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chuck were you a fan of Christmas? speaking of boston nerds.

scott seward, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

always thought that human sexual response were in the same ballpark as stuff like suburban lawns. or maybe the waitresses. art school nerds? people inspired by the B-52s? always wondered what bands like that were listening to at the end of the 70's. what was pylon listening to?

scott seward, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:28 (seven years ago) Permalink


danbunny, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

the drummer was later in sugar. so maybe you are right about members of the band helping to create future blandness. but i really think you should just blame bob mould for that:

Malcolm Travis (born 15 Feb 1953) is an American drummer from Boston, Massachusetts, best known for his work with Human Sexual Response,[1] The Zulus, Sugar (with Bob Mould and David Barbe),[2] No Man (with Roger Miller), and Kustomized (with Peter Prescott).

scott seward, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Waitresses and B-52s were a whole lot funkier/dancier than HSR though (at least on this LP, but will definitely check that live clip.)

I never really gave Christmas the time they might've deserved, to be honest. What I heard never did much for me.

Liking this Book Of Lies EP. Same general boy/girl post-punk category as fellow '80s indie Chicago-ans Bohemia and Da! Exclamation Point, more or less (which isn't far from Romeo Void's category.) Plus it's cool they start with a song about writing the book of lies not too long after I just heard Hello People cover "Book Of Love."

the drummer was later in sugar.


xhuxk, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

don't think i ever heard zulus or no man or kustomized. i'm not a big mission of burma guy. i did buy one volcano suns record in the 80's. and i've actually heard very little sugar. kind of avoided mould all together since candy apple grey.

scott seward, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

I would say HSR strike me as more arch/arty/angular than Sugar, though. Also funnier. (Not that I've listened to Sugar for years, to be fair.)

Mission Of Burma peaked with their first single and first EP. The rest I never cared much about.

xhuxk, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oddly enough, there's an obscure-ish Christmas song called "My Little Book of Lies."

dlp9001, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

i had the first christmas album on tape. i liked it back then okay. don't know about now. they were definitely quirky nerds.

scott seward, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've always really liked their first one, not quite as fond of what followed. Sad to see Comic Book Heroes not getting love. Got way, way into it this year, as my son became a big fan of Rick's Saturday morning cartoon from around the same time, Mission Magic.

It's probably more for Paul McCartney fans, or maybe earlier Bowie. The lyrics are mostly terrible, but really great songwriting and surprisingly great guitar and production. Wouldn't have expected it based on his earlier and later stuff.

dlp9001, Monday, 27 December 2010 17:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

...that ended up as Combustible Edison. (xpost)

still wonder about why the PTV-parody of the 'Ultraprophets of the Psychick Revolution' cover? (which PTV3 itself parodied/sampled in the 'Hell Is Invisible... Heaven Is Her/e' band photos). always struck me as a weird/obscure thing to goof on, maybe Boston was overrun with Psychic Youth or Sleep Chamber pissed them off or somethin

Mangrove Earthshoe (herb albert), Monday, 27 December 2010 18:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

great songwriting and surprisingly great guitar and production. Wouldn't have expected it based on his earlier and later stuff.

Actually, lots of Springfield's later stuff had all these things -- especially the two albums he put out in the '00s, which are probably the two best I've ever heard by him. And I can't think of a single other veteran artist I'd say that about.

xhuxk, Monday, 27 December 2010 18:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

I should have been more clear: I like his earlier and later stuff too, but wouldn't have expected CBH to sound the way it does based on most of his other albums.

dlp9001, Monday, 27 December 2010 18:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Maybe it's out there, but there ought to be a book/feature on the longevity of the 60's Aussies: Bee Gees, but also Springfield and Steve Kipner (and probably others I'm not thinking of). They kind of kept on going and adapting much longer than a lot of the UK folk.

dlp9001, Monday, 27 December 2010 18:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

S1 each, Breakaway today (good day for 1984 EPs by wacky ladies)

Black Uhuru Darkness (Island UK 10-inch EP 1982)
Julie Brown Goddess In Progress (Rhino EP 1984)
Andrae Crouch and the Disciples Keep On Singin' (Light Records out of Waco TX, early '70s I guess?)
John Hiatt Two Bit Monsters (MCA 1980)
Slave Stone Jam (Cotillion 1980)
Pat Wilson Bop Girl (Warner Bros. EP 1984)

xhuxk, Saturday, 8 January 2011 20:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

found some good stuff in NYC bargain bins last week -- nurse with wound, madlib, mars, heavy winged, black devil, emeralds euro tour CD

ilxor this could be a standout thread for you imo (ilxor), Saturday, 8 January 2011 20:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Got Kate Bush's "The Dreaming" on vinyl, battered to hell but so psyched

but it was actually $4 :|

heh (kelpolaris), Saturday, 8 January 2011 20:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

head in bristol (virgin > zavvi > head) are having a clearout.

so far its been rather good

99p each :

fluke - six wheels on my wagon
the grid - 4,5,6

sergio mendes & brazil 66 - the very best
ray charles - the great ray charles
the presets - apocalypso
van she - v
nicole atkins - neptune city
cazals - what of our future

& some excellent fania reissues :

louie ramirez - ali baba
the joe cuba sextet - wanted dead of alive
justo betancourt - leguleya no
various - our latin thing (vol. 3)

mark e, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 09:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

always wondered what bands like that were listening to at the end of the 70's. what was pylon listening to?

― scott seward, Monday, December 27, 2010 5:28 PM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark

I've seen Beefheart mentioned by almost every art-school-rock type who ever existed. According to the book Party Out Of Bounds The B-52's liked Martha and the Vandellas, Yma Sumac and Pygmy music. (I can hear all 3!)

Pylon's guitarist and bassist envisioned the music being repetitious and mechanical like Kraftwerk, but then the drummer and Vanessa joined and that took things in a different direction. I think Gang of 4 became a pretty obvious influence after Pylon gigged with them.

I saw Human Sexual Response in a tiny club in the early 80s and they were godhead. I still love both LPs, but they don't really capture the live experience.

Glorified Lolcat (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 12 January 2011 15:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

$1 each on CD (some of these are going up on eBay after i listen to them once or twice, but hey)

abe vigoda - reviver
davenport - rabbit's foot propeller
michael jackson - thriller
moonshake - the sound your eyes can follow
secret machines - ten silver drops <<< loved this album back in 2006, no idea why
seefeel - quique redux
system of a down - s/t + bonus disc

ilxor, Saturday, 15 January 2011 00:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

NICE on that seefeel.

Gay for Johnny Moped (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 15 January 2011 05:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Moonshake is a bin staple.

I will always think of you, while (quite) fondly, myself (Evan), Saturday, 15 January 2011 06:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

scarce edinburgh post punk for a quid in morningside oxfam


signed by the bassist ... "To Phil (my mentor) love Bruce Banner"

doubly satisfying as the pricing in this shop is uniformly ridiculous

out comes stanley, Saturday, 15 January 2011 14:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

$1 Each, Waterloo Records and End Of An Ear, today

DNA DNA (Boardwalk 1983 -- not the Arto Lindsay no wavers or Suzanne Vega's dance-music pals; Rick Derringer and Carmine Appice making an apparent new wave move, judging from the cover, with mad-scientist lab coats and plenty of credited synthesizers)
Millie Jackson & Isaac Hayes Royal Rappin's (Spring 1979 - same year as "Rapper's Delight," plus they cover a Foreigner song!)
Persuasions Chirpin' (Elektra 1977 -- supposed to be one of their best ones, I think?)
Ramatam Ramatam (Atlantic 1972 -- hard rock with Mitch Mitchell on drums and April Lawton on guitar)
Sniff 'N' The Tears Love Action (MCA 1981 -- I now own three LPs by them!)
Streetheart Drugstore Dancer (Capitol 1980 -- I now own three LPs by them, too!)
Timbuk 3 Greetings From Timbuk 3 (IRS 1986 -- with their hit obviously)
Pat Travers Band Live! Go For What You Know (Polydor 1979 -- with "Boom Boom Out Go The Lights")
Urban Guerillas Darwin's Theory Of Pelvic Revolution (Camouflage 1983 -- post-punky looking Minnesotans I never heard of before)

xhuxk, Monday, 17 January 2011 00:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oops, actually that DNA LP is called Party Tested, and they cover "Rock and Roll Part II" on it.

xhuxk, Monday, 17 January 2011 00:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

love that ramatam so much. but i think you already know that.

scott seward, Monday, 17 January 2011 02:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

xhuxk, i was at end of an ear on... friday i think? only bought one thing for $1 -- kyuss' album w/ the purple cover -- great record

ilxor, Monday, 17 January 2011 19:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

I only bought that Urban Guerillas thing there yesterday, actually -- Though last time, just a few weeks ago, I brought home a big pile. Probably only makes sense to go there every few months, since if you get more than 20 $1 LPs at a time, they reduce them all to 50 cents each!

xhuxk, Monday, 17 January 2011 19:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm more of a cd guy -- i've found that any more frequent than once every 4-6 weeks or so, and used cd inventory's not fresh enough to make it worth my time to dig through all the used bins

ilxor, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 17:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

$1/ea. LPs, Breakaway today:

Foxy Hot Numbers (Dash 1979)
Steve Gibbons Band Live -- Caught In The Act (MCA 1977)
Glenn Jones Glenn Jones (Jive 1987)
Sister Sledge Circle Of Love (Atco 1975)

$1/ea. CDs, Episcopal church thrift store on Justin

Fiji Mariners Featuring Col. Bruce Hampton (Capricorn 1996)
Westbam The Roof Is On Fire (Sax/TSR 1991)

25-cents/ea. cassettes, Goodwill bookstore on Far West Blvd.

The Beatles The Beatles Again (Pathe Marconi/EMI 1974 -- weird French compilation I never heard of before, but I'm no expert)
Nina Hagen Unbehagen (CBS Schallplatten Germany 1979 -- oops, just noticed I already have this on vinyl w/ different cover art)
Payola$ Hammer On A Drum (A&M 1983)
2 Unlimited Get Ready (Critique 1992)

xhuxk, Saturday, 5 February 2011 21:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

stuff i bought for a dollar last weekend at an antique/junk store. posted on the vinyl board, but what the heck:

comateens - s/t (needed this. the comateens were nice enough to send me a copy of the reissue on cd when they put it out, but i needed the vinyl. think i have everything they did on vinyl now. or almost everything.)

navarro - straight to the heart (on capitol. 1978. have no idea. like the cover.)

dwight twilley - twilley (needed this too. want all twilley vinyl. have most of it.)

bloodstone - don't stop!

sally oldfield - water bearer

jerry lacroix - the second coming (from 1974. another good cover. johnny winter is all over this album.)

wishbone ash - hot ash (um, probably don't need a live wishbone album from 1981, but it WAS only a dollar.)

wishbone ash - number the brave (what the heck, might as well be a wishbone completist. also from 1981.)

argent - counterpoints

rhythm heritage - last night on earth (think i actually might have this. or i did. whatever.)

the new ventures - rocky road

slade - in flame (i KNOW i had this, but i think i sold it? again, whatever.)

quicksilver - peace by piece (yes, a quicksilver album from 1986.)

ballinjack - special pride (so would you believe me if i told you that i was just thinking YESTERDAY that i didn't own any ballinjack albums? true story.)

martin mull - in the soup with martin mull (sealed even! on vanguard. 1974.)

john entwistle's ox - mad dog (never heard it!)

cerrone - cerrone's paradise

cerrone - V

dwight twilley - wild dogs (i know for a fact that i own this, but i just can't pass up dollar twilley vinyl.)

mark farner - s/t

mark farner band - no frills

scott seward, Saturday, 5 February 2011 21:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh and the quicksilver album should TOTALLY be on one of those fogey gone new wave threads. its really very new wave!

scott seward, Saturday, 5 February 2011 21:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Pretty sure I now have a "complete set" (as baseball card collectors say) of the Steve Gibbons Band, fwiw -- four studio LPs, one live.

And yeah, I'm definitely no Beatles-comp expert. From Wiki:

Hey Jude (original title: The Beatles Again) is a 1970 collection of non-album Beatles singles and B-sides, as well as "I Should Have Known Better" and "Can't Buy Me Love", two singles released by Capitol Records whose only previous American album appearance had been on the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack album which had been released by United Artists Records...Originally, the album was to be named The Beatles Again. Shortly before the record was released, however, the title was changed to Hey Jude, in order to promote the inclusion of the top-selling song that led off side two. Unfortunately, the name-change occurred after the labels were printed, and an untold number of copies of the album were sold with Apple labels on the vinyl containing the title The Beatles Again. This was also true for cassette copies of the album, which retained the original title.

xhuxk, Saturday, 5 February 2011 22:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Two more $1 LPs, Top Drawer Thrift today

Neil Sedaka The Hungry Years (The Rocket Record Company 1975 -- w/ great Elton John duet "Bad Blood")
Ellen Shipley Ellen Shipley (New York International 1979 - w/ Rick Derringer, Hall & Oates, G.E. Smith, etc.)

xhuxk, Sunday, 6 February 2011 01:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

$1 each Breakaway today

Andrae Crouch The Best (Arrival/K-Tel 1988 - songs copywritten 1971-1978)
Rockwell Somebody's Watching Me (Motown 1984 -- suspect this'll stink, but want to make sure)
Trapeze The Final Swing (Threshold 1973 - comp of tracks "featuring Glenn Hughes," fine since I own nothing else by them)
Howard Werth and the Moonbeams King Brilliant (The Rocket Record Company 1975 - never even heard of this band until yesterday, when I was skimming Scott's "bands who didn't...quite...fit" thread; can't be worse than the 1975 release on this label I bought two weeks ago {see above} which was mostly unbearable)

xhuxk, Saturday, 19 February 2011 20:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

oops, Crouch LP is called His Best, actually -- "Him" presumably being Crouch and not the guy he's worshipping

xhuxk, Saturday, 19 February 2011 20:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

king brilliant one of my favorite records. don't know what you will think of it. we shall see...

scott seward, Saturday, 19 February 2011 20:10 (seven years ago) Permalink


bought this for 25 c but hadnt realized it was the clean version. still a good deal tho

flopson, Saturday, 19 February 2011 20:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

What is it, like three seconds long?

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 19 February 2011 20:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

$1 each, Waterloo

Age Of Chance Crush Collision (Virgin 1987 EP)
Boys Town Gang Disc Charge (Moby Dick 1981 -- had no idea they made a full album; lots of sweaty shirtless male mechanic muscles on the cover)
Fatback Hot Box (Spring 1980)
Deke Leonard Iceberg (United Artists 1974)
Denny McLain At The Organ (Capitol c. 1969 I think? "The Detroit Tigers' Superstar Swings with Today's Hits" -- looks a little scratchy, but it's not like I'm planning to listen to it much anyway)
Spliff Emergency Exit (Epic 1982 -- oops, just realized this has exactly the same songlist as the 1982 German LP of a different name by these Deutsch new wavers that I bought and totally loved two months ago; maybe I'll keep them both?)

xhuxk, Sunday, 20 February 2011 02:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

aww man i went to waterloo the other day lookin for cheap stuff but ended up spending $8-9 a pop on amon duul ii and funkadelic reissues i was missing :(

