the unforseen benefits

One lovely little side effect of my 50 free Emusic downloads has been my newfound ability to download a few tracks from albums I own only on vinyl. I know, I could forsake Luddite-ism and begin to burn my vinyl to disc, but I’m lazy like that. And I’ve had a stomach virus which had me doing the good ‘ol porcelain pushups, if that’s not too much information.

Both of the following tracks are from albums I’m not really hyper about, but can’t seem to find the spine to sell or give away. Now that I have the mp3 from Enon, I’ll probably sell High Society, the album that spawned it, although every so often Enon surprises me with an errant b-side which is much more interesting than their overly-complex guitar pop. Btw- it’s the rhythm section.

Enon –Disposable Parts

I find the Flaming Stars slightly more enjoyable, and mostly in a sentimental sense, since their pivotal member Max Decharne was an erstwhile member of the late great Gallon Drunk, one of my favorite offenders of the early nineties. Completely unware of them, I caught Gallon Drunk open for PJ Harvey in Washington DC at the old WUST center (accompanied by the Undeniable Truth of James Kline) which I think now is the new site of the 9:30 Club; back then in 1993, it was the type of ‘hood that saw terrorism every day. Harvey was great; this was the Rid Of Me tour, when she still played guitar, and so it’s saying something that Gallon Drunk almost upstaged her. I’ll do a complete Post of Justice on them sometime soon.

I have the following Flaming Stars track on something called A Walk on the Wired Side out of England on Vinyl Japan records; this particular download comes from a collection on Emusic called Ginmill Perfume, on Alternative Tentacles in the US. They’re now on Ace Records.

The Faming Stars – You Don’t Always Want What You Get

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7 thoughts on “the unforseen benefits

  1. The Faming Stars, kind of a cross between Julian Cope, Urge Overkill, and A-ha. Still better than Calexico.

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  2. Julian Cope, Urge Overkill, and A-haI at least hear the urge overkill, who I always thought sucked michael jackson’s santorumthe other two are just you being funny, you old anonymous, you

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  3. The A-ha was funny, but really, this old fart smell Julian Cope and that cool light blue jazzmaster he once played.

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  4. Sort of like baseball cards in any given pack, one out of every 10 or so Enon songs are good. You’ll get Steve Jeltz, Hensley Meulens, the non-Fuckface Billy Ripken card, Neil Allen, Butch Hobson, Dave LaPointe, Eric Solderholm, Bobby Meacham, Tim Teufel and then, finally, a Keith Hernandez card. Not Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens … Keith Hernandez.

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  5. Billy Ripken’s teammates played a prank on him when he was a rookie. They knew he was going to pose for a Fleer baseball card later that day, so they wrote “Fuck Face” on the end of his bat. It ended up on the card.

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