Now Normal Chronicles or: Manoeuvers

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Yesterday is the 41st anniversary of the debut album by Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark or OMD. Yes, I spelled Manoeuvers correctly. They’re British. I love this synth-pop stuff. It’s just fun. I picked this because it was recorded on my 49th birthday. Enjoy!

I don’t know my steps because I’m doing this in the early afternoon.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“It worries me, this kind of thing. How you hope to live alone and occupy your waking hours. We’re taking sides again. I just wept. I couldn’t understand why you started this again.” – “Massages” (McCluskey/Humphreys)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Sinful

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Today is the 35th anniversary of my favorite Ozzy Osbourne album, The Ultimate Sin. Yes, I know it’s not his “best.” I know it’s basically the pariah of all Ozzy albums, but it was my first listen, ever of solo Ozzy. Actually, I didn’t even know that Ozzy was the singer in Black Sabbath when The Road Warriors used to come out to “Iron Man.” I was in a band in WV called Kollosus. I had just learned to play the E string on bass and was learning more. We played “Shot in the Dark” in that band and I remember having to play the B on the A string. Whoo I was venturing out! Anywhat! When I moved here later that year, I got the album and the tabs and learned how much I liked that album and only then did I venture back in the catalog to listen to older Ozzy. It was Tribute that set me on the Ozzy Crazy Train, but this got me out of the station. Enjoy!

Minimal steps today because the weather was crappy.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Taught by the powers that preach over me, I can hear their empty reasons. I wouldn’t listen, I learned how to fight. I opened up my mind to treason. But just like the wounded, and when it’s too late, they’ll remember, they’ll surrender. Never a care for the people who hate. Underestimate me now.” – “Shot in the Dark” (Soussan/Osbourne)

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 02/20/21

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The BCPF and I each got our hair cut yesterday. We went to the same person and we just took turns with Cynthia Pratt-Miller at Hair Bomb Hair Salon which is conveniently directly beside Underdog Records! Having Mojito for lunch was delicious but dang! It was cold on that patio. Yesterday was a mild day temp-wise but the patio at Mojito is a breezeway. It’s between two buildings and there’s an arched roof so the wind just gets pushed through there. That’s great when it’s 90° out, but when it’s only 40°…? Whew! But, the food was delicious and it was worth the misery to have it. Here’s the haul:

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Built To Spill – There’s Nothing Wrong With Love — Whilst The BCPF was getting her ‘do did, I was shopping and talking with Jonathan. I saw this, checked Discogs to make sure we didn’t have it and had Jonathan put it behind the counter so she couldn’t see it. When we got home, I told her that I had a surprise for her and within the first two seconds (if that) of Side A, I heard an audible gasp and her eyes got wide. She came over and hugged me hard. I felt good about that. She has never sang in front of me, be she did look at me and pantomime a good bit of it to me. Again, that made me feel good, making her feel good. She said it’s from her early college days. New.

Pixies – Bossanova — So from her college days, we back up a little bit and hit her high school years. The Pixies are always hit-or-miss with me, but they’re almost always hit for her. She got this one on her own. Reissue on 180g vinyl. New.

Cherry Glazerr – Haxel Princess — We picked up a Cherry Glazerr album in 2019 and I remember enjoying it. It was the latest release from them at the time. This is their debut album from 2014. I love the cover and it reminds me of a friend of mine. Red Translucent vinyl. New.

David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World — Jonathan had just gotten a shipment and was checking them in when I saw this. I had to look it up and was surprised that we didn’t already have it. I could have sworn we had. But, we hadn’t, so I rectified that; made it right, if you will. Textured cover, LP in poly-lined inner sleeve. Additional replica of the original paper inner sleeve included. Remastered, 180g. New.

Yo La Tengo – Sleepless Night — 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Single Sided, EP released last year. Original cover art by Yoshitomo Nara. Drawing of the band by Georgia. Illustration by James etched on the record’s flip side. A Sleepless Night poster was included with EPs preordered prior to August 28, 2020 yet this wasn’t what we did. These tracks were originally available as part of a multi-media catalogue from artist Yoshitomo Nara published by Los Angeles County Museum of Art for Nara’s eponymous exhibition in 2020. The etching on Side B is pretty cool. New.

