My vinyl

Recently enjoyed. I got this when it came out (maybe at Tower Records). I was psyched that it had The Stand and Marching on as well as 68 Guns. As a young collector, I realized it was too good to be true. They were different versions. The Stand was barely recognizable. I have since got the first EP, but it took a while, because in Jr. high, I only had limited capital to avail myself of. 

Turns out to be OK. Declaration is a great album in its own right. Anthem after anthem. This version of Marching On starts weak, but kicks into gear. I saw them play a reunion show and they opened with that song. It started like the EP with the furious acoustic strumming. 

Their Clash-with-acoustic-guitars approach was such a genius combination and it’s a shame they went all U2 later, but they were always a great band with earnest, anthemic, well-written tunes.

Recently enjoyed. I got this when it came out (maybe at Tower Records). I was psyched that it had The Stand and Marching on as well as 68 Guns. As a young collector, I realized it was too good to be true. They were different versions. The Stand was barely recognizable. I have since got the first EP, but it took a while, because in Jr. high, I only had limited capital to avail myself of.

Turns out to be OK. Declaration is a great album in its own right. Anthem after anthem. This version of Marching On starts weak, but kicks into gear. I saw them play a reunion show and they opened with that song. It started like the EP with the furious acoustic strumming.

Their Clash-with-acoustic-guitars approach was such a genius combination and it’s a shame they went all U2 later, but they were always a great band with earnest, anthemic, well-written tunes.

Recently enjoyed. I this in 89 maybe at B-Side in Madison, but I definitely remember finding bit for $0.25 at Nuggets in Boston sometime in ‘92 or so. Thanks, Roy! This is a spectacular album. Take the sludge and guitar heroics of Dinosaur Jr, with the rollicking bar band sound of early Soul Asylum. They even have some Allman Brothers twin guitar solo stuff going on. 

The drummer ended up in Ween, the lead singer/guitar player in Chavez (Superwolf, Zwan, GBV etc.) the bass player in Vaganza and the guitar player went on to stun the visual art world. But for one stunning album, they created this, the last Twin Tone release to never be issued on cd. The made a second and a trio, equally great. I you like catchy, riffy, heavy guitar rock, don’t miss this one. 

And they named it after a fabulous movie that never got its due.

Recently enjoyed. I this in 89 maybe at B-Side in Madison, but I definitely remember finding bit for $0.25 at Nuggets in Boston sometime in ‘92 or so. Thanks, Roy! This is a spectacular album. Take the sludge and guitar heroics of Dinosaur Jr, with the rollicking bar band sound of early Soul Asylum. They even have some Allman Brothers twin guitar solo stuff going on.

The drummer ended up in Ween, the lead singer/guitar player in Chavez (Superwolf, Zwan, GBV etc.) the bass player in Vaganza and the guitar player went on to stun the visual art world. But for one stunning album, they created this, the last Twin Tone release to never be issued on cd. The made a second and a trio, equally great. I you like catchy, riffy, heavy guitar rock, don’t miss this one.

And they named it after a fabulous movie that never got its due.

Recently acquired.  I bought this at a flea market in my neighborhood for $2. He had a table with wooden bins, well marked prices and everything was in plastic sleeves. Even the $2 bin. Class act. This is one of their first albums before Neil Finn started writing. The songs are manic, explosive, diverse, and theatrical. Like Gabriel-era Genesis on crack. It’s a fun ride.

Recently acquired. I bought this at a flea market in my neighborhood for $2. He had a table with wooden bins, well marked prices and everything was in plastic sleeves. Even the $2 bin. Class act. This is one of their first albums before Neil Finn started writing. The songs are manic, explosive, diverse, and theatrical. Like Gabriel-era Genesis on crack. It’s a fun ride.

Recently acquired. I bought this at a flea market in my neighborhood for $2. He had a table with wooden bins, well marked prices and everything was in plastic sleeves. Even the $2 bin. Class act. Of course all I wanted was $2 bin stuff. Any Deborah Harry is worth having. There’s some dance dreck on here, but some good ones two, co-written with Chris Stein. Debbie can imbue any song with maximum melody and make it nice.

