I had some pretty good taste in music when I was younger. (Actually, it hasn't really changed.)
I did have about 350 albums when I was in my late teens, which seemed like an obscene number at the time and I couldn't justify carrying them all around with me any longer - I was moving a lot back then. So I sold most of them in one big lot, keeping the ones that I thought were special in some way, or uncommon, and then in the 90's I actually started buying more vinyl again (for a little while). So what you see below is a mix of stuff. But I've always regretted that sale, mostly because to sweeten the deal I had to include all my KISS, all my Led Zeppelin, all my Pink Floyd, and about 95% of my Beatles records, not to mention the entire metal era of my life. Some of those albums probably are pretty rare now, at least in their original pressings.
Anyway, to the collection that remains!
I used to love Echobelly, although this song actually kinda sucks. But I loved Sonya Aurora Madan's look and voice and the fact that she somehow managed to sound like Morrissey even though the band's music was completely different than The Smiths, and she was a woman singing in a different range. This single is a limited edition, though I don't suppose anyone cares anymore as, like most Britpop-era bands, Echobelly seems to have basically faded into obscurity.
Yes, it is what you think it is. I apologize for nothing! If you can't appreciate the awesomeness of Xanadu, then I have no use for you.
I also have this movie on LaserDisc. (Oh, and DVD.)
Think I kept this because I thought it might be rare or something. I don't think I've ever listened to it; I have all the songs on it on other formats.
I thought I'd sold this, but I'm glad I was wrong. This is pressed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl - very rare! (It was also pressed on regular vinyl, and that version's way more common.) Side-note: I saw them on the tour for this album, and it was like the Siouxsie of old. It was pretty fucking wondrous. I was also about four feet from the stage.
I think I kept this out of my original batch because it's very old. It's not an original pressing, but I believe it is from 1972. Probably not worth anything, but just cool to still have all the old graphics on it, and an ad on the inside for Time Warner "Loss Leaders", which were double albums sold for the price of a single album.
Can't tell without a reference point but this is actually a double 10", not a 12". I love 10" records, they're like mini versions of themselves. This album ("Spooky" by Lush) was also released on single 12", but the double 10" version has wider grooves for better sound quality. It was also limited to 10,000 copies (which sounded like nothing at the time, but now sounds like a lot for any vinyl record), and came in its own fitted thick plastic sleeve. I remember buying this at Amoeba Music in San Francisco the day that it came out. They had a whole stack of them!
I think I probably stole this by mistake from my college radio station. (I was music director there, and often took stuff home to listen to, then forgot to bring it back... always legitimately!)
7 Year Bitch picture disc. Also a 10". I remember in those days wondering how they got the pictures into the vinyl, and then how a record player could play it. Man, kids are dumb.
This song has vocals from Elisabeth Fraser, which was a big deal at that time because the Cocteau Twins were still together and she never sang with anybody else (except This Mortal Coil, though that doesn't really count as another band). I bought it without even hearing it. Then I was pretty disappointed in the song itself. I bought it on vinyl because it came out like a week before the CD.
Labradford was awesome. My friends and I considered them an "ambient" band although we knew they were different from other bands in that category - I'm not sure how you'd really classify them. (Wikipedia says they're "post-rock", whatever the hell that means.) It's like music for horror film soundtracks. You can listen to this entire album on YouTube. I've always meant to replace this album on a format I can still play, but just never remember when I'm not looking at it.
Going Blank Again by Ride, one of the seminal albums of the shoegazer era, and it just feels "right" on vinyl. I bought it for "Leave Them All Behind", their biggest single, but nowadays it's clear to me that the real standout on this album is "Twisterella". I can listen to that song all day long. (And I have, several times.)
The Cocteau Twins were my favorite band for a long, long time. This was one of their best EP's, and really hard to find, though it was later re-released in a CD box set that I also have. It features Pink Orange Red, still one of my favorite songs of all time. This is an interesting thing about the Cocteau Twins - a lot of their most famous songs never made it onto albums. You really have to get all the singles, EP's and B-sides. They actually opened with Pink Orange Red when I saw them on their final tour, and that was one of the most amazing moments of my life, hearing that song open a Cocteau Twins concert.
One of the best driving songs ever, not coincidentally.
I used to argue with people I worked with whether NOFX was "fake punk" or not. I wonder what those people think now that other "punk" albums been turned into Broadway show tunes. Are the Ramones really the only real punk band in the world?
I still love NOFX, though their politics can get a little heavy-handed sometimes. But god, their music is fucking catchy and sometimes their lyrics are right on point. My one true foe: LCD indeed.
One of my original batch of albums from when I was a kid. In fact, one of the few to survive - I broke most of them in a temper tantrum when I was about 8 years old.
