The Decemberists – Castaways & Cutouts (The ’59) #273

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The Decemberists – Castaways & Cutouts (2002)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today ends year 44 – 2002. 2003 tomorrow.

Castaways and Cutouts was the first full-length album by The Decemberists, originally released on May 21, 2002, on Hush Records and reissued on May 6, 2003, on Kill Rock Stars. The album’s title is taken from a lyric of the song “California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade” featured on the album and in the YouTube clip below.

The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend (now wife) of frontman Colin Meloy. She has created artwork for each of the band’s albums.

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Maroon 5 – Songs about Jane (The ’59) #272

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Maroon 5 – Songs about Jane (2002)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 44 – 2002

Songs About Jane was the debut studio album by Maroon 5, released on June 25, 2002 by Octone and J Records.

The album became a sleeper hit with the help of five singles that attained chart success, including “Harder to Breathe” and international hits “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved”.

Songs about Jane was re-released and re-titled “A Few Songs About Jane” on October 14, 2003, becoming a huge international success. It topped the album charts in Australia, France, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the UK, and reached the top 10 in 17 other countries. At the end of 2004, the album reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 chart.

Audioslave (The ’59) #271

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Audioslave (2002)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 44 – 2002

Audioslave’s self title debut  was released on November 19, 2002, by Epic Records and Interscope Records.

The album features the hit singles “Cochise”, “Show Me How to Live”, “What You Are”, “Like a Stone”, and “I Am the Highway”.

“Like a Stone” was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Sadly, Audioslave’s frontman and lead singer – Chris Cornell – lost a life-long battle with depression in May 2017.

Johnny Cash – American IV (The ’59) #270

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Johnny Cash – American IV (2002)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 44 – 2002.

American IV: The Man Comes Around is the 87th studio album by Johnny Cash. Released in 2002, it is the fourth in Cash’s “American” series of albums.

The majority of songs are covers which Cash performs in his own sparse style, with help from producer Rick Rubin. For the Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus” cover, Rubin asked then-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore’s song, which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style. He receives backing vocal assistance from various artists, including Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, and Don Henley.

American IV was the final album Johnny Cash released during his lifetime. It was also his first non-compilation album to go gold (selling over 500,000 copies) in thirty years. Additionally, the album won “Album of the Year” award at the 2003 CMA Awards. It was certified gold on March 24, 2003 and platinum on November 21, 2003 by the R.I.A.A.

Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the deaf (The ’59) #269

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Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the deaf (2002)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 44 – 2002.

Songs for the Deaf was the third studio album from Queens of the Stone Age, released on August 27, 2002 through Interscope Records. The album features Foo Fighters and former Nirvana member Dave Grohl on drums and was the last studio album to feature Nick Oliveri on bass.

Like their other albums, it has a large number of guest musicians, a signature of the band’s releases. Three songs from the album; “No One Knows”, “Go with the Flow” and “First It Giveth” were released as singles.

Underworld – A hundred days off (The ’59) #268

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Underworld – A hundred days off (2002)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 44 – 2002.

A Hundred Days Off was Underworld’s sixth, released in September 2002.

It produced two UK Singles Chart entries: “Two Months Off”, which reached no. 12 and “Dinosaur Adventure 3D”, which reached no. 34.

Although this was the first album since Darren Emerson’s departure from the group in 2001, the album is not a huge stylistic makeover as the main focus of the band is still trance, techno and house, although without the beats that defined 1999’s ‘Beaucoup Fish’.

Generally positive reviews from music critics followed its release. NME gave it 8/10 describing it as…

Their best album since their Dubnobasswithmyheadman debut, Karl and Rick have pulled off a comeback in fine style and laid some demons to rest. Underworld prove that you’re only as old as the technology you use”.

Stateside, Rolling Stone gave the album 3 out of 5 stars saying that…

The beauty of A Hundred Days Off is that it pumps and churns so suggestively; it somehow evokes the blues of the otherwise successful modern man, who goes out every night and dances alone in his head.

‘A Hundred Days Off’ rose to No.16 on the UK Albums Charts and No. 122 on the US Billboard 200.

No Doubt – Rock Steady (The ’59) #267

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No Doubt – Rock Steady (2001)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 43 – 2001.

Rock Steady – No Doubt’s fifth studio album – was released on December 11, 2001, by Interscope Records.

The band began writing the album with initial recording sessions in Los Angeles and San Francisco, then traveled to London and Jamaica to work with various performers, songwriters, and producers. Sly & Robbie, The Neptunes, and William Orbit were among the many artists the band collaborated with on it.

As a result of these collaborations, Rock Steady touches on many musical styles, focusing on electropop, dancehall, and new wave. The band attempted to capture the vibe of Jamaican dancehall music, and experimented with writing songs without its standard instrumentation. Singer Gwen Stefani wrote her lyrics quickly in comparison to previous records, and dealt with topics ranging from partying to ruminations on her relationship with Gavin Rossdale.

Rock Steady received mostly positive reviews from critics, and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

Four singles were released from it, two of which won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Rolling Stone ranked Rock Steady number 316 on its 2003 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.