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Crackle & Pop (Week of July 7)

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New Model Army – “White Coats”

We continue with section N this week on this alphabetical trip through my personal vinyl collection. I have something from New Model Army today, the post-punk band out of Bradford, England, who started up in about 1980. They were—are, actually, since they’re still together—a very articulate and passionate bunch. This is my favourite NMA song, which originally came out as part of an EP in 1987. They weren’t really happy with the direction science was leading us. This is New Model Army and “White Coats.”

New Order – “Slow Jam”

We can’t get through section N of my vinyl library without running into a huge block of New Order vinyl. I have albums, singles, EPs, 12-inch remixes—they have to take up a foot-and-a-half on the shelf. But deep within all these releases from the 80s and 90s is a vinyl release from 2001. It’s their seventh album, Get Ready, which I still think is rather underrated. Two things about this album. The Killers took their name from the fictional band we see in the New Order video for “Crystal,” which is the lead-off track from this album. And second, there’s this track which was never released as a single but I love. It’s New Order and “Slow Jam.”

New York Dolls – “Personality Crisis”

Here in section N of the vinyl archive are a bunch of records by the New York Dolls, the pre-punk band from the early 70s that didn’t get the credit they deserved until years later. Their campy, semi-sloppy, raucous sound help set the tone for the New York punk rock that was to come just a few years later—by which time the group had broken up. And they deserve credit for this, too: they were the first band to wear Spandex on stage. From their 1973 self-titled debut record, these are the New York Dolls and “Personality Crisis.”

Nico – “Janitor of Lunacy”

Still with section N of this alphabetical assessment of my vinyl collection, we encounter Nico, the woman who was with the Velvet Underground for their debut record. When she left (or was fired), she launched a solo career which resulted in some albums that became cult favourites, especially among the still-developing Goth scene. A great example is this track from her 1970 album, Desertshore, which begin with this tribute to Brian Jones, the member of the Rolling Stones who died in his swimming pool. The track is “Janitor of Lunacy.”

Nine Big Dogs – “Dougie’s Lament”

One of the reasons I love going through my vinyl collection with you record by record is that I rediscover releases that haven’t been off the shelf for years. This is a perfect example. Nine Big Dogs were from St. Catharines and were together for about two years. In 1991, they released an album entitled Bite which featured this track called “Dougie’s Lament” written by singer Alex Bako, a former student at the TV Broadcasting program at Mohawk College. Bite did make it to CD, but it along with the vinyl has long been deleted. Let’s resurrect it, shall we?

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