Honky Château is the fifth studio album by English musician Elton John. It was released May 19,1972, and was titled after the 18th century French chateau where it was recorded, Château d’Hérouville. The album reached number one in the US, the first of seven consecutive US number one albums for Elton John.
In 2012, the album was ranked number 359 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was certified gold in July 1972 and platinum in October 1995 by the RIAA. This was the final Elton John album on the Uni label in the US and Canada before MCA consolidated all of its various labels under the MCA brand. This and John’s earlier Uni albums were later reissued on MCA Records.
Two singles were released worldwide from Honky Château, “Rocket Man” and “Honky Cat.” A third single, “Hercules,” was prepared for release, but this never materialised.
“Honky Cat” – 5:13
“Mellow” – 5:32
“I Think I’m Going to Kill Myself” – 3:35
“Susie (Dramas)” – 3:25
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” – 4:45
“Salvation” – 3:58
“Slave” – 4:22
“Amy” – 4:03
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – 5:00
“Hercules” – 5:20
“Slave” (Alternate take) – 2:53
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Here and There, released April 30,1976, is a live album by British singer-songwriter Elton John; it is his fourteenth official album release. The title refers to the two concerts represented on the album: “Here” is a concert recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London May 18, 1974; “There” is a concert recorded at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974.
“Skyline Pigeon” – 5:41
“Border Song” – 3:27
“Take Me to the Pilot” – 4:33
“Country Comfort” – 6:44
“Love Song” (with Lesley Duncan) – 5:03
“Bad Side of the Moon” – 7:54
“Burn Down the Mission” – 8:25
“Honky Cat” – 7:04
“Crocodile Rock” – 4:08
“Candle in the Wind” – 3:57
“Your Song” – 3:56
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” – 7:09
“Funeral for a Friend” / “Love Lies Bleeding” – 11:53
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” – 5:03
“Take Me to the Pilot” – 6:00
“Bennie and the Jets” – 5:59
“Grey Seal” – 5:27
“Daniel” – 4:06
“You’re So Static” – 4:32
“Whatever Gets You thru the Night” (with John Lennon) – 4:40
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (with John Lennon) – 6:15
“I Saw Her Standing There” (with John Lennon) – 3:17
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – 5:57
“Your Song” – 3:58
“The Bitch Is Back” – 4:23
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Scissor Sisters is an American pop/rock band formed in 2001. Forged in the “gay nightlife scene of New York”, the band took its name from the female same-sex sexual activity tribadism. Its members include Jake Shears and Ana Matronic as vocalists, Babydaddy as multi-instrumentalist, Del Marquis as lead guitar/bassist, and Del Marquis (who replaced Paddy Boom) as drummer. Scissor Sisters incorporates diverse and eclectic styles in their music, but tends to sway towards pop rock, glam rock, nu-disco, and electroclash.
The band came to prominence following the release of their Grammy-nominated and chart-topping disco version of “Comfortably Numb” and subsequent debut album Scissor Sisters (2004). The album was a success, particularly in the UK where it reached number one, was the best-selling album of 2004, was later certified platinum by the BPI, and accrued them three BRIT Awards in 2005. All five of its singles reached positions within the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart while “Filthy/Gorgeous” scored the band their first number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs, despite the album’s meager success in their native US.
The album continued its success in countries around Europe, in Australia and in Canada before the release of the band’s second studio album Ta-Dah (2006), their second consecutive UK number one album which produced their first UK number one single “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'”. Their third studio album Night Work (2010) displayed a shift towards a more club-oriented sound, charting at number two on the UK Albums Chart, number one on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and in the top 10 of several international territories. The band released their fourth studio album Magic Hour in May 2012.
Scissor Sisters has performed around the world and have become recognized for their controversial and transgressive live performances. They also collaborated with a number of other well-known pop musicians, including Elton John and Kylie Minogue; these particular collaborations have been received positively by both critics and other notable figures. In 2004, Bono, lead vocalist of rock band U2, described Scissor Sisters as “the best pop group in the world”. They have also collaborated with Global Cool in 2007 on one of their green lifestyle campaigns.