This week in music history we’re talking about The Beach Boys’ debut album, the #1 hit that caused John Mellencamp all kinds of problems, and how Nickelback gets to laugh all the way to the bank with All The Right Reasons. Here’s everything you need to know about what went down this week in music history.
1962 – October 1st, The Beach Boys released their first album, Surfin’ Safari.
Only drummer, Dennis Wilson, surfed, but the rest of the band could fake it in photos and songs.
The single “Surfin’ Safari” was released in June of ‘62 and was the first major hit for the band.
The album also included the hits “409”, “Surfin’” and a cover of Eddie Cochrane’s “Summertime Blues”.
1974 – September 28th, Bad Company went to #1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut album.
Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had come out of “Free” before the group formed in 1973.
It was the first album released on Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records label.
The singles “Can’t Get Enough” and “Movin’ On” peaked at #5 and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Rock Steady”, “Bad Company” and “Ready for Love” are also classic rock radio staples.
They produced six albums together before disbanding in 1983.
1982 – October 1st, John Cougar went to #1 on the US album chart with American Fool.
The single, “Jack And Diane”, went to #1 on the US singles chart.
Producer Don Gehman stated in a 2011 interview that American Fool was fraught with layers of problems.
Riva Records went from wanting to get a new producer to not even wanting John on the label anymore.
Despite the drama, the album held the #1 billboard chart spot for 9 consecutive weeks.
1991 – September 28th, Garth Brooks went to #1 on the US album chart with Ropin’ The Wind.
It was the first country album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The album spent a total of 18 weeks at the #1 position and 70 weeks on the chart selling over 11m copies.
The singles included “Rodeo”, “The River”, “Papa Loved Mama”, “What She’s Doing Now”, and “Shameless”.
Brooks commented on the album saying: “Ropin’ the Wind” was what we called the son of “Fences”.
1992 – September 29th, Stone Temple Pilots released their debut album Core.
The album features the radio hits “Sex Type Thing,” “Plush,” “Creep”, and “Wicked Garden”.
After the release the band was simultaneously voted Best New Band by Rolling Stone’s readers and Worst New Band by the magazine’s music critics.
The name “Core”, refers to the apple of the Biblical story of Adam and Eve.
Weiland has said that the main theme of the album is that humanity is confused, dealing with social injustice.
1995 – October 2nd, Oasis released their second album (What’s The Story), Morning Glory.
This absolute fire album had two mega-hits “Wonderwall”, and “Champagne Supernova” as well as regular hit, “Some Might Say”.
The album became the biggest selling album in the UK in the 90s.
It won the award for the best British Album of the last 30 Years at the 2010 Brit Awards.
2005 – October 4th, Nickelback released their fifth album, All The Right Reasons.
The band didn’t have to, but they gave us hits “Photograph”, “Far Away”, and “Rockstar”.
The New York Times referred to it as “another brash but sullen CD with more of the worst rock lyrics ever recorded.”
The band cried all the way to the bank going to #1 in Canada and the US, where it sells over 10 million copies.