2018 Purchases

Here are the music purchases of 2018 quantified in some detail. Check the 2018 cover grid dropdown to just see a grid of the cover images.

January 2018

  1. Duran Duran: The Singles 81-85 – EMI Records –  7243 5 51728 2 2 – UK – 13xCD5 – Discogs/$35
  2. The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street DLX RM – Rolling Stones Records ‎– B0014130-02 – US – 2xCD – Discogs/$7.75
  3. Nina Hagen: Fearless –  Koch Records ‎– KOC-CD-4218 – US – CD – Discogs/$16.75
  4. Flea: Hard Rock (It’s The Beat Of The Street) – Atlantic ‎– DMD 783 – USP – 12″ – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  5. Hipsway: Hipsway –  Columbia ‎– C 40522 – US – LP – 2nd + Charles/$2.00
  6. Pretty Poison: Nighttime – Virgin ‎– 0-96710 – US – 12″ – 2nd + Charles/$5.00
  7. Visage: Visage – Polydor ‎– PD-1-6304  – USP – LP – 2nd + Charles/$2.00
  8. Ian Hunter – All Of The Good Ones Were Taken –  Columbia ‎– FC 38628 – US – LP – 2nd + Charles/$5.00
  9. Steve Harley + Cockney Rebel: Face To Face –  EMI ‎– SKBB-11661 – US – 2xLP – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  10. Steve Harley: Hobo With A Grin – Capitol Records ‎– SW-11770 – US – LP – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  11. Stan Ridgeway: Black Diamond – Birdcage Records ‎– SRDI 11007 – US – CD – 2nd + Charles/$5.97
  12. Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us – Mute ‎– 9573-2 – US – CD – 2nd + Charles/$6.00
  13. Saint Etienne: Sylvis CD#1 – Creation Records ‎– CRESCD 279 – UK – CD5 – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  14. Wire: The Drill – Mute ‎– 9 61103-2  – US – CD – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  15. Future Bible Heroes: The Lonely Robot –  Instinct Records ‎– INS613-2 – US – CD5 – Mr. K’s Greenville/$2.00
  16. Mark E. Smith And Ed Blaney: Smith And Blaney – Voiceprint ‎– VP448CD – UK – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$2.00
  17. Cluster: Cluster 71 – Water ‎– WATER 160  – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$7.95
  18. Marianne Faithfull: Blazing Away – Island Records ‎– 842 794-2 – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$4.95
  19. Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby –  RCA ‎– ND83807 – GER – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$5.75
  20. Steppenwolf: 20th Century Masters – MCA Records ‎– MCAD-19954 – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$4.95
  21. Mott The Hoople: Brain Capers – Atlantic ‎– 8304-2  – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$15.00
  22. Television: Television –  Capitol Records ‎– CDP 0777 7 98396 2 9 – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$5.75
  23. OMD: The Punishment Of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material – 100% Records ‎– 100CD 75 – UK – CD – Pledge Music/$8.99
  24. OMD: What Have We Done – 100% Records ‎– 100T68 – UK 12″ – Pledge Music/$11.58

Ouch! This is the most I have ever spent on music in January; usually a slow month for one reason or another. The trip to Greenville was the big factor. The 1st Duran singles box was something that I should have bought many years ago when it could be had for <$15 seeing as how I had the second volume and really should have had that one as well. Then I noticed it going for $50-100. Oooops. When it showed up in my Discogs feed for $35, I had the money in Paypal from sales and hit the “buy” button. The same dealer had the Rolling Stones DLX RM of the last of their “Imperial Period” albums as well as a very affordable copy of “Fearless” by Nina Hagen! I finally re-bought the US LP of the debut “Visage” album on a trip to Greenville that I stupidly sold off when I bought the CD in 1988-ish.

In US used CD bins, the “Supernature” album is the Goldfrapp album that proliferates. Happy to see a rare showing of “Tales Of Us.” Also the Stan Ridgeway solo album! Another rare event. I bought the Mark E. Smith album and eerily enough, he was dead within days. I didn’t think even death would kill him. Nice to see a Lou Reed opus that rarely graces the used bins. Likewise with the OOP “Brain Capers” by Mott The Hoople. $15 was a steal for that one. Finally, I got the last of the OMD single material from their “Punishment Of Luxury” album. The last 12″ single and the mandatory CD roundup of all of the B-sides and remixes! Damn! That’s already selling for €25-35 after a few months!

