It is so exciting when something that you have wanted for so long comes your way, which is what happened yesterday with me and Preston Love’s Omaha Bar-B-Q. Read the rest of this entry »
I didn’t just buy records at the recent Save the Children UWA booksale. I also picked up a few CDs. One was this doozy courtesy of Rhino records. Read the rest of this entry »
Yes, I waited in line, and yes it was worth it.
For this year’s Save the Children booksale at UWA I rocked up just after 12.30pm to stake a place in line. I was 6th at this point and with only one extra person joining someone in front of me I got to be 7th inside the sale and certainly I was first to the boxes of records. Read the rest of this entry »
I learned today of the passing of Gladys Horton. Who was she, you are probably asking. Gladys was a founding member of The Marvelettes, whose Please Mr Postman I am sure you must have heard somewhere, sometime.
I recently gained a new appreciation for girl groups having over the Christmas break read the book Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound by Alan Betrock, which is something of a classic of it’s type, which I picked up years ago at a Save The Children book sale.
There was a whole chapter devoted to The Marvelettes, who were an early success story for Motown. So impressed was I with their story that I soon after bought a collection of their hits, that had just about everything that was noted in the chapter, such as the early hits (Please Mr Postman, Beachwood 4–5789) as well as the later Smokey Robinson penned stuff (Hunter Gets Captured By The Game and Don’t Mess With Bill).
So the Friday song goes out today in memory of Gladys. I have chosen to go with an early song and one that is perhaps less well known. The group had had a number 1 hit with Please Mr Postman, so naturally a follow up was called for, and since what worked once might work again, and further, as there was this crazy thing called the Twist doing big business, why not put the two together? I give you Twistin’ Postman.
Well, how about that? One of my records in my display this week has a cover that I cannot find online so there will be delay in our regularly scheduled programme. Read the rest of this entry »
I will not buy any books just for the cover. This is the promise I made to myself when at the recent UWA Save the Children booksale. And I was able to keep that promise on the opening night. However, when I went back on the half price day, I just could not do it. I saw this, and I just had to have it.
I was blown away, just like those Civil War era soldiers. The book was in pristine condition and at half price was going to cost me 50 cents. The cover, with the heroic machine gun poses, juxtaposed with the historical scene, was a winner, and the concept, hah! So I picked it up and noted that the book was a sequel. I half wondered if I would ever find the first book.
I didn’t, but I did find the next one in the trilogy.
This book was a few tables away and was in the same untouched and probably never been read condition as the first one I found. The cover displayed the same no guts no glory type of scene as the first. So I bought them both.
I guess these books were written in the wave of the success of the A-Team and First Blood, stories about returned Vietnam Vets and what they did next. Only this takes it up a notch by having them continue to fight and this time, perhaps in an effort to redeem what was a loss in ‘Nam, fight for the very existence of the USA.
I guess if the A-Team had time travel, this is what it would have been like; maybe.
I’m part of a circle of music fans at work who regularly email each other about music news and discoveries. Not so long ago, one of us brought up the subject of the song “I’m in love with a German filmstar” by The Passions. I commented that I knew the song but that I did not have a copy of it. Read the rest of this entry »