Spinning (albeit not much) Sunday or: The Grab

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The BCPF and I didn’t go to Underdog Records last week because Jonathan was on vacation. We didn’t go this week because I was at Pride from 8a until 7p yesterday. And, we haven’t really gotten to listen to many albums because we’ve been slammed both weekends and during the week.

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But, we got lucky when Chef Travis Myers brought me a boot box full of records. Many of them I already had so I looked to see which version I wanted to keep and put the discarded one in the boot box. The albums that we didn’t have I cleaned up and added to my Discogs (which we use to keep up with our collection). Thanks, Chef! All of these are to be considered VG+ unless otherwise noted. Here’s what we got:

  • Julio Iglesias – 1100 Bel Air Place — A collection of love songs from Julio and considered the breakthrough English-speaking album. It has “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.” VG++.
  • Starship  – No Protection — considered the “second” album from Starship, this is the follow up to Knee Deep in the Hoopla which had one of the most horrible songs ever, “We Built This City.” This had “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the film Mannequin. VG++.
  • The Platters – The Golden Sides of The Platters — 2xLP greatest hits album.
  • Barbra Streisand – Songbird — It has her solo version of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” that she had done as a duet with the song’s co-writer, Neil Diamond.
  • Traveling Wilburys – Volume One — George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty all on one album. That is a “supergroup.” VG++.
  • M1ke + The Mechan1c5 – Living Years — The second album by Mike Rutherford’s side hustle. I loved the first album. I like the title track of this one okay. VG++.
  • Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love — #467 on the RS list, this is actually a decent album, especially with “Brilliant Disguise,” the title track and “One Step Up.” I was happy to get this even if I’m not a huge Springsteen fan. VG++.
  • Neil Diamond – Heartlight — The title track made it all the way to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late 1982. It was Neil Diamond’s last top 10 pop hit and also his last #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
  • Melissa Manchester – Don’t Cry Out Loud — I don’t know much about this album, but I like a few of her tunes, so yeah.
  • Jonathan Butler – Jonathan Butler — I know absolutely nothing about Mr. Butler other than what’s on his Wikipedia page. He’s South African and he’s on Jive and it’s from 1987. That’s the label that Billy Ocean was on about the same time and the tune “Lies” from this album hit the Top 40 at #27. 2xLP VG++.
  • Barry Manilow – One Voice — I have no problem with Barry Manilow. This was his sixth studio album and came out in 1979. It only had one relevant tune, “Ships.”
  • Linda Ronstadt With Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra – Lush Life — I dig Linda Ronstadt and I dig Nelson Riddle. Standards with talent. I dig that, too!
  • Jane Olivor – Stay The Night — I’ve never heard of Jane Olivor before. Like Jonathan Butler, just what her Wikipedia page says. She had performance anxiety and dealt with her husband’s illness and passing. This album doesn’t have an entry on Wikipedia, either.
  • Julio Iglesias & Diana Ross – All Of You — 45RPM, 7″, Single, whatever you want to call it. It’s in its original sleeve and it’s in awesome condition.
  • Michael Bolton – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay — Same as above.

Thanks, Chef, for the additions to my collection. Hopefully, now that Pride is over, I’ll have some listening time. Underdog Records is back up and being awesome again. Listen to each new episode of The Less Desirables to hear what the TLD/UR special is.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Woke up this morning my house was cold. Checked out the furnace she wasn’t burnin’. Went out and hopped in my old Ford. Hit the engine but she ain’t turnin’. We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately but we ain’t learnin’. We’re the same sad story that’s a fact. One step up and two steps back.” – “One Step Up” (Springsteen)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Not Silence

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Today is the 55th anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel’s Wednesday, Morning 3AM. Wow. I really debated between the S&G version of this song from The Concert in Central Park and the amazing version from Disturbed. Keeping it old school won out. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made. And the sign flashed out its warning in the words that it was forming. And the sign said: ‘The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls.’ And whispered in the sound of silence.” – “The Sounds of Silence” (Simon)

Next or: Same Song Different Verse

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Yeah, still catching up from work and volunteering. Today is the 34th anniversary of Love by The Cult. This is the biggest tune from that album. Enjoy.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Oh, the heads that turn, make my back burn. And those heads that turn make my back, make my back burn. The sparkle in your eyes keeps me alive. And the sparkle in your eyes keeps me alive, keeps me alive.” – “She Sells Sanctuary” (Astbury/Duffy)