Subtotal: $174.39

February 2018

  1. De Harris: Love Shadow – Arista ‎– RIST 32 – UK – 12″ – Discogs/€3 [$3.73]
  2. De Harris: Love Shadow – Arista ‎– RIS 32 – UK – 7″ – Discogs/€4.58 [$6.34]
  3. The Three O’Clock: Warm Aspirations – I.R.S. Records ‎– IRM 127  – UK – 7″ – Discogs/€2.65 [$3.67]
  4. Various: Stax 101 – UMC ‎– UMC 10114 – UK – 5xCD – Amazon/$6.95
  5. Simple Minds: Walk Between Worlds – BMG ‎– 4050538349689 – UK – CDX – Simple Minds Webstore/£9.37 [$13.01]
  6. Simple Minds: Walk Between Worlds – BMG ‎– 4050538347289  – UK – LP – Simple Minds Webstore/£15.62 [$21.69]
  7. Simple Minds: Magic –  BMG ‎– 538349751 – UK – orange vinyl 7″ – Simple Minds Webstore/”free”
  8. Laurie Anderson + Kronos Quartet: Landfall – Nonesuch ‎– 564164-2  – US – CD – Harvest Records/$16.99
  9. Roxy Music: Roxy Music DLX RM box – Virgin EMI Records ‎– 4734389 – UK – 3xCD + DVD + book – Amazon/$79.95

I am all about getting medieval on my Fashiøn “Fabrique” BSOG with all of the De Harris material, and his solo single version of “Love Shadow” had taunted me for a few years. No more! I also wrapped up my Three O’Clock collection so I could finally make a CD of their “Live At The Old Waldorf” album from 2013 rounded out with some loose rare cuts that never even made the great odds + sods CD [“The Hidden World Revealed“] that came out in 2013 as well. My wife was listening to soul music at work and extolling the virtues of “In The Rain” by The Dramatics. Knowing which side my bread was buttered on, I immediately sought out the best Stax/Volt compilation available and hit paydirt with “Stax 101;” part of UMG’s “101” series of 101 tracks with a central theme. This 5xCD comp is an embarrassment of riches that any home should have; particularly for the $6.95 [new] asking price! I can’t believe I lived this long without “[Theme From] Shaft” in the Record Cell!

Then the new Simple Minds opus arrived; having ordered the package that netted me all of the music on offer. Good thing too, since this album is the sound of Simple Minds hitting new heights in their 40th year. Clearly their best album since “Sparkle In The Rain,” but I’ve been saying that for nearly 20 years. Finally, I had been grousing about the $160 price tag on the Roxy Music BSOG of their debut album when the next day a reader notified me of a half price flash sale [$79] on Amazon, at just the price point I had been anticipating since first hearing about this seven years ago. I snapped that one up lickety split. For Roxy Music fans, it is a stunning package, and the full price was almost justified for the book alone. Anyone without heavy bread to throw at this, at the very least needs the 2xCD with a bonus CD of amazing BBC recordings for a very affordable $22.

Subtotal: $152.33

March 2018

  1. Berlin Blondes: Marseille – Scratch Records ‎– SCR 005 – UK – 7″ – Discogs/$4.00
  2. Berlin Blondes: Science – EMI ‎– EMI 5031 – UK – 7″ – Discogs/$6.55
  3. Robert Palmer: Clues – Island Records ‎– CID 9595 – GER – CD – Discogs/$3.00
  4. Sirius.B – Dazzling Urbanites – US – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00
  5. Barry White: All-Time Greatest Hits – Mercury ‎– 314 522 459-2 – US – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00
  6. The Pretenders: The Singles – Sire ‎– W2-25664 – US – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00
  7. Stephen Tin Tin Duffy: The Ups + Downs – 10 Records ‎– DIXCD 5 – UK – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00
  8. Neneh Cherry: Homebrew – Virgin ‎– 0777 7 86516 2 8 – US – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00

A quiet month… finally. I sold a handful of items, content to let the filthy lucre [all $16 and change of it] amass in PayPal until critical mass was reached by Discogs items for sale that I could not pass up. That didn’t take long, because I saw a rare Berlin Blondes 7″ I needed in my feed one day and the dealer also had the other Berlin Blondes single I needed to have everything. So… one day soon I will remaster and upgrade my Berlin Blondes REVO edition. I also bought a way cheap copy of the first Robert Palmer album I bought back in 1980; his New Wave Triangulation® album, “Clues.” Hmmmm. Could there be a thirdFaking It Files” post in the near future??? At any rate, it was great to have the album back in house. I want a full Palmer collection. Finally, my wife struck paydirt at a thrift store where she was donating some old clothing. I had just added “Homebrew” to my wantlist a mere 48 hours earlier! I was curious to hear something by The Pretenders that was new to my ears, so the best of was of some interest. And Barry White? The man was a genius.

Subtotal: $21.55

April 2018

  1. OMD: One More Time [Fotonovela Version] – 100% Records – US – DL – iTunes/$0.69
  2. David Sylvian + Holger Czukay: Flux + Mutability – Venture – CDVE 43 – UK – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  3. Cameo: The Definitive Collection – Mercury – B0006112-02 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  4. Darlene Love: The Sound Of Love: The Very Best Of Darlene Love – Phil Spector Records – 88697 61290 2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  5. Eno/Wobble: Spinner – Gyroscope – GYR 6614-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  6. Nick Cave + The Bad Seeds: The Good Son – Elektra – 9 60988-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  7. Voice Of The Beehive: Honey Lingers – London Records – 828 253-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/gift
  8. Malcolm McLaren: Paris – Island Records – 314-524 107-2 – US – 2xCD – Wuxtry Decatur/gift
  9. Various: Grosse Point Blank OST – London Records – 422-828 867-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$4.00
  10. The Delfonics: La-La Means I Love You: The Definitive Collection – Arista 07822 – 18979-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  11. Cocteau Twins: Violane CD#2 – Fontana – CTDD 6 – UK – CD5 – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  12. The Go-Betweens: Spring Hill Fair – Circus Records ‎– FYL011 – US – 2xCD – Wuxtry Decatur/$8.00
  13. Saint Etienne – Good Humour – Sub Pop – SPCD 435 – US – 2xCD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  14. Goldfrapp: Silver Eye – Mute9669-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  15. Blondie: The Curse Of Blondie – Epic – 5119212000 – OZ – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  16. Blondie: The Hunter – Chrysalis‎ – VK 41384 – US- CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  17. Various: Pump Up The Volume (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – MCA Records – MCAD-8039 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  18. Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around – American Recordings – 440 063 339-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  19. Various: In The Name Of The Father (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Island Records – 518 841-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  20. Shirley Brown: Woman To Woman DLX RM – Stax Records – STX -33177-02 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$9.99
  21. Lou Reed: Lou Reed – BMG – 74321 727122 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$11.99
  22. Various: The Royal Tenenbaums (Original Soundtrack) – Hollywood Records – 2061-62347-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  23. Various: Pulp Fiction – Music From The Motion Picture (Collector’s Edition) DLX RM – UMG Soundtracks 088 113 002-2- US – 2xCD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  24. Various: The Darjeeling Limited (Original Soundtrack) – ABKCO – 187719240-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  25. Bryan Ferry: Dylanesque – Virgin – 0946 3 8975021 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  26. Various: Jackie Brown (Music From The Miramax Motion Picture) – Maverick – 9362-46841-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  27. Various: The Crying Game (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – SBK Records – K2-89024 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  28. Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Rage Hard – Island Records – DMD 987 – USP – 12 – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  29. Malcolm McLaren + The World’s Famous Supreme Team: Buffalo Gals – Special Stereo Scratch Mix – Charisma – MALC 12 – UK – 12 – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  30. Various: Ultimix 13 [disc 3 only] – Ultimix – UM-013 – US – 12 – Wuxtry Decatur/gift
  31. Neneh Cherry: Kisses On The Wind – Virgin – 96532-0 – US – 12 – Wuxtry Decatur/gift
  32. John Foxx And The Maths: Interplay – Metamatic – META28LP – UK – LP – Wuxtry Decatur/$15.00
  33. John Foxx And The Maths: The Shape Of Things – Metamatic – META29LP – UK – LP – Wuxtry Decatur/$10.00
  34. John Foxx+ Jori Hulkkonen: European Splendour – Sugarcane Recordings – SUGARS 024 – UK – LP – Wuxtry Decatur/$10.00
  35. Midge Ure: The Gift DLX RM – Chrysalis – CHRX 1058 – UK – 2xCD – gift
  36. Various: Heat (Music From The Motion Picture) – Warner Bros. Records – 9 46144-2 – US – CD – flea market/$1.00
  37. Various: Soul Classics of the 70s – Rebound Records – 314 520 447-2 – US – CD – flea market/$1.00
  38. Various: Baila Habibi vol. 2 – T.Z. Records – 78800 – US – CD – flea market/$1.00
  39. Boy Harsher: Yr Body Is Nothing – Nude Club – NUDE002- US – CD – march table/$10.00

A craaaaaazy month in the record cell with a surfeit of new music. The trip to Atlanta to see OMD early in the month saw is hitting Wuxtry, Decatur for the first time since Midge Ure in October of 2016. The place was stacked with amazing things. Between my wife and I we threw down $200! And I was not even going to go there at first, but my wife connived me to go. She got as much stuff as I did. Prices were right enough with most CDs $1/3/5 used and a few new items there as well. Pretty heavy want list action. The Sylvian/Czukay has been decades in the buying. I never see “Flux + Mutability!” My wife spent several days last year watching the video for “The Weeping Song” and now we have “The Good Son” on disc. I found the last Cocteau Twins single I needed. The highly sought after 2xCD from Sub Pop for my favorite Saint Etienne album, “Good Humor.” The B-sides are appreciated!

