First let me say the title here “…Slacker’s Day Off” is not mine. I borrowed it from Eugene who used to make fantastically themed mix tapes that were really great and I really wish he had the wont (and want) and time to do them again. I will say my favorite one, ever, was for the wonderfully awful John Wayne picture, The Conqueror (1956), where Wayne plays Timujin who later becomes Genghis Khan. Yes, imagine that and then realize how bad it could be and then realize that it was so bad it was beautiful! I rated it 5 stars out of 5. Okay, Eug, get back to making those mix tapes, dangit!
So, I had a meeting today with some local musician types that have a really cool idea coming that I and The Less Desirables will be part of, but that’s not what this is about, so more on that later. After lunch and this meeting, I ran down to see my pal, Jonathan, at Underdog Records (TLD’s official vinyl sponsor) and grabbed a few records to add to my ever-growing collection. I grabbed four used and two new discs. And by new, I mean one new album and one reissue. But, that reissue may surprise you. Let’s start with the used vinyl, first, though.
Well, I’ve got a thing for some Peter Garbiel and there was a really good copy of Peter Gabriel (Melt), ripe for the taking and I grabbed that as soon as I saw it. That album has “Games Without Frontiers,” “Biko” and “Family Snapshot” on it, among others. I do really dig me some PG. In fact, you may recall that I have stated that my favorite album of all time is So (1986), so there you have it…
John Mellencamp’s American Fool (when he was still known as John Cougar) was next up and it has two of my favorite Johnny Cougars tunes, “Jack and Diane” and “Hurts So Good.” Yay!
I’m an Elton John fan, too, and there was a decent price on Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, so, of course, I snatched it. This is the album with “Daniel” and “Crocodile Rock.” I don’t really like that latter song but it’s a decent album.
When I was doing the Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of All Time, I will admit, there wasn’t a lot of rap/hip hop that I liked. But, one of the rap albums I did like was Dr. Dre’s Chronic. I had to purchase it from Amazon so that I could listen to it. Dre’s other albums were available on Napster but not this one, for whatever reason. I really did like it and decided that I’d look for it on vinyl. Jonathan found it for me and put it back. I picked it up today. I can’t wait to hear it on vinyl. That’s the used stuff…
When I was putting together the commercial from Underdog Records last week, Jonathan had mentioned Cass McCombs in that as one of the albums of the year.I liked what I heard when I was picking music to be background, so I just had to go with it. I haven’t listened to anymore than that, but I trust his opinion and will be giving it a spin, soon.
So, that leaves the one that may surprise you. Again, leading back to the RS Top 500 Albums of All Time, I skipped the compilations. At least I did after one of the earlier segments when I had to squeak through a few of them, including Loretta Lynn and 100 Merle Haggard songs, back-to-back and a few others in the next few segments. One that I left off was The Complete Recordings by Robert Johnson. Turns out that yes, while it was, technically, a compilation, it wasn’t a greatest hits record as most of them were. I still count it as a comp, but I did say, promised even, to go back and listen to some of the stuff that I skipped and that this would definitely be on the list. Well, I was in the record store on Saturday and there it was, a reissue in glorious 180g black vinyl. Yeah, I grabbed it. It’s not really my thing, but it’s not “cringe-worthy” and doesn’t suck. I figured if I was going to listen to it, if I were going to be a collector, that is, why not have it in this lovely package? So, that’s what I did. I have listened to the first of the two records, so far. I can’t understand anything he’s saying as the recordings are pretty bad, and he’s not really playing anything that a 11-year old, first time guitar student couldn’t play, but that’s not important. It’s influential, not only to the overrated Eric Clapton, but to even guitarists and songwriters that are in my wheelhouse. I’m not at all knocking it, so while it may seem like I’m taking a shot, there, I’m not. Back then, that was a big deal. I appreciate that.
A good haul, I feel. I’m digging my collection and since I’m done with the big lists, for now, I may talk about my collecting over the next bit. I have to slow down, though, I spent a good bit of cash on those. I only have a monthly stipend to spend on vinyl and need to pull back. But, that’s a lesson to be learned at another time. You can check out what’s happening at Underdog Records by watching their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Be sure to listen to each episode of The Less Desirables to hear what the weekly TLD promotion is at Underdog. They’re located at 835 Burke Street! Oh, and yes, Wednesdays are usually the beer of the week but this week, we didn’t do a show. Just go in and tell Spencer, at City Beverage, you want some TLD beer and get your 5% off.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Jeux sans frontieres…” – “Games Without Frontiers” (Gabriel)