Tag Archives: Previously Owned

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 #386: Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic


Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic

Release Date: 1974 Previously Owned: Yes First Time Listen: No
Impressions: Holy crow, it's been a while since my last update! Let's Pretzel...The Dan seems kind of polarizing, so I'll just say up front that I'm a big fan. I've mostly heard their songs broken up by a mix or as a part of Citizen Steely Dan boxed set. So we'll see how these songs work … Continue Reading ››

RS #387: Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Chambers


Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang Clan:36 Chambers

Release Date: 1993 Previously Owned: Yes First Time Listen: No
"These guys ain't nothin' to fuck wit. By Source, Fair use, Link
Impressions: I've always liked Wu-Tang but I never became a fanatic. Let us enter the 36 Chambers here... "Bring Da Ruckus" is a ('90s term coming up) slammin' opener that establishes their mix of kung fu samples, brash choruses "BRING THA MUTHAFUCKIN RUCKUS," hard beats, and nine, that's … Continue Reading ››

RS #405: Big Star- Radio City


Big Star, Radio City

Release Date: 1974
Previously Owned: Yes
First Time Listen: No
Love this cover. No idea why.
Impressions: I've made no secret of my worshipping at the altar of Big Star and their picture-perfect first album. It's too bad their legend has mostly swallowed up their songs, but let's put this one on and do the best we can... That funky, attention-grabbing guitar opening for "O My Soul" almost has an r&b sound. The herky jerky all-over-the-place drumming from Jody Stevens makes the tune feel like … Continue Reading ››

RS# 407: The Clash, Sandinista!


The Clash, Sandinista!
Release Date: 1980 Previously Owned: Yes First Time Listen: No
"Italian mobster/Shoots a lobster/Seafood restaurant gets out of hand"
Impressions: I'm going to lay it down now: the Clash could be is probably my favorite band of all time (I rate The Replacements as 1A.) Even so, I'm surprised that their somewhat infamous sprawling triple-album follow-up to London Calling made this list. Since it's so long, let's hit play and get started… Hard to imagine a better opener than the funky, almost-rap … Continue Reading ››

RS #408: Sinead O’ Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

#408 Sinead O' Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

Release Date: 1990 Previously Owned: Yes First Time Listen: No
Impressions: Coming out just before Nirvana changed the whole popular music landscape, this huge-selling album made Sinead a one-of-a-kind cultural touchstone due to her strident no-bullshit attitude, trademarked bald head, and great pipes. Haven't heard it in years, let's get to it… The tone for the album is set with the slow-building, string-backed "Feel So Different." For all the mockery she's taken over the years, her cathartic emotional voice still manages … Continue Reading ››

RS #413: Minutemen, Double Nickels On The Dime


Minutemen, Double Nickels On The Dime

Release Date: 1984 Previously Owned: Yes First Time Listen: No
Minutemen, Double Nickels On The Dime
Love how all these subtle things came together on this cover. Mike Watt's look on his face in the rear view mirror. The speedometer reading 55 mph. The San Pedro sign in the background.
Impressions: Mea culpa: I really dig these dudes. So, I'll try not to slobber too much in this review. Simply put, there's never been anyone quite like them, outside of maybe, maybe, Wire (coming up at #412!) Let's get this started, since this … Continue Reading ››

RS #416: Tom Waits, Mule Variations


Tom Waits, Mule Variations

Release Date: 1999 Previously Owned: Yes
"I didn't marry I man. I married a mule," Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits' wife
Impressions: Tom Waits is a good candidate as any to be immune from the dreaded late-career album doldrums. He always seemed like a old guy on the inside with his whiskey and cigarette rasp, beatnik/bluesy subject matter and general craggy demeanor, so naturally it would follow that could age nicely into his persona. He never really went away, but Mule Variations at the time was well regarded as a "comeback." … Continue Reading ››

RS #417: U2, Boy


U2, Boy

Release Date: 1980 Previously Owned: Yes
U2, Boy
8 bit U2
Impressions: I come into this entry as a old fan of U2 from way back. This was the first U2 album I purchased in the eighties. It was on a cassette that, politely, was recorded with the entire album on each side, so you wouldn't have to flip the cassette halfway through. At the time, that impressed me for some reason, along with the moody, earnest post-punk songs within. Let's see how this record does today… "I Will Follow" is a still a … Continue Reading ››