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  1. 4.

    Omnes Omnibus

    Anything else we should be listening to?

    You’ve already covered Plastic Bertrand and the Banana Splits. We might be done. But this is kind of cool.

  2. 7.


    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): Oh…that takes me back. Loved The Style Council back in the day.

    I can’t get Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” out of my head. Probably because I flipped over to a “Top 40” kind of station the other day when I was in the car and they played it about every half hour. I must have heard it five times while in and out of the car just in one morning. I like the song, though. Feels a bit like a guilty pleasure.

  3. 8.

    Ash Can

    You’re in the mood to dance? Excellent. No wonder you’ve lived to such a ripe old age; weight-bearing exercise is good for the bones. Now break out the salsa and go to town. Anything by Tito Puente and/or Celia Cruz, or the Buena Vista Social Club, will get you going.

  4. 12.

    Suffern ACE

    I’ve got Purple Rain in my ear this evening so I won’t be able to participate tonight. It’s about to turn 30 in a few months. It’s holding up well, considering I’m listening to the infamous imaginary ear worm version.

  5. 16.


    @Suffern ACE: That entire album is incredible, especially when considering the time it came out. Too bad Mr. Nelson has become a Jehovah Witness-Alex Jones-Libertarian nutbag. Dude can still get funky though…

  6. 28.


    @Omnes Omnibus: more of a Human League, Roxy Music, Duran Duran, Echo and the Bunnymen, Mighty Lemon Drops vibe because while I enjoyed Joy Division I wasn’t ready to embrace New Order… if that makes any sense at all…..

    these guys also mattered…

    but crossed all kinds of musical allegiances with Madness, Any Trouble, Elvis Costello, Rockpile, Haircut 100…. musically I was a stir fry of earworms…..

  7. 32.


    Accepted a last-minute invitation to hear these guys tonight: Kurt Vile and the Violators. Oh my! Didn’t know ’em before, but now I’m not gonna be listening to much else for the next few days.

    This song live – KV Crimes – and the audience response to it – was volcanic.

  8. 36.


    @Violet: mine too Violet… I swear there are times where I could lose myself in “More than this” and feel like it’s cool if that’s the last thing I ever heard…

  9. 38.

    Mnemosyne (iPhone)

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    It doesn’t help that I have never been interested in any music in the electronica/house realm. The repetition and looping that other people find hypnotic is deadly dull to me. Like piratedan, I’m a New Romantic for life.


    I read a memoir recently called “Talking to Girls About Duran Duran.” It’s pretty low-key — mostly him talking about growing up on the East Coast — but I enjoyed it.

  10. 42.


    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): there’s a great old BBC series that you can find out on you tube that’s based on Pete Frame’s Rock Family Trees and a couple of the trees that they explore is the Punk Rock explosion and the Manchester Scene and I do believe that there’s one regarding the Birmingham movement as well, it’s narrated by John Peel and they talk to folks that were the movers and shakers and the folks that just seem to fall into one band after another on the fringes of success… well worth checking out… they have like 12-13 episodes with various artists covered…..

  11. 43.


    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Well, that was certainly a heart-warming little tune. :)

    Might the fact that you never appear to sleep have anything to do with your current illness?

    (and that’s what I’m off to do now….)

    ETA: Re Eno, or in the studio.

  12. 46.


    @Violet: it was an album that’s always on the short list, eminently playable, I have only about 20-25 albums like that…..and I have a fair amount of vinyl and discs floating around…. probably not as many as OO, but something in the 500-750 range.

  13. 48.

    Omnes Omnibus

    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): To me, it’s this one. I might have been one the first people to play it on the radio in the US. The single arrived in the mail at my college radio station and we (the guy I did a show with and I) played it a couple of hours later.

    @handsmile: Eno was in the band. It was his start.

  14. 49.

    Mnemosyne (iPhone)


    I don’t think it’s on DVD, but PBS had a great series years ago called “Rock n Roll: An Unruly History.” It’s really great at showing connections between songs that you never realized were there. Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” started as a reggae song. If you listen, you can still hear the reggae rhythms under the disco beat.

  15. 50.


    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): I dunno, there’s a lot of possible contenders….. If You Leave by OMB, Love Plus One – Haircut 100, Overkill – Men at Work, Our Lips are Sealed – Go Go’s, Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Everybody wants to rule the world – Tears for Fears….Go! – Tones on Tail…Rudee Can’t Fail – The Specials, Melt With You – Modern English

  16. 65.

    Mnemosyne (iPhone)

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    That’s it. I have the companion book but I lost the videotaped episodes I had.

    One episode began with the narration, “In 196?, God was a young black girl who could sing,” and went on to cover how music went from girl groups and Motown to black power and James Brown and how music interacted with the Civil Rights Movement. Really great.

  17. 67.


