September 2021 Sales
- The Heechee Saga: Heechee Rendezvous Bk. 3 by Frederik Pohl (1985, Paperback) $4.95 Plus $4 shipping
The original title for this post was: "Stop Blogging Time... Can't Post This" OK OK so that post title could be a little misleading. I am NOT going to stop blogging and I don't plan on this post having material or ideas that can not be posted online. At this moment I am unsure of what this post will truly be about. I had a passing thought of the M.C. Hammer "Can't Touch This" song but changing the words to "Stop! Blogging Time" then thought of the "Can't Post This". Long story even longer, I once again thought about what can I post about this month. I also wondered why do I blog anymore? Mostly because in some ways I still like doing it. My blogging has never attracted a huge gathering mostly because I have never been one of those posting monster bloggers that crank out a minimum of 1 post per day. Some bloggers post close to half a dozen posts per day almost every day. Yikes. I have always tried to have quality over quantity. I don't do enough blogging to have my blog monetized, and I don't have a consistent subject I blog about that I could spam advertise on my blog. I also don't always go with the crowd or the flow. For this regular personal blog sometimes it is very difficult to come up with a subject to blog about. I don't like to post too much personal info, yet sometimes I do seek a little bit of attention.
Blogging just for yourself is a bit odd. When you think about it if that is why you are "blogging" you should just keep a diary on you computer without posting it online. That or do the traditional diary writing with pen or pencil on plain paper or in a diary type book.
Then there are times when I seriously think about giving up blogging completely all of my blogs. It would save me the hassle of having to come up with something to post every 30 days.
Well I guess this post will go nowhere. There isn't anything spectacular happening that I want to yack about.
Oh and to the 2 or 3 people who do read this blog as well as my two trading card blogs a big THANK YOU.
joined a new-wave band,
and changed her name to Bobbie-sox."
I got this album because of the track I had heard on the radio "88 Lines About 44 Women", and this album has three versions of it as bonus tracks on the CD. Each version is slightly different and is even slightly different than the radio version (which was additionally edited to censor words not allowed on radio by the FCC). The other tracks on the album are OK but in my opinion are a little below average. On some tracks the lead singer sounds like he should be singing about Elvis Presley or some country western story song, and on a few has a hint of a Jim Morrison sound to his voice. A few of the tracks have a slight anti-Christian feel to them. It is a light mocking or poking fun of, not a full-blown bashing. I'm pretty sure that is the theme of the album thus the title.
Anyone who has seen a Peanuts cartoon will
recognize the first track Linus & Lucy which is often mistakenly
called Snoopy's Theme by people who don't know it's title,
probably because it is often used as the music that the gang dances and parties
to. This version of Linus & Lucy is in a lower key than
it's usually played plus the horns are muted. This whole album is music from or
inspired by the Peanuts television specials and movies. This
is one mellow smooth cool jazz album. When not reminding me of the cartoons
this music takes me back to another part of my childhood. My mother's Godmother
belonged to a country club and twice a year, sometimes more often we would go
there on holidays for brunch or dinner. The club had a ballroom and a cocktail
lounge. Often in the lounge there would be a jazz combo, usually just a trio
(piano, drums and upright bass) at the time I was too young to appreciate jazz,
so I never hung around the lounge. Plus I think children were not allowed in it. Back to this album. Many of the tracks are
the themes for the characters, track 3 for example is Peppermint Patty and
track 7 is Charlie Brown. There is even a track titled Oh,
Good Grief! Track number 6 Wright Brothers Rag sounds like
something that would play during one of Snoopy's WWI Flying Ace fantasy
sequences. Track 11 Little Birdie is the only track that has
any lyrics, I forget which special or movie it was featured in, but obviously
it references Woodstock.
If you like jazz and you like the Peanuts cartoons then you wil love this album.
This review was originally posted on rateyourmusic. on their community forums. This version of the review has had some editing and corrections.
For those of you who don't know Buck Dharma is
the lead singer for Blue Oyster Cult. This solo album could almost
be considered a BOC album except it doesn't have the band's
symbol on the cover, I haven't checked the musician credits carefully enough to
see if any other band members contributed to this album. It totally Rocks. My
favorite song from the album is the first track on side one Born to
Rock. When I first got this album, I put that song on a mix tape or two, I
probably still have those tapes somewhere. As I said this album sounds as
though it could be a regular BOC album. The only real surprise
of the album is the cover of Come Softly to Me it just doesn't
seem to fit well with the other songs, but it is still very good. If you are a
fan of Blue Oyster Cult, then you should add this album to
your collection. I don't think it has seen the digital light of CD yet and I'm
pretty sure the vinyl version is Out of Print.
Note: Since my original reviewing of this album back in 2007 a CD release has been made. I need to find a copy. I think there is a bonus track.
A big disappointment. My least favorite Paula Abdul album. it's not bad it just doesn't have anything special to make it memorable. It basically killed her singing career, or at least de-railed it enough before she shifted gears to be a judge for American Idol. What is it with women who marry and then divorce those Sheen/Estévez boys? Other than the opening track Crazy Cool this album's only single, there is nothing that is particularly memorable. One thing is the video for the song is one of her sexiest videos (maybe because of the Pole Dancing), I think Promise Of A New Day is her sexiest video of all time. Track 2 My Love is For Real begins with a Middle East sound. What is up with that? Maybe a concept that went bad. Track 7 The Choice is Yours the lyrics are poorly enunciated at first, I thought she was singing something in French during the chorus. Track 8 Ho Down starts with an old 1920s style muted trumpets sound, which is either simulated to sound like an old vinyl Victrola disc or an authentic old recording, probably the former, and changes with scratching sounds that jumps into modern dance type music.
For fans of Broadway "Show Tunes" this CD is super. Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley are two Broadway stars that have two of the sweetest and beautiful voices around, and they are beautiful to boot. They are best known for their roles as Daisy and Violet Hilton the Siamese twins from Side Show. In fact track two She's Gone sung by Alice was cut from the show.
Highlights from this album and some of the tracks I bought this CD for are Pretty Women (Sweeny Todd),I Don't Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar) and one of my faves from this album The Alto's Lament sung by Emily. That song is a funny but true song about the types of roles that altos are given to sing in shows. Musicians and musical lovers will get a kick out of that song. OH there is a bonus track at the end that contains a rehearsal for an audition tape, some of the track is just plain silly. I don't think it should have been included. As much as I like this album, it is difficult to listen to more than two maybe three times in a row.
I first got this CD with the generic title Compact
Disc back in the mid 1980s, (recommended by one of my buddies, well
insisted really) then for some reason a few years later I sold it. I don't remember when or why, the why was obviously to get some buckage. Back
then the first time I heard it, I didn't really like it except for the second
track Rise which I tend to like, probably because it's so
simple. A few months before reviewing this album, I searched for my copy but couldn't find it, because
I wanted to hear that song. Well long story short I managed to find a copy off
Ebay for cheap.
I enjoyed this album a lot, unfortunately its so generic sounding, there is little that stands up and grabs me, but I like it anyway.
This generic album has a nice light punk rock sound. The vinyl version is titled guess what? Album and the cassette version titled Cassette (if there were an 8-Track version that would have been called 8-Track). I suppose you could say it was softcore punk as opposed to hardcore. Public Image, LTD sounds like a cross between a typical UK punk band and REM, with a little Talking Heads tossed in.
Oh BTW for the first track titled FFF (all the tracks have
simple titles, thus the generic feel to the album) stands for Farewell Fairweather Friends
I'd like to find sealed copies of the Cassette version and the album versions to put on display around my music collection. Newer remastered editions of this "album" is called "album" even on the CD versions.
All the school kids so sick of books
They like the punk and the metal band
When the buzzer rings (oh whey oh)
They're walking like an Egyptian”
Even though I really enjoy this album I feel that it is
mistitled as “Bangles Greatest Hits".
It should more accurately be titled "The
Best of The Bangles". My reasons first the song "Everything I Wanted" was PREVIOUSLY
UNRELEASED. How can a song that has never been heard publicly before, be
considered a "greatest hit"? The answer to that is the music
companies need to add something new as filler so the old and current fans can
experience something new. There were a few other songs that were never on the
charts so again technically not a "hit" in the sense of not getting
any radio airplay. The songs come from their 3 full albums (at the time of
release 1990) "All Over The Place",
"Different Light" and
"Everything" except for;
"Everything I Wanted" as
mentioned before previously unreleased, "Where Were You When I Needed You?" the B-side to the single
"Hero Takes A Fall", and
their cover of Paul Simon's "Hazy Shade Of Winter" from the
"Less Than Zero" Soundtrack
(a song that became a bigger hit than the movie it was on the soundtrack to).
