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Record Of The Day: Madonna's Like A Virgin.


Back in the 80s I had so much sex to this album it was almost my mating call.
I still remember when Madonna was seemingly a one-hit-wonder who had a post-disco album that was loved by the few people who bought it, and then her video for Lucky Star debuted on Friday Night Videos. That pretty much broke it all open and by Monday of the following week, at least 5% of the girls and a few of the guys were sporting a star earring hanging from their right ear and they were wearing bleached out denim. We bleached bits of our hair (I had that in the 80s) and wrapped our wrists in bangles and lace… Fashion was tacky and cheap… that made us love it even more.
This is her second album.. most of us thought she wasn’t going to last long… but this album, and the singles released at the same time like Into The Groove and Crazy For You, solidified her as the icon of our generation. Even if you weren’t a fan of her music, you loved Madonna.

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Record Of The Day: Prince's 1999


I’ll take you back to 1982. I was in 8th grade and my love of music had become my escape from living in a tiny, remote shithole of a town in Atlantic Canada. The B-52’s told me not to worry because even if I was in outer space, there were thousands of others like me. The Missing Persons told me of a magical city called LA where nobody walked and Blondie created a universe of tribal warfare and interstellar spaceship races.
But all of this music was hard to find.  Radio wasn’t playing anything very cool, and the one TV show that did show New Wave and punk (called The New Music) was only 30 minutes long once per week. I had never heard of Prince before. But the review of his new double album 1999 sounded like something that I’d love. They raved about how it was a funky, futuristic, dark but still danceable world he created and based on that review alone, I went to the nearby city of Moncton and bought a copy of it. The first ever Prince recording I heard was his Darth Vader-ish vocoder, detuned voice saying “Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you, I only want you to have some fun.”
And fun I had. I held onto that album like a secret viewport into a universe I could only dream of being real. I don’t recall talking about it at school… it was my secret love. That album was released around the same time as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and while that was a very fun pop record, 1999 was its dirty minded older brother.
The copy you see above is the copy I bought all those years ago… it still has the hype sticker on it and the record is in shockingly good shape considering just how many plays it’s had over the years.
Prince of course went on to become one of the biggest rock stars in history. He revolutionized music and the music industry and then sat back and watched as people reacted to it all.
 

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Record Of The Day: Miley Cyrus-Bangerz


Probably not quite the record you’d expect me to like. But Miley’s first album as an adult was a strange downbeat, dark, melancholic outing that was stripped down, stark and devastatingly sad. It also was the album where she walked away from auto tune and over-produced music to allow us to hear her real voice. The video for Wrecking Ball was such an attention grabber that a lot of people missed just how beautifully she sang it. Showing off her rather huge vocal range. And still making us all feel like we’d been there… we tried so hard to make a relationship work that we ruined it.
It’s also the only recording I own of Britney Spears’ voice… go figure.

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Vinyl Of The Day: Karyn Crisis – Covenant.

Karyn’s last album Salem’s Wounds is my favorite album of the 21st Century. Her song ‘Mother’, about a witch burned at the stake, still reduces me to tears. After the last couple of years in a weird netherworld and wondering where I fit into… all of this… hearing her growl “the witch is risen,” I knew that I had a theme song. But that was her last album and this week her new record started to appear in our mailboxes.
So… Here’s the new Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches album Covenant.

(btw, I recently was asked to take part in a project that I’m not sure I can tell you about just yet… but it mixes my two passions… porn and witchcraft… more on that later, but it’s the first time since 2012 that I’ve been asked to write music).