The Zombies – R.I.P. — Limited Edition Record Store Day 2015 release. 5600 pressed. Intended as the follow-up to the iconic Zombies album Odessey And Oracle. This is the first legitimate vinyl release of the never issued Zombies R.I.P. album as it was intended in the United States. Reissue, 180g. NM.

Various – Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion Picture – Dirty Dancing — Yeah… and? I have no problem saying this. I love this album. I loved it (and kind of liked its companion Vol. 2) when it came out. I was 17. I love pop music. I loved the Patrick Swayze song. I’m not ashamed. I like what I like. And there you have it. VG+.

The Clash – Give ‘Em Enough Rope — Reissue on blue Epic labels, with original JE cat. # prefix. Jacket front cover is second U.S. issue with “Oriental”-style block font. Jacket back cover includes barcode and updated B5 track title and credits. “P” stamped in runouts denotes Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman, pressing. Track B4 title on jacket: “Cheap-skate.” First cat. # on labels, jacket spine. Second cat. # on jacket back cover. That’s all from the notes on Discogs. VG+.

Now, this one…
Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms — Yes, I had this already. But, again, I didn’t. The original US vinyl versions had truncated versions of every song on the first side minus one, “Walk of Life.” I am so over that song and, honestly, I think it’s the worst song on the album. So, of those first five songs four of them were shortened. The biggest travesty of that was the extended saxophone solo at the beginning of “Your Latest Trick” being completely omitted. Now, I get it, media constraints dictated that they had to cut some stuff. I wish they had cut “Walk of Life” completely, but it was a big hit for them.

Brothers in Arms was one of the first albums for the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most stuff was recorded analog. I remember seeing a lot of ADD on CDs back then. Producer Neil Dorfsman says the digital multitrack was mixed on an analog board with the resulting two track mix re-digitized via a Prism A/D converter and recorded on a DAT machine. I had this on cassette and where that was dependent on amount needed, the cassette presented full versions of the songs. I then had it on CD and it, too, had full versions. I was so disappointed to hear the truncated songs.

All (or most) of Dire Straits catalog was reissued just earlier this year and on double LPs (in some cases) with remastering and all that. But, for whatever reason, even though this album was on 2×LP, I was informed that it was still the truncated versions. I didn’t get it and I still don’t. If you expand to the 2×LP model, then you can easily expand to full-versions.

Well, this made me have to search and seek elsewhere. I found this version on the Discogs Marketplace and reading through the descriptions, this one, released in 2015 by Mercury for their “Back2Black” collection, was 2×LP with what I sought. I had a great back-and-forth with the seller who happened to be UK and Poland (he has inventory in both places). There were no listings of run times on the cover (and not on the label either, I found out), and he was pretty sure this was the right version. It was sealed so he couldn’t look on the inside. I took a chance. Worst case scenario, I got a really good copy and could sell my VG+ back to Jonathan for credit. I got it yesterday. It was waiting for me on my porch when we got in from our Saturday trek. I opened the packaging, still reluctant and when I played it, everything was there in its full-glory. I was ecstatic! So, now I have the full-on album, the way it was intended. Thanks to Andrew for your help and thanks to Discogs for giving me a place to shop for records when Jonathan can’t get me something. He checked and it wasn’t available through any of his distributors. So, I had to step out but I am so happy to have this. And the album is amazing.

Jonathan and I are still in discussions about how this new project we’re working on will go, but just keep your eyes peeled. It is indeed coming. Go by and check out Underdog Records, open 11a-7p Thursday – Saturday and he does deliveries Monday – Wednesday (weather permitting). He will ship to you, as well. You can look at what he has for sale (unused, new vinyl only) by visiting the Underdog Records website. Tell him that I sent you! Obviously, I also use Discogs to track my collection and buy from the Marketplace when I need something.

