THIS WEEK IN ROCK
January 26, 2020
Many happy returns, TV debuts, landmark record deals and more. It’s This Week In Rock.
#OnThisDay January 20, 1973: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes move up 14 places to No. 9 in the UK singles chart with their first hit, ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’. Did you know that, despite Harold Melvin’s top billing, the lead vocals here where actually sung by Teddy Pendergrass?
#OnThisDay January 21, 1991
Manic Street Preachers make their debut on UK TV when they appear on BBC2’s cult music show ‘Snub TV’ in support of their new single, ‘Motown Junk’. “We just want to mix politics and sex and put it on stage,” they declare.
#OnThisDay January 22, 1949
Many happy returns to erstwhile E Street Band drummer Vini ‘Mad Dog’ Lopez. Having held down the beat on ‘Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ’ and ‘The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle’, he was inducted in to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Bruce Springsteen in 2014.
#OnThisDay January 23, 1965
Petula Clark becomes the first British female singer to top the US charts since Vera Lynn in 1952 when the classic ‘Downtown’ makes it to No. 1. It also hits pole position in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and West Germany.
#OnThisDay January 24, 1981
Adam And The Ants’ superstar status is confirmed when they begin a – count ‘em! – 10-week residency at the top of the UK album charts with their second long player ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’.
#OnThisDay January 25, 1977
The Clash sign to CBS Records for £100,000. Between 1977 and their eventual split in 1985, the highly influential band release six album – ‘The Clash’, ‘Give ‘em Enough Rope’, ‘London Calling’, ‘Sandinista!’, ‘Combat Rock’ and ‘Cut The Crap’. Which one is your favourite and why?
#OnThisDay January 26, 1963
Happy birthday to Wham!’s Andrew Ridgeley. Their first single to top the UK charts was ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’, a feat that was matched in the US charts. Wham! also enjoyed 12 UK Top 10 singles, including five UK number ones.
This week’s Video of the Week is Manic Street Preachers’ “Motorcycle Emptiness”.Read more
To mark the 40th anniversary of their album ‘Sandinista!’ The Clash have released a video for “The Magnificent Seven” shot and edited by filmmaker Don Letts.Read more
Appearing at the end of ‘National Treasures – The Complete Single’ compilation album, the video for Manic Street Preachers’ idiosyncratic and heartfelt cover version of The The’s classic 1983 single, ‘This Is The Day’, is an emotiional montage of the band’s career.Read more
We’re excited to announce the deluxe reissue of Manic Street Preachers’ 1993 second album ‘Gold Against The Soul’, out now.Read more
This memorable and iconic video for the title track from The Clash’s third album was only the second promo to be shot by director Don Letts.Read more
With a new deluxe edition of seminal second album ‘Gold Against The Soul’ on its way this month, our Artists of the Month for June are the Manic Street Preachers.Read more
The #LegacyLiveSeries continues with another classic show from our archives. Head back to the turn of the Millennium and Manic Street Preachers live at Cardiff Millennium Stadium – Leaving The 20th Century.Read more
Shot at the legendary Marquee venue in London’s Soho by director Andy Morahan, Wham! knew they were in safe hands.Read more
Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
ELO release an entire album on betamax, Elvis leaves the army and goes right back in the studio, Ray Davies gets a gong and more. It’s this week in rock.Read more
From charts to shows, record releases to record-setters – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
A week of lyrical landmarks, timeless trivia and record-breaking record releases, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
It’s that time of year again as we join the annual celebration of independent record stores up and down the country that is Record Store Day, with a whole host of releases exclusively available from your local music emporium on Saturday, June 20.Read more
Fantastic chart-toppers, literally Oscar-winning performances and landmark releases – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Epic careers are launched, coveted awards are won and charts are topped – it’s this week in rock…Read more
Landmark releases, fascinating trivia and chart topping hits – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Many happy return to a certain Mr Astley, groundbreaking albums and record setting chart performances – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
The Manics win big, Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates and Edison Lighthouse all hit the top spot and Jimi Hendrix has the promoters excited. It’s This Week In Rock!Read more
Many happy returns, TV debuts, landmark record deals and more. It’s This Week In Rock.Read more
History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! It’s this week in rock…Read more
‘Ant Music’ was as much a call to arms as it was the consolidation of years of work from the band…Read more
Happy New Year with Bowie, Billy Joel, AC/DC and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
So while this single’s flipside – that’ll be ‘Last Christmas’ – gets the most plaudits, it’s worth remembering that ‘Everything She Wants’ is every bit as good.Read more
Ever wondered what history’s biggest rock stars were up to over the festive period? Wonder no longer, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Unprecedented chart successes, the dearly departed and The King joining the Narcotics Bureau?! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Legendary shows, groundbreaking album anniversaries, eye watering memorabilia auctions and more – it’s this week in rock.Read more
What better way to celebrate the festive season than with that perennial favourite from our Artists of the Month, Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’?Read more
Charity bonanzas and rocket-fuelled chart rises – it’s This Week In Rock, including the Final Countdown!Read more
With the new RomCom ‘Last Christmas’ out now in theaters, our Artist of the Month for the Yuletide season; the pop colossus that is Wham!Read more
Wham! hit number one (again), Elvis hits the big screen (again) Billy Joel hits the top of the US charts (for the very first time) and more. It’s This Week In Rock’.Read more
The sixth and final single to be taken from their debut album, ‘Generation Terrorists’, ‘Little Baby Nothing’ finds Manic Street Preachers nailing their feminist flag to the mast.Read more
Wham! bestride the Atlantic, Ozzy announces his retirement, Eurythmics join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and more – it’s this week in rock.Read more