After seeing that wonderful Go-Betweens documentary, I was alerted to the Circus DLX RMs of the first three albums which I’d never seen before. I was so happy to get the Sire ’85 album “Spring Hill Fair” which comes with a second album of unreleased material of no listed provenance. Any new Goldfrapp is appreciated. I saw a pair of Blondie titles not inactivity so I finally re-bought “The Hunter” and took a shot a some “new” Blondie. The former was as poor as I’d remembered from the pre-purge vinyl days, and the new one I found even worse. Oops. I’d actually blocked out memories some of the more egregious material on “The Hunter,” in all honesty. Think “Little Caesar.”

My wife has been on a tear with funk/soul music and I say no problem with that! I really enjoy it but I don’t reach for it first when presented with stacks of distracting, arty New Wave, but I grew up on 70s Top 40 and this music remains at the top of that heap. She is also going through a soundtrack phase, as is evident. I tend to ignore OSTs, because there are probably dozens of them out there with scarce tracks by bands I collect that would take too much effort to round up, so I usually don’t bother! I finally got the Ferry “Dylanesque” album. Say what you will about Ferry’s cover albums, but the one two punch of “Frantic” and this one were some of the least overworked Ferry music in ages before he got all detail oriented again on us with “Olympia.” It’s fun hearing him relax in the studio, if possible.

The US Promo Freddie Bastone remix of “Rage Hard”  has mocked me on my Discogs want list for as long as I’ve had one but it will mock me no more. I was thrilled to find three John Foxx LPs I have wanted [but have not needed] for years in one place at the right price. Actually, I did need the “European Splendour” EP in any form since I still do not have the preferable CD version yet! Another long-standing want was the DLX RM of  Midge Ure’s “The Gift” which was mandatory for the 12″ remix of “Call Of The Wild,” his finest solo hour, but I had drug my heels on obtaining a copy for too long. It took me long enough to get the Ultravox “Definitive Editions” from 2011 much less this one, but a friend managed to snag one for me, so that was appreciated. The CD had a few previously unreleased tracks as well. I can see what Chrysalis or Ure nixed the extended remix of “That Certain Smile” as included here. That one definitely did not gel as a 12″ mix!

Finally, the month was capped by the purchase at the merch table of the Boy Harsher debut album, just reissued on CD from its LP only origins the day prior. I had just been blown away by their thrilling live set and my plans to perhaps buy the new album of the headliner, The Soft Moon, went right out the window and I opted for this as a better use of my shrinking music dollar.

Subtotal: $178.67

May 2018

  1. Simple Minds: Summer [Gary Numan + Ade Fenton Edit] – BMG – DL – iTunes/$1.29
  2. Marti Jones: My Tidy Doily Dream – Dixon Archival Remnants – DAR 010 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$3.00
  3. Adult.: Detroit House Guests – Mute – 9670-2 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$3.00
  4. Graham Parker + The Rumour: Mystery Glue – Cadet Concept – B0023071-02 – US – CD – merch table/$15.00
  5. Graham Parker: Dreamin’ – 100% Records – DL – iTunes/$1.29

A modest months as I was saving up for the trip to Los Angeles for Ron-Kon II. Sure to be a lot of record store crawling. Just a few things from the cheap CDs at Harvest. Will they one day deliver a classic? Which in expen$ive Asheville means $3.00 per disc. I get much better bargains when I shop in other cities; which is part of what drives my Record Store Road trips, damnit. I’d like to be spending less but when assaulted by low price plus better selection, I usually crumple. One of the few Marti Jones albums I didn’t yet have is always appreciated! Ms. Jones has been a favorite for 34 or so years. Never saw her, though she appeared nearby without me knowing a year or two ago. Damnit. We got max karma® from buying Graham Parker + The Rumour’s latest at GP’s merch table. Then we got his latest DL single to listen to on the trip home from Atlanta.

Subtotal: $23.58

June 2018

  1. John Foxx: Metamatic DLX RM – Metamatic ‎– META63BX – UK – 3xCD – Foxx Webstore/gift
  2. Pigeon: Pigeon – GER – DL – Bandcamp/promo

See above for explanation of minimal purchases. My wife came to my rescue with the 4th DLX RM of “Metamatic” in 25 years.

