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Talk about pop music

I Don't Like Mondays came on the radio um, let's see, three days ago and I was amused to hear that it sounded wrong without my skip just before the first chorus. Never mind that I haven't played that album in decades--when I did, I played it again and again and again. The Fine Art of Surfacing and A Tonic for the Troops. Look Sharp! got played over and over, too.

Back then we had to work for our music. Records had to be TURNED OVER and you couldn't buy your favorite SONG for crying out loud. Unless it was a single and those were the most work of all because where is the plastic thing to stick in the middle? It went missing shortly after my sister and I played C.W. McCall's Convoy several dozen times one afternoon. After that we got a handful of the snap-in kind that fit inside the 45 but they were hard to keep track of, too.

I put a cd/mp3 player in my car a couple of years ago and not a moment too soon. I figured I would burn a whole bunch of mixes for my listening pleasure, but I found they were not as wonderful as I'd thought they'd be. I guess if an artist goes to the trouble of putting together an album, I want to hear the whole thing through, at least once. After that, I do appreciate the forward button so that I can hop over the dross.

Here's a list of hands-free albums (in addition to those mentioned above). You can stick these in the player and just let them repeat for days. I know this for a fact.

Traffic and Weather, Fountains of Wayne
soundtrack to Rushmore
Devolver, The Waybacks
Blind Man Walking, Cadillac Sky
When I Go, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
Costello Music, The Fratellis
Slow Turning, John Hiatt
American Idiot, Green Day
Gently Weeps, Jake Shimabukuro

Feel free to add to the list!


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Nov. 9th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
The Stranger, Billy Joel
Long Distance Voyager, The Moody Blues
Abbey Road, The Beatles
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
Synchronicity The Police
Fumbling Toward Ecstasy, Sarah McLaughlin
Rites of Passage, Indigo Girls
Waiting for My Rocket to Come, Jason Mraz

My tastes may be pedestrian, but at least I know the good pap when I hear it.
Nov. 9th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
I appreciate your help, a good pap-pointer-outer is a valuable resource!
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
So do you still *have* a turntable? And the vinyl? I just sweet talked my brother out of a new cartridge for mine, 'cause he just blew an inheritance on a new 'table and cart for himself. :-) My kids are the only children I know who actually know what the words "turntable" and "record" mean!

I actually thrive on mixes... I love being able to set scenes, tell stories, progress from point A to point B, musically, by stringing together bunches of songs. I used to have a calculator that could do degrees/minutes/seconds calculations which worked great on hours/minutes/seconds for adding up song lengths to see if my program ideas would fit on one side of a 90min cassette. It's even more fun now since you can jam 80min uncompressed onto a CD-R, and literally *hours* worth of mp3s.

As for "what can play over and over in the CD player..."

Kansas - Somewhere to Elsewhere
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
anything at all by Steve Morse and/or The [Dixie] Dregs
Big Country - The Crossing
anything at all by Larry Carlton
mixed compilation of U2 from Boy, October, War and The Unforgettable Fire
a Kubelik/BPO recording of Dvorak's 9th Symphony, From The New World
Nov. 9th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
I did have a turntable but it's in Maryland, along with the records. It's a tetchy belt-driven thing and probably not worth moving. The albums, I don't know. I guess I will be fine without them. It's not a valuable collection of vinyl, believe me. I bet most of it has been re-issued on CD by now. Plus there's that scratch on The Fine Art of Surfacing.

Thanks for the list!
Nov. 10th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
Off the top of my head, I'd add David Wilcox's How'd you find me here.
And I still have a turntable, and a spare belt, since I bought two the last time one went bad.
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