King Mud – Victory Model Sessions (Epic 2017 #144)

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King Mud – Victory Motel Sessions (2016)

King Mud features Van Campbell from the Black Diamond Heavies, Freddy J from the Left Lane Cruiser, and Parker Griggs from Radio Moscow. Early in 2016 they brought their musical talents together in L.A. at a studio near the Victory Motel, where the album got its name.

Victory Motel Sessions is overflowing with impressive guitar riffs full of soul. “Rat Time,” the first track, gets the album revved up with notes of inspiration from ZZ Top. The following track, “Smoked All My Bud,” screams gritty blues rock.

The Killers – Hot Fuss (Epic 2017 #142)

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The Killers – Hot Fuss (2004)

The Killers’ debut studio album, released on June 7, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004 in the USA. Hot Fuss produced several commercially and critically successful singles: “Mr. Brightside”, “Somebody Told Me”, “All These Things That I’ve Done” and “Smile Like You Mean It”.

The album reached number seven on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the UK Albums Chart. And as of December 2012, had sold more than seven million copies worldwide, including more than three million in the United States and more than two million in the UK, where it has been certified seven-times platinum. It has also been certified platinum or multi-platinum in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.

The album and its first three singles went on to garner five Grammy Award nominations. Rolling Stone ranked Hot Fuss the 43rd of its “100 Best Albums of the Decade”, and it is one of the five most recent recordings listed among the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Gigwise readers voted it the number-one “Best Debut Album of All Time” in 2013 and Rolling Stone ranked it the 33rd of its list of “The 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time”

Katrina & the Waves (Epic 2017 #139)

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Katrina & The Waves (1985)

Infamous now for taking the UK to the winning slot in the 1997 Eurovision song contest with ‘Love shine a light’, Katrina & the Waves formed back in 1981.

Their biggest commercial success came with this, their third studio album, released in 1985. The majority of tracks were re-mixed and overdubbed versions of songs that had appeared on their first two albums, but “Walking on Sunshine” and “Going Down to Liverpool” were entirely re-recorded versions of songs from their first independently released album.

‘Walking on Sunshine’ became an overnight international success on it’s re-release, but it was originally written by Kimberley Rew for Katrina and the Waves’ 1983 eponymous debut album. The re-recorded version was the second single from the self-titled third album, reaching No.4 in Australia, No.9 in the United States, and No.8 in the United Kingdom. It was the Waves’ first US top 40 hit, and their biggest success in the United Kingdom until “Love Shine a Light” in 1997.

Royalties from airplay and advertisements of “Walking on Sunshine” have been extremely high. Katrina and the Waves kept the publishing rights and the royalties that typically go to the songwriter have been divided among the band members. Estimates are that the song has earned at least $1 million per year for the ten years ending in 2010. According to a former employee of EMI, “Walking on Sunshine was the crown jewel in EMI’s catalog,” and that it was one of EMI’s biggest earners from advertisers.

In August 2015, the song was acquired by BMG Rights Management for £10 million, along with all the other songs written by Kimberley Rew and Katrina and the Waves.

Kasabian (Epic 2017 #138)

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Kasabian (2004)

Kasabian’s self-titled debut, released on 6 September 2004 spawned four singles; ‘Club Foot’, ‘Processed Beats’, ‘Reason is Treason’, and ‘Cutt Off’. The highest chart position on the UK Album Chart was number 4.

Different geographical regions had different colours for their album cover. The British version is black and white, the European import is black and red, and the American version is black and blue. The Japanese “Ultimate Version” is silver and white. The UK limited edition version is a double-sided DualDisc and has a glow-in-the-dark cover. The DVD element contains a making-of documentary and several music videos.