32 years ago today, for the first time in herstory, the three top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart were held by solo females: Cyndi Lauper (“True Colors,” number one), Tina Turner (“Typical Male,” number two) and Janet Jackson (“When I Think Of You,” number three). We’ll overlook the fact that all three songs are seemingly about men.
Happy birthday Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Pictured with doppelgänger Will Ferrell. And look who’s sitting behind actor Michael Shannon and Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan during our YLT cover-story interview in the photo below. Is it Chad, or is it Will? We won’t give it away now.
Happy birthday Eddie Argos (Art Brut). Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s rock out! Read our classic Art Brut feature:
Art Brut: High-Concept Brits Do It With Low-Culture Wit
Happy birthday Richard Lloyd (Television). Keep on dancin’.
Happy 45th birthday Laura Veirs. Two beers on us, Veirs. Case/Lang/Veirs made MAGNET’s third best album of 2016. Read about it:
MAGNET’s #3 Album Of 2016: case/lang/veirs’ “case/lang/veirs”
Happy birthday Debbie Googe (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream). Hope it’s the best day. Read John Andrew Fredrick (Black Watch) in MAGNET on MBV’s Isn’t Anything:
From The Desk Of The Black Watch’s John Andrew Fredrick: My Bloody Valentine’s “Isn’t Anything”
Happy birthday Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel). Read Bill Barbot (Jawbox, Foxhall Stacks) in MAGNET on NMH’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, one of the greatest albums ever made:
Jawbox’s Own Special Sweetheart: Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea”
Happy 82nd birthday Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones). Strut your stuff. Read Dave Weckerman (Feelies) in MAGNET on Wyman and the Stones:
From The Desk Of The Feelies’ Dave Weckerman: The Rolling Stones On “The Hollywood Palace” (June 1964)
Happy birthday Dale Crover (Melvins). Everybody loves sausages. Get the facts about the Melvins via MAGNET:
Melvins: Fact Sheet
Happy birthday Dwight Yoakam. Try not to look so pretty. Read our Q&A with him from last year:
A Conversation With Dwight Yoakam