Tag Archives: 1978

RS #383: Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings And Food


Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings And Food

Release Date: 1978 Previously Owned: Yes First Time Listen: No
This album cover is made up entirely of smaller Polaroid photos. By Source, Fair use, Link
Impressions: Okay, now here is a second album! Not to mention one of my favorite album covers and album titles of all time. In some ways, More Songs About Buildings and Food really more like their actual debut. Talking Heads 77 was slightly … Continue Reading ››

RS #415: Van Halen, Van Halen


Van Halen, Van Halen

Release Date: 1978 Previously Owned: Yes (on vinyl) First Time Listen: No
Van Halen, Van Halen
So many joints have been rolled on this cover...
Impressions: Van Halen doesn't exactly fit into my musical wheelhouse, but I secretly find them pretty awesome from time to time. Don't tell anyone. Let's put on their debut record here… Opens with the thump thump thump of Michael Anthony's Jack Daniels bass guitar and kicks into gear with the spare, somewhat menacing yet fun-loving "Runnin' With The Devil." Their pattened brand of metal-flavored pop/rock (or is it pop/rock-flavored metal?) … Continue Reading ››

RS #428: The Police, Outlandos D’Amour


The Police, Outlandos D'Amour

Release Date: 1978
Previously Owned: Yes
The Police, Outlandos D'Amour
Rare photo of the Police not punching each other
Impressions: The first concert I ever saw (not counting The Four Freshman in a shopping mall) was Amnesty International's Conspiracy Of Hope in 1986. It was one of the last shows The Police played before they broke up (for the first time) and I thought they were amazing. That made me a fairly decent Police fan for the rest of my life, even if they would do something stupid in the future … Continue Reading ››

RS #438: The Cure, Boys Don’t Cry

The Cure, Boy's Don't Cry
EGYPT TRIP 1978!!!


The Cure, Boys Don't Cry

Release Date: 1978
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions: Much like the way I enjoy the Smiths, I like my mopey served up with a side order of catchy. The Cure certainly fits that bill. Boys Don't Cry is an early compliation of The Cure smashing together stuff from their first album Three Imaginary Boys and other singles for a US audience. Let's put it on...The title track is still a simple classic single-- with a chiming guitar and lean production that … Continue Reading ››

RS #442: Devo, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

Devo, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
There's very little golf material on this album.

Devo, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

Release Date: 1978 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes Impressions: Sadly, I’ve never really considered these guys as, like, an actual band of musicians. Like ZZ Top and their long beards, their nerdy, red siren hat wearing image has overshadowed their tunes in my mind. This should be interesting… “Uncontrollable Urge” blasts out of the gate with some rocking, angular guitars and their version of punk. I’m impressed. They follow … Continue Reading ››

RS #449: Big Star, Third/Sister Lovers


Big Star, Third/Sister Lovers

Release Date: 1978 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Big Star Third/Sister Lovers
This album is no day at the beach, that's for sure.
Impressions: As mentioned earlier, I'm pretty smitten with Big Star's catchy, influental '70s guitar pop. But, I've never touched their third (and last) "experimental" album that barely got released. Seems weird to review these in reverse order, but here we go….Oh man, from the first few notes on "Kizza Me" this album makes me anxious. With Chris Bell long gone, this is Alex … Continue Reading ››