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Wednesday, 03 March
The Worst Of The Best Of
Bafflingly, the equation "Prince x 5 = 5 Times the enjoyment of Prince" is clearly untrue.
Bonus Amazon customer review quote: "Much love for Ready for the World, because they are my favorite group. I would give them 100 stars, more than 5 stars. They sounded so romantic and I like to listen to them everyday!"
The title says it all. No, seriously. "Obsession" was the best of Animotion, period, as they promptly all died of the flux moments after the song hit big.
Bonus Amazon customer review comment: "Wow! What a rippen cd. This is the best band that ever lived in the history of pop music. Drums are the best drums in the whole world. He's better than Dave Weckl, Billy Cobham, and Buddy Rich combined. This band is a complete expierience of pop sensation. BUY THIS CD KNOW!"
For various reasons, these sentences comprise the best prose ever written. Though it does make me sad knowing that nobody will ever compare me to Dave Weckl. For those who have no idea who Dave Weckl is, like me, you should buy his CDs know.
Bonus BONUS Amazon customer review comment: "This album would rate four or higher if it weren't missing I Engineer, which to me, is the best song ever performed by Animotion. You would think The Best of... would contain I Engineer."
Track 4: "I Engineer"
Interestingly, this "Greatest Hits" album contains nothing from Jesus Christ Superstar, which is a shame, since hearing Judas screech out "If you'd come today you could have reached the whole nation/ Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication!" is a real hoot.
Instead, you get the wildly improbable hit "One Night in Bangkok" and a bunch of other mystifying horseshit, including something called "Mo Mystery," which unfortunately makes me think of the very unmysterious Mo Vaughn.
Bonus Amazon customer review comment: None.
Oh dear. Remember this band and their witless cover of Leadbelly's "Black Betty"? No? You must not have seen a theatrical trailer in the last twenty years. Also included is the beguilingly titled "404," leading me to believe that this awful band was ahead of its time in cataloguing the nameless dread of hitting a dead end on the internet.
Bonus Amazon customer review comment: "What a great CD! Their first 2 albums on 1 disc. The classic Black Betty rocks! Every song on this CD is hard rockin' at it's best. Tell you the truth, I didn't know they had a second album release until I bought this."
Fulsome praise indeed.
So titled because if you play "The Final Countdown," it will seem to last for ten years before it is over.
Bonus Amazon customer review comment: "Joey Tempest has a great voice and is also a good keyboard player, as we can hear on the tracks from the two first EUROPE albums. Both John Norum and his replacement in 1986, Kee Marcello are excellent guitarists. Mic Michaeli does well with his keyboard work, and Tony Reno and Ian Haugland are some of the world's best drummers. John Levén is a skilful bassist."
Poor John Leven gets damned with faint praise compared to his legendary bandmates, but I suppose that's to be expected.
Flee for your lives. This terrifying album, in addition to proving that God is wrathful, also demonstrates that nobody is allowed to die before recording a cover of "Both Sides Now" and "Everybody's Talkin'."
Included merely because I was bummed out that there wasn't a "Best of" album for Lothar and the Hand People.
Bonus Amazon tip: "Customers interested in The Strawberry Alarm Clock may also be interested in:
7-day Alarm Clock
Sonic Boom Alarm Clocks
Rock on, man.
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Well, congratulations to you both, because it got howls of laughter outta me.
Even better, further down the track listing:
Track 12: I Engineer [12" Remix Version]
Great post, because it reminded me how much I love Amazon reviews. They are so erratic.
The really peculiar thing is that I searched for "Best of Lothar and the Hand People" too.
I've gotta get a t-shirt of the "Spaced Out" album. Rad.
...it does make me sad knowing that nobody will ever compare me to Dave Weckl.
Here, Skot - if this is all it takes to alleviate your sadness, I'm more than happy to oblige:
Not only do you maintain approximately one more blog than Dave Weckl does, you also have more occurrences of the letter K in your last name.
I would go buy his CDs know, but the one I own is more than enough...
One Way Records had an Best of Lothar CD. You can still find them on half.com.
Lothar rocks! I wish I was a Hand Person.
I feel bad because i have Ready for the World's Greatest Hits collection, but then they came out with the Millenium collection later and suddenly my CD felt like second best.
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