Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Old Acquaintance

I've been thinning the stacks of cds so that, upon arriving at my new digs in Pittsburgh, I'll be an all-vinyl man. In doing so I spent much of last evening enjoying parting listens to some lost favorites--Black Grape's It's Great When You're Straight, Yeah, James' Whiplash, Arkarna's brifly amusing "House on Fire" cd-single, Gene's Olympian, Geneva's Further, an Elgar Cello Concerto featuring Jacqueline DuPre, and the very good Wild at Heart soundtrack were among the highlights. Toward the drowsy end of past-bedtime night I popped in The Beautiful South's 1989 debut, Welcome to the Beautiful South.

I'd forgotten what a substantial pop record it is. Sometime this evening I'll probably get the itch and head on over to Magicistragic's weblog to speak my mind proper. But in the meantime, if you need a (FREE) copy of it, or any other badly scratched British pop gem cd from the last three decades just shoot me a line. After Saturday they're all going to that great six-disc changer in the sky, by which I of course mean I'm dumping the lot at A.K.A. Music. Fair warning.

Oh, and I'll definitely be coming back to Black Grape. Good stuff, 1996, you'll live in my heart...

UPDATE: Beautiful South reminiscences up on Magicistragic's weblog. Enjoy!


Daniel said...

If it's any consolation, I have many of the cds on that list. Geneva we hardly knew ye!

Bryan said...

Some of the discs sounded really lame. The whole experience was like going through a high school yearbook from 1987 and wondering how anyone could ever have had hair like that.

I have to say, however, it's also saddening to think there was a time when I could hear seemingly anything and find something about it to love. Seemingly anything British, that is.

Indeed, sayonara Geneva. And...

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