I admit there has always been a place in my collection for Herman and the Boys. One of the first albums I ever picked up as a wee lad was their On Tour LP and the Best of Vol 2. This was one of their last US 45's and it sank like a brick (A side made it to a whopping 131 on the Billboard Bubbling under chart, while this as the B side, and in my frank opinion 1000% better than the A side. As I was preparing this, it occurred to me that I have long neglected good ole Herm and I guess I will have to fix that
Monday, May 17, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
I knocked another one off the old want list. It's not pricey or rare but it's killer pop. I have plenty to go for the old blog but have had alot going on that has kept my priorities elsewhere. Family health issues in March, then had to put our beloved Bentley to sleep 1 week shy of his 14th birthday, then broke my finger. March was 2020 in one month.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
I thought I would start the week out with a killer Powerpop 45. I find it difficult to believe this is not more in demand and is really cheap considering the prices for some of the Sire 45's out there (see Ramones from last week). I found their LP this past year and one can pick it up for hardly anything
Saturday, February 27, 2021
I picked this beauty up the same time I picked up the Say I am/What I am 45's back in 2018. I always see Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs 45's but they are always the same ones---Sugar Shack, Daisy Petal Pickin, Bottle of Wine. I never see the mid 60's Dot 45's anywhere and they are some of his finest
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Ah, the frenzy of an auction. I ran across this online record auction that was being held from the collection of this late 50's early 60's teen recording artist. It started last night (lp's and 78's) and ended tonight (45's). There were some real nice 45's offered but the prices were more than I wanted to pay. I did win some 60's Motown picture sleeves and some Jan and Dean 45's and Picture Sleeves (was missing 2 of them) which will be real nice for the 45's I have. I have a few more bids out there. I am pretty sure they are going to sock the hell out of me for "time spent packing, shipping materials and cost of shipping." But what the hell..
I mentioned last week I have been on a powerpop kick...While the Ramones were punk, they also were powerpop. And yes, I probably paid a buck for this
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
A little Tuesday Prework upload. I was in slo mo this morning and did not get on the treadmill- which means at some point today I will need to on it...damn!
This 45 came from the CARA club release from 2020. I joined the club pretty much for just a few of the releases and have been pleasantly surprised by the 45s. I had never heard of the Minders and I definitely need to hear more from them after this...reminded me of the Apples In Stereo
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021
How about a little sunshine music after all the heavy ones last week. I picked this one up last summer. What is funny is that I bought this big lot of 2000 45's from a connection and there must have been 4 or 5 copies of the stock copy in the lot. Have had the promo for a while
Thursday, February 11, 2021
I guess I have been a punk phase lately. Amazon prime has all these fantastic documentaries on punk rock and over the past week I have watched documentaries on: X, Stiv Bators, Jawbreabreaker, Brainiac, Bad Brains. The energy has spilled over into the blog and I upload one of my favorite 45's of all time.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
John Lydon--love him or hate him - he is outspoken, definitely political, and speaks whatever is on his mind not matter who it may tick off. But I read recently that his wife has dementia and he is her full time caregiver. That is something everyone should admire. There are only a few post Sex Pistol releases of John's I like and John and Afrika's vocals work very well. I've had this on 12" single for 30 years and only recently ran into this 45 and PS
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Monday, February 08, 2021
I have this love for late 70's power pop 45s and plan on having a week long extravagana of them in the future. I have uploaded some power pop in the past: (see Chris Stamey, Big Star, Flamin Groovies, Leopards, Plimsouls) etc but I really have neglected it in both uploads and collecting. Of course some of the songs on my wish list are pricey as hell. I'm not going to say tonight's offering is powerpop. The Minus 5 have been around awhile and they recorded a couple of Game Theory songs for this CARA 45 record club. I never go more than a week without listening to some Game Theory and Scott Miller's other band The Loud Family. They were criminally overlooked. Scott left this world in 2013 and the world is worse off for it...that is a fact! So when I read that the Minus 5 were putting this out I immediately joined the CARA club..it was pricey for 12 45's but the ones I have received have been pretty good. So enjoy this early Game Theory song by the Minus 5 and I have even included the Game Theory version.
Saturday, February 06, 2021
The stock copy of this Del Shannon 45 had eluded me for quite a while. I had copies of the promo variations but in the last few months lucked into the stock copy. This so reminds me of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds era...fantastic. Why was this not a hit?????
During my running around today I found a copy of his Little Town Flirt LP on Big Top for a buck...cool. Now if I could only find the "I Can't Believe My Ears" 45 on Amy.
Friday, February 05, 2021
I have posted each night this week...wow, just like old times. To keep with the old routine tonight is SOUL night. I picked this slice of sweetness up in September. Pricey and so so sweet. Now this is what I am talking about when you need to get in that sweet groove where the vocals and music just melt into your being!
Thursday, February 04, 2021
It has been bitter cold the last few days. So I felt the need for some sunshine pop. This Jan & Dean one off for Columbia records was really just Dean as Jan was still recovering from the auto accident. I read that Gary Zekely so disliked this version he shopped it around. The Yellow Balloon version competed with this one and it won the battle of the charts as this one for J&D only bubbled under the top 100. But I do like this version alot. I've had the promo copy for years but stumbled on the stock copy within the last year
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
Let's keep the odd ones a comin...US record companies had no clue what to do with the Stranglers. They were on quite a few labels but really had no success in the US of A. I first discovered them in 1985 or so when I found their A&M pink vinyl 45 EP with sleeve for a quarter (uploaded it last year). I was hooked and remember spending money to eat on as a poor college student at a yard sale on a bunch of Stranglers albums and 45s...side note, the guy selling them had the most amazing punk lp/45 collection and I was broke. It sad what I had to pass on. I'm pretty sure I picked this up that day. The world lost Dave Greenfield to Covid last year...F'in COVID
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
Monday, February 01, 2021
My Sunday recording mishmash hit almost all the genres...I hit the alternative/punk side pretty heavy..some quite political. But tonight I think I'll go for the poppier side of punk. I remember the first time I heard this song I was blown away. The video killed it as well. All these years later it still has not dulled for me. This should have been a smash in the US but dented the charts at I believe #53... A&M was a weird label...see plenty of promos of their 45's and they put out quite a few Split Enz picture sleeves
Sunday, January 31, 2021
I spent some time this afternoon recording songs to my computer. One thing is for sure...I have a wide range of taste...eclectic as hell...oops...should not swear but specially on a Sunday. Tonight is a 45 from a Kinston Label. I was fortunate enough this past summer to meet James, the last surviving member of this band. He had been searching for a copy of this and picked up my extra copy. All copies of this I have seen have been well worn....and you know why....because it is KILLER witha Kapital K
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Phil Spector died this week with fairly little notice that I could see. While he was a musical genius, and I am a fan of the Spector Sound...it's hard to celebrate a man and heap praise on him due to the flaws he had...actually flaws do not accurate describe his issues and depravity. But do you penalize the artists that recorded for him....I think not. The Ronettes should be celebrated..I updated the link to this Ronettes song I posted in 2011 http://poppacool.blogspot.com/2011/05/ronettes-best-part-of-breakin-up.html
Tonight I thought I would upload a nice cover version. The original of this was an album cut by the Youngbloods. The Youngbloods had some catchy songs and I do not believe they issued this as a 45..glad for this obscurity