    @Omnes Omnibus: I would apologize, but not sure you’re really all that unhappy about it…. just trying my best to stay away from dropping into an early 60’s girl group phase, it’s just that there are so many genres that appeal and I think I should stray back to the original theme and find danceable stuff… with that in mind, here’s Elvis Costello…..

  18. 70.


    Waverly Sessions: Hurray For The Riff Raff. That is some good music. Listening to it and dancing around.

  19. 71.



    Moving to a different segement of the spectrum, a beauty (60s!) from an album unexcelled for listening when groovily mellow from ingestion/inhalation of stuff that shall not be named.

  20. 76.


    @NotMax: I think it might have been 1976. I was a boy scout. He took us to a place to orientate ourselves. You know get how to use a compass. There might have been a time where we went to said forest listening to Abba in his VW van. Mayabe creepy, but it wasn’t.

  21. 79.

    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again)

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    ETA: Of course, Ronnie helped.

    Ronnie, Ronnie and Ian ETA: Kenny ain’t bad, either. The entire set is up there on YouTube, and Ronnie Lane knocks it out of the park vocally- both backing and lead.

  22. 82.

    Omnes Omnibus

    @Omnes Omnibus: There is a rather young commenter who has said that punk is boring to him and he is fan of prog rock. I would say to him that this song has more soul in it than the totality of Rick Wakeman’s oeuvre. But this is cool. Soul and heart are what matter. The rest is commentary.

  23. 85.


    @NotMax: Yes. I recall the first three 8-tracks I listened to in my dad’s study. Jim Croce. John Denver. And the “man in black” Johnny Cash. I can’t tell you for hours and hours how long I listened to Cash. I got my father his box set years ago. Told him how many hours I listened to him in this study. He was like I didn’t know you did that. I was like dad I did, listened for him countless hours. I know every word to every song he has done.

  24. 89.


    @Omnes Omnibus

    Soul and heart are what matter.

    More heart and more soul in one joint of her little finger than in most singers’ entire torsos.

    (Had the distinct pleasure of seeing her in Hello, Dolly! on stage at the Kennedy Center in D.C.. Only tix could get were SRO, and the performance (with multiple encores plus almost a half-hour of songs not from the show afterewards) was so mesmerizing and such a delight that didn’t notice had been standing for close to 4 hours.

  25. 90.

    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again)

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Maybe. I dunno…Most music, whatever the genre, is average or worse. When it comes to modern music, I find I just don’t commit enough time to find that sliver of what’s the truly good newer stuff- that which I do appreciate really has to jump out at me. Fleet Foxes did that. Janelle Monáe (this is from her last album, not the latest- which I also like) did, too.

  26. 91.


    @piratedan: , @Omnes Omnibus:

    OK, I haven’t quite made it into the bedroom yet, and this little anecdote is unlikely to win friends, but…

    Last July after the first set of a Bill Frisell concert at the Village Vanguard, I had a conversation with Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. They were seated directly behind me at the club and Frisell joined them after playing. Not that we had a long conversation, admittedly, but we talked about Frisell’s set list and the album, The Sweetest Punch, that Frisell made of Costello songs. I have not washed my right hand since that night.

    And OO, what I meant above about Eno was simply to agree and extend upon “Having Brian Eno in the band [or in the studio (as producer, e.g.,Talking Heads, Bowie, U2)] helps.” An acolyte, I know my Eno.

  27. 93.


    @handsmile: have to say, EC is one of my favorite artists, his vitriol and anguish really helped me channel my aggression in my teens and twenties….I got the impression that his music was as cathartic for him as it was for me. Naturally he’s matured quite a bit but I genuinely wonder if he’s following the Nick Lowe career path into musician elder statesman role.

  28. 94.

    Omnes Omnibus

    @piratedan: I have seen Costello in concert in the past few years. If he is adopting a elder statesman role, he is not going gentle into that good night.

  29. 98.


    One of the things that stuns me is how few folks know of Nick Drake. Google him. Listen. You IMHO will fall down a hole of his music that you might come out of tomorrow. He killed himself at 23. I reacall playing his music for this women I was dating and she was blown away. In a rainy day he was the man.

  30. 100.



    EC has been among mine as well, perhaps now more retrospectively than current. I remain in awe of his songwriting/lyric genius.

    As for “elder statesman,” you may well know that he’s recently released a collaborative album with The Roots. The man’s zeal for music of all kinds would seem to remain undiminished.

  31. 107.


    Here’s the new video from Oneohtrix Point Never / Daniel Lopatin, if your tastes run conceptual.

    I resisted the new album, because at first I thought it was exactly like James Ferraro’s Far Side Virtual, i.e. vaporwave, but it has a real emotional weight and sadness underneath the HD corporate muzak gloss. I would put it right up there with any accomplishments of 20th century minimalism. In fact, it’s probably going to be remembered as its coda.

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