By DYLAN BROWN
Fifty years ago this month, the times were changing and this guy asked mothers and fathers throughout the land to make sure they didn’t criticize what they can’t understand.
“Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command,” sang the man.
But worrying about their children’s encroaching deafness from whatever it was they were listening to, parents for the next five decades expressly ignored the man’s request.
That racket has evolved since Bob Dylan’s 1964 album “The Times They Are A-Changin,’ ” but each decade has always been hard on its respective parents’ eardrums.
While crooner and Princess Leia’s father Eddie Fisher topped the pop charts with “Oh My Papa,” Johnny (Guitar) Watson was showing the world exactly where feedback and a little reverb could take rock ‘n’ roll on “Space Guitar.”
The times were about to change drastically Feb. 9 with the Beatles ready to take the “Ed Sullivan Show” by storm, but just before the mania, Tacoma surf-rockers the Ventures were “Out of Limits” and Etta James said “Something’s Gotta Hold On …”
The No. 1 song in the country proved “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” (Croce), Gordon Lightfoot allowed the rest of the world to watch his “Sundown” and Joni Mitchell asked for the world to “Help Me.”
“Thriller” dominated the charts with seven Top 10 singles, including “Billie Jean,” despite Michael Jackson’s burned scalp Pepsi commercial disaster Jan. 27. Elsewhere, a relatively unknown band named Bon Jovi exposed the world to their self-titled debut headlined by “Runaway.” Thankfully, Prince would save the day a few long months later with “Purple Rain.”
With grunge giving way to punk-revival on Feb. 1 with Green Day’s “Longview,” a depressed Alice in Chains walked into a London recording studio and recorded “Jar of Flies,” the first EP ever to crest the Billboard charts, and its January hit “No Excuses.”
On the eve of Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl halftime show, the Black Keys found themselves in obscurity singing the blues like “How Love Will Travel.” Modest Mouse had finished its album “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” which was set for release that April.
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