Halloween night sometime in the 1980s (i’m going to guess 1987). I saw Skinny Puppy live after the East Village parade. The show was at Irving Plaza for the VIVISect tour. They dissected a fake puppy and there was blood all over the room (including my jacket). There was a cheesy opening band that no one ever heard of. Years later I looked at the ticket stub: Nine Inch Nails.
“TV interview with Trent Reznor of Cleveland’s “Exotic Birds” 1985″ – nobodybeatsthewiz
Last week my father called me and said his wife Yoshimi wanted us to all go to see a concert at Irving Plaza (also called the Fillmore). The band was called Vamps and like Yoshimi are from Japan. I had no idea what to expect and was surprised that when we reached the venue the line was around the block reaching Union Square! Most of the people online where Asian or NYU students in their early twenties. The music itself seemed like some sort of very safe rock n roll copy. However, as you can hear by the audio recording these guys have a serious fan following.
I was at Irving Plaza twice before the Vamps concert. The first time was 1988 Halloween night. I went to the West Village Halloween parade with my first girlfriend and after to Irving Plaza to see Skinny Puppy live. There was a cheesy new wave opening band and then Skinny Puppy came on and dissected a fake dog with blood gushing and all. Some of my friends in the front where covered in blood by the time the concert was over. Thinking back it must have been the VIVI Sect VI (iTunes link) tour. Year’s later I looked at my ticket stubs and noticed the name of the opening band: Nine Inch Nails.
The other time I was at Irving Plaza was to see Granddady (iTunes link). I heard them on WFDU 89.1 earlier the same week for the first time and fell in love with the music. I had no idea if they had any fans or not but went by myself to see them play. I was pleasantly surprised to see hundreds of hipsters also knew this band was incredible and it wasn’t too long after that they became very popular. Too bad they broke up because I sure would still be buying their tunes.
I got into an argument with a friend today about how many records Nine Inch Nails have sold to date. He said they were not in the echelon of artists who sold the most mucho wax and plastic. I was surprised to discover he was totally correct. Wikipedia was my teacher as usual. Take a look at this chart:
So besides the fact that Trent and co. are no where to be found on the list there were some interesting surprises. Does anyone know who Alla Pugacheva is? Apparently she is one of Russia’s biggest acts and sits with the the sales numbers of the Madonna, Cher, and Celine Dion. I was also happily surprised to see my fav band Depeche Mode high up on the list in the realm of Genesis, George Michael, Dolly Parton and even the Eagles. Who knew!
So looking at that list is there any band/artist you are shocked to see have sold so many records? Is there anyone you thought were super big time and they are not on the list?