50 Years Ago: ‘The Midnight Special’ Changes Music Entertainment

As incredible as it might sound now, there was a time when televised entertainment wasn’t available around the clock. That all changed with Burt Sugarman’s music-oriented variety show The Midnight Special, which debuted on Aug. 19, 1972.

Until the early ’70s, it was standard practice for most TV stations to shut off their programming after midnight and show nothing at all until the local news came on in the morning. None of the three national networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, had any programming that ran later than 1AM.

Sugarman, a TV producer with experience in the music industry, saw a missed opportunity. The last show that NBC aired on Friday nights was The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, which was immensely popular, and had a big audience of people in their teens and 20s.

So why assume all these people went to bed on Friday night immediately after Carson’s program ended? Why not create a show geared toward younger audiences – featuring live music and the occasional comedian or variety performer and see if it would make some money?

It was a great pitch, but NBC was having no part of it. So Sugarman did what any great promoter does, and took a huge gamble. He purchased the air time himself, convinced Chevrolet to be the sponsor, and made a 90-minute pilot episode.

Watch John Denver and Cass Elliot on the Pilot of ‘The Midnight Special’

“The network felt that the rock ‘n’ roll people were all drugged out and half of them wouldn’t show,” Sugarman told Jason Price in 2014. “I said, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’ll put up the money,’ and I said, ‘I’ll give you another reason: It’s a voting year and I’ll make it a get-out-to-vote show for young people.'”

And that’s what Sugarman did: Between performances, young people were encouraged to register and reminded that the voting age had recently been lowered to 18.

The real draw to the pilot, however, was the fact that it would feature live musical performances, instead of the lip-synched ones that were then the norm on many television shows. Sugarman leaned into this trope. He called his show The Midnight Special after an old American standard, and got Johnny Rivers to record the song as his theme music.

He enlisted famed DJ Wolfman Jack to be the announcer, and convinced John Denver to be his guest host. He got Andy Kaufman to do a comedy set, and signed up musical acts including Cass Elliot, Harry Chapin, the Everly Brothers, War, Linda Ronstadt, Argent, and the Isley Brothers – all of whom would perform live.

It worked. NBC saw the ratings, bought the show, and put it into regular production, where it would remain – always on late at night – into the early ’80s.

Watch Kiss on ‘The Midnight Special’

During that time, The Midnight Special became the premier TV venue for bands who wanted to perform live to get their music out to a national audience.

“Back then, a band would come to Los Angeles on Saturday and lip-sync their hit on American Bandstand,” distributor Paul Brownstein later told Ed Robertson. “If they really wanted major television exposure, though, they’d have to go to NBC in Burbank and do The Midnight Special, because that was the only opportunity for a network TV gig at the time. They would perform with live vocals.”

During the show’s run, this opportunity drew an immense number of bands. Wolfman Jack remained as the announcer, and would often interview the acts after they played, but The Midnight Special also featured a number of guest hosts – usually musicians – who would run the show in between their own performances.

The immense list of acts who appeared on the program reads like a who’s who of rock ‘n roll from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s including Chuck Berry, Blondie, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie and almost everyone between. Comedians George Carlin, Steve Martin and Richard Pryor also performed on the show, as did Monty Python. ELO appeared seven times, more than any other group.

Watch Prince Perform on ‘The Midnight Special’

The live music performance aspect of The Midnight Special could actually be intimidating, particularly for acts who were used to lip-syncing on TV.

“We had, over the long time we ran on the air, about seven, eight, or nine acts that just wouldn’t sing live,” Sugarman later told MTV’s Mark Goodman. “They said, ‘We can’t’ or ‘We won’t; we don’t do that,’ and I just didn’t put them on. Obviously, I can’t name them. Half of them are still around right now. They were frightened. That’s what it was.”

It was a magical show, and brought music to a nation-wide audience that craved it. All good things, however, must end: The last episode aired on May 1, 1981. after NBC pulled the plug. The era of variety shows was drawing to a close, and there was a new form of televised music on the way which perhaps never would have appeared if The Midnight Special hadn’t proved that there was an immense appetite for music being broadcast on TV at all hours of the day and night.

