Sunday, July 26, 2009

Recent Acquisitions: Dollar Bin Pick-Ups (7-23-09)

Continuing the 80s theme from the last couple of posts, I picked up these albums during my lunch hour last Friday at the Valley Care Thrift Shop, all for a dollar each:

Aztec Camera, Love (Sire). Doesn't have the pop hooks that their first two albums had. Some would call it boring; I consider it more sophisticated.
David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, The Motion Picture (RCA, 2-LP). Not to be confused with the studio album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. This double LP released in 1983 is actually a live recording from the 70s, with the great Mick Ronson on lead guitar.
R.E.M., Dead Letter Office (I.R.S.). A collection of b-sides, including a couple VU covers. Any early R.E.M. album is worth buying for a dollar.
U2, October (Island)
U2, War (Island)
U2, The Unforgettable Fire (Island).  I bought their first album Boy when it first came out, really wanted to like it, but never warmed up to it. Except for the songs I heard on the radio and played by my sister at home who was a fan, I generally avoided U2. I didn't think they could write songs. All their songs sounded like marches. I found Bono's voice grating. I thought this until Achtung Baby came out, which is a nearly great album. Still didn't get into the band, although I've liked some of their recent songs. Figure it's time for a reassessment of their earlier work. 
The Style Council, "Walls Come Tumbling Down" (Polydor, UK pressing, 12-inch 45rpm EP). Bought this on the off-chance that rocky starts a new career as a DJ. I'm starting to think of DJ names for myself already--Rocky DeeLite or DJ Rocky "This Ain't No Mid-Life Crisis" Dennis.


  1. You're not kidding: This really is an out-of-control hobby.