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Back to Wax #37: Spaced out

September 24th, 2018

Sometime back around the turn of the Millennium, I was scouring the dank and dodgy recesses of fileshare networks for an art-synth obscurity from an early Eighties Boston duo. It eventually turned up as part of a “minimal synth” compilation branded after the long defunct Flexipop fanzine. Further digging revealed there were roughly three dozen […]

Back around the turn of the Millennium, Rhino issued a set of compilations titled The Postpunk Chronicles. The three-disc series followed up on the label’s previous DIY, Just Can’t Get Enough, and Faster & Louder collections, offering meticulously curated snapshot of a bygone scene accompanied by detailed liner notes. Despite the title of the series, […]

Back to Wax #35: In my area

September 10th, 2018

Aside from a few “ironic” purchases and some vintage punk jobbers, I never bothered with 7-inch releases during the earlier phase of my record collecting days. The glut of used vinyl during the early Nineties meant that most LPs could be purchased for a couple of bucks, making them a more compelling choice when it […]

Back to Wax #34: Hair and gone

September 4th, 2018

The above photo was taken a year ago, right after I got my iPhone and before everything went to shit. It’s a shot of my grandma’s bathroom, an odd choice of subject material but one with a lot of nostalgic weight tied up in it. The bathroom — the only one in my grandma’s home […]

Sunday drives became a big thing in our house during my early teens. Every week my parents, Lil Bro and me would pile into the family car and head out on a meandering path to some scenic location. Plum Island one week, the Mohawk Trial the next — the destination didn’t matter as much as […]

I fell into the punk thing fairly late in my adolescence. My teen years were the back half of the Eighties, and were mostly spent in a self-imposed bubble of Sixties pop and soul music. The life-altering epiphanies of the Repo Man soundtrack didn’t happen until the spring of 1989, when I seventeen years old […]

As mentioned a couple of entries back, I’ve been seeking out period soundtrack LPs with a punk and/or new wave slant. There weren’t nearly as many of them as the youth-marketed cinema of the era would lead one to believe. Outside of some cult outliers and scene-focused documentaries, the licensed soundtrack thing for teen flicks […]

Did I mention I was taking a vacation for a week? Because I did and it was great, but now it’s time to get back to the grind. Up until the beginning of this year, I never owned the US version of the first Clash album on vinyl. It’s a startling admission, I know, but […]

It took half a decade for burnout and backlash to do in disco. “My Sharona” managed to do the same for the nascent power pop revival in the space of six months. Power pop was supposed to be the Next Big Thing, the commercial face of the burgeoning “New Music” scene with maximum crossover potential […]

Although “hip” pop music was a crucial (MTV-driven) component of the Eighties’ “teen movie” craze, it didn’t really materialize in soundtrack form until the middle part of the decade. The licensed songs from Fast Times At Ridgemont High managed to score a double LP release in 1982, but the majority of the music came from […]

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