Vinyl Night V
Last Tuesday, I hosted another vinyl night at Little Fish, Huge Pond.
For new readers, Little Fish is located in Sanford, Florida. That’s a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.
A soundtrack album for the 1984 movie Amadeus, it mostly contains the works of 18th century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Being a double album, I only played one side of one record. The only other person in the bar wanted to hear something else. Some people can only take so much of classical.
Bad by Michael Jackson
Released in 1987, it contains six hits: “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror”, “Dirty Diana”, “Smooth Criminal” and “Another Part of Me”.
By this time, Matt Cooper arrived with a knapsack full of vinyl. When “Another Part of Me” played, he smiled and talked about Epcot flashbacks. Epcot used to show Michael Jackson’s Captain EO film. “Another Part of Me” featured in the film.
Like I mentioned earlier, Matt brought albums. In the past weeks, folks kept yapping about what albums they owned and promised to bring them in. So far, the night has been promised Al Green, Def Leppard and some hip-hop. Matt didn’t do any yapping. Yet, he did bring in records.
The next upcoming records are his.
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols by The Sex Pistols
Released in 1977, this is the only album released by punk rock group The Sex Pistols. It contains “Anarchy in the U.K.”, “Holidays in the Sun” and “God Save the Queen”.
Because of the word “bollocks”, the album inspired an obscenity trial.
To this day, I still sing parts of “Anarchy in the U.K.”
Abbey Road by The Beatles
Released in 1969, it contains the recognizable “Come Together” and “Here Comes the Sun”. Of all the folks who covered “Come Together”, Michael Jackson’s cool version is the only one I heard.
Innervisions by Stevie Wonder
Released in 1973, the album contains three hits: “Higher Ground”, “Living for the City” and “Don’t Worry ’bout a Thing”.
A song about a black Southerner migrating to New York City, “Living for the City” still gives me chills when I listen to it.
By this time, some drunk idiot with a dog requested Marvin Gaye. I didn’t have him.
The drunk idiot appeared to be in his late forties. Noticing Matt’s Converses, the guy asked Matt were they made in China. On and on, the guy kept asking were things made in China.
Valley Girl by Frank and Moon Zappa
Released in 1982, this song was Frank Zappa’s only US Top 40 hit. Sung by his fourteen year old daughter Moon, the song poke fun of the Vally Girl talk Moon heard at social gatherings. Ironically, because of the song, the Valley Girl image became popular.
Before I played the song, Michael entered the building. When I DJed an 80s party for him, I didn’t have the song. So, when I played it on vinyl night, his eyes lit up and he began singing the lyrics.
“You know what?” I told him. “Young ladies still talk like the folks they’re making fun of.”
“Valley Girl” is from Frank Zappa’s Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch. On the b-side is “You are What You is”.
Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
Released in 1987, I first thought the soulful voice belonged to a black guy. No, the singer was a white British redhead guy.
His most famous song, the video “Never Gonna Give You Up” became what was known as rickrolling. A person would think they’re about to watch a video involving something else, but gets lead to Rick Astley’s video.
Despite the many mixes on the record, I played the radio version.
Oh yea, this wasn’t Matt’s record. This belonged to Moire, the bar owner.
Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Released in 1967, the album contains many well-known songs: “Purple Haze”, “Manic Depression”, “Hey Joe”, “Fire” and “Are You Experienced”.
This was Matt’s album. Yet, back in high school, a white stoner friend gave me a copy. Last I heard of that guy, he was making and selling pipes. He even showed me his studio. I think the pipes were ceramic. I’m not sure.
Parallel Lines by Blondie
Released in 1978, the album contains my personal favorites: “One Way or Another” and “Heart of Glass”.
At this time, drunken idiot still annoyed us somewhat. He transformed into another person yapping and yapping about all the records he possessed. Plus just like the others, he promised to bring in some.
Drunken idiot soon left. Yet another character took his place. This guy always wears a chef hat and sneezes into his handkerchief all night.
Chicago IX – Chicago’s Greatest Hits
Released in 1975, I never thought I would recognize most of the songs on side 1. Instantly I recognized “25 or 6 to 4” and “Saturday in the Park”.
We only listened to one side because a drunken Matt wanted to hear selections from the next album.
The Graduate Soundtrack
Released in 1968, the album soundtrack to the 1967 movie features songs mostly by folk-duo Simon and Garfunkel. Despite the song “Mrs. Robinson” being associated with the movie. The whole song never appears on the album soundtrack. First, there’s an instrumental. Then, there’s a snippet. Yet, the other hit song “Sounds of Silence” entirely exists on the album.
Noticing my photographing the albums, Matt decided to do a homage.
As usual, most of my information comes from Wikipedia.
The crowd wasn’t as huge as last week’s. That’s okay. I’ll return the next week anyway.