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Nostalgic sounds

David de Groot PRO 11:05am, 20 October 2006
Whoot!

I pulled the old Pioneer turntable out of a box and plugged it into my (almost vintage) Technics Amp and we're now rockin' out to the sounds of Australian Crawl on LP (circa 1981) :)


I of course blame all of you for this sudden burst of nostalgia ;-)
The Sage of Shadowdale 12 years ago
Ha ha! Rock on!

Oooooh Errol,
I would give everything, just to be like him
Oooooh Errol,
I would give everything, just to be like him
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
That track played just a few minutes ago!
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I have to admit that I have never heard of this band. But rock on anyway.
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Ah Mike you're missing out on some great classic Australian Rock!

I'm now playing The Pretenders, as evidenced by this photo:

Nostalgia Attack!
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I have a technics turntable that needs a new needle. I would love to play REM's Life's Rich Pagent on LP again along with my dad's copy of Miles Ahead by Miles Davies on nice thick '60s vinyl.

Bill
picsbymac 12 years ago
It looks like we have the makings of new group icon. Not so much for the turntable but for the record.
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Feel free :)

I've got an original of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon around here too.
noicework 12 years ago
I love my vinyl collection, particularly when I'm feeling nostalgic (though they continue to press good, new music to vinyl). My vinyl faves? Boomtown Rats, XTC, and Madness.

Some music never gets old.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
No vinyl here, sad to say. Lots of tapes though. I had lots of 70s music. Everything by Zep, lots of Jethro Tull, etc. I'm pretty sure I've still got them. But not much to play them on these days.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
XTC is brilliant!

Lets not forget the Jam, the Specials and Talking Heads.

Bill
linanneblack PRO 12 years ago
Yay!!! Talking Heads!!!! They are the creators of my most favourite song of all time: "Once in a Lifetime". I still laugh myself silly when I sing along to the line, "My God -- what have I done?" Yup, I'm laughing right now.

I am a scenic artist, and I used to work at the Stratford Festival, which is one of Canada's largest theatres... it's one of the few places in the country where you can be part of a team of NINE scenic artists. In my first year there, my friend Penny and I used our lunch break to go and buy some vinyl from a church rummage sale, and then a coworker brought a turntable in from home. After that day, not only did we all bring in our respective collections from home, but we all went out and bought up the coolest and/or funniest records we could find, and they are now the shop collection. We had SO much fun taking turns playing our old favourites... that was one of the best jobs I ever had.

Of course, we also enjoyed taking pictures of each other with a record cover for a face... Duncan as Freddy Fender was brilliant....
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
The Talking Heads were fantastic. I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed their music. I'll bet they're a fun bunch at a party.

So, forgive my ignorance, but what does a scenic artist do, exactly? I don't think I've ever heard that term before.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
Once in a Lifetime was one of my favourite songs too. Who here has seen the Stop Making Sense concert movie. I remember a few years ago during the film festival, it was screen outdoors at Toronto City Hall.

Bill
noicework 12 years ago
Stop Making Sense is probably the best concert film ever. Period. Bill, if you have some time, go back and listen to XTC's Black Sea. It's genius worth reliving.

OK--somebody stop me...

The Jam "All Mod Cons"
Boomtown Rats "Tonic for the Troops" and "The Fine Art of Surfacing"
Blondie "Parallel Lines"
The Cure "Standing on a Beach"
Richard Hell and the Voidoids "Blank Generation"
Elvis Costello "My Aim is True" (though, really I can't choose just one)
Madness "One Step Beyond"

Alright; I've geeked out enough for one evening. I've got soup to make.
linanneblack PRO 12 years ago
Scenic artists paint theatre (and film) sets... the designer gives me a model (and/or drawings or photographs,) of what they want the set and furniture to look like, and then I paint the real things. Don't worry about not knowing what it was... I remember one opening night where one of the theatre's board members asked me what I did on the show, and when I answered, "I painted the set," she stared at me blankly and asked, "You mean, it didn't come that way?" Of course I answered, "No, they didn't have it in blue...."
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I overlooked Elvis Costello. Funny when I moved to Toronto from Montreal, I had a real culture shock with what my classmates were listening to. In Montreal we were listening to ELO Supertramp etc. down here my classmates were listening to their older brothers and sisters Clash, Sex Pistols Jam, Elvis Costello or my old what ever happend to favourite Gary Numan's Cars.

