Vinyl Wednesday: Acid – Acid

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Acid is a band I know nothing about but it didn’t stop me from liking their tunes. I received this record in a batch of 80s heavy metal albums that I purchased over a year ago and once I had sorted them all alphabetically, it stood out like a sore thumb right at the front. I had never heard of them and I’ve not seen too much about them since. Maybe just a random album pops up in vinyl collecting groups here and there online. This is no fault of theirs because they kick some serious ass. After listening to every record in that big bunch of records (100+) I kept the ones that really stuck out to me and this was definitely one of them. The artwork is awesome, the logo is cool as hell, the band name is simple and amazing. They also wrote some tasty riffs on top of all that cool imagery. The band has all the makings of a decent 80s metal band. If you want to hear something new (old) that just might knock your socks off then I’d say give this group a shot.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Bucker & Garcia – Pac-Man Fever

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M-m-m-mousetrap, mousetrap — Cheese was the bait.
Won’t somebody help me — Before it’s too late?

I was woefully ignorant of Buckner & Garcia before one fateful trip to Cincinnati in early 2009. I grew up on the tail-end of the 80s arcade revolution. Did I go to some video game arcades in my youth? Yeah, I did. Did I sit around with friends and pump quarters into the machines trying to get a high score? Nope. Not even close. I grew up with Nintendo and Sega dominating the landscape of digital gaming. Arcades were already a passing phase once I was old enough to really enjoy them so it’s no wonder that I hadn’t heard of Buckner & Garcia and their minor hit “Pac-Man Fever” before 2009.

Released in December 1981, the title track of the album steadily rose on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, finally reaching #9 in March of 1982. The single sold over 1.2 million copies by the end of 1982 and over 2.5 million copies by the end of 2008. That. Is. Ridiculous.

The album Pac-Man Fever was released in January of 1982 and went on to sell over 1.2 million copies by the end of 1982. That’s pretty impressive for an album made up of songs based around arcade games. We’re not talking about the highest form of music-making here. The songs are decent and sound effects from each respective game are present, which I suppose was pretty cool and probably one of the selling points of the album. It is, at the least, a fun bit of nostalgia to bring out and listen to once a year. It surely gets me hyped up to play some Frogger and Centipede whenever I listen to it.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Steel Panther – Balls Out

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Just like herpes, Steel Panther never truly goes away and here it is again, ready for round 2 with y’all!

This week’s release is 2011’s Balls Out and this is most definitely my favorite record by them. The sound, the songs and the whole attitude was untouchable. This album was the one that really made me a fan of this band.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – The Collection, Volume One

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B-B-B-Bone!

I LOVE early Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Like, definitely more than any weird, country-bred, heavy metal-loving white boy should love them. The music just has this wonderful flow that I can’t get out of my head for days. The Collection, Volume One is filled with some of my favorite tunes of theirs. From classic Bone Thugs hits to some of their well known collaborations, this compilation sounds great and delivers on all other fronts.

I got this record as a gift for taking engagement photos for my cousin and her fiancé back in the summer of 2015. I had a lot of fun making the photos with them and I was really glad to see the photos get used during the wedding and reception. I made a blog post about those photos here: Rose & Jay’s Big Day Out. I highly suggest you check it out. Anyway, they were kind enough to snag this record for me as a thank you. I was not expecting this at all as I didn’t ask for any type of payment for the work I had done. One day I came to their house and they handed me this box. I knew it was a record from the shape but when I opened it and saw this cover I was shocked. Even though we live in Bone Thugs’ hometown it’s still amazingly rare to see any of their vinyl other than Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2. I had never even seen or heard of this LP before but when I turned it over to check out the track listing I was blown away by all the good tunes that were on it. SCORE!

It has a promo corner-cut but that’s ok. No harm done in this case. The record plays fine, sounds good and is one of the things I grab the most when I am in a Bone Thugs mood.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Gojira – Magma

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All hail the mighty Gojira!

This band kicks serious ass. No, really. They do. Gojira is a heavy metal band from France that was founded in 1996 (changed their name from Godzilla to Gojira in 2001). They meld together a lot of different styles of metal music to create a truly awesome soundscape of heaviness that generally pummels you into obedience. Their latest album, Magma, was released on June 17th and it has been in my main rotation ever since that day. You want proof that this album is good? Ask Nancy about it. Even she digs it and she was was/is an ardent hater of anything else the band has done.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Instagram Photos

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Nothing long today. Just some photos of vinyl that I’ve taken and posted to Instagram over the years. I believe most of these are from December of 2015 until today. Loads of other vinyl photos I’ve taken are stored somewhere else right now so these were the ones I chose. As you can see there are lots of Metal releases. I love me some Heavy Metal… and Bone Thugs. Can’t forget the Bone Thugs.

If you want to keep up with my comings and goings with vinyl, motorcycle journeys, graphic design, photography and general life shit; follow me on Instagram @eblanken.