Sad Songs Are Nature's Onions

"For the sickness, that be spreadin with the quickness Remedies, cousin I be doin on my enemies Penalty, then I drink forties to they memories" - "Release Yo' Delf" by Method Man

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Iain's Holiday CD Buying Guide

Since I have absolutely nothing better to say, here is a quick report card of some CD's I have purchased in the last few months, just in case you have a music loving friend and you're not sure what to get them for Non-Denominational Winter Time Gift Giving Holiday. Some oldies, some newies, all goodies.

Rocket From The Crypt - "Scream, Dracula, Scream!"
Grade: B+
The Skinny: Crazy ass party rock with a horn section (don't worry though, this ain't no ska nonsense). Perfect for the rock and roll fan in your life. Your mom would hate these guys, therefore it is good rock and roll. Simple formula.

Warren Zevon - "A Quiet Normal Life: The Best Of Warren Zevon"
Grade: B
The Skinny: A decent overview of Zevon's early work. Most of the hits are here, including "Lawyers, Guns, and Money" and "Werewolves of London". Also included is the great "Play It All Night Long". Zevon was one of those songwriters who could really tell a story through his lyrics, and he was one cynical bastard to boot.

The Damned - "Machine Gun Etiquette (25th Anniversary Edition)"
Grade: A-
The Skinny: The Damned, although overshadowed in their time by bands like the Sex Pistols and The Clash, were certainly no slouches, and were one of the better bands around in the early days of punk. There was definitely a sense of fun and "taking the piss" with The Damned that was mostly absent in the Pistols and The Clash. This reissue has some great bonuses as well: B-sides, alternate versions of the three singles from the album, and a video. This disc is definitely the dog's bollocks.

Blondie - "The Best Of Blondie"
Grade: A
The Skinny: This one is for all of my friends who think that I don't listen to pop music. The first Blondie "Best Of" compilation, it is still one of the best. New Wave/Punk/Disco fusion, whatever the hell you want to call it, their is no doubt that Blondie was one of the best groups of their era. Buy this for somebody that you care about. On second thought, screw that, and buy it for yourself.

Part 2 of the CD buying guide tomorrow...


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