Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to remember many of the stores I've visited. Don't try and visit them without calling first, as many of them are no longer with us. If I've posted a picture of a store that you want me to delete please let me know and I'll take it down. To see a particular store just open the photo album with its name on it or click on the green (open) or red (closed) marker in the map below. Expanding the map will reveal more stores in the same city.

The site also contains links to interesting articles and information on record shops and record collecting and fine musical suggestions and playlists for your listening pleasure (with You Tube links so you can check them out for yourself). The Playlists can be found by scrolling to a separate section of the index under the heading musical resources. And our latest addition, Song of the Day, a glimpse at what's playing on my stereo today, appears there as well.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rocky Horror Picture Show - Science Fiction Double Feature

Song of the Day

Today's song of the day is from the camp classic Rocky Horror Picture Show - Science Fiction Double Feature  This is the intro song to the movie - which plays while moving lips sing against a black backdrop.  A camp classic, this film first hit the screen in 1975, and tells the tale of the mad scientist Dr. Frank-n-furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite from Transylvania who is building a man, and Brad and Janet (a young Susan Surandon) who's car break down leads them to his house.  It also features a cameo by Meat Loaf, who sings a rocker before his untimely demise.  Oh, and don't forget the pelvic thrust.  It really drives you insane.

The lyrics of this song (by Richard O'Brien) make reference to a slew of B movie sci-fi classics from the 50s (which the movie sends-up).  Here, a clever videographer has pieced together those films, and more, in a video that accompanies the song.  I always loved the Blob - remember how it gets killed?

Want more?  Here's a link to Rocky Music, The Musical World of Rocky Horror, a webpage that delves even more deeply into the Sci-Fi behind the song.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Paul McCartney - Dear Boy

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is Paul McCartney - Dear Boy.  From Ram in 1971, this is piano pop that sounds almost like choral music, with soaring harmonies, and a coda that sounds like classical music.  I remember when Ram came out how disappointed I was.  I wanted another Beatles' album, and this was not what I was looking for.  Over the years, however, as I gave it a fresh listen, without my expectations, I came to realize just how good it was.  This is one of my favorite cuts.  I'll leave to others to interpret the lyrics, and their meaning - praise for Linda or an attack on John.  You be the judge.  But to do so you'll have to listen for yourself.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild

Song of the Day

Today's song of the day is Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild   From 1968, this song is credited with the birth of heavy metal ("heavy metal thunder") and features a snarling vocal, and swirling organ.  It was written by Mars Bonfire, who was not in the band.  Its well known for its appearance in Easy Rider (1969), which added a motorcycle to the song, and cemented the song's tie to bikers everywhere.  Rolling Stone magazine rated it 124th best song of all time. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bruthers - Bad Way To Go

Song of the Day

Today's song of the day is a slab of killer 60s garage from the Bruthers - Bad Way To Go.  From 1966, this is prototypical 60s garage with a killer organ break and snarling vocals that failed to make any impact on its release.  This was the lone single from the Bruthers, who actually were four brothers (Delia) from New York.  One - Joe Delia - went on to a career in music, including as the musical director for Buster Poindexter.  But  I digress.  This is a favorite of anyone who loves 60s garage.

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For fun a photo of the Bruthers.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flight of the Conchords - Carol Brown

Song of the Day

Today's song of the day is from the comedy program Flight of the Conchords - Carol Brown  From the New Zealand comedy duo of Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement, this song is a clever homage to Paul Simon's 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (there must be 50 ways lovers have left me).  But this is not just a joke, the song holds up too.  I'd call it alternative/indie pop.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs - Lil' Red Riding Hood

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs - Lil' Red Riding Hood.  Led by Domingo "Sam the Sham" Samudio, the song rose to No. 2 in August 1966.  The group reputedly took its name from a joke about Domingo's singing ability - ie Sam the Sham.  But to sing this song, all you need to know is how to howl.  You know how to howl, don't you?

For fun, here too is Foul Owl On The Prowl by Boomer and Travis.  Apparently, for the great movie In the Heat of the Night they wanted to license Sam the Sham's song, but couldn't.  Failing that, they substituted Foul Owl On the Prowl.  You decide, which is better?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Willie Mabon - The Seventh Son

Song of the Day

Today's song of the day is Willie Mabon - The Seventh Son.  Released in 1955 on Chess, this Willie Dixon penned tune was first released as a single by Willie Mabon, a Chicago blues man and piano player who here is accompanied here by a nice horn section in lieu of guitar.  It shoulda been a hit for him, but wasn't.  It was for Johnny Rivers who took it to number 7.  For your listening pleasure.