I remember reading album reviews and constantly seeing mention of something called "C86." For a long time, it was a complete mystery to me and I just kind of glossed over it like many of the names haphazardly dropped in music criticism. Eventually I came to my senses, hopped on that site, uhhh, Google, and discovered an amazing time in British indie rock.
C86 was a legendary cassette compilation put out by British magazine NME in, get this, 1986. It collected all of the up and coming bands on the scene during that time, some of which would prove to be highly influential. Their sound was characterized by jangly guitars and power-pop melodies, and what legendary radio DJ John Peel referred to as "shambly."
Just this past week, Radiohead released The King of Limbs.
In a recent article on NME.com, there are rumors that the band might be hinting at releasing even newer material. This all comes from fan speculation, but it might hold some water.
The last track on the album, "Separator," is leaving a lasting impression on fans, who feel that the title might be suggesting a companion album to connect the two.
NME writes, "Other theories point towards orders for The King of Limbs being numbered 'TKOL1.' Some fans are suggesting this could mean a 'TKOL2' release for the near future."
Of course, these are all just rumors and speculations. The thing is, Radiohead is capable of handling their music any way they'd like. So, this isn't that out of the ordinary.
Rapper Kid CuDi has found himself trapped on the downward slope of the rollercoaster that is his musical career, and it hasn’t even been six months since he dropped his highly anticipated first album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. In his most recent bout of misfortunes, the Cleveland emcee, his entourage, and several members of Britain’s NME magazine were held at gunpoint by the LAPD in transit after a photo shoot. The group was pulled over on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles where police officers surrounded the convoy with guns at the ready demanding their targets to, “keep your hands visible!” The entire group was then ordered to exit the vehicles and kneel on the ground where they were then put in handcuffs. However, after several moments of tense inquiry, every member of the group was released as the police realized they had detained the wrong party.
When I first brought the news that a subversive, independent facebook campaign was gaining headway in their effort to overthrow a single by Joe McElderry, winner of Britain’s The X Factor, as number one Christmas single in the U.K. pop charts with a Rage Against the Machine song from 1992, I had strong reservations as to whether they would actually succeed in their mission. As the U.K. pop charts closed on Sunday and I heavy-heartedly checked the NME website, who had been covering the battle extensively, my reaction was the same as that of “Rage Against the Machine for Christmas No 1” creator/moderator Jon Morter, as well as many others who had been following the campaign, “F--- me, I can’t believe it’s Number One!”
The U.K. pop charts typically maintain only a slightly noticeable influence on the U.S. charts, but the latest developments in a war for “Number One Christmas single” have top chart watchers highly interested, if not sufficiently entertained. A recent facebook campaign to put Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing in the Name” single above Britain’s The X-Factor reality show winner Joe McElderry’s “The Climb” has seen unprecedented success thus far. As of the December 15 chart statistics, the RATM song from 1992 was downloaded over 65,000 times more than McElderry’s Miley Cyrus cover, although “the Climb” is scheduled for official sale release as of today. British bookies, Ladbrokes, have officially given favor to the RATM song giving odds of 8:11 that it will be Number One when the Christmas singles charts closes on Sunday, December 20.