Released on August 23, 1988.

Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. August 23rd is one.

  • 1946

    August 23, 1946: Keith John Moon is born northwest London. With The Who, he would go on to become the greatest rock drummer of his era (sorry, John Bonham) and one of the greatest drummers of all time. Check out some classic shots of Moonie here, then watch one of my fave performances of his below.

  • 1961

    August 23, 1961: Dean DeLeo, guitarist for Stone Temple Pilots, is born. While not the flashiest guitarist of the grunge era, DeLeo’s songwriting and chord voicings are second-to-none and helped give STP the unique sound that set them apart from their ’90s contemporaries. Listen to the isolated guitar track from “Plush” and you’ll hear what I’m saying.

  • 1988

    August 23, 1988: Jane’s Addiction debut with Nothing’s Shocking. OK, technically, their self-tiled live album released on Triple X Records in 1987 was their debut. But Nothing’s Shocking is their actual, major-label debut, and it’s the album that gave us “Jane Says,” “Mountain Song,” “Had a Dad,” “Summertime Rolls,” and “Ocean Size.”

    Jane's Addiction 'Nothing's Shocking'

  • 1997

    August 23, 1997: Radiohead headlines Harborlights on their OK Computer Tour. Teenage Fanclub and The Dandy Warhols opened. I was there, and it was peak late-’90s alternative vibes. I didn’t take any pics because it was 1997 and I didn’t yet have a magic light box in my pocket that allowed me to make phone calls and take pictures and all that other junk. But I do have the setlist, and it was pretty good.

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