Personaly I think at least one song is missing from this “Best of” album and
that is “How is the Air up There?”
from their self-titled EP released in 1982 I’ve always liked that song. There
may be a few more but it has been ages since I've listened to their other
The 1980s were mostly known for "Hair Bands", Rap music, Popularizing Punk Rock, New Wave, and a sort of Girl Group Revival. Girl groups had been around in the 1960s but they were mostly just singers, the '80s saw Girl groups that were actually "bands" in the sense that they played their own instruments. Some of them supposedly played their instruments but that can be debatable. The Bangles already knew how to play their instruments before they became a band (some bands had to learn to play their instruments). They also wrote their own songs most of the time. An exception was one of their biggest hits “Manic Monday” which was written by Prince.
My favorites from this album I guess would include: The cover of Katrina & The Waves “Going Down To Liverpool”, “Manic Monday”, “In Your Room”, “Eternal Flame”, “Hazy Shade of Winter” and probably “Walk Like An Egyptian” even though it was over played and over-hyped.
The Bangles have an excellent blend of harmonies, but honestly one can grow tired of Suzanna Hoffs’ high pitched voice. Drummer Debbi Peterson has a more pleasant but slightly husky voice especially when she takes the lead on her song “Be With You”. Her huskiness reminds me just a little bit of the Wilson Sisters of Heart.
The album certainly has an ‘80s feel to it. It also has a tiny international feel to it with “Walk Like An Egyptian” sort of, that song more sort of borrows a hint of the middle eastern feel with it’s mock Egyptian beat. A better international feel is the sitar (played by Michael Steele) of “In Your Room” or at least that ‘60s “lets impersonate George Harrison and The Beatles” feel.
In my book a best of album or a “Greatest Hits” album should contain those songs from a group’s repertoire that if the songs were on another album they would be the ones you would skip other songs to listen to. The more songs like that the better. I enjoy this album but for me not all the songs are songs I would skip to.
For people wanting to decide if the Bangles (previously known as “The Bangs”) is for them this is an excellent album to get. I would also suggest “Everything” and “Different Light” if you can find a copy getting the 5 song self-titled EP “Bangles” recorded when they were still the Bangs but re-released after their name change) is a plus for your Bangles collection.
This review was originally posted on rateyourmusic. It was one of the reviews I was assigned in the "Go Review That Album" game on their community forums. This version of the review has had some editing and corrections.
get a Physical physical
Gonna get a physical
I should get a physical
I'm Gonna practice safe sex
I'm Gonna Use the latex for safe sex"
*Approximate lyrics (I couldn't find them on the internet)
2 Live Jews is a comedy/parody duo who go by the names Morty &
Herschel who poke fun at popular songs (usually dance songs). They are really
two young guys, but they portray little old Jewish men who constantly Kevetch
and shop for bargains while trying to get aroused by hot young girls. The dirty
old Jewish man stereotype. They toss around Yiddish terms and jokes, that are
hilarious if you're Jewish, but since I'm not they are just partly funny. Some
of the jokes are just plain not funny. They sound like stereotypical Jewish
characters portrayed by Billy Chrystal, Robin Williams and/or
maybe a Carl Reiner type.
OK so this album Burns the Disco Era down with Jewish humor. Each song is to the tune of a recognizable Dance Hit from the Mid-1970s to very early 1980s. Some of them you could probably guess, at least one of them I recognize the original song but forget the title. If you do recognize the song and remember the title PM me so I can update this review, be sure to mention which album review you are talking about. Most of them (the songs) are pretty interesting, but the final track the interview is boring. Unfortunately none of the songs really stand out other than the fact that they are poking fun at guilty pleasure disco era songs.
Track 1 Bargain Town = Funky Town
Track 2 Stayin' Inside = Stayin' Alive
Track 3 Mommy's Planning Your Bar Mitzvah = Play That Funky Music White Boy
Track 4 She's JAP = La Freak (La Chic)
Track 5 Sabbath Night = S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y. Night
Track 6 The Herschel = The Hustle
Track 7 Physical = Physical (Well D'uh)
Track 8 What Did You Say = Y.M.C.A.
Track 9 Poop Real Good = Damn I recognize the song but can't remember the title.
Track 10 Jewish Lady = Disco Baby (or is it Disco Lady?)
Track 11 Mama Stein = Lady Marmalade
Track 12 Live at Studio 54 with Morty & Herschel = Interview