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Record Of The Day: Eurythmics – Revenge

I vividly remember the day I walked into the record store at the Charlottetown Mall in Prince Edward Island where I lived as a teenager… Eurythmics were my absolute favorite band. I had their albums, their EPs, the 12″ singles, the 7″ singles, books, magazines and posters. T-shirts, Flexi-discs and anything else I could get my hands on. I had grown my hair to look like Dave’s big thatch with the bleached bits. I planned on getting a Eurythmics tattoo once I was old enough…
I walked in I remember hearing a voice that sounded like Annie and music that sounded like… well, my favorite band. But I didn’t know the song. I turned to the front to see what they were playing and…. I saw that cover. I gasped and felt chills… my favorite band had just released a new album and I had no idea… I snatched up a copy of the vinyl and cassette. One for home and one to listen to while I walked or cycled around town…
I raced home, went to my bedroom and put this on. Lay there in bed listening to their new masterpiece. I still love this album. Every song is good.
This album became the soundtrack to my summer of 1986. I still remember how I felt hearing the songs, still remember the emotions that it stoked in me.
This album was a hit, but maybe not quite a big as their previous albums… but who cares? The fans loved it.
Here’s the video for Missionary Man that I still adore.

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Record Of The Day: Donna Summer’s Bad Girls

She was the biggest woman in music at thetime. The queen of disco. The role model for a generation of women and gay men looking for someone to teach them how to stand up for themselves. This album was the culmination of years of career building and it took over everything. Radio and tv, print media… everyone was talking about this album. It stands up still after all these years. It’s also one of those double albums that was made for stacker turntables. Sides one and four are on one record and two and three are on the other.

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Record Of The Day: Good Stuff by the B-52's


They’d been the crazy lives of the party for over a decade. College radio and new wave clubs played them nonstop, but radio ignored them entirely until their album Cosmic Thing landed huge hits (there were four singles and two massive hits including ‘Love Shack’ which became one of the most enduring party anthems in history) and sold a truck load of records. This is their follow up, Good Stuff. Not quite as big commercially, but it solidified the band as the kings and queens of the summertime pool party.  Hits like the title track (with a video featuring a pre-megafame RuPaul), Revolution Earth and Tell It Like It T-I-Is filled the dance floors at the time and are still favorites when the band plays live.
This is the only album that featured the band as a trio. Unable to deal with the death of her brother Ricky, Cindy Wilson left the band. She just needed some time to herself. Julie Cruise replaced her on tour and did a fantastic job, but Cindy would return before long and all was well on Planet Claire.
The B-52’s only released one more album and a few more singles after this. They still tour almost non-stop (although without Keith who retired from touring a few years ago) and they’re all recording their own rather excellent solo projects. But I love all they’ve done and can only thank them for being around for so long, giving us to much great music and letting me know that “there are thousands of others like you.”

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Record Of The Day – Red Hot + Blue

Who remembers this one? At the height of the AIDS crisis, some of the hugest rock and pop stars contributed to this collection of Cole Porter covers. And huge artists… U2, Annie Lennox, Fine Young Cannibals, Neneh Cherry, Jodi Watley, Sinead O’Conner. kd lang, Erasure, Iggy Pop & Debbie Harry, Thompson Twins, Aztec Camera, Lisa Stansfield, Tom Waits… Lots of others. It’s a fantastic album.

 

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Record of The Day – Kiss Rock 'n' Roll Over

Most people were still trying to figure out what the fuck they were looking at. The stage makeup and weird costumes, comic book characters and music that sounded like Mott The Hoople getting fucked in the ass by Black Sabbath… it was all a bit much. Parents thought that “KISS” stood for “Knights In Satan’s Service” and young fans passed around stories like “they never allow themselves to be seen, even their girlfriends don’t know what they look like.”
They’d had three albums that had met disappointing sales but their live shows were huge… management rolled the dice with a live album as their fourth outing and Kiss became mega-stars. Their first studio album after that was called Destroyer and was legend.., following that up was going to be difficult, but with this very straight-forward album Rock N Roll Over, Kiss showed that they were here to stay.
This has one of my favorite songs ever on it called “Calling Doctor Love,” and features a cover that looks like it’s upright regardless of which of the four sides to have on top.
 

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