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: Creedence Clearwater Revival – The 1969 Singles

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the voices of a generation. They aren’t my generation, but that doesn’t mean I can’t love a bunch of their songs. The 1969 Singles is a compilation of some of their most famous tracks all gathered onto one 10″ record.

I almost didn’t buy this album when it was released. This was a year that I was buying quite a lot of records at Dave’s Records for Record Store Day 2014 and I was debating on picking this up. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. This has ended up being one of my favorite classic rock albums that I’ve purchased in a long time. It’s all killer and no filler and Nancy and I have fallen asleep many times to this record.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Record Store Day 2014

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This past Saturday (April 19) was Record Store Day 2014. Some people like to save up all year and buy a bunch of special releases and whatnot. To me, it’s just another weekend day at the record store only this time I spent more than normal. Luckily I like Metal music. Also lucky for me is that not a lot of other people do. Sure, the releases that really grab my attention are few and far between but I honestly walked away with everything I wanted this year and that has NEVER happened before.

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