The Abominable Showman

 

2017 was a blizzard of natural and man-made disasters. Not the least of which being the white collar looting and out-and-out lies of our newly (unpopular) elected president of the United States. We will be digging out from his self serving crimes, hate and bad decisions for generations to come. For that reason, I’m closing out the year with this, today’s Runner. If you listen all the way to the end, Nick Lowe will pose the musical question, What’s so Funny about Peace, Love and Understanding? Happy New Year all…let’s hope it’s not our last.

 

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The The – Soul Mining

 

I’m just a symptom of the moral decay
That’s gnawing at the heart of the country

The The’s 1983 debut fuses soul searching introspective lyrics with industrialized synth soundscapes to create a masterpiece in self-induced psychosocial warfare and urban decay. Well crafted, beautifully written, Soul Mining is a critical, possibly risky, 47 minute speculation in the exercise of the mind, body and soul. Let’s dance!

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky
This is the day your life will surely change
This is the day when things fall into place

 

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A Catholic Education

 

Today’s Runner is the debut album from Scottish band Teenage Fanclub. Sounding more like Grunge than their later cleaned up power pop sound, influences of Dinosaur Junior and Neil Young when playing with Crazy Horse are evident here in the buzzing guitar, Heavy Metal sound of A Catholic Education.  Definitely my favorite from these guys. It will rock your world.

Enjoy

 

 

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Life’s Rich Pageant

 

Fables follow-up, Life’s Rich Pageant offers solace. Begin the Begin. “We are young despite the years, we are hope despite the time … lift your arms up to the sky and ask the sky …” Look inside yourself for strength. “I am Superman and I can do anything…”

 

 

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Peter Gabriel

 

“. . . and the eyes of the world are watching now,
watching now.”

Come Spirit!

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The Big Beat 01-02-87

 

Goodbye 2016 and Good Riddance!
Ring in the New Year with some new classics, from a second helping of the Big Beat.
What a difference 30 years and a day makes.

“I feel better already.”

 

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