That new form of music was the video, of course. MTV made its debut on Aug. 1, 1981, just three months after The Midnight Special closed its doors.

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Christina Ricci Hates Her Performance in 1995’s ‘Casper’: ‘I Am Terrible in It’

Christina Ricci may be revisiting her role in “The Addams Family” for Netflix’s “Wednesday” series, but that’s the only kooky character from the 1990s she’s willing to look back on.

The “Yellowjackets” star revealed during the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast that she can’t rewatch the 1995 ghost movie “Casper” because of how embarrassing she feels her performance is.

“If you actually watch ‘Casper,’ I’m terrible in it,” Ricci dished. “People get so upset when I say that. Because I’m like, ‘No, it’s a wonderful movie.’ Because it’s a childhood treasure to people. But I am terrible in it.”

Ricci was 13 years old when she played Kat in the film based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost. Ricci showed “Casper” to her eight-year-old son Freddie Heerdegen and was reminded of how cringe-inducing the role was for her at the time.

“I was 13,” the Emmy nominee shared. “There was a lot going on in my life. Everything was very difficult. I was just always annoyed, and I just don’t think I tried very hard, to tell you the truth. Embarrassingly, I have to say, I don’t think I tried as hard as maybe I should have.”

She added, “Not a lot of commitment. It took me a long time to parent myself into becoming a functional adult.”

Ricci’s “Casper” role came on the heels of her “Addams Family” arc in both the 1991 film and its 1993 sequel, “Addams Family Values.” And it turns out Ricci’s “annoyed” view of the world fit perfectly with her doom-and-gloom sarcastic character Wednesday Addams. Ricci is set to appear in the “Wednesday” series on Netflix, with Jenna Ortega in the titular role.

“Jenn is incredible,” Ricci told Variety about her co-star. “It’s such a great modern take on Wednesday. It’s so true tonally to the heart and soul of [the original], but it’s then it’s incredibly modern and it’s great. I loved working with Tim [Burton].”

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán play Morticia and Gomez Addams, with Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams, Victor Dorobantu as Thing, and George Burcea as Lurch, while both Ricci’s role and who is playing Uncle Fester are currently under wraps. “Wednesday” premieres this fall on Netflix.

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Weekender: 19 things to in Charlotte this weekend including a pride parade and live music

Proudly presented by The Circle K Monster Truck Bash this Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Expect metal-mashing with 2,000-horsepower monster trucks. Kids get in for just $11.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

79. Scattered thunderstorms. 60% chance of rain.

Watch party at Skiptown: There is a weekend full of events to celebrate the two year anniversary of Skiptown. They are kicking off the weekend with a watch party to cheer on the Panthers as they take on the Patriots in their pre-season game. 7pm. Price varies. Details.

Queen City Music Jam at NoDa Brewing Company: The three-day festival will feature 40 bands, food trucks, art vendors and NoDa beer. Gate opens at 2pm with music performances at 4pm. Tickets start at $89 Details.

Julie Boutiques Sidewalk Sale at Park Road Shopping Center: The semi-annual sale will have summer clothes, shoes and accessories for as low as $5 and 75% off some items. 10am. Price varies. Details.

Black Food Truck Fridays: Taste an array of dishes — including everything from seafood to dessert — and shop from local merchants. 4-9pm. Prices vary by item. Details.

Walking Tours at Camp North End: Stroll through the historic site while learning more about future plans of the reuse development before grabbing lunch at one of the food stalls at 12pm. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

85. Scattered thunderstorms. 40% chance of rain.

The Charlotte Pride Festival in Uptown: After a two-year hiatus, the two-day event will feature local entertainers, bands, vendors and food. 12-10pm. Free. Details.

Live music at Skiptown: There’s a birthday party at Skiptown with music from Embarrassment by Riches, raffles and free Bojangles while your pup plays2-5pm. Price varies. Details.

Rosé Fest at Cloud Bar: Sample rosé from around the world, hors d’oeuvres and canapés while you enjoy music from a live DJ. 5-7pm. $45 Details.

90’s Brunch at 1501 S Mint: The event features a brunch menu, drink specials and 90’s vibes and music. 1-4pm. Price varies. Details.