Mae Boren Axton makes history, chart climaxes, birthdays and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Elvis tops the charts, George Michael takes on the American establishment, AC/DC get a statue and lots lots more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
As a very special edition of 1979’s ‘London Calling’ hits the shelves, and the accompanying exhibition is due to open at the Museum of London, punk legends The Clash are our Artist of the Month for November.Read more
All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
From the unveiling of The King’s own set of postage stamps, to Bay City Rollers ruling the charts to The Clash bringing punk to NYC, it’s rock history as it happened with this week in rock.Read more
From David Cassidy to Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Tyler to the Bay City Rollers, it’s this week in rock.Read more
Who did MTV declare the Best Act Ever in 2008? The answer may shock you…Read more
Many happy returns, legendary performances and landmark releases. It’s this week in rock…Read more
Initially available only as an import single, ‘Bankrobber’ became a Top 20 hit for The Clash in 1980 after fan fervor merited a domestic release.Read more
David Essex, George Michael, The King, Dylan meets The Beatles and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.Read more
Ozzy in the USSR, The Clash’s live London debut, many happy returns to David Crosby, the legendary Woodstock festival and more. It’s the week in rock as it happened…Read more
The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…Read more
Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…Read more
Classic hits, seminal singles, infectious smashes and idiosyncratic sensations. This week in rock history as it happened…Read more
Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…Read more
There are few bands to have taken the reins of the early 80s nascent video age with quite the same degree of gusto as Adam & The Ants.Read more
Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.Read more
The early 80s were a golden period for pioneering videos and this one for Wham!’s 1983 No.4 single, ‘Club Tropicana’, is no exception.Read more
Innovative inventions, ground breaking releases, landmark interviews, legendary live shows and timeless tours – follow rock history as it happened.Read more
A quiet highlight from the oft-overlooked second album, this haunting video sees the Manics at their poetic best.Read more
Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDayRead more
Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…Read more
Twenty-three years to the week since its release as the first single from Manic Street Preachers’ ‘Everything Must Go’, ‘A Design For Life’ remains every bit as potent as it did then.Read more
For the first Video Of The Week of 2019, it’s entirely apposite that we should turn our attention to what was The Clash’s first single release in the US.Read more
Released in January 2000, Manic Street Preachers’ non-album single ‘The Masses Against The Classes’ peaked at number one on the UK singles chart.Read more
One of the most evergreen Christmas singles to have ever been released, ‘Last Christmas is also the biggest-selling festive single to have never reached No. 1 in the UK.Read more
Still short a few gifts? Don’t panic. We’ve got some great Xmas box set suggestions for you…Read more
‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition is out now on 3CD bookset – featuring the remastered album, a disc of demos and rehearsals and a disc featuring all the b-sides and remixes – and 2LP, featuring the remastered album.Read more
With the ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition released on December 7th, our final Artist of the Month of 2018 is Manic Street Preachers.Read more
Today of all days we need something explosive, so let’s do it in style with the righteous fury of The Clash.Read more
For teaching a generation that ridicule is nothing to be scared of. Ladies & Gentlemen. Our December Artist of the Month. Adam Ant.Read more
The first single from the criminally underrated ‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope’ album, ‘Tommy Gun’ was aggressively political even by The Clash’s acerbic standards.Read more
Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.Read more
‘Send Away The Tigers’ 10 Year Collectors’ Edition, a very special collection marking the tenth anniversary of the Manic Street Preachers eighth studio album, is out now.Read more
“Thank Christ they exist.”
As the Manics’ tenure as our Artist of the Month come to a close, we present just a few of the comments from fans whose lives they’ve touched.
What? Can it really be 10 years since this was released? And it still sounds just as good now as it did back then. Possibly even better.Read more
This Saturday, April 15, Sky ARTS will screen a new Documentary on the Manic Street Preachers, looking back at the time of their most intense artistic and commercial pressures.Read more
Is it really 10 years since the release of Manic Street Preachers’ eighth studio album and muscular return to form, ‘Send Away The Tigers’? The Manics are our Artist of the Month for April.Read more
Studio album number 8 from the Manic Street Preachers, ‘Send Away The Tigers’ turns ten years old this May. We’re celebrating with a very special edition containing demos, b-sides, rarities and a special DVD, released May 12Read more
Over the last 12 months, we at Sony Legacy have been proud to assemble some truly comprehensive compendiums of the most innovative and influential artists of all time. Here’s a look back at some of the greatest.Read The Rundown...
The chase for a festive chart-topper is revving up again, so let’s look back at years past. Terry Staunton is reading a list and checking it twice…Read More...
Take a listen to the soundtrack playlist!Read more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!Read more
Legendary albums are available for a special price on iTunes…Read more
Discover more about the super deluxe reissue!Read more
- London CallingThe Clash
- Train in vainThe Clash
- White riotThe Clash
- Should I stay or should I goThe Clash
- I fought the lawThe Clash
- and lots more!...
Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.Read more
Here are this year’s much anticipated releases!Read more
- Wake me up before you go-goWham!
- Club tropicanaWham!
- Everything she wantsWham!
- Last christmasWham!
- I'm your manWham!
- and lots more!...
Discover more about the new reissue…Read more
Take a look at the release of I Believe In Miracles Original Soundtrack featuring The Jackson Sisters, Kool & The Gang, Gloria Gayner & more!Read more
THE CLASH, PUNK ROCK, AND BRITAIN IN THE 1970SRead more
Our vinyl of the week is Black Market Clash by The Clash…Read more
31 years ago today, this track was Wham!’s first UK No.1.Read more
Catch the Manic Street Preachers on their few remaining dates of The Holy Bible tour.Read more
We’re celebrating the launch of our website with a very nice competition for you guys…Read more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more