So I walk into work on Thursday and check my email and what do I find? "Saturday is going to be a working day" DOH!!! Needless to say, I was pissed off and extremely sad at the same time. I don't ask for much in life. I only ask that at least twice a year I can go to a record show and procure some cool ass CDs, 45s or LPs (depending on my mood that month). Later it was determined that all folks would only have to work 9am to 1pm. This game me some solice since I knew I could still go. I normally am one of the dorks that is in the line before they even open the doors. That's just the way it should be.
So, I left work one second after 1pm and headed off to pick up Ian. By 1:30, I was in the door and looking for the dollar bins. I love my vinyl. I really do. But do I think I should have to pay more than a dollar for a frickin' K-tel album? I think not.
I really didn't have anything in mind as to what I was looking for, other than the small wish list I got from Todd. About the only thing that I knew is if it was K-tel, it was mine. I really don't know why I am so infatuated with K-tel nowadays. I think it's part of this grand scheme to somehow reconnect with a childhood that I only really remember based on what records I was listening to. I remember hearing about one of my neighbors friends who got pulled over for blasting the Foreigner 4 album too loudly (this was back when the album first came out. I was like 10 or something). I remember my sister and all her older, cuter girlfriends coming over for a sleep over and they were listening to REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity. I remember going to the basement and blaring my Kiss Alive II album and running around like I was singing on stage. And I remember the K-tel albums. High Voltage, Disco Nights. Like I said before, Todd actually found one for me that was the first album I had... a K-tel album called Stars. Disco Nights followed soon after that (I think... or maybe I have them reversed). There's another one that I thought was High Voltage... but now that I have that one, I'm pretty certain that's not it... so I will just have to keep my eyes open. I usually remember the cover more than the name. I think it might have been High Energy... not High Voltage. Oh well.
Anyways, I picked up about 10 or so albums, them being:
1) Kenny Rogers - Greatest Hits *** I've always liked this album. I don't know why. Ruby, don't take your love to town.
2) The Association - Greatest Hits *** C'mon, who doesn't like that sorta folky, sorta psychedelic sound. Ok. Alot of people. But everyone knows it's windy.
3) Hit After Hit *** Good ol' Ronco (famous makers of the pocker fisherman), knew a gold mine when they saw it, so they followed in the steps of K-tel and put out albums with various artists. I almost cherish these a little more just cause they seem to be a little more rare. But their packaging sucked and it holds less sentimental value.
4) John Denver & The Muppets - A Christmas Together *** Why the hell not???
5) Disco Nights *** One of the K-tel albums from my past. This is one of the better ones made right in the middle of the disco era. There were lots of K-tel albums with the word 'disco' in them, but that really didn't mean shit. However, this one was true to the genre with tunes like "Boogie Oogie Oogie", "Macho Man", "I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)" and "Shame"
6) Xanadu Soundtrack *** Todd had this one and I got jealous, so I had to get it. I have a thing for Oliva Newton-John. It's another one of those guilty pleasure things from my past. Around the house we had lots of Elivs, Olivia and Barry. Of Oliva and Barry, I think I have almost all the ones I had when I was younger. I think there's one Olivia album that I still need... I think I saw it in Todd's collection. Hmm... it just might come up missing.
7) Saturday Night Fever *** Another hit from the household I grew up in. I got the 2 LP set for, of course, a dollar. I just told the dealer I had 5 at a dollar each, handed him my money and walked away. Alot of times, the dealer will try to make you pay 2 dollars because, well, it's 2 LPs. I think that's a crock of shit. If the sign says a dollar each, then it's a dollar EACH. If you want to charge 2 dollars for a double disc set, then dammit, your sign should say so.
8) Styx - Paradise Theater *** This is from the 8-Track days. Ian showed me his copy of the LP and it has this kick-ass designed actually etched into the vinyl. It's pretty freaking sweet. I've never seen any other album like it. You'll just have to see it to know what the hell I am talking about.
9) Olvia Newton-John - Greatest Hits *** This is not one from the past but sometimes you just wanna hear the good stuff only, so this collection from 1978 is da bomb.
10) Olivia Newton-John - Let Me Be There *** This also is not one from the past, but I know the title track. I think this might have been her debut album.
11) Three different Bobby Sherman albums *** It's bad enough that I am admitting that I bought these. Honest to goodness, I don't know why I keep buying these god-awful albums. I think it's more of an inside joke that's only funny to me or something. I remember one song that I used to play alot when I was over at my aunt's house called "Julie, Do Ya Love Me?" And that's where it started. Then came the Bobby Sherman Christmas CD that I found at Odd Lots for $2.99. Then Todd gave me a Bobby Sherman album that he found at the thrift store for 49 cents. Now I have three more. By the way, they are all Theresa's. I don't know who she is or was, but she felt the need to mark, in pen, on the front of them all.
After the show, Ian and I grabbed some killer Greek carryout from down the street and watched Kiss videos until I wanted to vomit. Actually, it was the combination of Greek Salad and 4 Dr. Peppers that was almost making me throw up. There were definitely some nasty "vurps" happening, one bad enough that I actually needed to swallow it back down. Eeeewwww!!!
And if I have to hear "I Love It Loud" one more time, I am going to get a hatchet and chop off some heads.
And today, I washed the car and mowed the lawn. Yeah.
Ok, I'm tired now. Buh bye lady.