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Vinyl Music Night XIV

February 18, 2013

Again, I hosted another Tuesday vinyl music night at Little Fish-Huge Pond, located in Sanford, Florida.

Vinyl Night XIV

Blitz by Various ArtistsBlitz

Released in 1981, the punk/new wave compilation contains two songs by Bow Wow Wow, a group later known for the hit song “I Want Candy”.

In 1987, I bought it at a used record store.  One of my favorites was always the new wave dance jam “Angel Face” by Shock.

Blitz (back cover)

Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits

Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits

Released in 1972, the folk rock album includes the hit songs “The Sounds of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson” and “Scarborough Fair”.

Nice album, but I only played Side 1.  The mellow sounds caused the bar’s atmosphere to be too mellow.

The bar owner bought this one.

Hotter Than July by Stevie Wonder

Hotter Than July

Released in 1980, this soul masterpiece contains four hits: “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”, “I Ain’t Gonna Stand for It”, “Lately” and “Happy Birthday”.  “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” is a dedication to reggae legend Bob Marley.  “Happy Birthday” is about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday wasn’t a national holiday yet.

Hotter Than July (back)

By this time, Matt Hughen entered the building with the next record.

M300 by Mandre

Mandre

Released in 1979, the album contains futuristic funk, jazz and disco.  On my first listen, I enjoyed the whole album.

The Family by The Family

The family

Released in 1985, the funky-pop and jazz album contains two hits.  First, “The Screams of Passion”.   For the second hit, I told listeners to wait for it.  Finally, “Nothing Compares 2 U” came on.

“Yes,” I told everyone.  “They sung it first.”

The Family was the first band signed to Prince’s Paisley Park label.  Also, Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U”, a song which later became a hit for Sinead O’ Conner.

Three favorite jams are “High Fashion”, “Mutiny” and “Susannah’s Pajamas”.   Truth be known, “Mutiny” sounds like Prince’s “Controversy”.  Still, I enjoy it.

“Desire” took me back to a time I hadn’t thought about in years, my first date.   Along with a collection of other love songs, I recorded “Desire” on a cassette tape.  I didn’t have a car tape player.  So, I wound up playing the tape on a portable radio resting in the back seat.

When the song came on, my date asked, “Who sings this?”

“The Family,” I said.

The Family back cover

Another Tuesday night awaits.

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Vinyl Night XIII

February 10, 2013

Every Tuesday, I play vinyl records at Little Fish – Huge Pond in Sanford, Florida.

Vinyl Night

Sanford exists a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

On this night, things started a little late.  Yet, I got the ball rolling eventually.

For this blog, I’m going to do things differently.   When I play the record, I always photographed the album cover.  I always did that with my Canon Rebel.  Recently, I’ve been photographing with my iPhone.  After photographing, I would simultaneously post the photo on Instagram and Facebook.  What you’re going to see on this blog is Instagram photos.

Business as Usual by Men At Work

Business As Usual

In 1981, the pop band’s debut album first released in Australia.  In 1982, the album released in the US.  It contains three hits: “Be Good Johnny”, “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now?”

Also, in 1983, the album earned Men At Work a Grammy for Best New Artist.

The bar owner brought this one in.

I noticed the  Spec’s sticker on the album.

spec's

Based in South Florida, Spec’s Music Stores existed throughout the state.  In 1989, I bought tickets from Spec’s for rapper Too $hort’s first concert performance in Orlando.  In 1998, Spec’s closed shop.

The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire, Vol. 1 by Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire Vol 1

Released in 1978, the soul compilation contains “Got To Get You Into My Life” and “September”.  Both became hits in 1978.  Also, the album contains previous hits from the past: “Shining Star” and “Sing A Song”.

Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits by Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Released in 1973, the blues-rock album contains the hits “Piece of  My Heart” and “Cry Baby” .

I hesitated playing this one.  A twenty-something crowd was present.  Yet, when “Piece of My Heart” came on, some of them sung the lyrics.

The bar owner brought this album in too.

Zapp II by Zapp

Zapp II

Released in 1982, the funk album contains two recognizable hits: “Dance Floor” and “Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)”.

From “Dance Floor”, some may recognize the part going “Shake, shake it, baby.”   Roger Troutman from Zapp song that line on rappers 2Pac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love”.

Both hits were on Side 1.  So, that’s why I chose to only played that side.

Gap Band V Jammin’ by The Gap Band

Gap Band VReleased in 1983, the funk album contains two hits: “Jam The Motha” and “Party Train”.  During  regular DJ gigs, I sometimes sneak in “Party Train”.

Well, that was the thirteenth week of vinyl night.  A few more showed this week.  Time to prepare for next Tuesday.

Vinyl Night XII

February 4, 2013

Like I mentioned in the previous blog, Tuesday Night Vinyl happened at Little Fish – Huge Pond.

