Now Normal Chronicles or: A Big Disease with a Little Name

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Today is the 34th anniversary of Prince’s acclaimed double album Sign O’The Times. The album has some lighter moments in the typical Prince style but the title track is a bit profound. I love Jerry Chapman’s (yes THAT Jerry Chapman) cover on his Rumors of My Death album. But, because I like to have (at least insinuated) live performances, I chose this one. Plus, I love to hear Morgan James sing. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“In France a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name. By chance his girlfriend came across a needle and soon she did the same. At home there are seventeen-year-old boys and their idea of fun Is being in a gang called The Disciples, high on crack, totin’ a machine gun. Time. Times.” – “Sign O’The Times” (Prince)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Not a Van Halen Cover

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Today is the 55th anniversary (US) of The Kinks’ The Kinks Kontroversy album. I truly am not a huge fan of The Kinks so I know just a little. That doesn’t mean I don’t like them, I just am not that familiar with them. But this album has this song that most 70s and 80s rock fans know as a “Van Halen Song” but it’s actually Van Halen’s version of a Kinks cover. And, this song wasn’t even the single. It was the B-Side. So, enjoy!

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“Well, lived my life and never stopped to worry ’bout a thing. Opened up and shouted out and never tried to sing. Wondering if I’d done wrong. Will this depression last for long? Won’t you tell me, where have all the good times gone?” – “Where Have All the Good Times Gone” (Davies)

Now Normal Chronicles or: A Breakfast Goodbye

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Today is the 42nd anniversary of one of my all time favorite albums, Breakfast in America by Supertramp. So many good songs on this album and not just the “hits.” Of course, the hits are fantastic and I chose this one because, as I’ve said, I love composite vids. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Now, some they do and some they don’t. And some you just can’t tell. And some they will and some they won’t. With some it’s just as well. You can laugh at my behavior, that’ll never bother me. Say, the devil is my savior, but I don’t pay no heed. And I will go on shining, shining like brand new. I’ll never look behind me, my troubles will be few.” – “Goodbye Stranger” (Davies/Hodgson)

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 3/27/21

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The BCPF and I had a full plate of activities to do yesterday. We went to a farmers market. We ate lunch. We went to Underdog Records. We went to The Butcher’s Block, a new butcher shop in downtown. We listened, we stayed in for dinner. I cooked a fantastic “charcuterie” board of wild boar, elk and rabbit sausages, The BCPF placed several cheeses and apple butter and fig jam and we chowed down after we had a fantastic meal of French-cut rib pork chops rice and veggies and roasted potatoes. A great day indeed, minus all the rain. But, here’s the haul:

©RCA/Roswell

Queen – Jazz — The band’s seventh studio album, this contains both of the songs that I did during opening night of the Ramkat with Vagabond Saints Society, “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Bicycle Race.” I have it on CD and loved it. I’m sure I’ll love it on vinyl, too. Half Speed vinyl mastering. Includes 3-panel fold-out poster of Bicycle Race on one side and lyrics on the other. Pressed on heavyweight vinyl. 2011 Remaster. 180 Gram. Embossed Gatefold. New.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers — Tom and company’s debut album with hits “Breakdown” and “American Girl.” Can you hear “American Girl” without thinking of the scene in Silence of the Lambs, Dear Reader? Yeah, me either. I have never had this in any form. I had those songs on a greatest hits album but I’m glad we got this one. This is the black vinyl version of the RSD release from 2011. New.

Foo Fighters – Medicine At Midnight — The latest release from FF. I haven’t listened yet so I don’t have much to say. I know a lot of people are talking about, so here’s hoping. New.

The Antlers – Green To Gold — I have no idea what this is. I didn’t realize we had gotten it until we got home and I put it in Discogs. It’s apparently something The BCPF is into and wanted. As far as I can tell, it’s an indie band out of Brooklyn. This is their latest release which came out on Friday. Opaque tan vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. New.

The Mountain Goats – Songs For Pierre Chuvin — We know The BCPF loves her some The Mountain Goats. For this album, released on vinyl on Friday, it is the first album since 2002’s All Hail West Texas to feature only the band’s frontman, John Darnielle, as well as the first since then to be recorded entirely on a boombox, something that they were wont and got popular doing. It’s very lo-fi which was the point. New.

Eric’s Trip – Love Tara — So, this was some weird stuff. The BCPF got this album because it either has the second song she ever played on the radio when she was a DJ in college, or just the band was. Either way. I can’t say I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t for me, so good, we have it. NM.