Recently acquired. I bought this at a flea market in my neighborhood for $2. He had a table with wooden bins, well marked prices and everything was in plastic sleeves. Even the $2 bin. Class act. Of course all I wanted was $2 bin stuff. Any Deborah Harry is worth having. There’s some dance dreck on here, but some good ones two, co-written with Chris Stein. Debbie can imbue any song with maximum melody and make it nice.

Recently enjoyed. I scored this for 8.99 sometime about 20 years ago. I had been looking for it for a while. In ‘88 some friends of mine and I saw The Replacements a bunch f times and called out Nowhere Is Home at every show. We even wrote a not and passed it to Tommy, who said it was stupid. But I love that song. Apparently they jut played it at Cochella. I’m glad a bunch of trendy brats got to hear them play it. Maybe they will do it in Forest Hill next week 🙏

Recently enjoyed. I scored this for 8.99 sometime about 20 years ago. I had been looking for it for a while. In ‘88 some friends of mine and I saw The Replacements a bunch f times and called out Nowhere Is Home at every show. We even wrote a not and passed it to Tommy, who said it was stupid. But I love that song. Apparently they jut played it at Cochella. I’m glad a bunch of trendy brats got to hear them play it. Maybe they will do it in Forest Hill next week 🙏

infiniterpm said: I like that Superchunk album too, but Im totally with you on Yeah, Its Beautiful… I can't stand that song. IM from Boston and recorded in Fort Apache many times. Such a great studio. The best places never seem to last. It had a goo stun though, and Im happy I got a chance to record there.

That’s so cool you recorded there. I remember looking at the credits on all my CDs in the 90s and imagining what a wonderland it must be.

infiniterpm said: Nice Cars post. I miss Ben Orr. The Cars reunion record suffered greatly from him not being on it.

Yeah, his role is way underrated. Everyone thinks Ocasek is the only mastermind. Lots of great players cooperating and honing perfection. Not to mention Easton’s precision solos and Hawkes’ hooky riffs.

Recently enjoyed. I got this new when it was out, but I forget where. I wish I had their EPs on vinyl, but I’ve never seen them. These guys were great. Tuneful, forlorn songs. For when you realize that Belle And Sebastian are more like Donovan and you need another post-Smiths band. And they rock a little harder.

Recently enjoyed. I got this new when it was out, but I forget where. I wish I had their EPs on vinyl, but I’ve never seen them. These guys were great. Tuneful, forlorn songs. For when you realize that Belle And Sebastian are more like Donovan and you need another post-Smiths band. And they rock a little harder.

Recently enjoyed. I don’t remember where I got this or for how much. It was probably about 10 years ago. It’s some weird collection, but it’s got some singles that weren’t on any of their albums, like Coz I Luv U. Slade rule. Noddy’s soulful screams. Jim Lea’s melodic bass. Just great , fun rock music, like it oughta be.

Recently enjoyed. I don’t remember where I got this or for how much. It was probably about 10 years ago. It’s some weird collection, but it’s got some singles that weren’t on any of their albums, like Coz I Luv U. Slade rule. Noddy’s soulful screams. Jim Lea’s melodic bass. Just great , fun rock music, like it oughta be.

Recently enjoyed. I think I picked this up at Restless Records in Chicago about 10 years ago for $10-$15. I had the opening line of title track in my head and I had to exercise it. “Well I have a favorite impression of the last hurtful expression on your face.” Superchunk are my favorite indie rock band and rhis was always my friend, Rance’s favorite Superchunk album. I was always an Indoor Living guy, but after listening again, I totally see his point. This is the one they did at Fort Apache and the sound is big and concise. And every song is, pardon the term, epic. Except Yeah, It’s Beautiful Here Too. I still hate that one.

Recently enjoyed. I think I picked this up at Restless Records in Chicago about 10 years ago for $10-$15. I had the opening line of title track in my head and I had to exercise it. “Well I have a favorite impression of the last hurtful expression on your face.” Superchunk are my favorite indie rock band and rhis was always my friend, Rance’s favorite Superchunk album. I was always an Indoor Living guy, but after listening again, I totally see his point. This is the one they did at Fort Apache and the sound is big and concise. And every song is, pardon the term, epic. Except Yeah, It’s Beautiful Here Too. I still hate that one.