What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sonic Youth Recorded a Song Just for Us

Sassy Magazine was a short lived publication directed at insecure teen girls.  It gave tips on how to be fashionable and hip to those who had nary a clue.  It groomed them to be future hipster fashion victims and annoying vegetarians.

In the November 1990 issue, they promised 2000 people could win a Sonic Youth single.

Image result for sassy magazine November 1990 cover


Their contribution was the apt New York Dolls cover - Personality Crisis.

Sonic Youth - Personality Crisis b/w Dirty Boots (demo version) (David Geffen company 1990)



Their cover of Personality Crisis takes one of the New York Doll's most rockin' numbers and delivers it in a laid back acoustic style.  Kim Gordon takes the lead vocal with occasional guitar freakouts from Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore.

The B-Side is a demo of the lead off track from their album Goo.


Re: Sonic Youth.   Too bad they broke up with the divorce of Thurston and Kim.  The other three should get back together without her.  It would still be a great band.  C'mon Thurston, Lee and Steve.  Waddya say?  I promise to go see you when you play California.

and Re: Sassy   This wouldn't be the first (or last) time I bought a dumb magazine to get a record or CD.  I did it for REM and David Bowie

REM gets Sassyl




Friday, February 16, 2018

I Love Record Covers with Pictures of Records on Them #2 - The Clash


The Clash - London Calling b/w Amagideon Time/Kick it Over (CBS 1980)

UK 12" single




Retro 'teens with records' illustration.  Cool difference here is the accurate depiction of the iconic albums shown.

I spy....
1.  The Beatles - Please Please Me
2.  The Sex Pistols  - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
3.  The Rolling Stones - 1st LP
4.  The Clash - 1st LP
5.  Bob Dylan  - Highway 61 Revisited  (The back cover of the UK Version).
6.  Elvis Presley - 1st LP


Makes me want to dance just thinking about them.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Vitaphonic

Warner Brothers Records started as a reaction to one of their contract players having a hit on a labe1 owned by Paramount.

Their first releases consisted of tie in records for their stars.  The first artists outside the fold to be signed were The Everly Brothers.

The Everly Brothers - A Date With the Everly Brothers (Warner Brothers 1960)





Warners was the first film company to present sycronized sound in movies through a process they called Vitaphone,.



Since every company had a special name for their hi-fi systems that really meant nothing, Warners had to come up with something.

Why not use it somehow......Vitaphonic High Fidelity

Friday, February 9, 2018

I Love Record Covers with Records On Them #1 - Les Baxter

A mildewy thrift store find

Les Baxter's Young Pops  (Capitol 1960)


Lots of records on this one without sleeves.  A coincidence - they're all on Capitol.

The record iconography carried over to the back cover.



As is common for inner sleeves of the era - Capitol bragged about the quality of their stereo recordings are better than anyone else's.  Their term 'Full Dimensional Stereo' carried on until the end of the 60's.



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pink Floyd Hits a Wall Creatively

Before I dive into this particular post, let me preface by saying I love Pink Floyd up to and including Animals from 1977


So here we have a 45 that was an outtake (aka not good enough) from an entire album that was made up of outtakes (The Final Cut)  from Pink Floyd's heretofore worst album  (The Wall).   I've said it.  Deal with it.  Extra added collectors edition bonus rant at the end of this post.

Pink Floyd    - When The Tigers Broke Free b/w Bring the Boys Back Home (Columbia 1982)


This single was originally to be included on the 'final' Pink Floyd album The Final Cut.  This was an album made up of outtakes from The Wall which sort of played into the movie.  When the final track listing for The Final Cut was compiled, this one didn't make the final cut.


Roger Waters was so proud of Pink Floyd's second worst album that he decided to have it made into a film.    This particular 45 contains 'special pictures from the movie.'  Why waste a good track. Tie it into the movie and put a bunch of special shit in the packaging.




The track itself is an orchestral bombast with vocals that only features Roger Waters.



So why do I hate The Wall so much?   Up until this time, Pink Floyd was a band with little ego.  Massive success didn't go to their heads.  Well 3 of their heads at least.  Roger Waters decided after Dark Side of the Moon that he was the only one capable of writing lyrics.   He proclaimed himself leader of the band.    The others kind of played along for a while in stoner passivity.  When it came time for The Wall, Waters presented the band with two choices for the next album.  The Wall or The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking.   He brought in an outside producer and kicked Rick Wright (who wrote Us and Them) out of the band.   The others became withdrawn - much like The Beatles in the Let it Be film. The Wall became a vehicle for Water's megalomania and anger!  I just hated it from the get go.

Years later it was a joy to see Waters get testy because his Amused to Death album flopped.  I saw him in an interview say the public was stupid for not buying it.   But now, he's turned The Wall into his Hamilton. 

The best comeuppance (IMHO) is after Live8.  A Pink Floyd reunion occurred.  It was awesome -  despite MTV's coverage of the live event so botched that they had a do-over live broadcast a week later.     Waters suggested to the other three they keep it going.   They all said 'nah'