1977: Can You Copy This 8-Track For Me?
While the 8-Track was mighty popular for a time, it turned out to be one great way to pick up albums on the cheap. I remember around 1980 or so being able to buy relatively new albums on 8-Track for a dollar, in the discount bin at the local Two Guys department store! Of course, I no longer have those tapes, while the vinyl I paid a few dollars more for sits in my basement in brand new bins I just bought for them, so even if I never get around to listening to vinyl anymore, I can scan through my collection like I'm in a record store of old!
Chances are you re-bought these on CD at some point and now are being asked to put them away and join the download age where everything once again sounds worse! Yahoo! Progress!
Since everything modern pretty much rots, we'll take another stroll down memory lane to a time when bands had to practice and get signed to a record label and it didn't much matter if you had a trust fund to afford all the best publicists to promote your terrible, terrible music. Believe it or not, Screaming Lord Sutch was the exception!
25) Electric Light Orchestra -- Out of the Blue: This was an album for the big boys, y'know, the kids with jobs who could afford a double album. I didn't get around to it, since by the time I accumulated the dough necessary, I was on to picking up Wings Over America, three entire albums of music! Friday afternoons in school were absolute torture, waiting for the bell to ring so I could hop in my mom's car and ask politely to be taken to the record store to make the weekend even more awesome. Who needed friends? I had records! Though, much to my dismay, I can't friend those albums on FaceBook!
24) Iggy Pop -- The Idiot, Lust For Life: How many of us bought these albums because we couldn't find the original Stooges albums and then wondered what all the fuss was about? These are decent records, but in no way as life-changing as Pop's earlier work. And there is a certain amount of residual goodwill when evaluating these albums. You can hear the traces of Pop's wild side. Nowadays, with everything in print, it's near impossible to screw up your advanced studies.
23) Iggy Pop & James Williamson -- Kill City: This album wasn't an option for kids who shopped in department stores for their records. A good thing, since there's no reason to get involved here without knowing what you're getting yourself into. This is music for people who like records, who don't mind shoddy sound and can dig the wildness. Recorded in 1975 as demos for a potential record contract, Kill City received a remix in 2010 that will likely annoy hardcore fans as much as hearing Raw Power in higher fidelity. I don't blame them. Memories are sacred.
22) Kansas -- Point of Know Return: For us or for them?