Life Happens Again or: Backed Up

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I’m so behind because of work and volunteer time. I’m happy for all of it but it throws me behind on the blogging and I don’t want to get away from that. But, today is the 30th anniversary of one of my least favorite KISS albums, Hot in the Shade. Just a lot of filler and crap on this album. There were some highlights but there were a few songs that could have been left off this album. It was okay at best. Here’s the biggest hit on the album from a young lady with a great voice! Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I hear the echo of a promise I made. When you’re strong you can stand on your own. But those words grow distant as I look at your face. No, I don’t want to go it alone. I never thought I’d lay my heart on the line. But everything about you is tellin’ me this time. It’s forever…” – “Forever” (Stanley/Bolton)

Leadercasting or: The Desirables

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Tonight on The Less Desirables, we talked with Ditra Miller, Brooke Eagle and Alyssa Wells about the Leadercast Women Lewisville-Clemmons event that is happening on Friday. It’s a great event that is empowering leaders and leadership qualities, especially in women. Hear more about that HERE.

Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Leadercast is dedicated to building leaders others will follow by providing solutions, events and resources for individuals, teams, organizations and corporations across all industries.” – Leadercast

Riding the Wild Wind or: Ultra Anniversary

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Today is the 37th anniversary of Ultravox’s Quartet album. This is probably the album’s biggest hit. Plus, it was produced by George Martin. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“You take my hand and give me your friendship. I’ll take my time and send you my slow reply. Give me an inch, and I’ll make the best of it. Take all you want and leave all the rest to die. Reap the wild wind.” – “Reap the Wild Wind” (Cann/Cross/Currie/Ure)

The Piggyback Back or: Have Beer Will Travel

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So far this week, meaning today, we published two podcasts on The Less Desirables Network. First, on The Man Who Ate the Town, Ray and I talked about some stuff going on at Carrabba’s, King’s Classic Bakery coming to Trade Street and Five Loaves Catering finally opening a retail store. Hear that HERE.

Then, on The Beer Dads, we talk about traveling and where we’d want to go, where we have been or where we actually haven’t been. You can hear that HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories with the ones you love.” – Brian Chesky

Silent Sunday or: The Modern-Day Clampetts

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I just find this funny. Not making fun because I know the context. But still…

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed. A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed. Then one day he was shootin’ at some food and up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude. Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea. Well the first thing you know ol’ Jed’s a millionaire. Kinfolk said ‘Jed move away from there.’ Said ‘Californy is the place you ought to be!’ So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. Hills, that is. Swimmin’ pools, movie stars.” – “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” (Henning)

Sounds Like Saturday or: M-e-t-h-o-d

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Today is the 35th anniversary of Hall & Oates’ Big Bam Boom album and this was one of my faves from that album. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“In the moonlight, under starlight, songs old as the night are what I’ve been dreaming of. Everybody’s hard as iron, locked in a modern world. Dreams are made of a different stuff. I believe love will always be the same. Ways and means are the parts subject to change.” – “Method of Modern Love” (Hall/Allen)

One More Down or: She’s Still a Good One

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Today is my sister’s xxth birthday. Because I would just be rehashing what I’ve written in the past, I’m reprinting last year’s post! 53283373_10219644516089770_7072976083200507904_n

Here’s your annual reminder that today is my sister’s birthday. As the title suggests, she is one of the good ones. While being a thorn in my side as we were growing up, she’s turned out to be one of my biggest fans… and one of my biggest critics, however, that’s brother/sister privilege, right? She gives me flack and no slack but she’s loving about it. I know that sounds like I’m pulling negatives, but I’m not. It’s actually things that make her extra endearing because she does it out of love. I guess I’ve always needed that.

I meant to mention her on The Less Desirables last night (I did actually mention it this past week), as I know she listens to that show. But, it was hectic. I did get to mention it on both The Man Who Ate the Town (I’m not sure if she listens to that one or not) (I did mention it on this one again) and The Beer Dads (she does listen to that one) (I don’t remember if I did or not).

I won’t say which birthday it is, but if you look back one year… you’ll be able to figure it out. Let’s just say there’s a “4” in it. She’s a good woman. A good mom. A good wife. Here’s to her. Happy solar circumnavigational anniversary day, sis!!

Love ya, sis.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss