Now that I have two seconds to catch my breath, I’d like to thank chasinvictoria for his extensive coverage of his Heaven 17/B.E.F. concert extravaganzas that he experienced last year, as Heaven 17 are on the cusp of their American concert debut later this month with bi-coastal gigs in you-know-which-two-cities. This was nothing planned; it just happened and I took that as a sign that it was meant to be. After over seven years and 1400 posts, it felt weird to see blogposts on PPM that I didn’t have to sweat over. Given that I don’t monetize this blog in any way, it felt strange, but as my comrade in New Wave from point zero – for almost 40 years, there are
few none more qualified to taketh up the reins of PPM than chasinvictoria.
Humble Pie @ Harvest
If you’ve noticed the latest image at the right of the home page, under the “New In the Record Cell” header, it is obviously the new Sparks album. In my last post, on the subject of Sparks “Hippopotamus,” I opined, “And I find myself in a city where I guarantee I will not have the ability to walk into a store of my choice and plunk down the better part of $20 for the privilege.” These cold words on black and white quickly came back to haunt me as I found myself at Harvest Records yesterday afternoon. My wife had, unbeknownst to me, ordered a CD of Nick Cave’s “The Boatman’s Call” from there and it was in, so after grocery shopping, we headed over there to pick it up and of course, I had to scan the new arrivals to see that, yes indeed, Sparks new album was there to buy on CD. I snatched it up in an instant; red-faced at my lack of good faith in the “store of my choice.” But I was right about one thing. I did not plunk down the better part of $20 for the privilege; this CD was a healthy $10.99!
As if that wasn’t enough, after scanning the used CDs with my wife and finding PiL’s “Plastic Box” at a very affordable used price, I went into the vinyl half of the store to see that given a prominent position on the walls was the newest OMD opus, “The Punishment Of Luxury!” Of course, they got a demerit for having it in LP format only, but I can tell you how long its been since a local store has stocked the new OMD album. I would have to go back to Orlando, Florida and the year 1993 when I bought “Liberator” in Murmur Records! Every OMD album after that has been mail order only. So maybe I should not judge Harvest so harshly following almost a year of blah visits. Of course, I normally attend their budget stretching Anniversary Sale, with often spectacular results, but not this year as I was away; leaving you in the good hands of chasinvictoria.
Big Box ‘O Records
A week or so ago, I finally managed to order a hefty box of records from my favorite dealer for the first time since March. It arrived last week and last night I finally got around to opening it! There were a lot of highly desirable items that managed to remain in stock from my ever-expanding want list since then, with only a few losses as things like the UK 12″ of Midge Ure’s “No Regrets” quickly flew out of the store while I didn’t have the cash for a purchase. But many good things surprisingly stayed there and waited for me. Now all I need is the time to listen to these records and I’m sure that a few curve balls will manage to find their way into the reviews at PPM over the next month [crosses fingers].
Today was a cheap bit of quick posting for topics that didn’t merit a full blog post. Expedient, I suppose… because I can’t very well review the new Sparks album until I actually hear it in toto! I’m only 80% there as of now and I couldn’t bring myself to blog about Sparks yet a fourth time in a row in any case. At least without not also declaring “Sparks Week” or some such. So this trilogy of micro posts [none dare call them tweets] was a once in a lunchtime event, not to be repeated.
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Great to see OMD in Harvest.The UK seems to be going OMD mad right now,the new album debuted at 4 in the Top 40 Album Chart,incredible to those of us who have kept the flame alive through the lean years.
I bought the deluxe cd IN AN ACTUAL RECORD SHOP!The first time I have done that in many years.I was on a day trip to nearby North Wales seaside town of Llandudno and saw the last copy HMV had in stock.Colour me amazed.
Sparks I have lapsed seriously with over the years,not heard the new one yet,though my friend Andrew Poppy messaged me the other day to rave about it.Apparently one track even has the word giddy in it!I trust his opinion.
Gavin – So you bought a new album on the weekend of release too? Excellent for you! I just heard today that “Punishment Of Luxury” entered the UK chart in the top 5 so one guesses they are “well chuffed.” I am still waiting for my limited box edition, and were I one to “cheat” I could download the album in FLAC file format from Pledge Music, but homey don’t play dat!
I can certainly see how Andrew Poppy [name dropper!] would enjoy the new Sparks album as it has enough of their post-modern formalism period in it to appeal to one such as him. Yet it also has its neo-classical Sparks thread as well. The track in question is the dazzling “Giddy Giddy.” You won’t be disappointed. I am making inroads the last few weeks with four Sparks albums coming to live with me. Now just nine more to get… Collect the whole series. I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that Sparks are the best band America ever produced. Oh, the Rock GPA I will write once I have everything.
Gavin – Actually, the track is named “Giddy Giddy!” Obviously, it has your name all over it! Once I get a lunch hour back, and can get to a review [I will take breaks on the OMD Rock G.P.A.] I will weigh in on it, officially.
I really want to know what you and Mrs. Monk think of “The Boatman’s Call”
That one is a top five desert island disc for me.
Tim – I’ll let you know after I hear it more than once.
What what what? You haven’t been listening to it on non-stop play since it arrived in the cell?
Thank you for the kind words, O Monk. A pleasure to (try to) fill your shoes. Your recent posts on Sparks have put me back in a Sparks frenzy, and the discovery of a video with them and Rita Matsuko has also reminded me that I need a lot more her in my life. As you were kind enough to use a flattering illustration of me, I should mention here that one of my top priorities in the new year is to fully resurrect and expand the site and library of “Chas’ Crusty Old Wave,” a show I did in college that celebrated our kind of 80s … in the 90s, when it was hideously unfashionable. Stay tuned for that.
chasinvictoria – “Sparks Frenzy?” Wasn’t that the first PWEI album?
But seriously, good news on the C.O.W. front. Your shows were like the ideal playlists to accompany PPM; not only because I used to have fun throwing a crate in the car and crashing your show!