Subtotal: $0.00


Half Year Subtotals: 95 releases | $551.52 | average cost – $5.81/title


July 2018

  1. Bananarama: Deep Sea Skiving DLX RM – Edsel Records ‎– EDSG 8029 – UK – 2xCD+DVD – Discogs/$13.41
  2. David Bowie: Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 – Parlophone – RP2-558572 – US – 2xCD – Sounsations Records/$8.99
  3. The Coup: Steal This Album – Polemic Records DDR-4600 – US – CD – Sounsations Records/$5.99
  4. Bootsy’s Rubber Band: Bootsy? Player Of The Year – Warner Bros. Records – 3093-2 – US – CD – Sounsations Records/$5.99
  5. Prince: For You – Warner Bros. Records – 3150-2 – US – CD – Sounsations Records/$5.99
  6. Prince: Controversy – Warner Bros. Records – 3601-2 – US – CD – Sounsations Records/$3.99
  7. Prince And The Revolution: Around The World In A Day – Paisley Park – 9 25286-2 – US – CD – Sounsations Records | $3.99
  8. Prince And The Revolution: Parade – Paisley Park – 9 25395-2 – US – CD – Sounsations Records | $3.99
  9. Prince: Sign “O” The Times – Paisley Park – 9 25577-2 – US – CD – Sounsations Records/$8.99
  10. Prince And The New Power Generation: Love Symbol – Paisley Park/Warner Bros. Records – 9 45037-2 – US – CD – Sounsations Records/$3.99
  11. Ursula 1000: Here Comes Tomorrow – Eighteenth Street Lounge Music – ESL091 – US – CD – Amoeba/$3.99
  12. China Crisis: Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain DLX RM – Caroline Records – CAROLR065CD – UK – 2xCD – Amoeba/$14.99
  13. China Crisis: Flaunt The Imperfection DLX RM – Caroline Records – CAROLR067CD – UK – 2xCD – Amoeba/$19.98
  14. DEVO: Something For Everybody – Warner Bros. Records – 523975-2 – US – CD – Amoeba/$2.99
  15. B-Movie: Climate Of Fear – Cleopatra – CLO 0072 – US – CD – Amoeba/$13.98
  16. ABC: The Lexicon Of Love II – Virgin EMI Records – CDV 3150 – US – CD – Amoeba/$13.98
  17. Salvation Army: Befour Three O’Clock Happen Happened – Frontier Records – 01866 34639 2 – US – CD – Amoeba/$7.99
  18. Robert Palmer: Woke Up Laughing – Metro Blue – 7243 4 93575 2 5 – US – CD – Amoeba/$2.99
  19. Robert Palmer: Secrets – Island Records – CID 9544 – EURO – CD – Amoeba/$4.99
  20. The Coup: Pick A Bigger Weapon – Epitaph – 86720-2 – US – CD – Amoeba/$4.99
  21. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Access All Areas – Edsel Records – AAACDVD043 – UK – CD + DVD – Amoeba/$11.98
  22. Suicide: Suicide DLX RM – Mute/Red Star Records – 9104-2 – US – CD – Amoeba/$6.99
  23. Warren Zevon: Life’ll Kill Ya – Artemis Records – 751003-2 – US – CD – Amoeba/$6.99
  24. Warren Zevon: My Ride’s Here – Artemis Records – 751124-2 – US – CD – Amoeba/$9.99
  25. Ultravox: Lament DLX RM – Chrysalis – CRCX1009 – UK – 2xCD – Amoeba/$13.98
  26. Ultravox: Return To Eden DLX RM – Chrysalis – C2DV 1001 – UK – 2xCD + DVD – Amoeba/$13.98
  27. Graham Parker: The Real Macaw – Great Expectations – PIP CD 027 – FR – CD – Amoeba/$2.99
  28. Graham Parker & The Figgs: Songs Of No Consequence – Bloodshot Records – BS 123 – US – CD – Amoeba/$3.99
  29. Was (Not Was): Spy In The House Of Love – Fontana – WASXR 2 – UK – 12″ – Amoeba/$1.99
  30. The Ward Brothers: Cross That Bridge – Siren – SIREN 16-12 – UK – WLP 12″ – Amoeba/$1.99
  31. Defunkt: Razor’s Edge / Strangling Me With Your Love – Hannibal Records – HNS 1201 – UK – 12″ – Amoeba/$3.99
  32. Andrew Poppy: 32 Frames / The Impossible Net – ZTT – ZTIS 200 – UK – 12″ – Amoeba/$3.99
  33. Comateens: Resist Her – Mercury – 880 151-1 – US – 12″ – Amoeba/$3.99 sealed copy
  34. Frazier Chorus: Cloud 8 – Virgin VSTX – 1252 – UK – WLP 12″ – Amoeba/$1.99
  35. Graham Parker & The Rumour: Squeezing Out Sparks & Live Sparks DLX RM – Arista – 07822-18939-2 – US – CD – Rockaway Records/$3.99
  36. Graham Parker And The Rumour: The Up Escalator – Arista – ARCD 8093 – US – CD – Rockaway Records/$4.99
  37. Graham Parker: Another Grey Area – Razor Edge – RE 1982 – US – CD – Rockaway Records/$3.99
  38. Graham Parker & The Rumour: Three Chords Good – Primary Wave Records – 856817002528 – US – CD – Rockaway Records/$2.99
  39. Zaine Griff: Figvres – ZG Music – CDMANU5133 – NZ – CD – Rockaway Records/$2.99
  40. Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression – Caroline International – CAROL011CD – UK – CD – Rockaway Records/$2.99
  41. Zevon: Wanted Dead Or Alive – Capitol Records – 72435-80741-2-3 – US – CD – Rockaway Records/$2.99
  42. Nick Lowe: At My Age – Yep Roc Records – YEP-2102 – US – CD – Rockaway Records/$2.99
  43. Bill Pritchard: Jolie – Play It Again Sam Records – PIAS 176 CD – BENELUX – CD – Rockaway Records/$3.99
  44. Stinky Toys: Plastic Faces – Polydor – 833 003-2 – FR – CD – Rockaway Records/$3.99
  45. The Dickies: Idjit Savant – Triple X Records – 51168-2 – US – CD – Rockaway Records/$3.99
  46. Ian Hunter: Overnight Angels – Columbia – 474781-2 – BENELUX – CD – Rockaway Records/$6.99
  47. Ian Hunter / Mick Ronson: Y U I Orta – Mercury – 838 973-2 – US – CD- Rockaway Records/$3.99
  48. Ian Hunter: Shrunken Heads – Yep Roc Records – YEP-2152 – US – CD – Rockaway Records/$3.99
  49. Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Revolver Tour – The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook – Hip-O Records – B0016431-09 – US – DVD – Rockaway Records/$2.99
  50. Ken Lockie: The Impossible – Virgin – 203 699 – UK – LP – Rockaway Records/$4.99 | Property of Ron Kane
  51. Intaferon: Steamhammer Sam – Chrysalis – CHS 12 2750 – UK – 12″ – Rockaway Records/$4.99
  52. The Decayes: Aquarium – Imgrat Records – 2400006.1 – US – LP – Rockaway Records/$14.99 | # 75/300 signed by Ron Kane
  53. Various: Music From Earth – Imgrat Records – 2406 006 – NZ – LP – Warren Bowman/gift
  54. Various: The Record Man – A Tribute To Ron Kane – US – CD-R – Rockaway Records/$12.99
  55. Talking Heads: Live On Tour – Warner Bros. Records – WBMS 104 RE-1 – US – LP Promo – Rockaway Records/$29.99
  56. Prince And The Revolution: Purple Rain SDLX RM – Warner Bros. Records – 547374-2 – US – 3xCD + DVD – Record Surplus/$18.26
  57. The London Suede: Night Thoughts – Warner Bros. Records – R2 553975 – US – CD + DVD – Record Surplus/$8.28
  58. Various: Debut LP Magazine – Issue 05 – Debut Magazine – LP MAG 5 – UK – LP/Magazine – Record Surplus/$6.39

