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: Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien

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Surfing With The Alien! This is one album that any guitar-nerd will be familiar with. In 1987, Joe Satriani released an album that is as noticeable today as it was when first found on store shelves. The music is fantastic on this release but honestly it’s the artwork that is the most desirable for me. I LOVE this record jacket. Big, bold and colorful with the added element of Marvel comic book characters. What’s not to like?

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Vinyl Wednesday: Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

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This week is the highly anticipated conclusion to this most unholy and unclean trilogy of vinyl releases with Steel Panther’s album All You Can Eat. Released on April Fools Day in 2014, this album is surely no joke. Ok, well… maybe a little bit but that’s beside the point. This album rips just as hard as any of their other output thus far. I found the production to be a bit on the weak side but it stays true to their sound and the era that they so obviously worship at the alter of. Speaking of worshipping at the alter, you can see where this album’s visual theme is headed. As for the music, this album is jam-packed with all the raunchy debauchery that one expects out of Steel Panther.

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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: Steel Panther – Feel The Steel

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Colorful. Brash. Wild. Parody. Vulgar. Sexist.

There are many ways that one can describe Steel Panther. They are truly an honest-to-God love ’em or hate ’em style of band. I love them. Naners hates them. There’s no in-between with a lot of people. I went to see them while living in Chicago and they were awesome. They played all the raunchy jams that I hoped they would and it was full of faux 80s debauchery. It couldn’t have been any better.

I wasn’t always a huge fan of the band though. I remember when Jason (from Kustom Persuasion) would want to play me something from this album and I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t listen to lyrics. I didn’t listen to the musicality. I just didn’t care. I’m not totally sure why it didn’t initially resonate with me but I eventually caught on. One day the clouds parted and I became enlightened and I will now forever annoy Nancy with their mysical stylings.

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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: 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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