There are plenty of famous “firsts” that everyone knows. The first man on the moon. The first person to the top of Mount Everest. The first person to run a four-minute mile. That kind of thing.
But outside of the usual (“What was the first video played on MTV” and other common rot like that), what other musical firsts can you name? How about the first song ripped and posted to an illegal file-sharing site? The first guy to bust out a guitar solo on record? The first song to fade out?
I started by compiling a long list of questions like that and then set out to find some answers. This show is the result of that research.
Songs heard/referenced on this episode:
Pulp, Do You Remember the First Time?
Eddie Durham, Hittin’ the Bottle
REM, So. Central Rain
Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor
Eddy Arnold, Texarkana Baby
Berliner Philharmonic, An Alpine Symphony
ABBA, The Visitor
Metallica, Until It Sleeps
U2, Stuck in a Moment
Gene Austin, My Blue Heaven
Glenn Miller Orchestra, Chattanooga Choo Choo
Iron Butterfly, In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida
Johnny Taylor, Disco Lady
Beatles, Hey Jude
The Fugs, CIA Man
Radiohead, Karma Police
Dorsey Brothers, Old Man Harlem
White Stripes, Icky Thump
Les Horribles Cernettes, LHC
Severe Tire Damage, Carcinoma
If you want to hear what all that sounds like, playlistist Eric Wilhite put together this.
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