100: October 3, 2000
RADIOHEAD RELEASE KID A: Spontaneously, guitar fans everywhere begin weeping.
99: December 11, 1965
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND PLAY THEIR FIRST SHOW: Giving birth to the sound of alternative rock.
98: April 13, 1963
THE KINGSMEN RECORD "LOUIE LOUIE": When it becomes a hit, everone assumes singer Jack Ely's incomprehensible mumbling masks obscenity, causing the first panic over dirty lyrics.
97: November 23, 1936
ROBERT JOHNSON'S FIRST RECORDING SESSION: The king of delta blues singers hooks up with the devil, provides Rosetta Stone for rock pioneers including Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.
96: December 14, 1977
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER DEBUTS IN NEW YORK: Prompting the inexorable march of polyester suits and disco into the suburbs-and throughout the world.
95: August 21, 1966
THE DOORS PERFORM "THE END" AT L.A.'S WHISKY A GO GO: Jim Morrison's II-minute-plus nightmare about Oedipal desire, snakes and ancient lakes cements the Doors' Dionysian rep-and earns them a permanent ban from the club.
94: Febuary 1, 2004
"NIPPLEGATE": The most Infamous Super Bowl Halftime Ever deep-sixes Janet Jackson's career and ushers in a brave new era of "decency".
93: June 30, 1989
DO THE RIGHT THING HITS THEATERS: Introducing Public Enemy's righteould rage to the world at large, Spike Lee's breakout film practically doubled as a music video for "Fight the Power", which is heard no less than 15 times in the movie.
92: January 31, 1955
RCA DEMONSTRATES FIRST SYNTHESIEZER: The room-size machine capable of generating and shaping sounds makes Abbey Road, dance music, keytars and Madonna possible.
91: September 8, 1965
CLASSIFIED AD RUNS TO FORM MONKEES: The first fictional band was born, presaging Josie and the Pussycats, Gorillaz, and the current incarnation of Guns N' Roses.
90: June 18, 1988
DEPECHE MODE SELL OUT THE ROSE BOWL: About 80,000 goths pack the So-Cal stadium-and synth-rock gets its stamp on legitimacy.
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