Most of the stuff I've bought for the past ten years has been on CD. Before about 1990, everything was vinyl. And in the late '80s and early '90s, I didn't have a working deck and lived in transit a bit. So I bought a lot of cassettes.
Now I've got my records back, I'm doing a lot of pre-1990 nostalgia.
Today's choice was The Gift by The Jam. It's a mixed bag, but I was always surprised that other Jam fans didn't light upon Happy Together - a great song that sums the band up in a lot of ways.
Many years ago, I was picking at a guitar and started busking Happy Together. A few people who overheard were very nice about it (this is not normal). The thing that they liked was the soaraway vocal variation on the lines...
"Thought that I was the devil?
But I'm an angel waiting for my wings"
It also uses male backing vocals in a way that only new wave bands did - countermelodies yelled in the background. This was a good thing and someone should revive it.
The other un-celebrated standout on this album (for me) is Ghosts. In some ways, it's got 'album filler' written all over it. But - in the same way as Happy Together has - it's got a bit of soaring vocal variation...
"How do you feel at the end of the dayReading the lyric sheet on the inner-sleeve, it reminds me of how the snootier competitive kids in my school used to say that PW was 'a pseudo-intellectual'.
Just like you walked over your own grave"