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Monday, April 11, 2011

Mergers and Acquisitions

For a primer on what the above title means, click here.

This was a relatively slow week for cultural consumption and takeover, but here goes.

Mergers
(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me (2004 Digital Remaster) - Most everybody knows the Naked Eyes version of this song, but I recently found out that a chica by the name of Sandie Shaw recorded a version of this way back in 1964, and it's AWESOME! It starts out with this bossa nova groove and then explodes into pure girl-group pop awesomeness by the chorus. I've been listening to this on repeat for about a week now. I'm a nerd. Also, this song has a pretty ridiculously storied past. It was written by Burt Bachrach and Hal Johnson and was demoed by Dionne Warwick. It ended up charting in the Top 100 in the US three separate times over thirty years. Wow. Just wow. Talk about a song having legs.

The Known World - A friend told me this book was awesome, and then followed that up by letting me borrow this awesome book, which was in and of itself awesome. And then I started reading it and, like, the darn thing is totally awesome! I'm only a quarter of the way through, but a story about a black man in antebellum North Carolina who owns slaves himself is too good of a premise to screw up. And to think, this thing is sort of based on true events.

Acquisitions
Mod 60's: The British Invasion - I bought this at Target for $5. It's one of those collections of rare tracks from the 1960's, and by rare I mean they are the crappy songs that no one wants...except for me. This was a super-awesome purchase. It has the afore-mentioned Sandie Shaw version of "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me," but it also has the only other two Zombies songs you'd want to own outside of Odessey And Oracle. It has some Hollies, some Donovan, some Lulu, and Dusty Springfield. It gives me chills just listing all these names. This was a damn good purchase.

Mystic River - I found this on the street in Brooklyn. It looks like someone crapped on the back third of it, but it was free, and now it's mine. I'm happy.

2 comments:

Alan Stewart Carl said...

The Known World IS awesome. You should check out Jones's short story collections, too.

Tres Crow said...

I know. I'm 100 pages in and am loving it.