Anyway, we had spent the previous week at Ocean City, New Jersey, a family-friendly coastal destination-type place that featured a sprawling boardwalk and also provided a lot of memories that stuck with us. I always wanted to get back there. 29 years later we made it happen, traveling to Pennsylvania to visit a lot of that same family, including my Grandma, who turned 99 this year, and spending time at Ocean City and some surrounding areas.
I've already got some old Crockett and Tubbs photos on the wall in our 80's-influenced guest room, so this picture disc will complement that somehow.
This was sealed and a couple bucks, and I really don't know why I bought it other than the cover just being generally bonkers. Very Australian. The Rock Shop, an independent record store inside Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing, NJ. They had a lot of new vinyl, but they also had a good selection of used stuff, as well as cassettes and lots of ephemera. I got a bunch of records:
I've had the cassette single for this track (a fun Elvis Costello cover) since it came out; I distinctly remember buying it at Fred Meyer after being surprised it was there. Not sure I've ever seen this version, with George Clinton on the flip, though. It's on red translucent vinyl and was released on Fox Records. PCU remains a terrific movie.
Been getting back into 80's 45s (where I got my record-collecting start!) and let's not act like this isn't one of the greatest pop songs ever. Just an absolute delight.
This one, too. The hook on this song is just too good. Currently deciding if I should bother keeping all my 80s singles in protective sleeves. I probably should.
I may have let my allegiance to Heart get the best of me on this one, but hey: It's from The Golden Child, so that must count for something? Same song on both sides. Ann had done that big-time Footloose duet with the dude from Loverboy, but this was her first major single on the solo creep. It's only OK.
Promo single with the album version on both sides. Cool purple cover.
Promo single with the single version on side A and some other album tracks on the B. Both of these singles are in good shape and will make my ever-impressive Prince collection that much sweeter.
This song is an old favorite of mine and my daughter currently enjoys it so I've kind of had my eye out. Three different mixes on here, plus the album version. And I've been going hard on 80's 12" singles recently, so this continues that trend.
I can't remember what got me thinking about this movie recently, but I haven't seen it in years and I keep meaning to rewatch it. So it made sense that I found the soundtrack. Some solid '92 rap on here including MC Serch, "Nasty" Nas, BO$$, The Goats, and even some Kool Moe Dee.
My pal David over at The Vinyl Score is a huge fan of this record (go here to see him break it down), and when we got to talking about it I had to admit that I hadn't heard the soundtrack because I hadn't seen the movie. I ended up watching Thief a few months ago and absolutely loving it and wondering why I hadn't watched it way sooner. It's got Heat vibes, big time. Which makes sense. This is all to say I was keeping my eye out for this one and boom: I found it. RIP James Caan.
I have an unabashed love for this film that is rooted in my early teenage years, when I watched it at a friend's house repeatedly. I still think it's funny. Not funny: when they released it on blu-ray they put out the PG-13 version, not the "re-rated R" version that was originally available on VHS and laserdisc. Also, this LP appears to have some really shitty music on it.
Sean Penn's first lead role and a great movie that I haven't watched in a long time. Very 1983 soundtrack that was never released on CD featuring Billy Squier, Little River Band, and Prism. Perfect for mood music during juvenile prison gang rumbles!
Includes a 24-page booklet with detailed photos and instructions on how to work out just like a real Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Looks exhausting. And wow, there is an amazingly shitty cover of "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" on here. two different really awesome basements filled with records and I wanted to get back there.
The places were The Philadelphia Record Exchange and Repo Records, and the Exchange opened earlier, so I made that my first stop. I found parking way quicker than I thought I would. Philly is an insane place to drive for a NW boy like me and I just assume the worst. I was mildly traumatized by driving/parking the second time I went record shopping there, and figured I might run into madness again. Instead, I found free street parking about a block away and was 20 minutes early.
I killed time by walking around and eventually stopping in an aggressively healthy store and paying too much for a smoothie that was so thick, with a straw so thin, that it was undrinkable. I took the lid off, tried to chug, failed, got a bunch in my beard, and flung it in the trash before entering the Record Exchange, which did not look familiar to me at all.
I am a fan of Found magazine and I did not know they put out a record with some found audio. White vinyl and I have not listened to it yet.
Charo on the disco tip.
Madonna dance remixes from the 80's are something my whole family can agree on, so we keep a lot of them around. Didn't have this one.
I got into Crooked Fingers a long time ago and then that sputtered out. Still like to listen to Archers of Loaf here and there. Found this sealed and thought I'd give it a shot.
Another Men Without Hats 12" and another extended remix.
Yeah, I guess was hitting the 80's singles hard. This is the UK version and it's a 12" 45 which always sounds the best. This is a great song and I think it's an extended mix? Great cover, too.
1984 was such an insane year for pop music. We listen to the American Top 40 station on iHeart Radio, which just plays wall-to-wall episodes. It's terrific, but they need to divide the channel up into 70's and 80's instead of playing them both. The 70's ones are embarassing for society. Some real garbage in there. But I was listening to one from the summer of 1984 the other day and "Ghostbusters" had just knocked "When Doves Cry" out of a four-week top-spot run. What a time to be alive. Anyway, this record also came out that year and I thought I had it but I don't.
Private press Pennsylvania...country rock? They have a violin player. Figured I'd check out the local talent.
This is one of Roxanne's stronger cuts and I didn't have this one and it was very cheap.
Backed with her hit, "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun," which has not aged well.
Look at that ridiculous cover. Six-minute-plus dance remix on this one. We listened to Victory a lot growing up.
Somehow didn't already have this and it was a buck. 1989 was such a great year for rap. I gotta introduce my daughter and her friends to this one at the next dance party.
2019 reissue of a 2009 limited edition live album.
Special edish with alternate cover art and bonus remixes. Classic cut.
4xLP comp that preceded the Otis! 4xCD box set I got for Christmas in 1993. I'd always wanted this one just to have it - it doesn't have anything rare on it - and they had it priced real nice so I grabbed it. Records are in real good shape and it has the original booklet. I could listen to Otis sing all day.
I hear this track on American Top 40 here and there, and while the title makes me mildly uncomfortable, I do enjoy the song.
I'm not a religious man, but I love this song. The original, this cover - really enjoy it.
And speaking of "Spirit in the Sky" being covered in 1986, here's another version of it. This one's real cool too.
This is often acknowledged as my favorite album of all time, and I've owned an original copy for a really long time. (Actually got it signed in person by FB, no big deal.) This is the 2019 RSD reissue on double white vinyl, and somehow they were selling it for twelve bucks. It's used, but still in the shrink: hot deal.
All-female rock from the 70's that I have not heard before. I've been getting down with Fanny lately and expanding my horizons.
Here's the room on the other side that's roughly the same size and dedicated to jazz:
Another Julie Brown single that hasn't aged particularly well, but she always meant well. "Will I Make It Through the 80's" is on here and that's a fun cut.
Potty-mouthed musical comedian weirdo. I have one of his other records and I think I got it on the east coast...? Really I just wanted to buy something out of that big-ass comedy section and this cover is pretty good.
I really want to see that new Fanny documentary that's out. I was late to the game with them but I've owned a copy of their Fanny Hill LP for a while now and I like it. Haven't heard this one but looking forward to it.
Paris 12" I did not have. Includes the real-sweet "Deep Fo' Real" mix.
Daddy D was part of Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit for a minute, and his one album is strangely rare. It's a long story on why I look for his stuff, but I've had this one my list for a while. There's a cassette version that I would really like to find at some point. Both are promos.
Wish this had some remixes on it, but the standard version is still real good all by itself. Such a good song.
Somehow didn't have this. I've been looking for a copy of All in the Family, the LP this is from, and I just never see it. Sweet remix on here.
Found this sealed for cheap and said what the hey. Gonna put it with my wrestling records.
I've been listening to old Schoolly while walking my dog recently and this is one of his LPs that I didn't have. After looking for rap records the whole trip, I finally managed to find some.
Been looking for this one, casually. Above the Law LPs are kind of hard to come by. This one is in good shape. Proto-G-Funk.
Stax Christmas comp from the early 80's that looks to have some real cool songs on it. Gonna stash it till December, at which point I will have forgotten I bought it, and then it will be a sweet surprise, holiday style.
Rap comp with some not-so-well-known names on it. Probably a label thing. Great cover. We'll see about the cuts.
Eight shops in three states. Not bad for a family vacation.