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On January 28, 1981.

On January 28, 1981, “Bearsville” label released “Healing”, the ninth Todd Rundgren studio album. It was recorded in 1980, and was produced by Todd Rundgren.


  • Todd Rundgren – vocals, all instruments, arranger, engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Todd Rundgren.

  1. Healer
  2. Pulse
  3. Flesh
  4. Golden Goose
  5. Compassion
  6. Shine
  7. Healing, Part I
  8. Healing, Part II
  9. Healing, Part III



On January 19, 1982.

On January 19, 1982, “Epitaph Records” label released “How Could Hell Be Any Worse?”, the debut Bad Religion album. It was recorded October–November 1980 and January 1981, at “Track Record Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, Jay Bentley and Pete Finestone.


  • Greg Graffin– vocals
  • Brett Gurewitz– guitars
  • Jay Bentley– bass
  • Pete Finestone- drums
  • Jay Ziskrout- drums
  • Greg Hetson- guitar solo
  • Edward Colver– cover photography
  • Gustave Dore – back cover illustrations

Track listing:

  1. We’re Only Gonna Die – Greg Graffin
  2. Latch Key Kids – Greg Graffin
  3. Part III – Jay Bentley
  4. Faith in God – Greg Graffin
  5. Fuck Armageddon…This Is Hell – Greg Graffin
  6. Pity – Greg Graffin
  7. In the Night – Brett Gurewitz
  8. Damned to Be Free – Greg Graffin
  9. White Trash (2nd Generation) – Brett Gurewitz
  10. American Dream – Brett Gurewitz
  11. Eat Your Dog – Greg Graffin
  12. Voice of God Is Government – Jay Bentley
  13. Oligarchy – Brett Gurewitz
  14. Doing Time – Brett Gurewitz


On January 14, 1982.

On January 14, 1982, “Elektra” label released “Echoes of an Era”, the fifth Chaka Khan album. It was recorded 1981 -1982, at “Mad Hatter Studios”, Los Angeles, and was produced by Lenny White.


  • Chaka Khan- vocals
  • Joe Henderson- tenor saxophone
  • Freddie Hubbard- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Chick Corea- piano
  • Stanley Clarke- acoustic bass
  • Lenny White- drums
  • Bernie Kirsch – sound engineer

Track listing:

  1. Them There Eyes – Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber, William Tracey
  2. All of Me – Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons
  3. I Mean You – Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk
  4. I Loves You Porgy – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward
  5. Take the “A” Train – Billy Strayhorn
  6. I Hear Music – Burton Lane, Frank Loesser
  7. High Wire – The Aerialist – Chick Corea, Tony Cohen
  8. All of Me (Alternate take) – Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons
  9. Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most – Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf

On December 27, 1981.

On December 27, 1981, Hoagland Howard “Hoagy”  Carmichael  died aged 82. He was composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. Carmichael composed several hundred songs, including fifty that achieved hit record status. His best known songs are four among the most-recorded American songs of all time: “Stardust”, “Georgia on My Mind” (lyrics by Stuart Gorrell), “The Nearness of You”, and “Heart and Soul” (lyrics by Frank Loesser). His song “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” (lyrics by Johnny Mercer, won the “Academy Award for Best Original Song” in 1951. Carmichael’s songs were performed by many famous musicians including Sidney Arodin, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Bix Beiderbecke, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Helen Forrest, Harry James, Spike Jones, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer, Glenn Miller, Dinah Shore, Jack Teagarden and Paul Whiteman.

On December 5, 1981.

On December 5, 1981, “SST” label released “Damaged”, the debut Black Flag studio album. It was recorded in August 1981, at “Unicorn Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Spot, Henry Rollins, Greg Ginn, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Robo. In 2003, the album was ranked at number 340 on “Rolling Stone’s” magazine list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.


  • Henry Rollins– lead vocals
  • Greg Ginn– lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Dez Cadena– rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Chuck Dukowski– bass, backing vocals
  • Robo– drums, backing vocals
  • Steve “Mugger” Corbin – backing vocals
  • Spot– engineer
  • Francis Buckley – engineer, mixer
  • Chuck Vogt – additional engineer
  • Ed Colver– artwork

Track listing:

All tracks by Greg Ginn, except where noted.

  1. Rise Above
  2. Spray Paint – Chuck Dukowski, Greg Ginn
  3. Six Pack
  4. What I See – Charles Dukowski
  5. TV Party
  6. Thirsty and Miserable – Dez Cadena, Rosa Medea, Robo
  7. Police Story
  8. Gimme Gimme Gimme
  9. Depression
  10. Room 13 – Greg Ginn, Rosa Medea
  11. No More – Charles Dukowski
  12. Padded Cell – Charles Dukowski, Greg Ginn
  13. Life of Pain
  14. Damaged I – Greg Ginn, Henry Rollins


In November 1982.

In November 1982, “Arista” label released “Run for the Roses”, the fourth Jerry Garcia solo album. It was recorded September – December 1981, and was produced by Jerry Garcia and John Kahn.


  • Jerry Garcia– vocals, guitar
  • John Kahn– bass, fretless bass, synthesizer, piano, clavinet, guitar
  • Ron Tutt– drums, percussion
  • Melvin Seals, Merl Saunders– organ
  • James Warren, Michael O’Martian – piano, clavinet
  • Michael Neuman – trumpet
  • Liz Stires, Julie Stafford – vocals
  • Betty Cantor-Jackson, Ron Malo – engineer
  • Bob Matthews – mixing
  • George Horn – mastering
  • Victor Moscoso – artwork

Track listing:

  1. Run For The Roses – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  2. I Saw Her Standing There – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  3. Without Love – Clyde McPhatter
  4. Midnight Getaway – Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Robert Hunter
  5. Leave The Little Girl Alone – John Kahn, Robert Hunter
  6. Valerie – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  7. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan


On November 13, 1981.

On November 13, 1981, “RCA” label; released “Till Deaf Do Us Part”, the tenth Slade studio album. It was recorded in 1981, at “Portland Studios”, and was produced by Noddy Holder, Jim Lea, Dave Hill and Don Powell.


  • Noddy Holder- lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Jim Lea- bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Hill- lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Don Powell– drums
  • Andy Miller – assistant producer, engineer
  • George “Porky” Peckham – engineer
  • Mark O’Donoughue – tape operator

Track listing:

All tracks by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, except where noted.

  1. Rock and Roll Preacher (Hallelujah I’m on Fire)
  2. Look Up Your Daughters
  3. Till Deaf Do Us Part
  4. Ruby Red
  5. She Brings Out the Devil in Me
  6. A Night to Remember
  7. M’Hat M’Coat – Dave Hill
  8. It’s Your Body not Your Mind
  9. Let the Rock Roll out of Control
  10. That Was no Lady that Was My Wife
  11. Knuckle Sandwich Nancy
  12. Till Deaf Resurrected