Category: Milestones

Milestones: R.E.M. turns 30 today; band made live debut April 5, 1980, at St. Mary’s Church

Milestones: R.E.M. turns 30 today; band made live debut April 5, 1980, at St. Mary’s Church

Thirty years ago today, R.E.M. played its first-ever concert — reportedly billed as Twisted Kites — performing to several hundred friends and Athens townsfolk at a birthday party inside St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Milestones: Depeche Mode’s classic ‘Violator’ released exactly 20 years ago today

Milestones: Depeche Mode’s classic ‘Violator’ released exactly 20 years ago today

In this installment of Milestones, we look at Depeche Mode’s classic ‘Violator,’ released exactly 20 years ago today. The record found the band at its commercial and artistic peak, and even sparked a near-riot in Los Angeles when the band showed up for an autograph session.

Milestones: Depeche Mode’s ‘101’ live double album released 21 years ago this week

Milestones: Depeche Mode’s ‘101’ live double album released 21 years ago this week

Depeche Mode’s live double album ‘101,’ recorded at the band’s massive Rose Bowl concert in 1988, was released 21 years ago this week. To mark the occasion, we look back, and offer up clips from the accompanying ‘101’ film.

Milestones: Minutemen, Black Flag recorded ‘Minuteflag’ EP 25 years ago this week

Milestones: Minutemen, Black Flag recorded ‘Minuteflag’ EP 25 years ago this week

The four-track ‘Minuteflag’ EP was recorded 25 years ago this week as a one-off jam by the members of Black Flag and the Minutemen, but not released until a year later following the death of the latter band’s D. Boon.

Milestones: The Smiths’ ‘Meat is Murder’ released 25 years ago today

Milestones: The Smiths’ ‘Meat is Murder’ released 25 years ago today

The Smiths’ classic second album, ‘Meat is Murder,’ was released Feb. 14, 1985 — exactly 25 years ago today. To mark the occasion, we’ve assembled live video of nearly every track on the album (“Well I Wonder” being the missing link).

Milestones: New Order’s ‘Technique,’ flavored by Ibiza, released 21 years ago today

Milestones: New Order’s ‘Technique,’ flavored by Ibiza, released 21 years ago today

Revered as an iconic singles band, New Order delivered, with its fifth album “Technique,” what now holds up — alongside 1985’s “Low-Life” — as its strongest front-to-back effort. The album was released on this date in 1989.

Milestones: Remembering INXS’s Michael Hutchence on his 50th birthday

Milestones: Remembering INXS’s Michael Hutchence on his 50th birthday

Tweet Today we launch a new feature called Milestones — which looks back at important events or releases in the ’80s college-rock pantheon — with […]