The Whitey Album

 

Fanatic infatuation with the the lives of celebrities is not exclusive to recluses, and in 1988 core members of Sonic Youth and Minutemen bassist Mike Watt released this avant-garde tribute to Madonna and the pop culture of the 1980’s. The  Whitey Album is littered with tainted alternative covers of popular songs from that decade, packed with-in a twisted experimental soundscape.

Today’s Runner is not your typical album. The second track, which is one minute long, is titled (silence). But, if you make it through The Whitey Album the first time, you’ll find yourself wanting to listen to it over and over again. It is truly unique, and there is nothing else like it.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Key Lime Pie

 

Today’s runner

CVB’s supercharged eclectic late 80’s anti-Reagan rant.
The spirits of Kerouac, Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie dance through this masterpiece. It’s beautifully bitter, “way over yonder in the minor key”.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Town & Country

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Today’s Runner is Humble Pie’s 1969 Town and Country
Rich acoustic tapestry showcasing Marriott’s writing and Frampton’s guitar.

 

DOCUMENT

 

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Aerosmith

 

In 1973 friends from Boston got together and created one of the earliest official Rock & Roll “Power Ballets”. Dream On, which got a lot of air play, was unique for the time and certainly not representative of the rest of Aerosmith’s debut album. Tearing a page from Zepplin’s success with Stairway, and looking and sounding a lot like the Rolling Stones of the early seventies, Aerosmith stumbled out of the local bar scene with a raunchy, ratty sound that would help them create several great records throughout the rest of the decade.

You can’t judge this book by its cover. This one is great, very apropos, for running through the dirt, rain and mud.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Live At The Apollo

 

Today’s Runner is James Brown’s Live at the Apollo. This one made girls in Harlem scream way before the Beatles hit town and inspired one special girl from Orange County California to secretly want to sing like Aretha Franklin.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.