Ron-Kon happened and we visited four L.A. record stores this time instead of just Amoeba Hollywood. All were good [I spent $250 at Amoeba this time!] but only Rockaway Records earned the “Great Record Store” sobriquet in my sidebar. I did buy the DLX RM of the debut Bananarama album [their best] when I sold a few items in my Discogs store. This title had been trending up to the $50 mark of late, which is more than I think it’s worth, but the price had recently stabilized into my comfort zone, <$15! I’d really like their second DLX RM as well, but this is the main one to get. If “Bananarama” DLX RM never shows up at “the right price” I’ll cope. I’d even go for the third but only <$10. I was not looking especially for the live Bowie Nassau 2xCD but the right price can work wonders.

How did I miss ever hearing about The Coup?! This is the hip hop I need to hear, and it was only down to Boots Riley’s genius film, “Sorry To Bother You” that I ever heard of this guy! My wife is stuck on “The Magic Clap” and I still have yet to find the album it’s from, and I am on a mission to absorb all of The Coup’s albums. I started buying Prince music again in 2015 and so much of it never shows up in the used bins. L.A. was a different story and now I have Prince’s straight run from 1977-1987. That’s some crazy developmental arc, but the hooks have their origins in Prince’s seminal hybridization of New Wave + funk; especially his crucial “Controversy” album of 1981, which I have wanted since its release. Finally, I can no longer say that! And that “Purple Rain” SDLX RM!! Crazy good! I have a morbid fascination with seeing the horrific list of best selling albums of all time, and I can only find enthusiasm when I get to this one of the list, about 20+ spaces from the top.

Two of the three China Crisis DLX RMs are very welcome in the Record Cell. The BBC sessions on “Difficult Shapes” are radically synthpop, guitar-free versions of songs we’ll know under very different conditions elsewhere. Finally getting DEVO’s “Something For Everybody” didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Since buying the worthless, “Smooth Noodle Maps” I need to go for everything so the Rock G.P.A. can result! You have been warned. We’ll try to narrow it down to a few weeks this time. Stunned to see a newer B-Movie album than what I had blogged about six years ago, so of course I grabbed it! Also finally got “Lexicon of Love II.” That took forever until I found one for sale! What’s wrong with the world?

Happy to finally get the two late period Zevon albums I’ve needed for nearly 20 years. I have time for every Zevon album, just like Robert Palmer, who I also came closer to completion for. When I stumbled into the unreleased first Zevon album at Rockaway, I did, in fact, complete my run. Finally got “Suicide” as well. hopeless, I am! At least I found some of the handful of Graham Parker albums I still need. I have lots of time for him.

