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#TBT #Vinyl Honeydrippers, 1984

9 Mar

Honeyxdrippers 45

The Honeydrippers
“Sea of Love” and “Rockin’ at Midnight”
Es Paranza / Atlantic Records
1984

After Led Zeppelin dissolved, Robert Plant put together a secret lineup of all-stars to record as an R&B and rockabilly act and released these two hit records. I got much more interested in this when I learned the guitarist was Jimmy Page

 

 

 

#TBT #Vinyl Ronald Reagan, 1983

16 Feb

Ronald Reagan Reads Stories

President Ronald Reagan
Reads Stories From The Old Testament
Nickelodeon Records
1984

My strangest #TBT #Vinyl post so far. This 1954 recording of President Reagan reading Bible stories was released in ’84 on a small indie label — make that an extremely small indie label… It was pretty much the back of a record store in small town Dixon, IL.

This record was actually banned after a one million dollar lawsuit from RCA Records against some shady businessmen including the mayor! Read more about the small town scandal here from UPI’s archives.

 

Ronald Reagan Reads Stories

 

Ronald Reagan Reads Stories

 

#TBT #Vinyl The Who, You Better You Bet, 1981

26 Jan

You Better You Bet Single The Who

The Who
You Better You Bet
From the album Face Dances
Polydor Records (UK)
1981

Here’s The Who’s first hit post-Keith Moon. This is a Polydor Records version from the UK.

You Better You Bet Single The Who

You Better You Bet Single The Who

You Better You Bet Single The Who

Looks like I picked this up at Appletree Records, DeKalb, IL

#TBT #Vinyl The Chicago Bears, Super Bowl Shuffle, 1985

19 Jan

Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle

The Super Bowl Shuffle
The Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew
Red Label Music
1985

 

This was the biggest single (at least in Chicago) this week in 1986 leading up to Super Bowl XX.

 

“Now we’re not doing this because we’re greedy,

The Bears are doing it to feed the needy.”

-Sweetness

 

Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle label

 

 

#TBT #Vinyl Pearl Jam, Alive 1991

12 Jan

Pearl Jam Alive Vinyl

Pearl Jam
Alive (45 rpm single)
From the album TenEpic Records
1991

 

This rare 45 of Pearl Jam’s first release was a promo-only single with “Jeremy” on the flip-side.

Pearl Jam Jeremy vinyl

#TBT #Vinyl Chess Records Sampler, 1982

5 Jan

Chess Records

 

Chess Is Back
Various Artists
Chess Records / Sugar Hill Records
Compiled 1982

 

This promo-only LP for in-store play compiled 50’s and 60’s tracks from Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, and other Chess artists.

 

Chess Records

Chess Records

Chess Records

Looks like it I got this in the used bin at Record Rev in DeKalb, IL!

#TBT #Vinyl The Kinks, Give The People What They Want, 1981

29 Dec

Kinks Give the people what they want

The Kinks
Give The People What They Want
Arista Records
1981

Ray Davies’ best stuff was not from the 60s, but from 1981.

 

 

 

Kinks Give the people what they want

Kinks Give the people what they want

Christmas Songs of the 80s and 90s

17 Dec

Waitresses Christmas Wrapping

Any pop band from the 80s or 90s could have achieved immortality by doing one thing that most of the others didn’t:

Write and record a Christmas song.

30 years after a one-hit-wonder’s success faded, their one-hit would be relegated to some lunar rotation on a niche genre satellite radio station. It will rarely, if ever, get downloaded, streamed, or even remembered fondly.

But their holiday song will still be a staple for 6 weeks per year for all eternity. It will have people who didn’t even like the band back in the day singing along. And more importantly, people who weren’t even born yet will make this part of their annual must-hear oldies.

Case in point: The Waitresses

The Waitresses hit the New Wave scene in 1980 and eeked-out a minor hit, “I Know What Boys Like,” upon its re-release in 1982. Though it was in heavy rotation on MTV in ’82, it only reached #62 on the Billboard charts.

square pegs johnny slashThey also recorded the TV theme to Square Pegs thought it wasn’t a hit at all. (“It was a totally different head. Totally.”)

But how often are either of these songs heard? Not much compared to The Waitresses’ one holiday tune, “Christmas Wrapping.”  It was not a hit record, never even entering the charts in the US. But 35 years later, the song has somehow scored a top spot in everyone’s holiday song rotation. In the first week of this year’s Sirius XM’s annual Holly station, I heard it 3 times in 3 days. Or at least the first 30 seconds of it, which is usually juuuuuust enough for me.

Look at the one-hit download wonders of today. Who will still be heard 30 years from now? The ones with a Christmas song…

#TBT #Vinyl Leon Redbone, Branch to Branch, 1981

10 Nov

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Leon Redbone
From Branch to Branch
Emerald City Records / Atlantic
1981

I haven’t figured out Leon Redbone, but I like him. Here’s a great record of standards, jazz, ragtime, country, and other.

 

Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone

TBT Vinyl: Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense, 1984

15 Sep

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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense
Sire Records
1984

 

Great live band made a great live album. That is all.

 

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