Today’s awesome find was a remix promo (on blue vinyl!) of Everything But The Girl’s “Missing”—one of those songs you think you don’t know but you do. It’s the early 90s one with Tracy Thorn crooning the chorus, “And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain.” See? You know it.
The Police on vinyl—meaning Funko Pops, little vinyl figures from pop culture. Here’s Sting, Andy and Stewart laying it down. Great birthday gift from my kid!
Cleaning unused record photos out of my phone: The last of the Tears For Fears UK 12” picture discs that I needed to complete my collection—this one is for “Sowing The Seeds of Love.” Not as pretty as they probably thought it was. I will say, however, that I don’t know where picture discs get their rep for terrible sound—this one sounds amazing.
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Cleaning unused record photos out of my phone: Go West’s biggest US hit, “King of Wishful Thinking,” never had it’s 12” remix released here. After years of wondering what the remix sounded like, I found a European copy on Discogs cheap enough to rationalize ordering it—and found out why: It’s boring. It’s a shame they couldn’t bring back Julian Mendelssohn, who did all those epic-sounding remixes from their first album; no doubt he would have knocked it out of the park.
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Cleaning unused record photos out of my phone: Record Store Day makes for strange bedfellows—members of Queen and Foo Fighters on a never-completed solo track by late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. And it’s actually pretty good.
This one goes out to, well, me.
Primordial industrial dance music—it’s Age of Chance’s legendary cover of Prince’s “Kiss.” Has to be heard to be believed.
After hearing for years that Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” is the greatest jazz album of all-time, I picked it up and it just didn’t resonate with me the way stuff like Miles Davis’ “Walkin’” or Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges’ “Side By Side” did Clearly the issue is mine and not the album’s, so I will have to give it another shot. I probably don’t know what to listen for, but so far, it doesn’t live up to the hype.
What popular albums left you cold when you finally heard them?
I finally re-found one of the most famous David Bowie bootlegs, Changes Three. Named after the two “Greatest Hits”-style LPs that RCA put out (at top), the bootleg features rarities and a number of tracks that were still unreleased in 1983, most notably Bowie’s songwriter demo for the classic “All The Young Dudes,” which he gave to Mott The Hoople and never properly recorded himself (see the second photo for the bootleg’s back cover). I found this once in 1987 at Second Coming Records in Greenwich Village and bought it to give to Marybeth, who I was trying to impress—not because she was some hot babe (though she was, and far out of my league at that), but because she was the entertainment editor of our college paper and I really really really wanted to be the assistant editor. Let me tell you a hard-earned lesson that I learned the day I gave her the bootleg she’d searched high and low for and couldn’t find of her favorite artist: Bribes will get you everywhere.