I was amazed to find the hyper scarce Zaine Griff “Figvres” CD, which I suspect was my friend Ron’s copy. I also got a handful of scarce Ian Hunter albums. Another rock guy I have all the time in the world for. I can’t believe I finally found the Talking Heads live promo LP from ’79. I heard it on broadcast and thought it was super. 39 years later… it’s mine!

Subtotal: $416.73

August 2018

  1. Various: Mega Mix 16 Maxi Singles Long Versions – Virgin – 302 292 – GER – 2xLP – Discogs/$11.67
  2. Danny Elfman: So-Lo – MCA Records ‎– MCAD-25051  – US – CD – Harvest Records/$3.99
  3. The Dickies: We Aren’t The World – ROIR – 88561-5021-2  – US – CD – Harvest Records/$4.79
  4. ADULT.: Anxiety Always – Ersatz Audio ‎– EZCD-26  – US – CD – Harvest Records/$2.40
  5. Alligator Indian: Football – Bleeding Gold ‎– BG003  – US – green vinyl 10″ – Harvest Records/$3.19
  6. Robert Gõrl: Darling Don’t Leave Me – Mute ‎– 12 MUTE 31  – UK – 12″ – Harvest Records/$1.00
  7. Grace Jones: I’m Not Perfect [But I’m Perfect For You] – Manhattan Records ‎– V-56038 – US – 12″ – Harvest Records/$1.00
  8. Grace Jones: Crush – Manhattan Records ‎– V-56047  – US – 12″ – Harvest records/$1.00
  9. Figures On A Beach: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Sire ‎– 9 21131-0 – US – 12″ – Harvest Records/$1.00
  10. Fun Boy Three: Our Lips Are Sealed –  Chrysalis ‎– 4V9 42689 – US – 12″ – Harvest Records/$1.00
  11. Eddy Grant: Electric Avenue – Portrait ‎– 4R9-03574 – US – 12″ – Harvest Records/$1.00
  12. Kid Creole + The Coconuts: Caroline Was A Dropout – Sire ‎– 0-20403  – US – 12″ – Harvest Records/$1.00
  13. Kid Creole + The Coconuts: Endicott – Sire ‎– 0-20351  – US – 12″ – Harvest Records/$1.00
  14. David Byrne + Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today – Todomundo ‎– TODO 002 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  15. Alice Cooper: Killer – Warner Bros. Records ‎– 2567-2  – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  16. Led Zeppelin: III DLX RM –  Atlantic ‎– R2-536131 – US – 2xCD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  17. Yello: Zebra – 4th & Broadway ‎– 162-444 065-2  – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  18. Adrian Belew: The Acoustic Adrian Belew – Adrian Belew Presents ‎– abp CD93001-1 — US – CD autographed by Belew – Harvest Records/$1.00
  19. The Bears: The Bears – Primitive Man Recording Company ‎– IRSD-42011 0 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  20. Nick Lowe: The Jesus Of Cool DLX RM – Yep Roc Records ‎– YEP 2620  – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  21. Be Bop Deluxe: Modern Music – Harvest ‎– CDP 7 94731 2 – UK – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  22. Be Bop Deluxe: Sunburst Finish – EMI ‎– CDP 7947272 – UK – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  23. Orquestra Was: Forever’s A Long, Long, Time – Verve Forecast ‎– 314 533 915-2 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  24. Blondie: Ghosts Of Download – Five Seven Music ‎– NBL 500-2 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  25. They Might Be Giants: They Might Be Giants –  Restless Records ‎– 7 72603-2 – US – CD – $1.00
  26. Johnny Cash: American V – A Hundred Highways – American Recordings ‎– B0002769-02 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  27. DEVO: Now It Can Be Told – DEVO At The Palace 12-9-88 – Enigma Records – 7 73514-2 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  28. Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending – Domino ‎– WIGCD408P  – USP – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  29. David Byrne: The Complete Score From The Broadway Production Of ‘The Catherine Wheel’ – Sire ‎– 3645-2 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  30. ACR: Force –  Factory ‎– Facd 166 – UK – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  31. Phil Lynott: Yellow Pearl – A Collection – Spectrum Music ‎– SPEC2042 – UK – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00

Subtotal: $51.04

September 2018

  1. Kissing The Pink: What Noise? DLX RM – Cherry Red ‎– WCDMRED 723 – UK – CD – gift
  2. Kitty Tsunami: Cosa Nostra – Ghost Drag Records – US – CD-R – merch table/$10.00

Subtotal: $10.00

I finally got to see Kitty Tsunami again after a year of wanting to. I love their shoegazy, vocal surf pop! I didn’t want to buy this on Bandcamp, but I need to add the release to the Discogs database… if I ever get the 25 minutes!

