Well, this is my last post here. I wanted to find something Christmassy but I guess I don't own any holiday music. I blame working in retail stores over the holidays for this gap in the collection. Anyhow, I thought I'd close it out with a touch of Satan instead. Thanks Alexander for letting me guest blog over here for a couple weeks. I thought that by going through all of my vinyl to look at the labels I would start to weed out the stinkers. But hey, go figure, I love those stinkers! Happy Axe-mas to all!
Honestly I don't know much about this release. I found it in the dance section on our vinyl shelves here at home. It has a Gramaphone Records price sticker from 1992, so I assume Nick bought this one. Sometimes with white label dance records you can look in the dead wax to see which is Side A and at what speed it should be played. This had nothing written on it except for the printed TZ 5. I suppose with these kinds of records it matters more the mood you are in, rather than the speed of the music. It's quite good. The label is pretty and swirly and colorful and spirograph-ish.
When my parents had parties they would put this record on and have me and my sister come entertain guests by singing along. It wouldn't be until years later that I fully understood the lyrics to The Message and see just how funny it was to have little toddlers singing along to it. "Rats in the front room, roaches in the back, Junkie's in the alley with a baseball bat" ha ha ha!!!
These dudes make me think of grunge and the moment when alternative became a genre and a section in music stores. Like college rock, alternative was suddenly popular rock and made dudes with flannels and white guy dreadlocks super cool. (ew, hippies...) These guys got over shadowed by the Flaming Lips... their guitar player went on to play on their albums, leaving Mercury Rev in the dust. "Chasing a Bee" is really rad when blasted from your Chevette's cassette player. I'm just sayin'.
I love the Nervous Records label. It's a very hard, dirty house label out of New York. There are more imprints then Nervous Dog Records (Wreck Records and Weeded Records) but each of them have the cartoon head. So awesome.
When doing the Stax tour in Memphis I have to admit I got a little choked up. I am madly in love with Otis Redding but being there in the studio hit me like I never expected it would. There I was with some families and old people weeping like a little girl. Ahhhhh Otis.
These are just a couple 45s from Stax and Volt. I do like the earlier Stax label with the records flying out from the pile.
Collector Not Completist features daily posts of center-labels from records. Bloggers are invited on board for two-week stints to contribute 14 of their favorite labels from their collections. Collector Not Completist is organized by Alexander Stewart.
"Like at the present time I'm interested in sorting records, because I think that music has like some kind of powers to it that would be interesting to explore, and I've already done this. I've made a large collection of records."