The New Radicals were an American rock band in the late 1990s,
centered on front man Gregg Alexander, who wrote and produced all of
their songs and was the sole constant member. They released only one
album, 1998's Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, a pop rock album
heavily influenced by the funk, rock and soul of the 1970s,
containing—amongst radio-friendly modern rock tracks and love
songs—strong criticism of Corporate America. The band is best known
for their debut single "You Get What You Give", which became a top 5
hit in the United Kingdom and whose celebrity-dissing lyrics at the
end of the song provided a minor media spectacle. Tired of touring and
promotional interviews, Alexander disbanded the group in mid 1999
before the release of their second single, "Someday We'll Know", to
focus on writing and producing songs for other artists. As a result,
"Someday We'll Know" received little attention in most countries and
the band is widely considered a one-hit wonder.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
King Charles I was beheaded for high treason in front of the
Banqueting House in London during the English Civil War.
The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern
suspension bridge, was opened, connecting the island of Anglesey and
the mainland of Wales.
The world's first radiosonde, a device attached to weather balloons to
measure various atmospheric parameters, was launched by meteorologist
Pavel Molchanov in Pavlovsk, USSR.
Nathuram Godse bowed before Mahatma Gandhi, wished him well, then shot
him to death with a Beretta pistol.
Vietnam War: Viet Cong forces launched the Tết Offensive on Vietnamese
New Year's Day.
Wikiquote of the day:
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they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and
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efforts here to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths
of the past are threatened by intolerance we must provide a safe place
for their perpetuation. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt