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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 03:33 pm
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9/11 was of course a Tuesday, meaning that albums were released that day.  I was curious so I took a look last night at what dropped on that day.  It's actually pretty interesting.

By far the two most famous albums from that day, one for good reasons and one for bad, were "The Blueprint" by Jay-Z and "Glitter" by Mariah Carey.

"The Blueprint" was critically acclaimed and sold a whopping 427,000 copies its first week, which is really something considering what was going on that week.  It's still largely considered to be a hip hop masterpiece.  It's also known as Kanye West's breakout as a major producer, as he was relatively unknown at the time.  So 9/11 was horrible for two reasons.   

On the other end, the "Glitter" soundtrack (and movie) was a huge flop and basically the end of Carey's career as a major pop star.   Carey was in a tailspin even before the realease of the album, showing up on TLR in July to promote the album while completely drunk or high, after which she innovated the "extreme exhaustion" excuse as a reason to be hospitalized (and/or disappear in rehab).  Carey actually had the nerve to blame 9/11 for the poor album sales.   

Then you have the albums released that are eerie in retrospect.  Slayer released their 9th studio album "God Hates Us All" on that day, a title that took on new meaning.  The album was supposed to come out in July but the mixing was a mess and there was controversy over the original album cover, causing a 2-month delay. 

Speaking of album covers, Dream Theater released "Live Scenes from New York", an album recorded live at Roseland Ballroom, which featured an album cover of the Twin Towers encircled in flame.  The album was in stores for maybe 30 minutes before the real Towers were on fire, so as everyone dealt with 9/11, executives at Elektra Records spent that day and the next desperately trying to recall all copies.  It was re-released with a new album cover a few weeks later.

They Might Be Giants had an album release party at Tower Records in Manhattan for "Mink Car" that started exactly at midnight on 9/11, and party-goers had barely gotten home by the time the first plane hit.  The album was relegated to obscurity.

Motorhead re-released a remastered version of "Another Perfect Day" from 1983 on 9/11, which is significant mostly because Motorhead completely ignored the album before that, but after the re-release they started to play songs from it live in concert for the first time.  It's their only studio album to feature Brian "Robbo" Robertson of Thin Lizzy on guitar, replacing Fast Eddie Clarke.  The title of this album also became ironically significant due to the events of 9/11 and what a beautiful day it was.

Last edited on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 03:33 pm by srossi

This thread was great before AA ruined it.