Jun 122013


Greetings, fellow seekers of the rare, the unusual, and the mostly worthless! I come before you today bearing a new musical gift, scavenged from a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or garbage can in or around our nation’s capitol. Today and henceforth, my goal will be simple: to brighten your day with a worthy slab of dusty, scratchy vinyl — hopefully one you haven’t heard before. I’ll try to do this every few days, one song at a time, so I can keep this up as long as my dusty stack of vinyl will let me.

Before we begin, a few words about why I do this.

We’re all familiar with the way people discover “new” music these days: the internet (shudder). The internet promises so much. It coils around our brains, whispering sweet nothings into our ears like “people who bought (X) also bought (Y),” and “you might also like (Z),” in an attempt to part us from our money as efficiently as possible.

Unfortunately, pursuing these recommendations usually leads us into sub-sub-genre ghettos where qualities diminish with every off-ramp we take. Furthermore… well, how can the internet possibly suggest a voice because it soothes me, or a guitar solo because it makes my spine tingle, or the vigorous shaking of a pair of maracas because they make a final outchorus jump to life? No, I have decided that the internet is a trap, my friends, and I shun it.

Instead, when I want more music, I don my burlap robe, cinched at the waist with a frayed length of rope, and — shepherd’s crook in hand — I strike out to find music where it’s been abandoned, discarded, and cast aside as garbage. Humble places are where I find my richest treasures.

I select my music because the song title appeals to me, or because the record label looks cool, or because the band is named after an obscure body part. The rewards are deep and lasting. I fall in love with songs because they amuse me, delight me, or astonish me, or force me to listen to things in a new way — not because they sound as much as possible like the last album I bought, which I bought because it sounded like the 10 albums that preceded it. I am not lying when I say that my musical life has become much more enjoyable since I’ve mostly stopped buying “new” music in digital format. I invite you to join me in my travels.

Today’s offering is “Ain’t No Big Thing,” by the Radiants. I chose this chune in special tribute to Mr. Moderator, who got browbeat a few days back for asking some tough questions. I just want to remind him that all that is said and done in the Hall is offered in good fun and done with the best of intentions. Like the song says, it ain’t no big thing.

I love the lyric in this song. I can’t remember the last time I heard a song that made a point of telling me not to worry, or tried to convince me not to get upset about something. Why aren’t we tired of music that exists just to get us het up and bothered?

Anyhow, this one’s for you, Moddie. We love you just the way you are.

I look forward to your responses.



  10 Responses to “Thrifty Music Is Back!”

  1. BigSteve

    What do I like about this record? Other than everything? The trumpet bits in the middle eight, the Curtis Mayfield-style guitar, the long bass notes in the horn section, the way the drummer plays a lot of fills without messing up the beat, and it all hangs together. I will even forgive the poor grammar in the title. Can this really be 1965? Sounds later.

  2. What Steve said, X 2! Great stuff!

  3. What Bobby said, X3:P Thank you, and WELCOME BACK THRIFTY MUSIC!

  4. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

  5. misterioso

    That is indeed an excellent record, thanks for sharing it.

  6. BTW, I assume this is the same Radiants who are responsible for one of my favorite singles of all time, “Hold On”:


    This is one of those records that never ceases to fascinate me, from the weird background vocals to the hints of fuzz guitar to a structure that seems to both descend and ascend simultaneously. All the while there’s that snappy beat underneath it. RTH Labs could probably analyze all the ways in which “Hold On” is hardwired into my soul.

  7. hrrundivbakshi

    I would assume so. The Radiants wrecka I found is on the Chess label as well, so…

  8. ladymisskirroyale

    Very nice choice.

  9. Same band but mostly in name only: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Radiants

    I have this comp, http://www.amazon.com/Singles-Colection-Radiants/dp/B000BTEMMC/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1371570707&sr=1-1&keywords=the+radiants+singles+collection

    which includes this thrifty song with the title given as “It Ain’t No Big Thing”.

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