Tuesday, June 12, 2018

May on the Turntable

I've been obsessively collecting vinyl for years.  Here are my recent scores...


The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

Shane MacGowan and co.'s rum-soaked saltwater masterpiece.  So many memories of singing these songs with friends in Irish pubs in both Dublin and Rome.  Well, maybe the memories aren't all that clear, but oh well.  The last verse of 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda' absolutely destroys me.

The Cult - Sonic Temple

I'd never listened to The Cult much in the past but this feature on Bret Helm's blog convinced me to give them a shot.  Of all the albums I checked out Sonic Temple struck the deepest chord, so when I found an old pressing for €12 at Radiation I snatched it up.  On the surface it might sound like generic late-80's cock rock, but with attentive ears there's something borderline mystical in Ian's delivery.  Besides, time and a place for everything.


Iggy Pop - The Idiot

This was my one missing entry in the Five Essential Iggy Records: the original two Stooges albums, Raw Power by Iggy and the Stooges, Lust for Life and The Idiot.  It shows Bowie and Iggy at their most subdued, and most refined.  Sometimes I wonder if we read too much into it being the last record Ian Curtis listened to before hanging himself.  Still, you can't deny that its association with his suicide lends an air of beautiful melancholy to a record that was already beautiful and melancholic.  Never is this more evident than on 'Dum Dum Boys' where Iggy rattles off a list of all his friends who lost the war with rock 'n roll.


David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

No need to explain or justify this purchase.  Diamond Dogs was Bowie's final contribution to glam rock, and the title track features the most glam rock opening lines ever delivered: This ain't rock 'n roll!  This is GENOCIDE!