Music That You'd Wanted To Hear For Ages And Then You Finally Did Hear And It Was Just As Good As You Thought It Was Going To Be YEAH

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My answer. 2 Bad Mice - "Bombscare". Ten years late but my God what a track.

Tom, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

tago mago! and village green preservation society.

ethan, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

'The Well Tuned Piano' by LaMonte Young.

'Monkey Pockie-Boo' by Sonny Sharrock.

Andrew L, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Burt Jansch.

Andy, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

My friend Bryan's new CD with Marcia Blaine School for Girls.

Peggy Lee.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Sunflower" (Beach Boys)

Jeff W, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Tago Mago for me too. and Ice Cream for Crow (although that was 10 years ago that I heard it.)

Dave225, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Probably lots of early nineties techno like Tom mentions in specific here. I've actually got a lot, I never got around to listening to it properly.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Big Star "13". I still remember buying it, running home and then sitting in front of the stereo listening to it.

helenfordsdale, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Oh shit how can I forget: No New Yawk compilation. It surpassed my expectations.

helenfordsdale, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I'd heard a bit of Henry Kaiser collaborating with others, some of which I didn't like, but I'd never really heard him doing his own solo guitar stuff. I borrowed the compilation "Lemon Fish Tweezer" and was very impressed with what I heard, except for the Flinstone's track at the end. I still haven't bought my own copy though.

DeRayMi, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

How long is ages? I heard all about Bombs Over Baghdad for a couple of months before actually hearing it and it was still incredible.

And I'll be the first to say: napsterkin has greatly reduced the list I would normally have here.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I'll second "B.O.B." The other big one was...well, not exactly great-great, but cheesy-great: James Brown, "For Goodness Sakes, Look at Those Cakes." R. Christgau's description of it as "genuinely tasteless" had me going for years before someone taped me the album. I played it for my friend Eric, who'd been as interested in it as I was, over the phone, and we both had the same response: "That's exactly as good as I wanted it to be." Meaning not real good, just...amazing.

M. Matos, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

the anthology of american folk music vol. 5 and 6 .

anthony, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

'Serenades' by Kayak, a Dutch prog-pop band from the 70s (sounds promising I know). I last heard it on the radio around 1978, had the hook in my head for 20 goddamn years, and recently downloaded an mp3 of it. It doesn't disappoint in any way.

Graham Coleman, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Terry Riley "Poppy Nogood", the Shaggs, Os Mutantes,the fucking Pierre Boulez/New York Philharmonic version of "Le Sacre Du Printemps"

Gage-o, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Basement Jaxx. My brother built them up lots and then I loved them when I heard them anyway.

Green Velvet, Omar had been praising them on here, and I had heard praise in other quarters, then some night I was out and I was stunned by some song and didn't know what it was until the "la la land" sample came in.

I still have to buy the album though. Money problems.

Ronan, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Dj Pica Pica Pica. heard it was Eye's DJing project, and waited months for the cd to come. Was blown away when i heard it.

Brock K, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Neu and especially Neu 75.

Dr. C, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

John Fahey's stuff - America and Days have gone by, especially. Although I think had I listened to his records at the time they were being mentioned to me, I wouldn't have liked them very much.

OK Computer, as well. I had dismissed it offhand, imagining some poor bastard hybrid of alternative and prog rock stylings. When I finally got around to it (still prior to Kid A), it really sunk in. Although now, compared to the new stuff, it strikes me again as a bit pale and malnourished.

Maybe I'll go hunt for the Neu thread but the record I heard (the first one maybe?) didn't live up to my expectations at all... perhaps I'm missing the right context?

dave k, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Funnily enough, the answer is MBV - both the albums.

Oh, and Reading, Writing & Arithmetic; how could I forget that? (I couldn't.)

the pinefox, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

A Guy Called Gerald 'Black Secret Technology', what a magnificent album.

stevo, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Disco Inferno. Just now. Happy, Ned?

Although for some reason I didn't think it would be so bubbly and ambient; I expected overdriven drum machines and big proggy thumping. Wherever did I get that idea?

Nitsuh, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

DJ Screw mix of 'Forgot about Dre': had a hunch that codeine- influenced hip hop mixes would outdo much of trip-hop in the atmosphere stakes. Incidentally, what other amazing tracks has he done?

baboon, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Love's Forever Changes and the Bangles' debut album (a definite lost classic).

electric sound of jim, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Probably lots of early nineties techno like Tom mentions in specific here."

Ditto. I got most of it recently on that "Machine Soul" 2-disc collection. From "Pump Up the Volume" to the Shamen, the KLF, the Orb, Fluke, and heading backwards, Afrika Bambaata's "Planet Rock," the Normal's "Warm Leatherette" ...

Dare, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

go-betweens. and chris squire's solo album.

cecilia, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The Streets was the most recent one. I like when it actually does go that way rather than the disappointing route.

Nicole, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Disco Inferno. Just now. Happy, Ned?

Yes, my friend. If you were listening to the EPs, I should note, there's plenty of thump as well.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

George Harrasment's _Masai Sleepwalking_, which I paid more for than I'd ever paid for a record before. It was worth it.