Another long lost sound is the Style Council's Long Hot Summer.

Bill
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Wow, a scenic artist sounds like a really cool job.
linanneblack PRO 12 years ago
I love it! ... most of the time.

And I love Supertramp!
linanneblack PRO 12 years ago
Anyone listen to Genesis in the Peter Gabriel years? Selling England By The Pound?
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Ah Supertramp, classic sounds :) I don't have any on LP but I do have a couple of CDs.

I think there might be a Genesis LP in the box... one of the Mrs' ones. Not sure though.
The Sage of Shadowdale 12 years ago
I keep a tape of Invisible Touch in my car...does that count? (I don't have any Genesis on vinal, although I do have a bunch of others. I'll have to explore my record collection when I get home.)
noicework 12 years ago
Ooh, I think Invisible Touch might be stretching a bit (though now I'm sure to have the song in my head for the remainder of the evening). Ouch.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Hmm, I was never that fond of Invisible Touch. Genesis did put some good stuff out though. I loved Supertramp and ELO.

They don't make music like that anymore.
Bill Smith1 PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Bill Smith1 (member) 12 years ago
I started listening to '60s-'70s soul/funk/R&B, BBC Radio 6 has some brilliant programming streaming on the web. I also love listening to old reggae and ska from Jamaica. What I listen too the most these days is jazz, I recently picked up Bill Evans "California Here I Come" off Verve.

There is still some brilliant indie rock out there, but radio in North America regardless if you are in Canada or the US sucks ,save for some tiny independants.
noicework Posted 12 years ago. Edited by noicework (member) 12 years ago
Hear Hear, Bill. Radio is nothing that it used to be (though there really is some great music being made today). You can stream KEXP (from Seattle) off the internet; they're still trying to live the dream. Commercial radio is essentially worthless as far as I can tell.

(PS--Nothing Personal, Sage of Shadowdale!)
picsbymac Posted 12 years ago. Edited by picsbymac (member) 12 years ago
Wellll, I'm going to be the odd person out. I like many types of music, classical, jazz, opera, r&b, soul, rock, techno etc. Including current stuff. Good music is like good photography, timeless regardless of the genre and when it was/is produced. IMHO there are many great current musical artists worth supporting.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I used to be quite a classical freak in college. Never got into techno though. I've actually begun to appreciate some country music. Some of the old bluegrass stuff is amazing. I haven't heard a lot of newer music that I've admired. Perhaps that is a commercial radio problem.

Bill, what do you mean by "indie rock?"
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
Indie Rock/Alternative all the same label really, I may have miss used it. I used to be DJ at my campus radio station 17 years ago (yikes!), Chills, Matthew Sweet, Velvet Crush, New Pornographers (Canadian Band, really cool), that end of the realm. Labels have become totally meaningless.

I was into techno and ambient back in the early 1990's with the Orb and Aphex Twin, Warp records out the of the UK was my favourite label for while from 1992-95. I fell out of that scene when the masses discovered it, went to rare groove soul and funk instead.
The Sage of Shadowdale Posted 12 years ago. Edited by The Sage of Shadowdale (member) 12 years ago
The best tune on the Invisible Touch album was Land of Confusion - loved that song. But I was more of a Dire Straits kind of guy than a Genesis guy (although some later Phil Collins stuff was pretty good).

I've recently been hunting for a good recording of Adagio in G (Albinoni) and Con Te Partiro (Bocelli). The Brightman/Bocelli duet is not bad. Bocelli got me listening a bit to Josh Groban - gee he's got a good voice! (My wife thinks I'm going a bit "mental", to quote Naddsy, a Flickr friend I went to school with almost 20 years ago.)

I've always been into jazz (I blame my dad for indoctrinating me 25 years ago). Deep down inside I'm a bebop trumpet fan - Dizzy, Jon Fadis, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Maynard Fergusson, Fats Navarro, James Morrison, etc. Just can't go past those screamin horns! In terms of R&B/funk I was alway quite partial to Maceo Parker & Fred Wesley, and some of the famous jazz heads got pretty funky, such as late Miles & Herbie Hancock.

