Feb 272007

Are there albums you let your friends buy?
When you’re young and short on money, when you’ve got plenty of free time to hang out with friends and tape (as we did) or burn/load (as The Kids do) stuff from your friends’ collections, there are some albums you let your friends buy.

From my own experience – I’m sure you have your own and are chomping at the bit to share – let’s start with 3 albums by artists I loved and had been loyal to…to a point:

  • Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Almost Blue
  • The Jam, The Gift
  • The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You

I had to bypass Almost Blue. I was afraid of country music, and I was afraid of hearing my favorite band waste their time and mine playing cowboys. My friend Andy, who liked country music less than I did couldn’t resist and bought Almost Blue. I appreciated his friendship and the money I saved on an album I would never love.
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Jan 282007

The Modfather to revisit his back catalog on US soil. Would you be most likely to save your bathroom break for the second or third night?

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Most people reach a point in their career where they just need a clean break, a chance to try something new and spread their wings. That’s exactly where Paul Weller was in 1982, when he shut the door on the Jam, a U.K. phenomenon that was finally making inroads in the States with the single “Town Called Malice.”

Twenty-five years later, Weller is returning to the Jam canon for two immediately sold-out stands in New York and Los Angeles that mark the 30th anniversary of the Jam’s debut album, “In the City.” In both cities, he is playing three shows. On the first night, he’s playing an entire Jam set, with the second dedicated to his post-Jam act the Style Council and the third to his solo catalogue.


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