Well, a very, very bad mistake can now be put to rest, thanks to my wife (thank you!). You see, I’d stupidly passed up a chance to acquire the limited, aqua blue double vinyl release of Old 97’s classic, Too Far to Care. Little did I know that the next opportunity, and the only other opportunity (for nearly 5 years) would price this album 3x – 4x higher than that copy I’d originally put back on the shelf (for shame!). Missed opportunities die a slow and painful death in the life of a record collector, as you well know, so I’m grateful to finally put this one into the ground.
The 45s made a rare, yet loud appearance last night. With heroes generally living within the O to T range, it was fleeting fun to reremember what 7″ records we’d accumulated over the years. The great thing about not having a good short term memory is that you get to rediscover old things from time to time. Hurray for my previous, record collecting self! Nicely done on that White Riot 45.
For its 20th anniversary, Old 97’s debut album, 1994’s Hitchhike to Rhome, was released on double translucent orange vinyl, which is painfully obvious after having already seen the photo on the left. I recently wrote about my esteemed excitement over this release, so I won’t ooze my giddy juice all over this post. What I will say, however, is that although this jelled mix of country and rock makes for a catchy, singalong classic, it is unmatched to the band’s third effort, 1997’s Too Far to Care. An album that, I’ll have you know, I’ve yet to find…
This could have been pressed on oil black, single vinyl with no bonus tracks or download card and I still would have thrown fists full of my hard earned cash for an opportunity to own Old 97’s insanely classic debut, Hitchhike to Rhome. Lucky for me, this puppy is the Cadillac of vinyl releases, as clearly stated by this marketing sticker, and needless to say, I’m giddy over FINALLY owning this uncompromising release.
Going forward, Thursdays, I’ve just decided, are going to be “me” days. In truth, this may be a fleeting subgenre that will fade away into Groove obscurity (anyone remember the Audio Odyssey? Of course you don’t). But wait! You ask… isn’t everyday “me” (you, not me) day? Au contraire, mon frère! Seldom do I pick that which I hold closest to my heart for obsessant fear of alienating any, and every other liable soul I come in contact with. Sure, I’ll fancy the now-and-again Wax Trax! Records post, but that’s mainly due to my laziness and lack of adequate time… or so I’m telling myself.
So today, the masses be damned! This is what I’d prefer to listen to (if politely asked), and I hope you get as much self-indulgent pleasure out of it as I do (or at least you can stomach the first 15 seconds of each hand picked slice of the Thursday pie):
Oxford Collapse – Keep ‘Em in a Canyon (2005 Kanine Records)
The Dismemberment Plan – Ok, Joke’s Over (1995 DeSoto Records)
Deftones – 7 Words (1995 Maverick records)
Andrew Jackson Jihad – People II: The Reckoning (2007 Asian Man Records)
Old 97’s – Drowning in the Days (1994 Big Iron Records)
Sean Na Na – Tumor Party (2000 Troubleman Unlimited)