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So here’s post 1001: A cool trio of vintage co…

So here’s post 1001: A cool trio of vintage colored vinyl, released in the UK for Bananarama’s terrible “Robert DeNiro Is Waiting” single. What a lousy song—and yet I still own these records (To be fair, Bananarama had some great tunes—the swanky classic “Cruel Summer” and the inventive if forgotten cover of the Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running”). These 12” singles have extra large labels, each with a different band member. I wound up with the green one in the late 80s when I was an intern at Polygram Records’ publicity department in NYC. One day I was told to clean out the freebie closet, so I did, helping myself to anything that looked interesting along the way. Last year, I stumbled across the blue one in a shop for virtually nothing and last week, found the pink one, so now I have the set. Well, at least they LOOK cool.
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THIS IS MY 1,000TH INSTAGRAM POST, so here’s t…

THIS IS MY 1,000TH INSTAGRAM POST, so here’s the first album I ever bought, Squeeze’s “Singles: 45s and Under.” 1,000 is a good number, so I may just stop here.

A recent find: A vintage US shaped picture dis…

A recent find: A vintage US shaped picture disk for Devo’s “Beautiful World,” providing a nice opportunity for a semi-sleeveface.

Love & Money’s second album, Strange Kind …

Love & Money’s second album, Strange Kind Of Love, was a sea change from the vapid pop of their Tom Dowd-produced debut. Gone was the noise and posturing, and in its place was deep song craft and immaculate playing, all tied together by the studio sheen of Steely Dan producer Gary Katz. This album sounds expensive and I’m sure it was. The songs are great and would’ve been hits if they hadn’t come out at the blast-off point of hair metal. So it goes. This L&M album was significant for me not only ‘cause it’s great, but also because it made me go see them play in NYC—which in turn made me a fan of the horrendously mismatched opening act from Scarsdale, Too Much Joy.
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Don’t ask ‘cause I don’t really know. This alb…

Don’t ask ‘cause I don’t really know. This album chose me rather than the other way around, as at least once every six months, it winds up on my turntable. “Plastic Fantastic” starts out with a blistering, well-observed punk song, “Decline and Fall,” decrying the facile nature of 1980s L.A. and then pulls a sharp right into radio-ready alterna-pop, with an album’s worth of attempts at singles that would match the success of “I Go Crazy” and “Postcards From Paradise.” Alas, nothing stuck and this album is a forgotten footnote. The LP on the right is signed by singer Nick Marsh (R.I.P.), guitarist Rocco and sideman Del Strangefish. I saw them open for PIL at Hofstra and they blew Rotten and Company off the stage with the greatest of ease; it wasn’t even close, which was shocking, disappointing and, ultimately, impressive.
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More epic 80s musical vistas, or as one review…

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More epic 80s musical vistas, or as one reviewer mockingly put it at the time, “music to march around your bedroom to.” Nonetheless, 15-year-old me bought into Big Country big time. Guitar heroics to spare, drums that sounded like canons going off and endless earnestness sucked me right in. Some of it holds up; a lot of it does not.
However, this is the album that first got me interested in production, so I guess it was my first step on the road to Pro Sound News. Their first UK single flopped, so they re-recorded it for this album and that track became a personal favorite; a few years later, I found that flop single and was amazed at how dull and lifeless it was. I realized that if it was the same song and same band, the difference had to be the producer they worked with—Steve Lillywhite, who also worked with U2, DMB, Simple Minds, Siouxsie and everyone else. A few years back, Lillywhite kindly signed my LP and I got to tell him that story, which he loved. (For the record, drummer Mark Brzezicki also signed it at one point).

“Aliens Ate My Buick” is likely Thomas Dolby’s…

“Aliens Ate My Buick” is likely Thomas Dolby’s musical high water mark, despite the attempt at notching another novelty hit with “Airhead”—a plan that massively backfired due to fairly sexist lyrics throughout that don’t quite get squared away by the twist ending, no matter how well intentioned. Regardless, musically, it’s an endlessly inventive album that hops genres throughout, performed by a red-hot backing band. Also, it was so well recorded that to this day, I hear it used to demonstrate sound systems at pro audio conventions all the time. So this photo features my old LP I got when I was a college intern at Capitol Records, a nice DMM pressing from Europe, and a signed promo poster I got when I saw him on the Aliens tour.

There’s something about the time when you’re a…

There’s something about the time when you’re a teenager, when you’re edging towards the end of the age where you exhibit potential and start gearing up for adulthood where you have to put up or shut up, that draws one to epic music. You need to start thinking bigger and for many, epic music provides a hint of what that might be like. For the generation before me, epic music was usually defined as Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. Me, I just wanted big vistas, and few acts of my teen years served those up more readily than Simple Minds on this album, Once Upon A Time.
Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Bob Clearmountain, it’s awash in reverb as if it was recorded at the bottom of the Grand Canyon—as was the style in those days—but because they were behind the boards, it’s all crystal clear. Sure, the songs are lighter than the band knows, but that’s fine; those frothy keyboards and heavily chorused guitar parts were huge, and Jim Kerr imbued “hey” with as much emotion as humanly possible. I enjoy this album to this day, even if I see it more clearly for what it is now.
And hey (see what I did there), a shout out to whoever did their ugly graphic design. The album was released with not one but two ugly album covers (and in the UK, on an equally ugly picture disc). If you put the covers together, however, you discover they make an endless mosaic, as presented here (no, I do not own nine copies of this one). That hidden trick almost makes up for the underwhelming cover.

“Words with the Shaman” by David Sylvian. It’s…

“Words with the Shaman” by David Sylvian. It’s just as pretentious as the title suggests, and yet it’s one of my favorite pieces of music ever. Never released in the US, it’s an all-instrumental, largely improvised EP that melds world music, avant garde jazz, traditional Japanese instruments, funk and random noise together, and it blows my mind every time I hear it. How they ever managed to assemble this in an era before Pro Tools is beyond me. There are some extremely quiet passages, so I’ve accumulated three vinyl copies over the years in search of one that isn’t in poor shape (they all are for some reason). In 1989, I picked up a 3-inch CD (remember those?) of it, which a friend kindly got signed for me a few years later when Sylvian was touring with Robert Fripp.
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Side By Side by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodg…

Side By Side by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges. I discovered this one in college thanks to my dad and it’s been a go-to ever since. Seen here is an OG from 1957 and a German repressing I bought in Hong Kong in 2012. If my life was a sitcom (and it may be), “Big Shoe” would be the opening credits theme.
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