Vinyl night 12

Dancing on the Ceiling by Lionel Richie

Dancing on the Ceiling

Released in 1984, the pop album contains five top ten hits: “Ballerina Girl”, “Say You, Say Me”, “Se La”, “Deep River Woman”, “Love Will Conquer All” and “Dancing on the Ceiling”.

Most of the album. I had no problem with.  Yet, I skipped “Deep River Woman”, a country song guest-starring Alabama.

“I do not want to hear Lionel Richie sing country,” I said.

The bar owner laughed.

Aretha by Aretha Franklin

Aretha

Released in 1986, the soul and pop album contains three hits: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Jimmy Lee” and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”.   “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was originally recorded by The Rolling Stones.  George Michael guest-starred on “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”.

This is the third album titled Aretha. Previous Aretha Franklin albums of the same name were released in 1961 and 1980.

Diana by Diana Ross

diana

Released in 1980, the funky album contains two well-known hits: “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out”.  Many may recognize “I’m Coming Out” as the sample for Notorious B.I.G.’s “More Money, More Problems”.

Side One contains both hits, the reason why I only played that side.

By this time, Matt Hughen entered the building with two Ohio Players albums.  This was in tribute to band member Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, who recently passed away.

Pleasure by Ohio Players

pleasure

Released in 1972, the album contains the hit “Funky Worm”.  Back in the 80s and 90s, the synthesizer sound from “Funky Worm” was constantly sampled by West Coast hip-hop.  All these years, I thought the sound originated in California.  Hell no, the g-funk sound originated in the Midwest.

Ohio Players

Mr. Mean by Ohio Players

Mr. Mean

Released in 1977, the album contains the soundtrack for the same-named movie starring Fred Williamson.  It’s more jazz than true funk.  Yet, listeners of old school would appreciate it.

Word Up by Cameo

word up

Released in 1986, the classic funk album contains two hits: “Candy” and “Word Up”.  The album gained them major success.

To this day, I still hum “Candy”.

It’s like candy
I can feel it when you walk
Even when you talk it takes over me
You’re so dandy
I wanna know
Can you feel it too just like I do

Purple Rain by Prince

Purple Rain

Released in 1984, this masterpiece soundtrack to the same-named movie contains five hits: “Take Me With You”, “Purple Rain”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “I Would Die 4 U” and “When Doves Cry”.   “When Doves Cry” happens to be my all-time favorite song.

Dig if u will the picture
Of u and I engaged in a kiss
The sweat of your body covers me
Can u my darling
Can u picture this?

The album closed the night wonderfully.

This was the best vinyl night of them all.  Next Tuesday, here I come.

Vinyl Night XI

January 27, 2013

Last Tuesday night, the eleventh vinyl night happened at Little Fish-Huge Pond.

Vinyl

For new readers, Little Fish exists in Sanford, a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

News of the World by Queen

Queen's News of the World

Released in 1977, this rock classic contains three hits: “We Will Rock You”, “We Are The Champions” and “Spread Your Wings”.

Queen's News of the World

I’m sure everyone recognizes “We Will Rock You”.  They may not know the name of the song.  Yet, they definitely would recognize the stomping and clap beat.

Stomp-stomp! Clap! Stomp-stomp! Clap!

Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack by Various Artists

Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack

Released in 1984, the Grammy-winning soundtrack to the same-named movie contains five hits: Patti LaBelle’s “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up”, “The Heat is On” by Glen Fry, “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters and “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer.

Some of the people danced as this album played,especially when “Neutron Dance” played.

I’m just burning doing the Neutron Dance!

Around about this time, someone asked do I take requests.  I don’t mind them.  Yet, I don’t carry many albums with me.  I agreed to play the next upcoming album.

Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman

Released in 1988, the debut folk album contains the top ten hit “Fast Car”.

As this album played, the same person who made a request earlier wanted to hear something else.

(With shit like this going on, I just might as well bring in the laptop and play MP3 music.)

I told her to look through the records as I went to the bathroom.

When I came back, the young lady had already switched the Chapman album for an album I played last week.

Ice Cream Castle by The Time

Ice Cream Castle by The TIme

I already wrote about this in a previous blog.

I only played the uptempo songs from it,

When I first started the vinyl nights. I knew sooner or later, someone was going to fuck with my record player.  Also, I knew the person doing that was going to be white.  Why white?  Because I know some people are just that arrogant to think they can fuck with someone else’s shit.  Yet, I wasn’t pissed about this when it finally happened.  Besides, the young lady apologized and later tipped me.

Emergency by Kool and The Gang

Kool and the Gang' Emergency

Released in 1984, the album contains three hits: “Misled”, “Fresh” and “Cherish”.

Because all three hits were on side 1, side 1 was the only side I played.

