Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 2/21/20

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After missing a week of visiting Jonathan at Underdog Records, The BCPF and I made up for it. I went on Thursday and we both went on Friday. I missed having new records in my hands and flipping through the inventory. Here’s the haul:

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  • Best Coast – Always Tomorrow — I heard this when I was preparing the ad for Underdog Records on The Less Desirables and thought it sounded like The BCPF’s kind of music. I was correct. She dug it. I dug it. New.
  • King Krule – Man Alive! — This was another one that I heard the lead single from and I liked it so I bought it. Once I got it home, though… meh. I like the artistic chances he was taking but it was hard to follow and hard to get into. Both of us were kind of speechless. But, I don’t give things up easily. I’m keeping it. It’s on blood-red, transparent vinyl. New.
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus — The ninth studio album by Marley, it was a departure from most of what he wrote prior. Of the songs that ended up on Legacy, which is simultaneously his greatest hits album and the highest-selling reggae album of all time, this album had more tracks than any other. This album contains “Exodus,” “Jamming,” “Waiting in Vain,” “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” the amazing “Three Little Birds” and “One Love/People Get Ready,” co-written by Curtis Mayfield. NM.
  • Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son — I still need Somewhere In Time to have all the “classic” Iron Maiden albums that I really care about. I consider their first seven (of which this is seventh and SIT, sixth) the canon that matters. This isn’t my favorite from them but does have some good moments. I always think of a former classmate of mine, Mark Bohannon because he was the biggest Maiden fan I knew, which was odd to me because I pictured Maiden heads to be stoner types with long hair and all greasy skinned (gimme a break, I was new to this scene) and he was clean-cut, kept and wore sweaters and stuff. Anyway, this was something he talked about a good bit. NM.
  • Alice Cooper – Raise Your Fist And Yell — Alice’s 10th solo record and the last to feature Kip Winger on bass and Paul Taylor on keys, both would go on to form Winger with Reb Beach and Rod Morgenstein. The song “Prince of Darkness” was included in the film of the same name from John Carpenter. VG+.
  • Jill Barber – Metaphora — The 2018 album from jazz/folk vocalist Barber. Laidback and very listenable. A good listen, actually. The BCPF eats stuff like this for breakfast, so she, of course, loved it. On “Coke Bottle” blue/green transparent vinyl. NM.
  • Journey – Next — The last Journey album before Steve Perry came along (with Robert Fleishman making a brief stop, first) and totally pop-rocked them out (which is still my favorite era of Journey). I don’t recognize any of these tunes and it wasn’t what I was expecting. I was looking for it to be a little more proggy like the early Journey albums were, but they were kind of in pop mode here, it seems. None of these songs are in the live lineup of played tunes anymore. I liked it, it was just different to me. VG+.
  • Genesis – Seconds Out — 2xLP live album from Genesis. It was the last Genesis album to feature Steve Hackett, thus making Genesis a “three-piece” after this, in which …And Then There Were Three came along. This was recorded, mostly in Paris, on their Trick of the Tail tour. VG+.
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Liverpool — FGTH’s second and final album. That’s sad because both this and its predecessor, 1984’s Welcome to the Pleasuredome are amazing albums. I love synth-driven pop and this is chock full of that. I enjoyed every note of both albums. Amazing stuff, both. I love them. I hate they didn’t do more.  VG+.

Again, it was good to get by Underdog Records again. They have a slew of electronic equipment for sale, either from the store or on consignment. Now is the time to get the equipment you need or want. Listen to each new episode of The Less Desirables to hear what the TLD/UR special of the moment is. Use Discogs to keep track of your music collection or to just do “random grab” choices. That’s fun.

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!


“Laugh like the head of Apollo. Young and strong on the wings of tomorrow. Rise up in millions, get off your knees. Dispelling the demons in the valley of danger. We all work together, sculptures in sorrow. With love light to follow on sweet head of Apollo. Rage hard, into the light.” – “Rage Hard” (Gill/Johnson/Nash/O’Toole)

Sounds Like Saturday or: That Shot

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Today is the 34th anniversary of my favorite Ozzy album, The Ultimate Sin. I understand that Ozzy purists will slam that album as polished and over-produced and yeah, it may have been. Or, it may not have been. The biggest complaint the Oz-man himself had was the production. Ron Nevison is revered as a producer but something about it, Ozzy just doesn’t dig. Oddly enough, too, is that this is the only classic Ozzy album that has yet to be remastered. Ozzy said if he had the opportunity, he’d love to remix and remaster it.

The reason it’s my favorite is that it was my Ozzy introduction. I’ve talked about the perils of growing up in rural WV with teetotalling parents and not having access to all the musics in “wild and wonderful.” That was in addition to the onset of the PMRC and the religious zealots who wanted to control our rebellious rock and raunch tendencies. So, I was taught to fear what Ozzy was and could be. I mean, “OMG! He sings about suicide and bites heads off of doves and bats and stuff…” Give me a break.

Anywhat! I got to play in my first band and one of the first things I learned was “Shot in the Dark” from this album. When I moved here to NC, I bought it on cassette along with the tablature sheet music for it and I was taken in. The videos were cool for their time, too, at least to me. I had to go back and hear Ozzy’s previous solo stuff after the fact. Heck, I didn’t even know any Black Sabbath stuff except for “Iron Man” and that was because I was a wrestling fan and the Road Warriors used it as their entrance music. I was so sheltered.

