Thursday, February 16, 2006


Rumors of my demise last night were in large part exaggerated. Thanks to K. and Pho I am a new man or at least repaired. I love Rhino Records . They are masters of box sets and reissues. Since the local Sam Goody store is closing I treated myself to the above box set as a birthday present at 30% off. It is a treasure trove of alternative 80's stuff. 82 songs and some good liner notes talking about the battles of who made the cut and why some did not. Named after a 'Mats song and including my faves Husker Du and Pixies I will be rocking out for a while.

Musical tastes are difficult largely formed by outside impressions and then culled to fit one's persona. Was it in High Fidelity where Rob Gordon said you are what you listen to? Parents I suppose are the first impressions either in compliance with or avoidance of. My mom was Elvis all the way in her youth and my dad was old school country like Hank Snow or Sons of the Pioneers. I find I have a greater appreciation for country now and my aversion was probably just an aspect of the larger conflict between father and son. Peers and trends dictated my teens as my collection was ripe with the likes of Boston, Scorpions, Iron Maiden & Pink Floyd's The Wall was probably first album I bought in store after my ordeal with Columbia House finally ended. I eventually gravitated towards Adam & the Ants other pseudo- alternative tunes. It is always interesting to look back on era and see what has survived. I just wish the Misfits song included had been "Where Eagles Dare". I think I will go play it on the jukebox now.

5 comments:

displacedriverrat said...

i think it was something like, "it's not what you're like, but what you like" the HF thing

Dexter said...

I think i was confusing that with the Thurston Moore thing.

zaphod said...

I stumbled across this a year or two ago. Heard of him? AltCountry. The guy is pretty much all over the map as far musical influences are concerned - a rich synthesis of tejano, punk, country, roots rock, latin jazz... Tribute albums usually suck. Not this one. Get it and you'll want the rest of his discography.

Oh, and hapy (belated) b'day.

Dexter said...

Thanks for the wishes.I have this tribute, Por Vida and agree that it is amazing. It is similar ot other well intentioned tributes to raise money for sick musicians like Vic Chestnutt and Victoria Williams.

Red State Librarian said...

Thanks for the CD tip. I just checked it out of my library. I've probably seen about 1/3 of the acts live. The Dead Kennedys' show at Mabuhay Gardens (on Broadway in SF) was probably the wildest. The cops had to shut it down.