Romance 1600 by Sheila E

Sheila E Romance 1600

Released in 1985, the album contains the hit  “A Love Bizarre”, a song I still love to this day.

Two of my personal favorites are the title song and “Toy Box”.

At this time, everyone was on a funk groove.  I didn’t want to play the next album.  I wanted to wait for a special night.  Yet, I was running out of soul and funk albums.  So, I played it anyway.

Off The Wall by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's Off The Wall

Released in 1979, this funky masterpiece contains four top ten hits: “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”, “Rock With You”, “Off The Wall” and “She’s Out of My Life”.

To this day, I still play songs from this album.

Side 1 is the funkier side.  After playing “Off The Wall” on Side 2, I went to the next album.  One that I played last week,

Conscious Party by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers

Ziggy Marley

I wrote about this one in a previous blog also.

I was the only with records tonight.  Yet, I believe other people will bring some in.  Despite some annoying picky people who never appreciate shit, I think most folks enjoy the vinyl nights.

Vinyl Night IX

January 9, 2013

Last Tuesday, I hosted another vinyl night at Little Fish-Huge Pond.

Vinyl Night IX

Check out the recent flyer created by Liz Watkins.

Vinyl Night flier

When it came to photographing the album covers, I didn’t have the memory card for my Canon Rebel.  So, I used the photo settings on my Toshiba video camera instead.

Marian Montgomery Swings for Losers and Winners by Marian Montgomery.

Marion Swings for Losers and WInners

Released in 1962, the album contains the cool jazz you would hear in bar rooms filled with cigarette smoke.  Surprisingly, people enjoyed it.

The bar owner bought this one in.

H2O by Hall and Oates

H2O by Halll and Oats

Released in 1982, this blue-eyed soul album contains three hits: “Family Man”, “One on One” and “Maneater.”

H2O by Hall and Oates

Who can forget “Maneater”?   Sometimes, I play the song  during non-vinyl sets.

“Oh…oh,  here she comes
Watch out boy she’ll chew you up
Oh…oh,  here she comes
She’s a maneater”

Choice Cuts by Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

Released in 1984, I think I see why it isn’t found in Wikipedia, where I find most of my album information.  The album contains songs from two Iggy Pop albums, The Idiot (1976) and Lust for Life (1977).

Now, why was this particular album released in 1984? Many people know David Bowie for the song “China Girl”. Yet, how many people know Iggy Pop song it first?      Because of Bowie’s successful version, RCA released the Choice Cuts album containing Iggy’s version.

Not only does Choice Cuts contain “China Girl” it contains other recognizable songs: “Nightclubbing” and “Lust for Life”.

A dude named Brian brought this one by.

Disco Dynamite  by Various Artists

Disco Dynmite

When there’s vinyl, a K-Tel record eventually pops up.

Released in 1978, this fun album contains many known disco hits: “More, More, More” by Andrea True, “Get Up and Boogie” by The Silver Connection, “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees, “Young Hearts Run Free” by Candi Staton and “Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine Band.

“Do a little dance, make a little love,
Get down tonight.
Get down tonight.”

Here’s something I didn’t know.  Thinking it was a 90s creation, I had no idea the continuous mix was a 70s thing too. On Disco Dynamite, the songs immediately moves from one right into the other.

Matthew Hughen, a dude I’ve known for over ten years, brought this album by.

He brought the next two also.

The Man-Machine by Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk: The Man Machine

Released in 1978,  the album is also listed by its German name: Die Mensch-Maschine.  The synth-pop album contains “The Model” a song which became a UK number one in 1982.

It also contains “The Robots” and “Neon Lights”, two songs that became hits on the US dance charts.

As for the song “The Man-Machine”, I recognized it as a song sampled for MC Lyte’s “Cha Cha Cha”.

Edwin Birdsong by Edwin Birdsong

edwin

Released in 1979, many may immediately recognize the song “Cola Bottle Baby”, especially Daft Punk fans.  Daft Punk sampled it for their single “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”   The word “sample” is an understatement.  They lifted a whole rift.

To my surprise, two people brought in records tonight. Usually, it’s sometimes me and one other person.  Tonight, it was me and TWO other people.  Looks like things are definitely picking up for vinyl nights.

Vinyl Night VIII

January 2, 2013

Last Tuesday, Vinyl Night VIII happened at Little Fish – Huge Pond.

Vinyl Night VIII

For new readers, Little Fish exists in Sanford, a forty-five minute drive from Orlando, Florida.

The Essential Jimi Hendrix

Vinyl Night VIII: The Essential Jimi Hendrix

Released in 1978, the double album contains most of Jimi’s well-known songs including: “Are You Experienced”, “Purple Haze” and “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)”.

Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits

Vinyl Night VIII: Brothers in Arms

Released in 1985, the album contains the hits “So Far Away”, “Walk of Life” and “Money for Nothing”.

When I first heard this group, I assumed Dire Straits were US Southern rockers.  At the time, I had no idea they were British.  The mixture of rock and country fooled me.

Stronger Than Pride by Sade

Vinyl Night VIII: Stronger Than Pride

Released in 1988, the album contains the hits “Paradise”, “Nothing Can Come Between Us” and “Turn My Back On You”.  My personal favorite is the funky jam “Keep Looking”.

Vinyl Night VIII: Sade

Back in 2011, I witness a Sade concert, a performance I still hadn’t recovered from.

Songs from the Big Chair by Tears for Fears

Vinyl Night VIII: Songs from the Big Chair

Released in 1985, the album contains the hits “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, “Shout” and “Heed Over Heels”.

Back in ’86, a guy from the neighborhood gave me this album.  No, he loaned it to me.  Then, he later said I could keep it.

At the time, I played the album constantly.  “Working Hour” was a personal favorite.

When I played it in the bar, my mind flash backed.  In fall ’85, two friends and I were heading to a high school football game.  This was nighttime. As two dudes sat in the front car seat, I sat in the back.  When “Head Over Heels” came on, we started singing the lyrics.

“I wanted to be with you alone/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and talk about the weather…”

That was the last album of the evening.  Things picked up earlier and soon died down.  Of course, it happened to be New Year’s Day, a time where business is expected to be slow anyway.

Oh well, on to next week.

Vinyl Night VII

December 20, 2012

Last Tuesday, I hosted another vinyl night at Little Fish-Huge Pond.

Vinyl Night Seven

For new readers, Little Fish-Huge Pond is located in Sanford, Florida.  That’s a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

Matt Cooper arrived again with some albums.  The upcoming albums are his.

Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Legend

Vinyl Night Seven 12-18-2012 001

Released in 1984, it is the second album released after Bob Marley’s death.  I’ll just list personal favorites: “Jamming'”, “Could You Be Loved” and “Get Up, Stand Up”.

As they smoked hookahs, a group of twenty-somethings sung along to “Three Little Birds”.

“Every white guy owns this album,” said Matt, a Caucasian male himself.

Bob Marley's Legend - Inside of album cover

A toy lion just happened to be in the bar.  I decided to experiment.  These are my two favorite pics.

Toy Lion and Bob Marley 1

Toy Lion and Bob Marley 2

Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing Off

Golden Throats

Released in 1988, the album will have you cracking up with laughter.  Leonard Nimoy (Spock from Star Trek) sings “Proud Mary”.  Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) sings Stevie Wonder’s “You Are The Sunshine of My Life”.  That one really had us laughing.  The one truly annoying was Mae West singing “Twist and Shout”.  Yet, this album was the evening’s gem.

Love and Rocket’s Earth, Sun, Moon

Love and Rocket's Earth, Sun, Moon

Released in 1987, it contains the hit single “No New Tale to Tell”, a song that reached number 18 on the US Mainstream Rock charts.

Boy, did this album change the bar’s vibe.  It’s not a bad album.  Yet, I would only play this for the black and white make-up crowd, the goths.  Party music this album isn’t.

Earth, Sun, Moon: Back Cover

Styx’s Paradise Theater

Styx's Paradise Theater

Released in 1981, it contains three hits: “Rockin’ the Paradise”, “The Best of Times” and “Too Much Time on My Hands”.

Styx's Paradise Theater: Back Cover

When “Too Much Time on My Hands” played, I immediately recognized it.

Styx's Paradise Theater record

The O’ Jays’ Ship Ahoy

The O' Jays' Ship Ahoy

Released in 1973, this mofo contains two easily recognizable songs: “For The Love of Money” and “Put Your Hands Together”.

Ship Ahoy: Inside of album

It also contains “Now That We’ve Found Love”, a song covered by reggae act Third World.  Then, rapper Heavy D used it for his hit song of the same name.

This album came from my stash.

Ship Ahoy: Back Cover

Diana Ross’ Diana Ross

Diana Ross's Diana Ross

Released in 1976, it contains two hits: “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” and “Love Hangover”.

“Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that
life is showing you
Where are you going to?
Do you know…?”

When those lyrics from “Theme” hit the atmosphere people began laughing.  The romantic piano sound and those lyrics definitely changed the atmosphere.

This was from my personal stash also.

Diana Ross' Diana Ross: Back cover

I used to think vinyl was no better than MP3.  My mind has changed.  When you get past the crackling sounds, you notice how well the instruments stand out compared to MP3s.  You notice the subtlety of the songs on the albums.  Still, as far as carrying milk crates of records around, I’m not looking forward to that anytime soon.

The vinyl nights attracted a few more people.  Can’t wait for next time.