But in looking for a proper cover, I realized people suck at this so I am going with the OG Oz-Man doing it in 1989 with Zakk Wylde and Geezer Butler instead of Jake E. Lee and Phil Soussan from the album. Randy Castillo (RIP) is playing drums and did on the album. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Out on the streets, I’m stalking the night. I can hear my heavy breathing. Paid for the kill, but it doesn’t seem right. Something there I can’t believe in. Voices are calling from inside my head. I can hear them, I can hear them. Vanishing memories of things that were said. They can’t try to hurt me now.” – “Shot in the Dark” (Osbourne/Soussan)

I Can’t Quit or: Friday the End

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I think I’ve gotten through the “big project” and I’m just waiting to hear if there were any edits that needed to be made from what I submitted. But, today is the 52nd anniversary of Blood Sweat & Tears’ Child Is Father to the Man album. It’s #266 on the RS list and going back to read my entry, I liked it (you can read that here). When I first picked this version of this song, I didn’t really like it but I listened again and the guy is definitely feeling it. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“In the city streets, in the country fields, in the back of my mind, I know it can’t be real for a woman to possess all the tenderness she had. But the hands of time keep tickin’ on my back. ‘Cause it’s been so long since I had her back beside me.” – “I Can’t Quit Her” (Kooper)

Charming or: Still Workin’

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Today is the 36th anniversary of the debut, self-titled Smiths album. The world was introduced to probably one of the most miserable people ever in Morrissey. This version of this song is really good and I think he sings it better than Ol’ Steve (Steven Patrick Morrissey) did. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Why pamper life’s complexity when the leather runs smooth on the passenger’s seat?” – “This Charming Man” (Morrissey/Marr)

Breakfast is Nigh or: Projecting

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Still in “big project mode.” Today is the 35th anniversary of the soundtrack for The Breakfast Club. It was such an important film and the soundtrack, on the film anyway, was huge. The only real hit on the soundtrack was the big one. This band sounds great but they are boring to watch. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Don’t you try and pretend. It’s my feeling we’ll win in the end. I won’t harm you or touch your defenses, vanity and security.” – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” (Forsey/Schiff)

The One That Started It or: First KISS

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Today is the 46th anniversary of KISS. The band started in 1973 but this album came out on February 18, 1974. Only eight months older than its successor, Hotter Than Hell which was only five months before its successor, Dressed To Kill. This isn’t my top KISS album but came in at #3 on my rankings (you can read “Part I” or “Part II” of my ranking list by clicking those links). It had the lion’s share of the spots on the first Alive! album, too (7 of the 16 tracks were from this album).

Instead of looking out for some half-good cover version, I’m pulling out one of the most famous videos of this song. It was the version featured in the KISS Xposed video and is with Gene doing the blood thing. It rocks! Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, keep KISSin’!
Scorp out!


“And baby, won’t you let me? I think I’m going out of my head. I’m just about to, ooh yeah!” – “100,000 Years” (Stanley/Simmons)

The Apology or: Hold Me Now

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So, I have to offer an apology. I’ve done a lot of “music video” posts this past week. But, I have a good reason. Not an excuse, just a reason.

In the past, I have talked about the “big job” that I do every year around this time. Well, now is that time and I am in that mode. Knowing that I had this job to do, and having a lot of podcasts to produce last week, it was just easier to do the videos, although, finding the right thing to post is more than just a simple process. I have to find what the “anniversary” or reason is for posting something and then finding a decent version of it.

I will go ahead and tell you that the next few days will be music videos. Speaking of which… today is the 36th anniversary of the Thompson Twins Into the Gap album that had several singles: “Doctor Doctor,” “The Gap,” “Sister of Mercy,” “You Take Me Up” and this one, which I believe if I were to do the count, meaning on compilation or soundtrack CDs, cassettes, or vinyl, I have more copies of this song than any other non-KISS tunes. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“You say I’m a dreamer. We’re two of a kind. Both of us searching for some perfect world we know we’ll never find. So perhaps I should leave here. Yeah, yeah, and go far away. But you know that there’s nowhere that I’d rather be than with you here today.” – “Hold Me Now” (Bailey/Currie/Leeway)

Silent Sunday or: Meanwhile… Back at the Podcast

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No Underdog Records trip yesterday so we didn’t get anything to report. Being as such, and seeing as I am sitting in the studio on a Sunday to do some work, I figured it was time to post another “Meanwhile…Back at the Podcast” pic from B Miller! (hint: don’t try to figure out what was going on in her head…) If you listen to The Less Desirables podcast from this week, some of this may make sense, but, much may not… Are they boobs or not?

Have a great Sunday.

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I always doodled as a kid while I was talking on the phone or watching TV.” – Bruce Eric Kaplan

Sounds Like Saturday or: Talk Dirty, Sharona

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So, today is the 40th anniversary of …But the Little Girls Understand from The Knack. Before I looked this up, The BCPF picked it to play today. So, we had listened to it all the way through before I researched what to write today. I asked her, what was the name of that Knack album? and she confirmed it was this one. How weird is that? Coinkydink? Yeah… Anywhat, a lot of people panned this for being too much like “My Sharona” and it certainly is a lot like “My Sharona,” and the whole album sounds like a carbon copy of Get the Knack, and it does sound a lot like Get the Knack. But, that doesn’t take away the fact that it was fun to listen to. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Oh, she got the savage soul. Oh, it’s only rock and roll.” – “Baby Talks Dirty” (Fieger/Averre)

Friday Music Day or: Even It Up

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Happy Valentine’s Day to those who celebrate it. The BCPF and I do not, because every day is Valentine’s Day. I know that sounds cheesy but it’s true. Today is the 40th anniversary of Heart’s Bebe Le Strange album. I had never paid attention to Gretchen Wilson before but wow! She has a great rock voice. Too bad I don’t listen to her style of country. Anywhat! Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“‘I’m the one who can please you.’ Ain’t that what you said? You seemed so alone, I guess I was easily led. I showed you my love but I guess that it went to your head. When you were hungry, I brought you your breakfast in bed.” – “Even It Up” (Wilson/Wilson/Ennis)