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Sunday, 20 February 2011 03:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

who put out that amon duul reissue, was it used or is it just cheap

flopson, Sunday, 20 February 2011 07:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Local branch of the irish retail newsagent chain Eason's keeps selling books for 99c each or even 2 for 99c. So I've bought a load of stuff from there for that price.
Steve Martin autobio, Steve McQueen photobook, Bowie bio, Stan & Olly bio, think I got an expensive Lee Miller photobook for 2 for 99c with John robb's Punk Rock oral history. loads of popular science type stuff too

First thing that went through my head on seeing the thread was Psychosonic the old version of the Sonics compi which I think I got for 99p.

& Parson Sound cd which i got mailorder paid through Paypal which was never cashed.

Stevolende, Sunday, 20 February 2011 19:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

who put out that amon duul reissue, was it used or is it just cheap

these are digipak reissues—the spine says "Revisited Rec." and the catalog # is "SPV xxxx" or whatever. i think they normally retail for about $15 a pop. saw a bunch come in used for about half that.

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Monday, 21 February 2011 16:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

head in bristol (virgin > zavvi > head) are having a clearout.
so far its been rather good
99p each

now they have a buy one/get one free deal going on.

hence this week :

anja schnieder : beyond the valley love
chateau flight : body language 5 love
headman : catch me not heard yet
karen p : broad casting ok .. wait for summer to try again
the last atlant : cloudburst of colours not heard yet
los updates : first if you please hmm .. needs a few listens
Onur Özer : watergate 01 love
pako & frederik : the alert not heard yet
roland klinkenberg : mexico can wait nice. very late 80s tangerine dream
trafik : live eolica not heard
craig richards/lee burridge : tyrant 2 love
shed : shedding the past not heard yet

been great fun.

mark e, Thursday, 3 March 2011 14:06 (seven years ago) Permalink


50p gem

also picked up a nice clean copy of "how to dj properly" broughton/brewster - also just ten bob

out comes stanley, Thursday, 3 March 2011 15:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Went to a big estate sale today. The guy was a big music/broadway/movie buff and his house was absolutely filled to the brim with his collection. One room was just lps, 45s and stereo equipment, including three working jukeboxes. The records weren't super cheap, but among the bargains I did take home were:

4 late 70s issues of Circus for a buck apiece.
2 issues of Creem (Nov. 75 & Jan. 76) ''.
2 issues of Discotheque ''.
1 sealed copy of ABBA: Thank You For The Music on cd for a tenner.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 11 March 2011 23:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Never got anything for a buck, but I got Royal Trux's Thank You for $2 and Carl Craig's Onsumothasheeit for $3 from seperate shops

Franklin_The_Turtle, Saturday, 12 March 2011 01:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think I payed 60p for Irmin Scmidt's Filmusik 3lp set without a cover way way back. There was some great stuff in that shop, sounds Familiar on Wood st Walthamstow. I bought hundreds in there and would normally go through every rack right to the back. some great great stuff found in the Miscellaneous section, especially Greek film music (that I didn't get to replace once lost until finding bits of it on Demonoid last year).
& I think most of that was between 1quid & 3.

Stevolende, Saturday, 12 March 2011 22:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

$1 each, Waterloo today

Bobby Braddock – Hardpore Cornography (RCA EP 1983) - w/ "Dolly Parton's Hits," "I Lobster But I Never Flounder"; Braddock mugshots on back
Collosseum II – Electric Savage (MCA 1987) - fusion spinoff band w/ Gary Moore on guitar
Ted Nugent And The Amboy Dukes - -Marriage On The Rocks/Rock Bottom (Polydor 1976 pressing, rec. 1970) - this is horrible, right?
The Rollers – Elevator (Arista 1979) - as in Bay City; allegedly their drug/psych-pop album, with a big red pill on the cover
Sister Sledge – We Are Family (Cotillion 1979) - amazingly, have never owned a copy til now

xhuxk, Monday, 14 March 2011 20:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

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