Marva Whitney's _Live and Lowdown at the Apollo_, which I paid more for than I've ever paid for a record before or since. It was also worth it.

Douglas, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The Shins - "Oh Inverted World." Got this last week - now one of my favourite albums of last year. Late again.

Andrew Williams, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

well, i was quite late in hearing The Streets, and i like that. been on audiogalaxy at parents so also, Bump'n'Flex's Promises is really good. but over a really long time? i'm not so sure

gareth, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

AR Kane - 69. Five years, but it was just as great as I'd imagined.

RickyT, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Magazine (beyond 'Shot by Both Sides'). I got a free copy of the box set and it is just fantastic, especially the third disc.

N., Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

No, you're not mental after all.

Dr. C, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Phew. Thinking about this question, it describes quite a rare phenomenon for me. I'm not sure if this is 'cause I don't buy records without having heard a bit of them first very often, or whether it's just that life is one big series of anticlimaxes.

Another answer - Timi Yuro. Actually she was much better than I'd even hoped.

N., Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. The debut was a major letdown.

helenfordsdale, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Oh - Pigmeat Markham's "Here Comes The Judge" as I've just been reminded by FilePile.

Tom, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The Millenium/Sagittarius, various Joe Meek productions, Neu.

Arthur, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

rodney allen 'happysad'

keith, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I agree with RickyT. AR Kane's "69" is just as fantastic as I was led to believe.

Michael Bourke, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

the original version of the go go's 'our lips are sealed'.

and the full length version of flock of seagulls wishing (if i had a photograph of you). an eight minute orgasm of a song.

david, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Another big shout for "69", as great as Simon R promised. Ditto for Millennium / Sagittarius LPs - and hurrah for Poptones for issuing the second Sagittarius LP - Moog goes country. I like it!

I had always pulled myself away from getting the later Talk Talk albums for some reason - thought they'd be too 'far out' but when I did finally purchase "Spirit of Eden" I was blown away by it - and realised how much of a debt Bark Psychosis owed them. And then when I picked up "Laughing stock" and "Mark Hollis" within a day of each other for £4 each I was in heaven.

Which brings me to another point, which may be worth starting another thread for. I picked up "LS" and "MH" at a point in my life when I'd gone effectively blind - congenital cataracts in my eyes got to the point where I could no longer see through them, so I had to stop working, sit in darkened rooms and listen to either music or talking books until I got the cataracts removed. And "LS" and "MH" fitted my circumstances perfectly. It was all I would listen to at the time and now whenever I listen to either I'm back in the darkness of my bedroom feeling very scared about my future, so I don't tend to listen to them as much as "SOE". I suppose 'first listens' of a record can really affect you - I'd say that half my collection is 'first memories'. My first listen to "LS" was walking down to the chip shop in the rain, playing that second song with all the noisy guitars on my walkman and everyone looking at me funny in the shop because I didn't want to stop it.

I only thought about this the other day as I picked up my second copy of Medicine's first LP - the first was destroyed by an irate girlfriend a few years back - and it took me straight back to buying it in '92 and all the emotions surrounding me then which I shan't go into. Sorry I've drifted but I just thought I'd say....

Rob M, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Beach Boys' "Smile" I thought it was touted simply for its "lost" status. But it really is impressive. "Heroes and Villians" still kills me.

Yancey, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

SMiLE, and Liu Hongjun's Pipes of the Minority Peoples.

Phil, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Hey, wow, I'm listening to John Fahey for the first time right now, and, well, hey, wow.

In a second I'm going to go home where someone left me Rolling Stones records. I have actually never actually listened to a Rolling Stones record. I'm a bit scared I might like it.

Nitsuh, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I have actually never actually listened to a Rolling Stones record. WHAT???
Nitsuh, surely you jest. And here you were my favorite rock critic. If it's one of their "classic" ones (there's a lot, you know their names), you're gonna love them. I mean, it's the Stones for crissakes.

Sean, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Well, I've heard a number of their songs, but never a full album myself. One day I might listen to that copy of Exile on Main Street I have sitting around after...oh...seven years?

Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Hey, wow, I'm listening to John Fahey for the first time right now, and, well, hey, wow.

which one?

jess, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

John Cage. I need to buy some of it. It's been taken me years to give in. I have read a lot about him but never really listened to his music. Until now.

helen fordsdale, Saturday, 19 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Dream Syndicate: The Days of Wine and Roses
Bought it a couple of weeks ago. It is even better than I thought it would be. I love the guitar sound. A band who built something new from the hard heritage of the Velvets. The title alone is worth the purchase.

alex in mainhattan, Saturday, 19 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The Birthday Party. in college radio a while back I complained over the phone to the 4AD rep that you couldn't find their discs in the U.S., and he mailed me copies of all of them. Just as good as I'd imagined. Also: Big Black.

daria gray, Sunday, 20 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Handsome Boy Modeling School "So . . . How's Your Girl?" I'm several years behind.

Now, expressly to torture Ned, I will now disclose that I am saving my vinyl copy of "Loveless" for a rainy day. ;)

felicity, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link


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