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On this day in music history: March 8, 1994 - “The Downward Spiral”, the second studio album by Nine Inch Nails is released. Produced by Trent Reznor and Flood, it is recorded at Le Pig in Beverly Hills, CA, The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, and A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA from Mid - Late 1993. Following Nine Inch Nails successful stint on the first Lollapalooza Tour in 1991, Trent Reznor will begin writing material NIN’s second full length release. Having gone through a long and ardous battle to extricate himself from his former label TVT Records as well as struggling with drug addiction, Reznor will channel his emotions and raw, aggressive energy of the band’s live performances into the new material. The follow up to the Double Platinum selling EP “Broken”, “Spiral” is a concept piece chronicling the “downward spiral” of a man, ending with his attempt at suicide. Part of the recording will take place in the home (10050 Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA) that actress Sharon Tate and four others are murdered by the Manson Family in August of 1969. Not long after Reznor moves out of the residence, it will be demolished and a new home is built on the site. Reznor will keep the front door from the house as a souvenir. Spinning off two singles including “The March Of The Pigs” and “Closer”, it will be a commercial and artistic triumph, not only becoming Nine Inch Nails most successful release, but will also be regarded as a landmark Industrial Rock album. “The Downward Spiral” will debut at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: January 27, 1984 - “Milk And Honey” by John Lennon & Yoko Ono is released. Produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, it is recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City in August - September 1980 and Late 1983. Lennon’s tracks were recorded during the sessions for “Double Fantasy” in the Summer and Fall of 1980 and were intended for the follow up release in 1981. The project is shelved after Lennon’s death, but will be revived after Ono severs ties with Geffen Records, signing with Polydor Records. Lennon’s songs are comprised of rehearsal recordings and early takes that are polished up during post production. Ono’s songs are new recordings completed in 1983 during preparation for the album’s release. It will spin off three singles including “I’m Stepping Out” (#55 Pop), “Borrowed Time”, and “Nobody Told Me” (#5 Pop), the latter of which had been written by Lennon with the intention of giving it to Ringo Starr to record. “Milk And Honey” will peak at #11 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: January 27, 2004 - “Join The Dots: B-sides & Rarities 1978 -2001 (The Fiction Years)” by The Cure is released (UK release is on January 26, 2004). Produced by The Cure, Robert Smith, Chris Parry, Phil Thornalley, Dave M. Allen, Steve Nye, Mike Hedges, and Paul Corkett, it is recorded at Various Studios from 1978 - 2001. The seventy track, 4 CD box set is a compilation of non-LP B-sides, other rare tracks and previously unreleased remixes by the band recorded between 1978 and 2001. The set will also include a booklet featuring commentary on each track by band leader Robert Smith as well as an overview of the band’s history up until the time of the compilation’s release. “Join The Dots: B-sides & Rarities 1978 -2001 (The Fiction Years)” will peak at #98 on the UK album chart and #106 on the Billboard Top 200.

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