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“She’s like the wind through my tree. She rides the night next to me. She leads me through moonlight only to burn me with the sun. She’s taken my heart but she doesn’t know what she’s done.” – “She’s Like the Wind” (Swayze/Widelitz)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Charming

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Today is the 37th anniversary of The Smiths’ debut self-titled album. I hated The Smiths when I first heard them. But, I have grown to love them, regardless of Morrissey’s self-loathing disposition. This song wasn’t on the UK version of the vinyl album. It was on the US version and world-wide on cassette and I am guessing CDs. This guy nails it (he’s a fan, he does several Smiths covers). Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Punctured bicycle on a hillside desolate. Will Nature make a man of me yet? When in this charming car, this charming man. Why pamper life’s complexity, when the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat? I would go out tonight but I haven’t got a stitch to wear. This man said, “It’s gruesome that someone so handsome should care.” – “This Charming Man” (Marr/Morrissey)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Good People

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Today is the 50th anniversary of Yes’ third album, The Yes Album. Prog rock at its finest. If you like long-arsed songs, you will like this. This is a composite video and they do a great job of it. Enjoy!

I got 3301 steps today.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Take a straight and stronger course to the corner of your life. Make the white queen run so fast. She hasn’t got time to make you a wife. Cause it’s time, it’s time in time with your time and its news is captured for the queen to use.” – “I’ve Seen All Good People” (Anderson/Squire)

Now Normal Chronicles or: The One That Started It All

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This is reprinted from last year with edits made as needed.

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Today is the 46th 47th 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).

This week we talk about Symphony – Alive IV on Asylum – Tales From the Devereaux Diaries Podcast and next week we talk about The Millenium Concert but the week after that, we will review 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)

Now Normal Chronicles or: I Just Can’t…

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Today is the 40th anniversary of Eric Clapton’s Another Ticket album. It was his last on the RSO label as it was absorbed into Polydor soon after. It is no mystery that I am not a Clapton fan. However, I think that goes more to his blues stuff and early 70s stuff. I like a lot of his 80s stuff. This is about the third or fourth best cover version I could find for this. The best one, I would have really loved to have used, because it was a Japanese band in a Japanese club (in Hiroshima) but for whatever reason there is a Confederate flag hanging behind them. I hate that symbol and will do all I can to avoid it. So you get this guy instead. Enjoy!

I did 2886 steps today.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“You’ve been told, so maybe it’s time that you learned. You’ve been sold. Maybe it’s time that you earned?” – “I Can’t Stand It” (Clapton)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Mmmm Milky Way…

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Today is the 33rd anniversary of The Church’s Starfish album which features their biggest hit, this song. I have always loved this song and love it to this day. The whole album is great, though. I don’t know how they didn’t get bigger than they did, even in Australia, their home country. With this version, I never pass up the opportunity to play Mike Massé’s version of anything. Also, one part I hate about doing acoustic gigs in restaurants and pubs. The people who come up and want requests and stuff while you’re in the middle of playing. Irks me to no end. Anywhat! Enjoy!

It was a slow walking day, only 3011 steps which I’ll explain more about later this week.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Wish I knew what you were looking for. Might have known what you would find.” – “Under the Milky Way” (Kilbey/Jansson)

Spinning Monday or: The Haul 2/13/21

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Moving the Haul to today so I could rant yesterday. You know how it is, Dear Reader.

Saturday was a good day. Breakfast, Underdog Records, records listening, dinner, binge watching The Crown and Will & Grace. Here’s the haul, I think we got good stuff:

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Nat King Cole – Nat King Cole Golden Treasury “Unforgettable” — Our ever-expanding Nat King Cole collection got six records bigger. This 6×LP collection is in VG++ shape (best I can tell) and is chock-full of Nat’s finest tunes. 60 tunes to be exact. The Canadian version had an extra LP with 10 extra songs. The box is nice and is probably in VG shape. It is an original 1966 edition.

Suicide – Suicide — The 1977 debut album from this eclectic, somewhat weird and groundbreaking American duo. It’s synth punk, early new wave, somewhat minimalist synth pop. It was #441 on the RS list that matters and slipped to #498 on the one that doesn’t. It’s on blood red vinyl. New, remastered, deluxe and limited edition.