Tacos ‘N Taps Festival at Ballantyne’s Backyard: Enjoy some of Charlotte’s best tacos, Mexican food, beer and tequila, dancing from Charlotte area bands, margaritas and contests. 1-5pm. $25 Details.

Concert for a Cause featuring Restless Carolina at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Restless Carolina will perform in a new private event space, Griffith Hall. With every ticket sold, Tito’s Handmade Vodka will donate $20 up to $5,000. Proceeds will go to the MS Society. 6-9pm. $20-$25. Details.

Sweet Treat Giveaway at South End Farmers Market: The annual back to school event will feature 200 free paletas from Morelia Gourmet Paletas to celebrate the end of summer break. 9am. Free. Details.

Circle K Monster Truck Bash at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Watch high-flying action with monster trucks taking the stage on The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Pit party opens up at 4pm. Tickets start at $10. Details.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

88. Scattered thunderstorms. 50% chance of rain.

Charlotte Pride Parade in Uptown: Watch more than 40 floats and 10,000 marchers make their way down a rainbow filled Tryon St. 1-4pm. Free. Details.

Yoga on the Rooftop at The Harvey B Gantt Center: Enjoy a one-hour workout and mindfulness practice before taking a self-guided tour through one of the galleries. 12:30-1:30pm $10. Details.

LGBTQ Pride Comedy Show at The Comedy Zone: Get a good laugh from some of the best LGBTQ comedians in the Southeast after the Pride Parade. 7pm. $20. Details.

DIY Terrarium Building at Plant House: Get your hands dirty by creating a terrarium through a guided class. 11am-6pm. $25. Details.

Sunset Yoga at Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo: Enjoy a one-hour yoga class followed by light bites and a Grey Goose cocktail at Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo from 7-8pm. Tickets are $50. Details.

Top Gun: Maverick at Discovery Place Science: Experience the sequel to the 1986 classic Top Gun through a massive IMAX dome screen. 2pm and 4:30pm. Ticket prices vary by age. Details.


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Shimla film fest to begin with Divya Dutta as celebrity guest – YesPunjab.com

Shimla, Aug 18, 2022- The eighth edition of the International Film Festival of Shimla will be held from August 26-28 at Gaiety Theatre in Himachal Pradesh capital with Bollywood actress Divya Dutta as the celebrity guest, it was announced on Thursday.

Festival Director Pushp Raj Thakur said the screening of Divya Dutta’s transgender-based film Sheer Korma at the film festival will be presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

This time, 81 films will be screened at the International Film Festival of Shimla. Twenty-seven films in the international category, 34 Indian films, 4 Himachali films and 15 national award winning films will be screened in the three-day festival.

This time, films from 17 countries including Canada, the US, Spain, Iran, Brazil, Iceland, Mexico, Australia, Greece, Russia — will be screened. These include documentary, animation feature and short films.

Gujarati feature film ’21 M U Tiffin’ directed by Vijay Giri Baba, Hindi feature film ‘Alpha Beta Gama’ directed by Shankar Sri Kumar, Kannada feature film ‘Dolu’ directed by Sagar Puranik, Hindi feature film ‘At Down Toofan Mail’ directed by Aakriti Singh, Marathi film ‘Funeral’ directed by Rajendra Dubey, Telugu film ‘Natyam’ directed by Revanth Kumar Kurukunda, Kannada film ‘Neeli Hakkia’ directed by Ganesh Hegde, Hindi documentary ‘Jugalbandi’ directed by Chetan Bhakuni, Marathi documentary ‘Marble of the Jungle’ directed by Sohil Vaidya, Manipuri director Haubam Pawan Kumar’s documentary ‘Pabung Shyam’, Garhwali film ‘Sanpat’ directed by Rahul Rawat, Odia documentary ‘Backstage’ directed by Lipika Singh Derai, Hindi documentary ‘Naakara’ directed by Anant Mahadevan, Gujarati documentary ‘The Spell of Purple’ directed by Prachi Barjania and Assamese documentary ‘Veerangana’ directed by Kishore Kalita will be showcased.

