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Pulp – Countdown: 1992-1983

8 06 2010

Listened: Monday June 7

I am a huge Pulp fan, but I don’t own many of their pre-His & Hers albums. Oddly enough, they tend to be really pricey, even used, maybe because of their rarity in this country. Countdown is a collection of the best songs from those years.

Pulp used to be a lot weirder in the earlier years, believe it or not, and Jarvis Cocker also sang in a lower register. Some of the much older songs are very creepy and almost gothic in nature and subject matter – dogs, stalkers, the mark of the devil, suffocation…the seeds of the later classic Pulp storytelling prowess and ironic humor are there, but they haven’t come together quite like the more modern albums yet.

I do love a lot of these songs though, especially the simpler romantic ones like My Lighthouse, Don’t You Know, and Wishful Thinking. This album never ceases to get me singing along.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory

8 06 2010

Listened: Monday June 7

After Core, I can’t tell you how welcome the opening strains of Ramble Tamble were to my ears. Cosmo’s saved me from my Core funk and got me back into a productive work mode. More importantly, it got me back into thinking that the project was actually a good idea!

Cosmo’s has so many of my favorite CCR songs: Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Up Around The Bend, Who’ll Stop The Rain, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Long As I Can See The Light. The musicianship on this album is really top notch too, with a lot of good grooves and long jams.





Stone Temple Pilots – Core

8 06 2010

Listened: Monday June 7

Um, I used to like this crap? That is what I was thinking through much of Core. This is the first album of the project that has elicited a violent reaction. About two songs from the end I was wanting it to be over, really badly.

I hadn’t listened to this for many years, and I knew I wasn’t a huge fan back in the day anyway, but I wasn’t expecting to realize how much I think it sucks now. How times change.

Unfortunate that I also included Purple in the project, but thankfully it will be a while before I have to hear it.