowledged that they had no choice but to release it. This was due to their label, Rough Trade, having already invested £6,000 into the recording costs and refusing to provide any additional funds. Despite their reservations, the album managed to reach Number 2 on the UK albums chart.

The Bridge’ becomes Billy Joel’s latest album release

The Bridge' becomes Billy Joel's latest album release
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Billy Joel experienced a period of success and prosperity after the release of his album “The Stranger” in 1977. However, when it came time to work on his album “The Bridge” in 1986, Joel felt drained and lacking in motivation. In a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, he admitted that he struggled to find the focus and drive to write and record new music. At the time, Joel had recently become a father and preferred to spend time with his family. Despite this, he recognized the importance of returning to the studio. With the help of his longtime producer Phil Ramone, Joel was able to create a few outstanding tracks, including “A Matter of Trust” and his duet with Ray Charles, “Baby Grand.” However, the majority of the album consisted of uninspiring songs like “Code of Silence” and “Getting Closer.” Joel confessed that his band had become disconnected from the creative process, making the studio experience feel more like a transaction. Despite its commercial success, “The Bridge” did not live up to Joel’s own standards of his best work.

Pop’ Marks U2’s Highly-Anticipated Comeback

Pop' Marks U2's Highly-Anticipated Comeback
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U2 underwent a musical transformation in the early 1990s, shifting from their well-known cowboy boots and stadium-friendly Americana style to a more reflective and experimental sound. Taking inspiration from bands like the Pixies and Ride, U2 achieved both commercial and critical success. However, their experimentation encountered difficulties with the release of their album, Pop. The album, which led to the Popmart world tour, faced challenges in the studio. Drummer Larry Mullen’s back surgery caused delays in the recording sessions, forcing U2 to struggle for three months to create a coherent album with the help of producers Flood, Howie B, and Nellee Hooper. Songs were constantly reworked, and despite scheduling stadium dates for their new tour starting in April 1997, the band was dissatisfied with the unfinished album. In fact, Bono only recorded the chorus for one song, “Last Night On Earth,” on the final day of mixing and recording. Even after sending the supposed “finished” record to New York for mastering, additional changes were made. U2 continued to work on the album during their tour, even making adjustments to singles that were later included in the compilation album “The Best Of 1990-2000,” released five years after Pop. Bono and Edge subsequently discussed the challenges faced during the album’s production.

Radiohead’s Pablo Honey Album

Radiohead's Pablo Honey Album
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From their groundbreaking work on Kid A to their most recent release, A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016, Radiohead has solidified their reputation as pioneers of art rock. However, it is often forgotten that this band was once labeled as a one-album wonder. Despite the success of their iconic third album, OK Computer, Radiohead does not look back fondly on their debut release, Pablo Honey. This album mainly consists of the conventional angsty alternative rock sound that was popular at the time, with the lead single, “Creep,” causing frustration for the band. Even during its recording, guitarist Jonny Greenwood intentionally tried to sabotage the song. While “Creep” remains a beloved ’90s classic, Radiohead has chosen to exclude it from their live performances for many years. Pablo Honey, and in particular “Creep,” is something that the band deliberately chooses to disregard.

Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ Remains a Mystery

Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' Remains a Mystery
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Currently, Joy Division’s debut albums are widely recognized by music lovers around the world as a revolutionary post-punk masterpiece. These albums not only introduced a unique and captivating style of music that was both danceable and aggressive, but they also solidified Manchester as a perennial center for musical talent. However, during its initial release, the album faced criticism from two key members of Joy Division: Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook, the guitarist and bassist. Both young men openly expressed their dissatisfaction with the producer, Martin Hannett, and his work. Hook succinctly communicated his sentiments by simply stating:

Ooh La La’ is the Catchy New Song Released by Faces

Ooh La La' is the Catchy New Song Released by Faces
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Rod Stewart’s solo success by the end of 1972 led to tension between him and his bandmates in Faces. The band was frustrated with being seen as backup musicians for Stewart’s live shows. During the recording sessions for their song “Ooh La La,” Stewart was reportedly too preoccupied with his newfound fame and missed the first two weeks. Surprisingly, the title track ended up featuring Ronnie Wood on lead vocals in the studio, as both Stewart and Ronnie Lane were unhappy with their own attempts. It’s interesting to note that despite later covering the song on his 1998 album, Stewart initially argued that it was in the wrong key for him. After the album’s release in March 1973, Stewart publicly criticized it in interviews with the New Musical Express and Melody Maker, calling it a “stinking rotten album” and expressing his negative sentiments.