Various – Streets Of Fire – Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — “I Can Dream About You” from Dan Hartman would have been enough to buy this record. Really, that is why I bought the record. That and I didn’t already have it. I thought the film was decent and I just wanted it. It’s a club edition which really makes little difference to me. It is BMG/RCA club which tends to be a little less on quality than the Columbia House versions, but whatever. VG+.

ZZ Top – El Loco — Two Beards with a Beard (what I call ZZ Top) had a classic rock, Texan blues based sound in the 70s and with this album, started a trend that opened them to a whole new audience (like me) and synths started to become part of the process. The hits from this were “Tube Snake Boogie” and “Pearl Necklace.” Both which were innuendo and double entendre. This was the last album before the first time I heard of the band which was the next album, Eliminator. That’s right, I had never even heard of them until then. VG++/EX.

AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap — I’ve never been a huge AC/DC fan but this album, Highway to Hell and Back in Black, I love. Heavens Sake did “Big Balls” and I really enjoy that tune. This is in EX condition.

Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield — This was the original pressing of this album because it does not have “For What It’s Worth” on it. That song was released as an independent single and did a great job. ATCO (the record company) decided to repress the album with that song on it, so to capitalize. This doesn’t have it, so it’s an original pressing. It’s a decent shape. Jonathan has it listed as VG, and overall I think that’s correct. The cover is VG/VG- to me.

Underdog Records was kicking it when we went in. Few people when we first got there (right after opening) but people started shuffling in. Good for Jonathan! So, we haven’t worked all the details about it yet and I don’t want to mention half details but I can say that Jonathan and I are rebooting the Beeswax Vinyl & More podcast. Some aspects of the old show may stick around while new aspects will be added. When we have things nailed down to format, I’ll write a post about that.

Meanwhile, go to Underdog Records for all your vinyl needs, be it turntables, protective sleeves, dust brushes, or the records themselves. They are opened Thursday-Saturday with store-to-porch deliveries (weather permitting) Monday-Wednesday. You can shop NEW vinyl, anytime, day or night, by visiting the Underdog website.

I use Discogs to track my collection and on occasion add to it from the Marketplace. I’m waiting on a purchase, now, so hopefully by next weekend I can tell you some good news.

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“If you’re having trouble with the high school head, he’s giving you the blues. You wanna graduate, but not in his bed, here’s what you gotta do: pick up the phone, I’m always home. Call me anytime. Just ring: 3-6, 2-4, 3-6, hey! I lead a life of crime!” – “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (Young/Young/Scott)

Happy VD or: To Those Who Celebrate

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If you’re a celebrator of Valentine’s Day, then Happy Valentine’s Day. If you’re like me, one of the ones who do not celebrate it, then Happy Sunday. Now, I’m not being a curmudgeon. I love Valentine’s Day for one thing. An excuse to have delicious food. I think we’re having filet tonight.

But, I don’t think that celebrating DeBeers, Whitman’s, FTD, and Hallmark’s bastardization of a holiday that traditionally was about celebrating your best companion is fun. I celebrate my best girl year round.. Also, and I think The BCPF would back me up on this, we do a lot for each other throughout the year that we don’t need a special day to put diamonds, chocolate, flowers and disposable paper “cards” in the mix when I do those things throughout the year and it doesn’t cost three times as much, ya know. That’s the reason I don’t like the holiday. Not that I’m a cheapskate either. I would pay the going rate for any of that stuff all throughout the year. It’s just that they are fleecing us all for the week (or dare I say month+) leading to this day.

Mother’s Day is almost as bad, but I do honor my mother as well as my wife who is the best step(h)mom on the planet. But, those companies gouge those prices high for the holidays. I prefer to not get a card for Father’s Day, just some time spent with me is what makes me happy. Birthdays are different because that day is the day of the person whose birth is being celebrated. Cards are good for that, although I rarely give them.

So, again, happy Valentine’s Day to you if you celebrate and happy Daytona 500 if you celebrate that and happy Sunday if that’s what you care about. That’s The BCPF and me.

Until tomorrow, when you’ll get the “haul”…
Scorp out!


“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz