21 October 2012
From Machine Head To Monster
The first record I ever bought, Deep Purple's "Machine Head," was brand new. Bought it at a Canadian owned department store. You could buy anything in a Canadian owned department store. The person who I paid for it was probably singlehandedly raising a big fucking family on the wage the store paid him. I wanted that guy's job when I got a little bit older. Selling records, listening to music all day, stone fucking crazy - that was the life for me.
Very soon thereafter I began buying records that had spent time in somebody else's collection. A Free record here, a Status Quo record there - pretty soon I had a real collection going. More records than anyone in my junior high school. Motherfuck the devil, I sold my soul to rock 'n' fucking roll.
I tried to buy new records I wanted just as soon as they were released. Used records I bought, then as now, were a matter of happenstance. You never know what you will find in a store that sells used records. A fact that makes buying old records all the more interesting.
While I prefer records, I do not mind buying old cds for the car. They do not sound as good as records do but they fit in my car's cd player a lot easier. Do not even get me going on mp3s.
This week, for instance, I added Lee Perry's "Divine Madness...Definitely" to my cd collection, which will remain small as long as I live my days unless I am gifted with several thousand of the fuckers. It is good to be reminded just how good reggae music used to be. Every one of the seventeen tracks as good as any music ever recorded on our doomed planet.
Newest cd I have got is KISS' latest called "Monster." It is not as good as "Sonic Boom," a record I consider to be just about the best late career rock 'n' roll record ever made by a bunch of mid-70's rockers (listen to Ian Hunter's last couple to hear the best), but I would not mind it a bit if I walked into a party and it was being played the way the makers intended: Loud and Proud.