Fifty film directors from across the country and abroad will participate in the festival. They will also be interacting with audience at the British-era Gaiety Theatre, where Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling and legendary actors Prithviraj Kapoor and Balraj Sahni once performed.

This time, a film exhibition is also being organised by the National Film Archives of India of Pune at the festival. Various work related to the films will also be put on display in the exhibition.  (Agency)Divya Dutta Black hotDivya Dutta Black hot

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Blake Shelton says his professional career has taken ‘a backseat’ to his marriage with Gwen Stefani | Daily Mail Online

Blake Shelton opened up about his relationship with Gwen Stefani during an interview with Entertainment Tonight that was released on Friday.

During the sit-down, the 46-year-old hitmaker opened up about prioritizing his marriage with the 52-year-old singer over his other professional commitments.

The performer and his now-wife tied the knot last year after previously meeting while working on the hit singing competition series The Voice.

Devoted husband: Blake Shelton opened up about his relationship with Gwen Stefani during an interview with Entertainment Tonight that was released on Friday; they are seen in June

Shelton began the interview by stating that he had placed his family life before his other professional efforts.  

He stated: ‘I love all the cool things I get to do…but those things all take a backseat now to Gwen and the kids and it’s just a new phase of my life.’

The songwriter also remarked that he was at a place in his life where he had the freedom to record when he wanted to.

‘I’m having fun putting out songs when I feel like it and luckily the record label allows me to do that,’ he said. 

Family man: Shelton began the interview by stating that he had placed his family life before his other professional efforts; he is seen with Stefani in June

Shelton noted that his label was willing to work with him on an irregular schedule. 

‘I just go, “Hey, I want to do this. Will you guys help me?” and they’ll jump on board and we’ve had some big records that way. Hopefully this will be another one,’ he said.

The performer then stated that he would never have expected to end up with Stefani during the early stages of his career.

‘I would have probably said, “Are you talking about that girl that holds up the orange in her video?” I never understood until now that she’s from Orange County,’ he said.

Unexpected: The performer then stated that he would never have expected to end up with Stefani during the early stages of his career

He did make a point of noting that he had experienced much more professional success after becoming a regular on television. 

‘I’ve pulled an audience from TV that maybe didn’t even know who I was, probably didn’t know who I was when I started on The Voice and it’s kind of been the thing that took me to a different level in my career and I love that,’ he said.

Shelton and Stefani initially met while working on The Voice in 2014.

The singer was previously married to Kaynette Gern from 2003 until 2006, and to Miranda Lambert from 2011 until 2015.

On screen: Shelton and Stefani initially met while working on The Voice in 2014

The No Doubt frontwoman was also married to Gavin Rossdale from 2002 until 2016, and the pair welcomed sons Kingston, Zuma and Apollo, aged 16, 13, and eight, over the course of their marriage.

The now-couple announced that they had separated from their spouses and began dating in November of 2015.

Shelton and Stefani went on to become engaged in 2020, and they tied the knot during a wedding ceremony that was held at the former’s ranch in Oklahoma in July of last year. 

Tying the knot: Shelton and Stefani went on to become engaged in 2020, and they tied the knot during a wedding ceremony that was held at the former’s ranch in Oklahoma in July of last year

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50 Years Ago: ‘The Midnight Special’ Changes Music Entertainment

As incredible as it might sound now, there was a time when televised entertainment wasn’t available around the clock. That all changed with Burt Sugarman’s music-oriented variety show The Midnight Special, which debuted on Aug. 19, 1972.

Until the early ’70s, it was standard practice for most TV stations to shut off their programming after midnight and show nothing at all until the local news came on in the morning. None of the three national networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, had any programming that ran later than 1AM.

Sugarman, a TV producer with experience in the music industry, saw a missed opportunity. The last show that NBC aired on Friday nights was The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, which was immensely popular, and had a big audience of people in their teens and 20s.

So why assume all these people went to bed on Friday night immediately after Carson’s program ended? Why not create a show geared toward younger audiences – featuring live music and the occasional comedian or variety performer and see if it would make some money?

It was a great pitch, but NBC was having no part of it. So Sugarman did what any great promoter does, and took a huge gamble. He purchased the air time himself, convinced Chevrolet to be the sponsor, and made a 90-minute pilot episode.

