On this day in 1972, Roxy Music released their glorious self-titled debut album. Roxy Music would go on to be one of the most popular art rock bands of all time, influencing countless artists such as Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Duran Duran and Radiohead. The band was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, after more than twenty years of eligibility.
One of my all-time favorite musicals, Grease, was released on this day in 1978. It’s one of the first movies I distinctly remember seeing in the theater, and I was enraptured. The rest of the world was, too – the movie would become the year’s box office champ, and the film’s soundtrack album would go on to sell about 38 million copies worldwide. Several years ago, my friend Jen took me to a Grease sing-along for my birthday, and it was one of my favorite movie experiences ever. Grease is still the word, my friends.
On this day in 1995, Batman Forever was released. The film earned a then-record $52.8 million in its opening weekend. While Forever is certainly not the best film in the series, it’s also not the worst (that’d be Batman & Robin). The soundtrack – featuring artists like U2, Seal, PJ Harvey, Method Man, Massive Attack and Nick Cave – still slaps.
Happy birthday, Laurie Metcalf! One of the best character actors of the past four decades, Metcalf got her start in the theater and was a charter member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She made her film debut in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan (a personal favorite of mine) and was introduced to mainstream audiences in 1988 with her role as Jackie in Roseanne. She is the winner of three Emmys and two Tonys, and was nominated for her first Academy Award (FINALLY) for 2017’s Lady Bird (she lost to I, Tonya‘s Allison Janney, and if there was ever a better time for a two-way Oscar tie, I can’t think of it). She also provided the voice of Andy’s mom in the Toy Story films.
Today would have been Tupac Shakur’s 50th birthday.