Zappagram #86: What do you get the person who already has everything?

In other words, happy birthday, Taylor Swift!

Zappagram #86: What do you get the person who already has everything?

Hey friends,

In last week’s poll, I asked if any of you are fans of the band Paramore. You can see the results below (it’s about half and half split.) I asked because I just don’t get the rabid attraction to this band, and I do mean rabid. I made the mistake of commenting on a Stereogum post on Instagram and asking if anyone could explain the band to me because I just don’t get them. You’d have thought I insulted the band, which I certainly did not, but that didn’t stop Paramore fans from attacking me as if I had personally slapped all their mothers in the face. Sheesh.

From this experience, I learned that they may not be the band for me, and I might not see what’s so special about them, but they certainly have a doggedly loyal fanbase that, dare I say, might even come close to rivaling Swifties. I’m not sure if that’s a stretch or not. I think their dedication is as strong, though perhaps they don’t have the numbers that Taylor has.


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—Taylor Swift







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- DEC 12 -

Birthdays: Frank Sinatra (1915) • Dionne Warwick (1940) • Grover Washington Jr. and Dicky Betts of The Allman Brothers Band (1943) • Rob Tyner of MC5 (1944) • Guitarist & founding member of Steely Dan, Denny Dias (1946) • Sheila E. (1959) • Dan Hawkins of The Darkness (1976) • The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison at the Warehouse in New Orleans. (1970)

- DEC 13 -

Birthdays: American session musician Chuck Findley (1947) • Jeff “Skunk:” Baxter (1948) • Tom Verlaine of Television (1949) • Tom Delonge of Blink 182 (1975) • Amy Lee of Evanescence (1981) • Taylor Swift (1989) • Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “The Way It Is.” (1986)

- DEC 14 -

Birthdays: Cliff Williams of AC/DC (1949) • Peter 'Spider' Stacy of The Pogues (1958) • Mike Scott of The Waterboys (1958) • Beth Orton (1970) • The Clash released their third studio album London Calling. (1979) • Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon. 30,000 gathered outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, while nearly 100,000 attended a memorial in New York's Central Park. (1980) • Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun died, aged 83. (2006)

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Birthdays: Legendary producer & A&R scout John Hammond (1910) • Max Yasgur, owner of the farm where the 1969 Woodstock festival was held (1919) • American DJ Alan Freed (1921) • Carmine Appice, drummer of Vanilla Fudge (1946) • Paul Simonon, bassist with The Clash (1955) • American multi-instrumentalist Tim Reynolds (1957) • Alana Haim (1991) • “Do They Know It's Christmas?” by Band Aid entered the charts at #1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. (1984)

- DEC 16 -

Birthdays: Robben Ford (1951) • Steven Irvine, drummer for Lloyd Cole And The Commotions (1959) • Frank Zappa's film 200 Motels opened at London's Piccadilly Classic Cinema in the UK. The film, which also featured Ringo Star, covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town of Centerville. (1971) • MTV aired Nirvana's Unplugged session for the first time. (1993) • Dan Fogelberg died at his home in Maine at the age of 56. (2007)

- DEC 17 -

Birthdays: Art Neville (1937) • Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations (1939) • Paul Butterfield (1942) • Drummer Jim Hodder (1947) • Paul Rodgers (1949) • Mike Mills of R.E.M. (1958) • Bob Stinson of The Replacements (1959) • Micky Quinn of Supergrass (1969) • Taylor York of Paramore (1989) • David Bowie released his fourth album Hunky Dory. (1971) • Captain Beefheart died, aged 69, from complications from multiple sclerosis. (2010)

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