October 2018

  1. Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin: Star Clocks – Broken Records ‎– BRCDLP-07 – UK – CD – Brian Ware/gift
  2. The Headboys: Kickin’ The Kans – RSO ‎– RSO 56 – UK – 7″ – Criminal Records/$4.50
  3. The Photos: Crystal Tips And Mighty Mice – Cherry Red ‎– CDMRED 366 – UK – CD – Criminal Records/$4.97
  4. Gang Of Four: Songs Of The Free DLX RM – Infinite Zero ‎– 9 43067-2 – US – CD – Criminal Records/$6.97
  5. Hindu Love Gods: Hindu Love Gods – Giant Records ‎– 9 24406 2 – US – CD – Criminal Records/$4.97
  6. Guadalcanal Diary: Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man + Jamboree – COL-CD-7486 – US – CD – Criminal Records/$2.97
  7. Various: Merge Records Fall Sampler 2018 – Merge Records ‎– MRG668 – USP – CD – Criminal Records/Free
  8. Jonathan Richman: Jonathan Goes Country ‎– ROUNDER CD 9024 – US – CD – Wax N’ Facts/$3.00
  9. Malcolm McLaren: Fans – Island Records ‎– 422-842 872-2 – US – CD – Wax N’ Facts/$1.00
  10. Pop Will Eat Itself: The PWEI Cure For Sanity – RCA ‎– 2485-2-R  – US – CD – Wax N’ Facts/$1.00
  11. Prince: Planet Earth – NPG Records ‎– 88697 12970 2 – US – CD – Wax N’ Facts/$5.00
  12. Underworld & Iggy Pop: Teatime Dub Encounters – Caroline International ‎– 2567742777 – US – CD – Wax N’ Facts/$3.00
  13. Jona Lewie: Gatecrasher ‎– SNTF 794 – UK – LP – Wax N’ Facts/$5.00
  14. Spandau Ballet: Diamond – Chrysalis ‎– CDL 1353 – UK – LP – Wax N’ Facts/$5.00
  15. Heaven 17: Double Trouble – Virgin ‎– VSD 920-12 – UK – 2×12″ – Wax N’ Facts/$5.00
  16. The Suburbs: Music For Boys – Twin/Tone Records ‎– TTR 8127  – US – 12″ – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  17. Sparks: So Important – Fine Art ‎– RNTW 70410 – US – 12″ – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  18. Yello: Lost Again – Stiff Records ‎– D BUY 191 – UK – 2×7″ – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  19. Wah!: The Maverick Years 80-81…And Then Some! – Castle Music ‎– CMRCD011 – UK – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  20. Kaja: Turn Your Back On Me – EMI America ‎– V-7850-1/2 – US – 12″ – Wuxtry Decatur/$1.00
  21. Barry Reynolds: I Scare Myself – Island Records ‎– 90011-1 – US – LP – Wuxtry Decatur/$1.00
  22. Positive Noise: Charm – Statik Records ‎– stat 412 – UK – 12″ – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  23. Malcolm McLaren: Madam Butterfly – Island Records ‎– 0-96915 – US – 12″ – Wuxtry Decatur/$1.00
  24. Pete Shelley: Blue Eyes – Mercury ‎– merx225 – UK – 12″ – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  25. PO!: Not Marked On The Ordnance Map – Rutland Records ‎– RUTCD4 – UK – CD – Ruth Miller/gift
  26. PO!: Horse Blanket Weather – Rutland Records ‎– RUTCD6 – UK – CD – Ruth Miller/gift

November 2018

  1. The Isley Brothers: Fight The Power [Parts 1 + 2] – Epic Records – US – DL – iTunes/$1.29
  2. Visage: The Damned Don’t Cry – Spectrum Music ‎– 544 381-2 – EUR – CD – gift
  3. xPropaganda: A Secret Place – xPropaganda Ltd. ‎– Dx/01 – UK – CD – Bandcamp/£12/$15.57
  4. Cream: Strange Brew – The Very Best Of Cream – Polydor ‎– 811 639-2 – US – CD – Mr. K’s/$4.95
  5. Prince + the New Power Generation: Diamonds + Pearls – Paisley Park ‎– 9 25379-2 – US – CD – Mr. K’s/$7.95
  6. Various: No Thanks! The 70s Punk Rebellion Disc 1 – Rhino Entertainment Company ‎– R2 73926 – US CD [1/4] – Mr. K’s/$4.95
  7. DEVO: Hardcore DEVO Live! –  MVD Audio ‎– MVD6526A – US – CD – Mr. K’s/$4.95
  8. Marianne Faithfull: The Seven Deadly Sins – RCA Victor ‎– 74321-60119-2  – US – CD – Mr. K’s/$4.95
  9. David Sylvian: Gone To Earth DLX RM – Virgin ‎– CDVDLX 1 – UK – 2xCD – Mr. K’s/$4.95

more to come