Watch John Denver and Cass Elliot on the Pilot of ‘The Midnight Special’

“The network felt that the rock ‘n’ roll people were all drugged out and half of them wouldn’t show,” Sugarman told Jason Price in 2014. “I said, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’ll put up the money,’ and I said, ‘I’ll give you another reason: It’s a voting year and I’ll make it a get-out-to-vote show for young people.'”

And that’s what Sugarman did: Between performances, young people were encouraged to register and reminded that the voting age had recently been lowered to 18.

The real draw to the pilot, however, was the fact that it would feature live musical performances, instead of the lip-synched ones that were then the norm on many television shows. Sugarman leaned into this trope. He called his show The Midnight Special after an old American standard, and got Johnny Rivers to record the song as his theme music.

He enlisted famed DJ Wolfman Jack to be the announcer, and convinced John Denver to be his guest host. He got Andy Kaufman to do a comedy set, and signed up musical acts including Cass Elliot, Harry Chapin, the Everly Brothers, War, Linda Ronstadt, Argent, and the Isley Brothers – all of whom would perform live.

It worked. NBC saw the ratings, bought the show, and put it into regular production, where it would remain – always on late at night – into the early ’80s.

Watch Kiss on ‘The Midnight Special’

During that time, The Midnight Special became the premier TV venue for bands who wanted to perform live to get their music out to a national audience.

“Back then, a band would come to Los Angeles on Saturday and lip-sync their hit on American Bandstand,” distributor Paul Brownstein later told Ed Robertson. “If they really wanted major television exposure, though, they’d have to go to NBC in Burbank and do The Midnight Special, because that was the only opportunity for a network TV gig at the time. They would perform with live vocals.”

During the show’s run, this opportunity drew an immense number of bands. Wolfman Jack remained as the announcer, and would often interview the acts after they played, but The Midnight Special also featured a number of guest hosts – usually musicians – who would run the show in between their own performances.

The immense list of acts who appeared on the program reads like a who’s who of rock ‘n roll from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s including Chuck Berry, Blondie, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie and almost everyone between. Comedians George Carlin, Steve Martin and Richard Pryor also performed on the show, as did Monty Python. ELO appeared seven times, more than any other group.

Watch Prince Perform on ‘The Midnight Special’

The live music performance aspect of The Midnight Special could actually be intimidating, particularly for acts who were used to lip-syncing on TV.

“We had, over the long time we ran on the air, about seven, eight, or nine acts that just wouldn’t sing live,” Sugarman later told MTV’s Mark Goodman. “They said, ‘We can’t’ or ‘We won’t; we don’t do that,’ and I just didn’t put them on. Obviously, I can’t name them. Half of them are still around right now. They were frightened. That’s what it was.”

It was a magical show, and brought music to a nation-wide audience that craved it. All good things, however, must end: The last episode aired on May 1, 1981. after NBC pulled the plug. The era of variety shows was drawing to a close, and there was a new form of televised music on the way which perhaps never would have appeared if The Midnight Special hadn’t proved that there was an immense appetite for music being broadcast on TV at all hours of the day and night.

That new form of music was the video, of course. MTV made its debut on Aug. 1, 1981, just three months after The Midnight Special closed its doors.

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Casemiro has already made his feelings on Cristiano Ronaldo clear amid Man Utd exit talk – Mirror Online

New Manchester United signing Casemiro is a player who has shared a close relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo amid the Portuguese star’s attempts to leave the club.

Ronaldo remains determined to depart the Red Devils this summer after just one season back at Old Trafford following his high-profile return from Juventus last year after 12 years away. He has been attempting to force through an exit for two months.

The 37-year-old came on as a second half substitute in the Premier League opening day defeat against Brighton as he was not deemed fit enough to start. He was restored to the starting line-up for the humiliating four-goal loss at Brentford on Saturday evening. Ronaldo snubbed a request from the club’s assistant coach Steve McClaren to acknowledge the travelling United fans after the game – showing the disillusion engulfing the club.

