Tag Archives: 1985

RS: 388: Various Artists, The Indestructable Beat of Soweto – Vol 1


Various Artists The Indestructable Beat of Soweto- Vol. 1

Release Date: 1985 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
"I would say, yes, this beat is quite indestructable " by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.
Impressions: Looking forward to this one. Well, not speaking the language, it loses a little in translation for me. But it's chockful of catchy, quirky tunes that are light, funky and don't have a ton of "world music" baggage. Rubbery basslines, … Continue Reading ››

RS #439: Sam Cooke, Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963


Sam Cooke, Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963

Release Date: 1985 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Sam Cooke, Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963
Where have you been my whole life?
Impressions: I've heard of this album, but never listened to a minute of it, mostly because radio stations rarely play live albums and, I guess, some laziness on my part. Let's put it on… Right off the bat, the atmosphere is pretty great; sounds like a hot crowd in a smaller, more intimate setting that most concert albums. Sam "Mr. Soul" Cooke and his band … Continue Reading ››

RS #440: The Pogues, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash


The Pogues, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

Release Date: 1985 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
I guess I'll take rum...
Impressions: Irish folk-punk rock. A very narrow little sub-genre, practically invented by The Pogues, that I enjoy in small doses, like a musical version of Jameson's Whiskey. Definitely not for everyone, but if you are open to its aggressive fiddle/banjo/accordion/mandolin/whiskey driven sound, it can be quite bracing. Let's have a shot… The first few songs get right to the point … Continue Reading ››

RS #488: Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising


Hüsker Dü, New Day Rising

Release Date: 1985
Previously Owned: Yes
Why yes, I do remember New Day Rising.
Impressions:  Back in junior high (mid '80s,) lots of friends of mine started getting in to hardcore music. They got mohawks, would wear punk t-shirts to school and go slamdancing at shows at the Caberet Metro or Aragon Ballroom (aka the "Brawlroom.") Naturally, I was interested in hearing what kind of music would make someone shave their head for it. I couldn't really find any of this stuff on the radio, so I gave … Continue Reading ››