It was a short haul but that’s cool. We don’t have to take in a half ton every time we go into Underdog Records. Underdog Records is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11a-7p. Jonathan does deliveries, weather permitting, on Monday and Tuesday. Watch the Instagram and Facebook pages for Underdog Records to see what he has just gotten in stock and you can send a message and pay for it immediately or you can shop 24/7 for new (unused) vinyl 24/7 at Underdog Records’ website. Record Store Day 2021 is going to happen in June and July this year. They still haven’t released any info on the titles. They’re cutting it close. Keep an eye on their site for more info. I use Discogs to keep track of my collection and is my way of knowing what I do and don’t have when I’m in the record store. You should, too.

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Say there ain’t no sense in pretending. Your eyes give you away. Something inside you is feeling like I do. We said all there is to say.” – “Breakdown” (Petty)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Suckas

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Today is the 37th anniversary of Run-D.M.C.’s debut self-titled album. It’s #242 on the RS list that matters, #378 on the one that doesn’t. It’s possibly one the most important of all hip-hop/rap albums. It debuted the group that would make rap mainstream. Sure there was some of the classics like Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash, Sugar Hill Gang and what not but Run-D.M.C. made it popular for everyone. Some may argue that with me and that’s okay. I’m not a rap expert, but that’s how I see it. Here’s another important hip-hop group covering a tune from this album. Enjoy!

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Scorp out!


“Two years ago, a friend of mine asked me to say some MC rhymes. So I said this rhyme I’m about to say. The rhyme was Def a-then it went this way: Took a test to become an MC and Orange Krush became amazed at me. So Larry put me inside his Cad-illac, the chauffeur drove off and we never came back. Dave cut the record down to the bone and now they got me rockin on the microphone. And then we talkin autograph, and cheers and laugh. Champagne caviar, and bubble bath. But see ahh, ah that’s the life, ah that I lead and you sucker MC’s is who I please. So take that and move back catch a heart attack because there’s nothin in the world, that Run’ll ever lack. I cold chill at a party in a b-boy stance and rock on the mic and make the girls wanna dance. Fly like a Dove, that come from up above. I’m rockin on the mic and you can call me Run-Love.” – “Sucker MCs (Krush-Groove 1)” (Hardy/McDaniels/Simmons/Smith)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Love. It Walks In

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This week marks the 35th anniversary of the first Van Hagar album, 5150. It is my second favorite VH album, much to almost everyone’s chagrin. The only thing wrong with this video is whoever made it, doesn’t know music very well. When the solo kicks in, they should have focused on the guitar player. Otherwise it sounds good. Enjoy!

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“And then you sense a change, nothing feels the same. All your dreams are strange. Love comes walkin’ in. Some kind of alien. Waits for the opening then simply pulls a string.” – “Love Walks In” (Van Halen/Hagar/Anthony/Van Halen)

Now Normal Chronicles or: B.I.G.

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Today is the 24th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death album. Christopher Wallace was cut down too soon. Any life lost is too soon, but this was tragic. I don’t cover enough hip-hop/rap on this blog. Here’s a couple of blokes doing a live version. I dig it. I hope you do.

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“I don’t know what they want from me. It’s like the more money we come across, the more problems we see.” – “Mo Money Mo Problems” (Wallace/Combs/Jordan/Betha/Edwards/Rodgers)

Now Normal Chronicles or: In My Shoes

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This week marks the 28th anniversary of Depeche Mode’s Songs of Faith and Devotion. It doesn’t have the mega hits the other DM had, but it has great songs. Like this one. Enjoy!

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“I would tell you about the things they put me through, the pain I’ve been subjected to. But the Lord himself would blush. The countless feasts laid at my feet. Forbidden fruits for me to eat. But I think your pulse would start to rush.” – “Walking In My Shoes” (Gore)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Lookin’ Sharp

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Today is the 38th anniversary of ZZ Top’s best album (in my opinion), Eliminator. It was the first time I ever heard of them. Yes, I know that is hard to believe but it’s true. This is a great version of this song. Enjoy!

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Scorp out!


“Top coat, top hat. And I don’t worry cause my wallet’s fat. Black shades, white gloves. Lookin’ sharp, lookin’ for love. They come runnin’ just as fast as they can, ’cause every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man.” – “Sharp Dressed Man” (Gibbons/Hill/Beard)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Iron Maidens

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Today is the 39th anniversary of Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast album. It was the first to feature the awesome Bruce Dickenson on vocals. I think Paul Di’Anno is a good singer but he’s no Bruce Dickenson. I was never a fan of the band, but have grown to really dig them. I couldn’t pass this version of this tune. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“White man came across the sea. He brought us pain and misery. He killed our tribes, he killed our creed. He took our game for his own need. We fought him hard, we fought him well. Out on the plains we gave him hell. But many came too much for Cree. Oh will we ever be set free?” – “Run to the Hills” (Harris)