Yet new United signing Casemiro – whose arrival was confirmed on Friday evening – will see Ronaldo gain a close ally at the club. United paid an initial fee of £60million plus a further £10m in potential add-ons to sign the Brazilian international. United had made a deal for the Madrid star their prime focus after their moves for Adrien Rabiot and Frenkie de Jong broke down.

Casemiro and Ronaldo were teammates at Real Madrid between 2013 and 2018, save for the 2014-15 season that the midfielder spent on loan at FC Porto. The Brazilian regularly spoke of his admiration for Ronaldo as a teammate and his status among the very best ever footballers.

Whenever Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who Casemiro played alongside, won the Ballon d’Or crown told in 2018, the Brazilian stated that Ronaldo may have been a worthy winner of that year’s gong.

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Casemiro told Spanish media outlet AS that year: “I think the year Luka has had has been spectacular. [But] I’d give it to Cristiano for everything he achieved last season.” The midfielder also heaped praise on Ronaldo following his memorable overhead kick goal at Juventus in the Champions League in 2018. Ironically, the Portuguese superstar was to join the Italian club later that year.

Casemiro said at the time: “Speaking about Cristiano is… we’re always talking about him and I’ve got something I like to say which is: keep enjoying the best in the world and how he plays the game, because what he does is unbelievable. The wonder goal he scored… he’s the best in the world.

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“We have to keep enjoying his football, his goals, he’s hard work and leadership in the dressing room. The longer he is with us, the better.”

Casemiro, who is also joining his former Madrid teammate Raphael Varane at Old Trafford, is now set to be reunited with Ronaldo at his new club – although it is unclear if the two will ever play together at the club due to the Portuguese star’s uncertain future.

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Rick Astley recreates his ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ video 35 years on

Rick Astley recreates his ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ video 35 years on

Truly incredible

Rick Astley has recreated the music video for his enduring anthem ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ 35 years on.

A Number 1 hit in the UK, the United States and dozens of countries around the globe upon its release in July 1987, Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ has become the basis for the “Rickrolling” Internet meme and the pop banger is still as popular as ever today.

Astley has famously performed the song with Foo Fighters on several occasions, and the original ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ video has been watched more than 1.2 billion times on YouTube since it was uploaded 13 years ago.

After the song celebrated its 35th anniversary last month, 56-year-old Rick Astley has now recreated the original video in an advert for the American car insurance company, CSAA Insurance Group.

The parody sees Astley perform in the same outfits he wore in the first video while people from the insurance company dance alongside him.

At the end of the clip, one of the versions of Rick Astley asks his other two incarnations, “Is this still a thing?!”

Watch Rick Astley recreate his ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ video:

And here’s the timeless original video:

Testament to the unstoppable popularity of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, the CSAA Insurance Group advert has been watched 2.4 million times in two days on Twitter. The YouTube clip has more than 700,000 views.

We’ve been Rickrolled!

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The Velvet Underground – ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967)

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The Beatles – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967)

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The Beach Boys – ‘Pet Sounds’ (1966)

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Aretha Franklin – ‘I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You’ (1967)

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Jimi Hendrix – ‘Electric Ladyland’ (1968)

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Johnny Cash – ‘At Folsom Prison’ (1968)

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The Rolling Stones – ‘Let It Bleed’ (1969)

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The Doors – ‘The Doors’ (1967)

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Bob Dylan – ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ (1965)

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Van Morrison – ‘Astral Weeks’ (1968)

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Marvin Gaye – ‘What’s Going On’ (1971)

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Stevie Wonder – ‘Songs In The Key of Life’ (1976)

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The Clash – ‘London Calling’ (1979)

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Eagles – ‘Hotel California’ (1976)

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Pink Floyd – ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ (1973)

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Fleetwood Mac – ‘Rumours’ (1977)

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Joy Division – ‘Unknown Pleasures’ (1979)

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Blondie – ‘Parallel Lines’ (1978)

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David Bowie – ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ (1972)

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The Sex Pistols – ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’ (1977)

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The Human League – ‘Dare!’ (1981)

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Paul Simon – ‘Graceland’ (1986)

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Tracy Chapman – ‘Tracy Chapman’ (1988)

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Kate Bush – ‘Hounds of Love’ (1985)

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The Smiths – ‘The Queen is Dead’ (1986)

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