I've never been into Country (I relate to the Blues Brothers - "Bob's Country Bunker?", "Sure, sure, Bob's Country Bunker"..."We're the Good Ole..Blues Brothers..Boys"..."What kind of music do you normally have here?", "Oh we have both kinds: country & western!"). Although I have been listening to Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood a bit recently, which I guess you could class as Country/Gospel...maybe...(don't tell anyone).
linanneblack PRO 12 years ago
I have always had wildly eclectic musical tastes. My coworkers hate it when I put my itunes on shuffle. But i think I will always feel most passionate about those first songs and artists I discovered myself. My parents listened to classical music almost exclusively, although my mother was a folk singer for a while... so when I heard Bowie on my radio, I thought I'd lost my mind. (Although I suppose I'm pretty darn passionate about the Dave Matthews Band, now, too... ha ha)

If I'm going to go and see live music, it will often be jazz... especially if my friends are playing!
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
My dad played jazz on the stereo in the background. While most kids had folk and '70s rock and pop in the background I had Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk. Pretty heavy music for a three year old. I still have the LPs.

Bill
The Sage of Shadowdale 12 years ago
Yeah? Mine too - although he had far too much Benny Goodman & Glenn Miller for my tastes (I've always been more into the screamin horns). And somehow the odd ABBA record ended up on the turn table (grrrr....despoiling the sacred record player!), although that might have been Mum's doing (even though she was more into John Denver, Barbara Streisand & Linda Ronstadt). My parents: the ying and yang of music - Charlie Parker vs. Barbara Streisand.

I bought a Herbie Hancock CD a couple weeks ago. Been quietly bopping along at work to "Watermelon Man"! Ah, that brings back memories... :D
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Bill: Wow, I was in college before I heard Basie and Monk. The Count Basie Orchestra is still playing today (sans Basie, of course). They were here at our local high school last year or so.

I got Doobie Brothers, Led Zeppelin, and Jethro Tull LPs from my dad. And I play old blues compilations for my son today.

BTW: How's that Durst treating you?
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
It explains a few things along with seeing Monty Python's Flying Circus at a really impressionable age.

Right now, the Durst is assembled and I am reading the owners manual as bedside reading. I still need some paper, chemicals a decent timer and prep the room I am going to use as a dark room.

Since I shoot a fair bit of film, I am also toying with Bulk loading for black and white.

Bill
linanneblack PRO 12 years ago
You know, what my parents watched on tv affected me in a similar way -- we lived in the middle of nowhere and only got two channels, so we all watched everything together:

Sesame Street, Mr. Dressup, All In the Family, Barney Miller... well rounded viewing for a whatever-year-old!
The Sage of Shadowdale 12 years ago
I know it's not period music, but I was reminded this morning about 1985 by "Bowling for Soup", and it's such a great tune I thought I had to post a link to the clip here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb2qATROGKQ

...
There was Springsteen, Madonna,
Way before Nirvana,
There was U2 & Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her 2 kids in high school
They tell her that she's uncool
'Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19...19...1985!

Waahoohoo!!

:D
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peylex 12 years ago
That song rocks. My 12 year old and I both love that one. Though, she does think most of the 80's music is cool - in small doses!
robotwolf PRO 12 years ago
That song scratched my ears... duh...

Right now I am listening Aretha Franklin, the early years. This CD to be more exact. Excellent stuff, fantastic voice. In USA I think same songs are in a CD titled "Jazz to soul".

At home my less than 2 y.o. won't allow anything but ELO, The Pretenders, Billy Idol or Fleetwood Mac. I'll try to induce some more great music to her.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
A Stevie Ray Vaughn disc is never far from my CD player. It is sometimes replaced, but never for long.
robotwolf PRO 12 years ago
This coming weekend VH1 runs a program called "Greatest songs of the 80's". You might want to see it. I don't have VH1 on CTV.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
They run series like that often. It can be quite a lot of fun to watch when they bring these old rock stars in for these programs.
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