"April Skies" still reminds me of a time I'd rather not think about.
The Moon and the Melodies. This is really a Cocteau Twins album, although it's not called that because of the addition of Harold Budd. A lot of Twins fans I know don't really know this album exists (until I tell them) - it's not part of their official discography. I picked this up at Bleecker Bob's in NYC.
Lush's last good album, but kind of a bad omen for an album title! You may as well call an album "The End" or something. I also bought this on CD, but just wanted the vinyl because British records in those days were like American vinyl in the 1960's - it was still really high quality, with nice sleeves and thick vinyl.
I keep this sealed up with my copy of Split. It's a 7" flexi-disc of "Rupert the Bear". Nowadays of course you can just find this on YouTube, but in those days this was one of those rarities that even most hardcore fans had never heard, and would go searching all over the world for. And I had it! (I don't know where I got it. But I was a monster Lush fan for a while. I probably flew to England for it, or something.)
Not much to say about this one. Not my favorite song by them.
I have no idea why I have this or who "Paw" even is.
"Our Lips are Sealed" is still one of my favorite songs. I was also one of those guys that had a massive crush on Jane Wiedlin, at least until the Bangles came along and Susanna Hoffs took over my life. (btw, she still looks pretty awesome today.)
you could understand the words. The thing about Liz Fraser was always that she was dark and mysterious and kind of nuts. And she intentionally made her lyrics unintelligible when she sang them, because she was afraid of people knowing her feelings about things. This was her trademark.
But this was the first song of original Twins material in many years where she sang in plain, properly pronounced English. Appropriately, she sings of letting go of that hidden persona and becoming more open.
Unfortunately the album itself, devoid of the mystery and with Fraser now singing almost entirely in her upper register, sounded sugary and weak compared to their other albums. They actually returned to their earlier form a bit with their last album Milk and Kisses, and I'm glad they hung on long enough to record that one as their farewell.
This album used to be tremendously rare but I don't know if anyone cares anymore, plus if I took a photo of the back side you'd see that it's got a giant chunk taken out of the jacket right in the middle. This is actually my second copy of this, though - I had a pristine copy originally and sold it. Somebody gave this one to me for free because of the jacket damage. (btw, the line down the middle is a fold-out - inside is a scene from a hospital.)
Tragically I only have this album on vinyl and I don't even remember any of the songs, though I do remember liking it. I have some of their other stuff on CD and I do still listen to it.
If you've never heard Cranes before, just watch this. Then realize that that was on fucking MTV! The same network that today has replaced all of its music programming with "Jersey Shore".
"Come on Eileen", but I actually really like this whole album.
classic trip-hop single, probably the most required listening of all trip-hop singles. Blew everyone away when it came out. Which leads to...
Carcass as anything else. Just an amazing song.
so haunting and beautiful. (By the way, I am always mesmerized by watching Liz Fraser - her eyes! I met her once, at the record store that I worked at. Just wanted to throw that out there.)
I actually have the This Mortal Coil CD box set as well, which I think is also really rare, and it's one of my prized possessions. That "band" was just an incredible and creative project. Talk about a super-group.
(I also had dinner with Ivo Watts-Russell and his girlfriend one night... it was kind of awkward and I don't like to think about it too much.)
"Love Spreads" all the way through - I mean that is a great fucking song. (That's the short version too.)
"Sweetness and Light", which was the first Lush single I ever got, and I was blown away by it. Still one of my favorite songs ever. This was 1990, and this music was not like anything anybody had ever heard at that time. Oh sure, the Cocteau Twins were sort of similar, but this was that sound in rock music.
Incidentally, the single best song I've ever seen/heard in a live setting was this one, 1992 at The Ritz in New York City. Sold out show, and the entire crowd was jumping up and down as one during the whole song. I remember the band was backlit so you could not see them - just their silhouettes. It felt like a rave. I left that show drenched in sweat. It still ranks as one of my top two or three shows ever. (I saw them again in 1993 and it was a completely different experience, unfortunately.)
Like NOFX until a little while ago, I haven't listened to Down By Law in years and have no recollection of what they sound like. Obviously I thought this album was good enough to buy, but I don't remember why. I still like the fact that it's called "blue" and has an entirely red cover. Was there a red, white and blue trilogy, or am I thinking of film?
And finally we have Gene, a pretty standard Britpop band at the tail end of that movement. I bought this out of habit; at that time, I was buying pretty much any "limited edition" album (as this is) that came out of England. This one was never my favorite, although I remember liking a few songs on it. Ah well.
Hope you enjoyed this! If you see anything you need here to complete your collection, feel free to contact me - I may be willing to part with most of the stuff on this list.